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25 Kid Approved Meatless Dinner Ideas

by Kristen


  1. It is healthy!  I will not sit around and tell you not to eat meat.  I eat meat.  I eat meat several times a week.  But adding more vegetables, nuts, seeds, and healthy grains is just right for you.
  2. It will help you raise adventurous eaters.  Introducing your kids to ingredients like grains, beans, nuts, seeds, and vegetables early will help them make better choices when they get older.
  3. It’s Budget-friendly.¬†Serving a meatless meal at least once a week will help decrease your weekly grocery budget.¬† The cost of doing meat for dinner can add up fast.¬† Adding veggies to a rice or potato dish is a filling way to serve your family a complete meal.

These meatless dinner ideas I am sharing today will please vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.¬† ¬†Your kids won’t ask you where the meat is when you serve these delicious meals.¬† These are also great ideas for you to do if you avoid meat during lent.¬† ¬†Vegetables contain a lot of protein, so eating vegetables in the place of heart at dinnertime is good for you!

Click on each recipe’s title or photo to get directed to that particular site.¬†

  1. Coconut Curry Fried Rice 

Your family will love the sweet flavor of this coconut curry fried rice!  You kids will want to have more than one bowl!

2. Spinach and Cheese Balls

Your kids will look forward to meatless Monday when you make these spinach cheese balls!

3.  Sheet Pan Eggplant Parmesan 

Eggplant is so meaty and satisfying.  This eggplant parmesan is super easy and topped with marinara sauce.


4 Instant Pot Minestrone Soup 

This is one of my family’s favorite vegetarian dinners.¬† This is easy enough to throw together for a weeknight.


5. Thai Stuffed Peppers

Do you like peanut sauce?  Adding Thai flavors is a great way to switch up stuffed peppers!  This recipe is easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner.

6. Carrot Hot Dogs

eating meatless means more than just kale salads.  Try these loaded carrot dogs!

7. Protein-Packed Pad Thai

My family enjoys these Thai noodles.  My husband likes to add red pepper flakes to his.

8. Zucchini Parmesan

If you’re looking for something delicious to make with your seasonal zucchini, then you will want to make this crispy zucchini parmesan.

9. Pizza Quesadilla

You can easily make these quesadillas taste like lasagna by adding ricotta cheese.


10. Apple Cider Butternut Squash Soup 

You can make this sweet apple cider squash soup in your Instant Pot or in your crockpot.


11. Greek Zucchini Slices 

These greek-inspired zucchini slices are topped with tomatoes, tzatziki sauce, kalamata olives, and garlic.


12. Black Bean Tacos 

These black bean tacos have a meaty texture.  You should totally top these tacos with avocados.

13.  Carrot-Almond Soup 

You can easily make this vegetarian soup in your slow-cooker or on your stovetop.

14. Sheet Pan Veggie Primavera 

This sheet pan veggie primavera is delicious and tastes fantastic over pasta.  You can also add mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and cauliflower.


15. Walnut Meat Tacos 

These walnut tacos have a very meaty texture.

16. Homemade Spaghettios 

17. Butternut Squash Pasta 

You can also use spaghetti squash for this recipe.

18. Vegan Chili Cheese Fries 

19.  Instant Pot Corn Chowder with homemade corn stock 



20. Zucchini Nuggets 


22. Pulled Jackfruit 

23. Broccoli -Cheese Quinoa Casserole 

24. Homemade Tomato Soup 

25. Meatless Taco Pasta 

I hope you like my collection!  I would love to hear from you if you make any of these recipes for your family.  Would you mind tagging me on social media?  You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or tiktok.  You can also comment below this post and let me know how they worked out for you!

What is your favorite meatless recipe to make for your family?




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