Healthy Vegetarian Dinners For Picky Eaters (That Everyone Will Love)

bowl of tofu and rice, bowl of vegetarian pasta and sauce

Maybe you have a picky eater who just doesn't like meat, or you are looking for quick budget-friendly healthy meatless dinner recipes for your picky eater. 


Or you just want the family to take a break from meat. Whatever the reason, if you want some easy kids vegetarian recipes that even picky eaters will eat, these are some of my family's favorite vegetarian dinners (like healthy cheesy vegan mac and cheese.)

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Trying to figure out what you can make for dinner that is easy, kid-friendly, and healthy is not always an easy thing.

(especially if there is a picky eater in the family) 

We eat a lot of vegetarian meals around here, mostly because my daughter is vegetarian and the hubby and I eat fish and some chicken, but no beef. 

But my two sons are so not vegetarians. So dinner time around here is always FUN. (I kid)

I have found lots of meatless recipes over the years though, that everyone in the family will eat ( we are talking the same dinner for everyone and not everyone eating their own separate dinner, YAY!!)

healthy veggie rice and vegetables, veggie pasta, cauliflower chicken wings, veggie burger with avocado

Like easy meatless lasagna .... it's a quick family meal perfect for lazy weeknights that is healthy and cheap and everyone eats it without any complaints! It is one of my favorite easy dinners for picky kids ever (even though my "kids" are now "picky teenagers." Sigh.)

And an extra bonus is that these simple dinner recipes are budget-friendly vegetarian meals, as well as healthy dinner ideas. 

Take a peek and see if any of these meatless dinner ideas for picky eaters work for your fussy eater too!

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a collection of kid approved family vegetarian dinner ideas

Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Wings

A bowl of sticky sesame cauliflower wings and a fork
Oh My Veggies

Tantalizing spicy cauliflower wings make a yummy vegetarian dinner for picky eaters (and of course, everyone else in the family will love them too because these spicy wings are delicious!!))

First, though, let me say that cauliflower does not taste like chicken. Even if recipes tell you they do, they don't. Nope, cauliflower does not taste like chicken, not at all. 

But that is okay. Because vegan cauliflower wings are amazingly delicious and healthy and definitely worth trying.

And I really think you and your family (including picky eaters) will love this easy recipe for cauliflower wings 

I am pretty sure the whole family is going to love the amazing sauce in this recipe!!

And best of all, your heart will be happier and healthier because, unlike chicken wings, cauliflower is free of cholesterol and low in fat and saturated fat. It’s also packed with fiber and antioxidants, making it a powerful food for heart health.

Serve rice with cauliflower wings or even noodles - whichever side dish your kids love the most - and add a salad or veggie to make a healthy vegetarian dinner even fussy eaters will love.

Best Ever Veggie Burger For Summer Grilling

grilled veggie burger on hamburger bun with avocado
A Couple Cooks

One of the yummiest summer vegetarian meals to BBQ is grilled veggie burgers. But, you have to have the right recipe with the right ingredients if you want to know how to cook veggie burgers on the grill that will not fall apart and that everyone, even picky eaters, will love.


Easy Homemade Veggie Burger Recipes - Quick Dinner Ideas 

 The right ingredients give veggie burgers the texture and mouth-watering flavors that summer barbeques are all about!!

So many veggie burgers fall apart on the grill or come out tasting too dry or too mushy.  Neither is a good thing. 

And if you have a picky eater, a mushy falling-apart burger is not going to be a hit.

We have used frozen veggie burgers to cook on the grill before because we just could not find the right recipe for a homemade grillable veggie burger that wouldn't fall apart. 

(But the veggie burgers you buy at the store are processed, and may not be as healthy as you think.

The best veggie burgers for grilling are ones you make at home using healthy natural ingredients. This favorite grillable veggie burger recipe is perfect for summer barbeques. They are super delicious and do not fall apart on you when you are eating!

Serve it to kids with their favorite burger toppings and even picky kids might think they are eating the real thing. They don't need to know they are eating veggies and other healthy stuff (unless you want to tell them).

Pineapple Fried Rice

pineapple rice in white bowl dinner idea

When my kids were younger, they were pretty picky about what they would eat. But they all loved rice, thank goodness. So as long as I served rice in some form at dinner, everyone was happy. Especially me.

So I love, love, love this Thai Pineapple Rice recipe. It is a quick easy dinner to make for picky kids on busy weeknights that grown-ups will love too!

Best of all, you can easily switch ingredients in this super tasty recipe to adapt it to what your kids like or do not like to eat. 

Greek Pasta With Yogurt and Garlic Sauce

easy vegetarian family dinner ideas kids will eat
What a Girl

Usually, even the pickiest of picky kids will eat pasta, and this creamy Greek pasta will tempt a fussy eater for sure.

Spoiler alert: The pasta sauce is made with yogurt. 

This is one of those easy healthy vegetarian meals for picky eaters that everyone in the whole family will love. This recipe is one you want to keep in your pocket for crazy busy nights. You know, those days when you are so tired but your kids insist on eating anyway😋.

And, maybe best of all, this family dinner is very budget-friendly!!

It's a protein-packed quick healthy dinner for kids that will fill them up and keep the whole family happy and full as well!

Cheesy Quinoa Casserole

Buns In My

This easy cheesy quinoa casserole is a healthy family dinner picky kids will even love (or at least be tempted enough to try it.)

And it is super easy to switch out ingredients in this recipe so you can customize this versatile recipe just the way your fussy eater likes it.😍.

And did I mention that this recipe is very budget-friendly?? 

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