Kid-Friendly Recipes

Kid-friendly, healthy vegan recipes that'll have your children asking for more.

Raspberry Jam

Raspberry Jam

We’ve been having a lot of fun, Desi, Jay, and I, picking raspberries in the backyard. A few summers ago, soon after we had moved into this house, Desi and I planted a tiny little raspberry shoot because it is my favorite berry hands-down. In the years since, with minimal to zero maintenance, it’s grown and grown…

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Baked Keema Samosas, vegan meat pies, Indian-style. #vegan

Baked Keema Samosas (Indian-Style Meat Pies)

These Keema Samosas are not just crispy and savory and all of those other good things that make the tastebuds scream, gimme more! They’re also comforting and soul-satisfying and kid- and adult-pleasing. There’s hardly anyone in the world today who does not know a samosa, or love one. It’s the perfect snack, crunchy on the…

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Golden Roasted Curry Mustard Potatoes

Golden Roasted Curry Mustard Potatoes

Here’s a love story for you. Picture me, my head fogged up with a horrible summer cold, in a kitchen without an air conditioner or even a fan, on one of the hottest, humidest days you can imagine in Washington, D.C. I have the oven turned up to a screeching 425 degrees, and, standing right next…

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Tofu Egg Biryani, vegan

Egg Biryani, with no eggs

There is so much that’s wrong with eggs today. I am not going to bash egg-eaters here: I have two in my home, despite my best efforts, because there’s something about eggs that some people seem to just love. Jay came to us rather addicted to eggs which he calls his favorite food, and Desi…

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Mango Kulfi

Mango Kulfi

Summers in Bombay are a delicious time to enjoy one of the city’s most beloved street foods: an ice cream that goes by the rather cute name of Kulfi. Kulfi can be found nearly anywhere in the city, and most often on its beaches. When I lived in Bombay, the kulfi would be sold by vendors wandering the…

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Chana Masala Veggie Burger

Chana Masala Veggie Burger With Mint Chutney Mayo

If you’re looking for THE veggie burger recipe to make your summer sizzle and swelter all the more — in a good way — you need look no more. Because I have for you my favorite veggie burger recipe ever, and that’s saying a lot, given all the burgers I make (and devour). My Chana…

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bowtie-bolognese

Bowtie Pasta in a Light Bolognese Sauce

I have found my new favorite sauce to eat pasta with. And, guys, it’s a bolognese. A meaty one. In my pre-vegan days, the only kind of sauce I’d eat when we ate out at an Italian restaurant, or ordered a pizza, was the creamy, cheesy kind that’s still hugging my waist after all these years, no…

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Vegan Tibetan Momos

Momos with Artichoke Hearts

High on the roof of the world, where they were born, Momos are fat little dumplings stuffed with yak meat and vegetables. But today, for you, I have a seasonal — and vegan — version with one of my most favorite flavors in the world: artichoke hearts. My memories of eating great Momos are tied with Ladakh, an…

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peach breakfast pizza

Peach Streusel Breakfast Pizza

Pizza for breakfast– now how decadent is that? But when it’s my Peach Streusel Breakfast Pizza, loaded with sweet peaches and healthy oats, you can have your slice and eat it too. I was trying to come up with a kid-friendly breakfast recipe for Jay who, by now, loves pancakes and waffles for breakfast but…

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Lentil orzo bake

Lentil Orzo Bake With a Cheesy Crust

Here’s a recipe for those of us who love pasta with a passion but would rather do something else with all the time that sometimes goes into making it: my Lentil Orzo Bake. And, it has a cheesy crust to die for. This is an easy weeknight casserole that practically cooks itself. Really. No standing over…

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Rava Idli

Rava Idli, and a Giveaway

An Idli is rather like the Cinderella of south Indian cuisine. Compare her to other stalwart favorites like crispy, flamboyant dosas that spill over your plate, and golden, melt-in-the-mouth vadas, and the Idli comes across as rather humble, even plain. Worse, try eating her by herself and she is, to boot, bland. After all, there’s…

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Irish Shepherd's Pie

Irish Shepherd’s Pie

May the luck of the Irish rub off on you with this delicious Irish Shepherd’s Pie. Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day, here’s a protein-rich, flavorful, VEGAN version of a classic recipe that’s going to make you grab the baking dish and lick every last bit off. And you’ll feel really lucky too, because this is not a pie…

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Chickpea Curry

Chickpea Curry, South Indian Style

This Chickpea Curry is really a south-Indian-style Chana Masala recipe, with a few additional ingredients that give it a distinct identity all its own. And it smells so good, you are going to be eating it by the ladleful, straight from the pot. Trust me. I love chickpeas — who doesn’t — and Chana Masala is a…

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Saffron Cheesecake Bars

Saffron Cheesecake Bars

I have for you today a recipe that’s going to make the child in you beam for joy: Saffron Cheesecake Bars. What’s more, they’re wholegrain. I was thinking of making a perfect snacktime recipe for Jay that would also put a gleam into sweet-seeking Desi’s eyes. These bars, with the elegance of saffron and healthfulness of whole wheat,…

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