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Cooking Recipes for Kids: Vegetarian Style

Whether you're raising your kids as vegetarian or simply looking for some healthy alternatives, there are plenty of great cooking recipes for kids to enjoy. Next time you're stumped about what to make for lunch, dinner, or snacks, try these delicious recipes. They're very easy to make so the kids should be involved. Make cooking with children one of your New Year's resolutions for 2011! If you start cooking with them now, they'll be more prepared to cook for themselves when they're older. So whip out the chef's hat and start cooking!

Italian Vegetable Casserole

You'll need:

1 zucchini, sliced
1 yellow squash, sliced
½ red bell pepper, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
¼ c. fat-free Italian dressing
2 c. brown rice, cooked
¼ cup soy Parmesan cheese
Nonstick cooking spray

First spray a casserole dish with the nonstick cooking spray. Mix all the vegetables and Italian dressing together in the casserole dish. Cook the mixture in the microwave for about 10 minutes, but stir them every 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the vegetables and serve them over rice. If you don't want rice, you can also serve it over pasta.

Pizzadillas

You'll need:

4 whole-wheat tortillas
2/3 cup fresh or frozen spinach, finely chopped
2/3 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup marinara sauce
Cooking spray

Lay two of the tortillas on a flat service and put the spinach and cheese on top. Then top each one with the two other tortilla wraps. Put the skillet over medium heat and spray with the cooking spray. Cook each side until the wrap is golden-brown and the cheese has melted. Cut them into triangles and top with the marina sauce.

Green Pita Dippers

You'll Need:

4 whole-wheat pitas
1 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
½ cup fresh or frozen spinach
¼ of cucumber, sliced
Pinch of salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the yogurt, spinach, cucumber, salt, and pepper into a food processor and blend for about 1 minute or until smooth. Place the dip in a bowl and refrigerate while making the chips. Cut your pitas into wedges and place on a baking sheet. Spray them with cooking spray and sprinkle with the garlic powder. Bake for about 5 minutes or until golden-brown and crisp. Scoop up the yummy dip with the wedges and enjoy!

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