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Celebrate World Vegetarian Day: Easy Meat-Free Cooking for Kids

There are all kinds of great reasons to give meat-free cooking a try – maybe you’re worried about the impact of meat-eating on the environment, tempted by the potential health benefits, or just looking for a little more variety on your table. Whatever your reasons, we’ve got you covered! Here are some easy vegetarian kids’ recipes for you and your family to make together to celebrate World Vegetarian Day on 1 October.

A little about World Vegetarian Day

Founded in 1977 by the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS), World Vegetarian Day was endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978. Now celebrated worldwide on 1 October, this international vegetarian day introduces Vegetarian Awareness Month. 

This is a great opportunity for you and your family to find out a little more about vegetarianism – and what better way to explore it than with some delicious meat-free meals? 

Easy vegetarian recipes for kids to make

These tasty vegetarian recipes for kids will help make meat-free cooking easy to fit in with your everyday routine. If you’ve got a fussy eater in the family, getting them involved in cooking is a great way to encourage them to try new things at mealtimes – there’ll be no tears at the table, because they'll be proud to eat a meal they've made.

1. Carrot and coriander soup

This sweet, colourful soup accompanied by hunks of fresh bread will delight your kids at lunch – and it’s simple to make, as well. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Heat a little oil in a large pan, and then fry a diced onion for five minutes until softened. 

  • Add sliced carrots and coriander to taste, then cover with a vegetable stock, season, and bring to the boil before reducing the heat. Cover the pan and cook for 20 minutes.

  • When the carrots are soft, use a food processor to blend until smooth. 

Remember: Always supervise your children if they're cutting up vegetables.

2. Courgette and pea omelette wedges

An easy way to encourage your little ones to eat their greens, these bright and cheerful omelette wedges make a perfect snack for lunchboxes.

  • Heat a little oil in a small frying pan, then tip in sliced courgette and cook gently until golden. 

  • Beat several eggs in a bowl, and season lightly. 

  • Add a small handful of frozen peas to the pan with the courgette, and pour the eggs on top. 

  • Sprinkle with cheese, turn the heat down low and cook for 10 minutes. 

  • Finish with a couple of minutes under a hot grill until all the egg has set, then cut into wedges. 

That’s it! These little omelettes are great served with fresh salad or coleslaw.

3. Spicy sweet potato sliders

Burger night doesn’t need to mean beef or chicken. Your kids will love making and eating these delicious veggie burgers – and so will you.

  • Boil chunks of sweet potato until tender, then drain and mash. 

  • Stir in diced red pepper, grated carrot, and chopped fresh coriander and chillies to taste. 

  • Toast some slices of bread, then process them in a food mixer to create breadcrumbs.

  • Add half of your breadcrumbs to the mix. Stir well, and shape into little burgers. Dip in beaten egg and coat in the remaining breadcrumbs. 

  • Heat oil in a frying pan, and fry burgers for 2-3 minutes each side until golden. 

Serve in brioche buns with leaves and tomato chutney.

These tasty vegetarian recipes for kids to make for World Vegetarian Day will add a healthy twist to your family meals. Enjoy cooking them with your kids, and don't worry about the mess – there are bound to be spills and splashes, but you can rely on Persil liquid to help you clear up. We’ve got stain removal advice on everything from oil to tomato sauce, so don’t sweat any kitchen mishaps – focus on your culinary masterpiece instead!

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