Whether you’re merely hoping to get a carrot or two into your child’s meals or wondering how to provide a balanced, healthy diet for a budding vegetarian, check out these cookbooks. They’re chock-full of veggie recipes guaranteed to please fussy family members, including some that even kids can help make.
Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes: A Cookbook for Preschoolers & Up
By Mollie Katzen and Ann L. Henderson (1994, Tricycle Press, $17. Reading level: Ages 4 to 8)
Vegetarian foodie Mollie Katzen (author of The Moosewood Cookbook) and educator Ann Henderson have teamed up to create a kid-friendly, nutritionally mindful, and parent-perfect book. Each of the 19 recipes starts with individual instructions for both the adult and child, is illustrated with cute animals, and includes insider reviews from kids who have tried the recipes. Children will love the easy-to-follow step-by-step illustrations, and parents will like that science and math lessons are covertly woven into assignments for mixing and measuring.
101 Meatless Family Dishes: Delicious & Satisfying Recipes the Whole Family Will Love (Even the Kids!)
By John Ettinger (1995, Prima Publishing, $15. Reading level: Adult)
Whether your family shuns meat completely or you just want to switch out a couple of animal-based dishes each week for plant-based ones, this book, written by the food columnist for The Portland Oregonian, offers plenty of options. The sheer number of family-tested recipes, such as Texan Stuffed Peppers, Spicy Vegetable Pilaf Casserole, and Herbed Cheese Ravioli, ensures that you’ll find something to please the palates of everyone in your home.