Mix in some key ingredients — persistence, creativity, and FUN — and your kids can totally learn to love cooking — and eating — compassionate cuisine.
With that in mind, here are four plant-based cookbooks that’ll have your family whipping up easy veg meals in no time:
Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes
In this book, famed vegan author Dreena Burton offers a whole host of tasty, plant-based recipes approved by her three kids. You’ll find scrumptious options like vanilla bean chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon french toast, no-bake granola bars, creamy fettuccine, apple pie chia pudding, and many more. In addition to recipes, Burton also offers helpful tips and tricks for parents raising vegan kids (“weegans,” as she calls them).
The Power Of Three – Vegan Cookbook: Plant-Based Cookbook for Kids
Endorsed by legendary researcher T. Colin Campbell, this is a go-to for nutritional guidelines. Written by plant-based nutritionist Tanja Johnston (with the help of her little son, Tyler), the book outlines important dietary advice for plant-strong eating — and includes recipes for sprouted cookie dough, rainbow juice, nanutella, celery peach soup and lots of other intriguing ideas, sure to appeal to curious kids. Each treat uses just three ingredients, so it doesn’t get any easier than this!
Vegan Lunch Box: 130 Amazing, Animal-Free Lunches Kids and Grown-Ups Will Love!
When it comes to packing a healthy meal for the school day, it’s all about thinking outside the (lunch)box. From salads to dips to breads, this cookbook breaks the options down into menus, so parents can pick and choose yummy, kid-pleasing meals for every day of the week. This lengthy volume has recipes for every eater — even those with gluten, nut, or other allergies.
The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids: 60 Easy Plant-Based Recipes Kids Can Make to Make to Stay Healthy and Save the Earth
Written (and illustrated) by acclaimed vegan children’s author and artist Ruby Roth, this new arrival hits shelves on April 6. The colorful, engaging cookbook features easy, fun recipes for everything from condiments to salads to after-school snacks and more. Kids will love making colored, infused waters, bright bowls, tiny tea sandwiches, and other goodies, all while learning to appreciate Mother Earth and their animal friends.
While dinner’s cooking, watch this adorable video with your family to hear why these kids choose not to eat animals!