If you turn on the TV these days (which I do) you may have noticed all of the news about meat and its awkward pink slime phase, not to mention the latest sticky treat, meat glue, which isn’t really a treat, but something that meatpacking companies have developed (and never mentioned) to help otherwise unusable cuts of meat hold a specific shape. The kids love it.
Don’t worry, this isn’t a preachy post trying to talk you into being a vegetarian. I haven’t even talked my own kids into being vegetarians. This is America (or another country with access to the Internet), and you are free to eat whatever, or in this case, whomever, you like. However, in light of all the gross meat-related news out there I thought you might enjoy some meatless options to tide you over until your stomach settles.
The following vegetarian meal and snack ideas are so tasty (or fun) that even the biggest veg-haters will enjoy them. Actual kids may vary.
Blueberry Donuts 1 of 8I've been a blueberry doughnut fan for a long time. We've never made these at home, but we will now. And then I'll never have to leave the house again!
Get the recipe at Gingerbread Bagels!
Mini Zucchini Pizzas 2 of 8One of my favorite pizza toppings is zucchini, so you can imagine how this mini meta pizza is blowing my mind.
Find this yummy recipe at Eat Yourself Skinny!
Avocado Fries with Cilantro Lemon Dipping Sauce 3 of 8I'm a fan of potatoes, but there's nothing like an avocado to spice up a side of fries. Cilantro lemon dipping sauce is just gravy at this point (not actual gravy).
Find this great snack recipe at Adventures in Cooking!
Sweet Potato, Coconut Milk, and Roasted Chili Ravioli 4 of 8As a rule I tend to stay away from sweet potatoes and coconut milk, not being a big fan of either. I should probably stay away from roasted chili, too, but that's a different post. However, the three mixed into an awesome ravioli dish looks pretty darn good.
Visit Vegansaurus for this tasty recipe!
Fast Food Grilled Cheese 5 of 8Sometimes we can't avoid eating on the go. Some of us more than others. Just because you stop at a burger place doesn't mean you have to get a burger. This grilled cheese at In-n-Out is a family favorite. So, so good.
Spot this treat and more at FoodSpotting
Apple Nachos 6 of 8Sure, they're covered in caramel, but these apple nachos are still kind of healthy. It's all relative. And yummy.
Get this sweet nacho recipe at Manifest Vegan!
Eggplant-Zucchini Lasagna with Fontina 7 of 8Eggplant? Check. Zucchini? Check. Lasagna? Check please! This dish pairs nicely with red wine and me.
Get this delicious recipe at EcoSalon!
Mr. Tomato Head 8 of 8This tasty dish has a face that a parent could love — and kids, too! Plus, who doesn't enjoy food you can play with?
Find this and other fun foods at Parents.com!
Most of the above photos were found on Pinterest. We still have Pinterest invites if you are interested!
Whit Honea can be found writing about whatever he feels like at his personal site Honea Express (Honea sounds like pony) and DadCentric. If you’re really bored you can follow him on the Twitter or Pinterest (his opinions are his own and do not reflect those of Babble or most rational people). He will always love bacon.
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