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    Question Feeding non-vegan kids

    My son's only three so, I won't have to worry about this for another few years (though this might be useful when my nieces are at my house) but, I was just curious as to what are some vegan foods that go over well with non-vegan children (like when your kid's friend is sleeping over)? Do you guys go out of your way to make something that you know will be enjoyed and familiar to them, like veggie burgers, or do not really worry about it? And how have non-vegan kids responded to your vegan meals?

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    Pasta with Earth Balance, garlic and Vegan parmesean or Marinara sauce has always gotten rave reviews as well as Garlic Bread... (not "healthy" but children like it)

    Vegan Mac n' Cheese

    Vegan French Toast

    Smoothies

    Vegan Ice Cream and Uncle Eddie's Cookies

    Vegan Pizza home-made with Vegan Gourmet Cheese

    Fruit Salad

    Vegan Yoghurt with Fruit and Granola

    Oh, lots more that I will share later! Non-Vegan Kids always love what I make!

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    Hummus and Pita

    Organic Tater Tots or Oven Fries

    Chocolate Tofu Pie

    Stir-Fried or Steamed Veggies and Brown Rice with Peanut Sauce

    Potsticker Dumplings

    "Breakfast for Dinner" Hashbrowns or Home-Fries, Pancakes with Earth Balance and Maple Syrup, Freshly-Made Almond-Date Milk with Cereal, Fruit Bowls, Fresh Juice

    Chips and Guacamole

    Vegan Nachos with beans, salsa, avocado, vegan sour cream and vegan cheese

    Vegan Potato Rolled Tacos with Salsa and Guacamole

    Vegan Quesadillas

    Tomato Soup and Grilled Vegan Cheese Sandwiches

    Vegan Chili Bowls (Rolls hollowed out and stuffed with chili)

    Kid-made frozen fruit and or kefir or yoghurt Pops

    Frozen Chocolate Tofu Pudding Pops

    Fresh Fruit Kabobs and Soy Yoghurt Sauce or Almond Butter and Maple Syrup Sauce

    Toast and Jam and Nutbutters

    Mashed Potatoes with Gravy and "Gimme Lean" Crumbles

    "Gimme Lean" Sausage and Muffin Sandwiches

    Oh, I could go on and on! I have served all of these things to children of all ages. They have enjoyed them! Your attitude has a lot to do with how they respond and making them part of the food preparation ensures success!

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    You can also buy some amazing vegan chocolate cakes, as well as ice cream, which you cannot tell the difference.

    All of CC's suggestions are great - you want to give them sort of 'normal' things, like pasta and peanut butter sandwiches. Just don't label it as 'vegan food' and it will be okay. I know this because adults are just as immature as kids when it comes to vegan cuisine!!!!

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    Quote ConsciousCuisine
    Hummus and Pita

    Organic Tater Tots or Oven Fries

    Chocolate Tofu Pie

    Stir-Fried or Steamed Veggies and Brown Rice with Peanut Sauce

    Potsticker Dumplings

    "Breakfast for Dinner" Hashbrowns or Home-Fries, Pancakes with Earth Balance and Maple Syrup, Freshly-Made Almond-Date Milk with Cereal, Fruit Bowls, Fresh Juice

    Chips and Guacamole

    Vegan Nachos with beans, salsa, avocado, vegan sour cream and vegan cheese

    Vegan Potato Rolled Tacos with Salsa and Guacamole

    Vegan Quesadillas

    Tomato Soup and Grilled Vegan Cheese Sandwiches

    Vegan Chili Bowls (Rolls hollowed out and stuffed with chili)

    Kid-made frozen fruit and or kefir or yoghurt Pops

    Frozen Chocolate Tofu Pudding Pops

    Fresh Fruit Kabobs and Soy Yoghurt Sauce or Almond Butter and Maple Syrup Sauce

    Toast and Jam and Nutbutters

    Mashed Potatoes with Gravy and "Gimme Lean" Crumbles

    "Gimme Lean" Sausage and Muffin Sandwiches

    Can I come and live with you, dammit?

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    So when we start our vegan commune, CC is going to be our resident head chef right?

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    Yes, Yes, Yes! I can't *wait*! Hurry up and find some land where it doesn't get too bitterly cold, please!

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    Maybe one of us will win the Capitol Bank 'own your own private island' contest they keep hyping on tv!

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    Thanks CC, I've now got my menu planned up until Christmas. Wanna do a quick Thanksgiving menu up for us? That's what I'm missing still!

    Sending some prayers of peace and thanks your way.

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    Quote ConsciousCuisine
    Yes, Yes, Yes! I can't *wait*! Hurry up and find some land where it doesn't get too bitterly cold, please!
    I nominate Hawaii - all those pineapples and mangos....

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    This is from the UK Vegan Society website.


    When dealing with non-vegan friends, it is worth making a note of the types of foods they will be likely to expect at parties, afternoon tea, etc. These foods may be slightly different from those that would be served to fellow vegans who are into the no-sugar wholefood type diet. Children are notoriously undiplomatic in expressing their disapproval of food and it can be very upsetting for vegan children to have 'their' food curtly rejected - especially at a birthday party or similar special gathering of friends.

    If children are expecting a more conventional approach to meals, try to go along with this expectation. In this way the likelihood is they will think the vegan diet is not so strange after all and be more willing to try more of the same in the future. For example, avoid wholemeal breads if children are used to white bread and avoid wholemeal pastry if they usually have pastry made with white flour. The Jus Rol frozen pastry is ideal as it comes as shortcrust, puff or fib - even ready to use vol-au~ents. Carob in cakes or sweets is not a good idea if they have never eaten it before as their taste buds are usually anticipating the sweet chocolate taste and are understandably disappointed. There are many good quality vegan 'ice creams' on the market that should win over any non-vegan child. There are also good quality jellies available now not only in wholefood shops but also in supermarkets e.g. the Rowntrees Ready To Eat jellies in smaU plastic tubs, ideal for little hands to cope with (and the tubs can be re-used again to make jellies, trifles, etc for kids to take to school for lunch). There are plenty of soya products on the market that will fool anyone into thinking they are eating meat - try Redwood's 'Cheatin' range or one of the 'Vegetarian's Choice' products. Add to this, sticks of fresh vegetables such as carrots, celery, halves of tomatoes, crisps, peanuts and fruit juices or fizzy drinks. There are plenty of recipes around for good vegan sponge cakes (chocolate is always popular) to round off the meal.

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    Default Iceland!

    I nominate Iceland in the summer! (it's not as cold as it sounds you know)
    People once thought my mother is a nut, but I once thought a nut was my mother! :D

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    Quote l337_v3g4n_1
    I nominate Iceland in the summer! (it's not as cold as it sounds you know)
    You guys do have Bjork going for ya!

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    Default Vegan Mac and Cheese

    I've noticed that the vegan mac and cheese is not good at all. The cheese tastes VERY sour--has anyone else noticed this? Or was mine just outdated? :/

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    What type of Vegan Mac'N Cheese are you tlking about? ( what brand/style/where did you buy it) The Vegan Mac'N cheese I make is creamy, delicious and fools Omnis in to thinking it is "regular" Mac'N Cheese...

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    Quote ConsciousCuisine
    What type of Vegan Mac'N Cheese are you tlking about? ( what brand/style/where did you buy it) The Vegan Mac'N cheese I make is creamy, delicious and fools Omnis in to thinking it is "regular" Mac'N Cheese...
    It's the mac and chreese...with the recycled cardboard box that you can buy from Pangea. Why is it so sour? Was mine just old?
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