Easy Vegan Recipes to make with the kids

Before and during the early phases of the pandemic, we have all gone into panic mode sourcing products we considered essential to our daily diet. That has made us appreciate our ingredients and think about food in a different way. For example, during lockdown I have been thinking more about the ingredients that affect my mood, i.e. sustainable food that makes me feel good, and how I could minimise waste. My family and I have tried to shop with more sustainable food brands. We have been inspired by Good Hemp Londoner’s guide of all the best food delivery services to eat more vegan meals and have put together easy and delicious vegan recipes to make with the kids – which I have sourced from my dear Italian friend. Dessert recipes are great but kids should learn also how to cook everything else. I have always involved my son in cooking as well as baking and I can confidently say that once he’ll leave the nest in a few years’ time he will be more than capable of making himself nutritious meals. Here are our favourite vegan meals in a dish!

Vegan Burgers

Ingredients

  • 400 g pre-cooked chick peas
  • 1 garlic clove spicchio d’aglio
  • Parsley (as needed)
  • 2 tsp of oats
  • 2 tsp breadcrumbs
  • 1 small tsp curry spice

Extra virgin olive oil (as needed)

  • Salt and pepper (as needed)

 

Method

Wash, dry and finely cut the parsley and the garlic.
With a fork press down the chick peas until you get a rough mash. Add the mix of garlic and parsley to the chick peas mash, then the oats, the breadcrumbs, curry and, if necessary, a little bit of extra virgin olive oil to make the paste softer. Mix everything well with salt and pepper.

Make the hamburgers in the shapes or sizes you like then cook them. Put them on a baking paper sheet on a tray. Oven at 180°C for 20-25 minutes.

 

Vegan aubergine dumplings

Ingredients

350 g Aubergine

250 g Potatoes

50 g Flour

2 Small branches of fresh thime

Breadcrumbs (as needed)

  • Salt and pepper (as needed)

Extra virgin olive oil (as needed)

 

Method

Cook the potatoes (better if baked with its peel in the microwave rolled in kitchen paper. Alternatively boil them in salty water for 30 minutes). They need to be soft. If you use small potatoes, the cooking time is shorter. Once cooked, peel them and make a mash, then leave them to cool.

Meantime, prepare the aubergines. Wash and peel them then cut them in small cubes. Fry them with oil, salt and a tiny bit of hot water. Put the lid on the pan `and leave them soften for 15 minutes. They need to be soft enough to be cut with just a fork. Once everything is cool, make the dumplings, mixing the aubergines to the potato mash, adding pepper and thime leaves. Add flour little by little to obtain a harder paste so that you can easily make the dumplings. Once you’ve made the dumplings, cover them in breadcrumbs and fry them until they are golden.

Serve the vegan dumplings hot.

Enjoy this precious time with the children and make your very own vegan memories for the years to come!

 

On the Good Hemp website there are delicious vegan recipes to make. Here are my favourite ones.

 

Thai Red Curry with Hemp Crusted Tofu

Full recipe available here.

This delicious vegan curry was created by Dan and Jess of @Vegan_Punks. It’s the perfect comfort food if you’re feeling a bit down or if you want to prepare a big meal for the special occasion. One of the best things about hemp is its versatility. As a plant it can be used for so much from clothing and building materials to skincare and food and drink. But even within food and drink, hemp seeds go with everything, sweet or savoury. This recipe in particular uses hemp seeds in to coat tofu! Anyone who has experienced tofu knows that it is not designed to be eaten by itself, however it absorbs flavour really well so can be a great canvas. Here, the hemp seeds and desiccated coconut create a crust around the tofu which has first been brushed with miso paste and soy sauce. Here they’re served floating in a Thai red curry, but they can also be made as a snack/starter on their own.

Whenever you decide to make it, we’re sure you’ll love the rich curry flavours and the hemp-crusted tofu that tops the whole thing off.

 

Hemp Seed Streusel Muffins

Whether you are following a vegan diet or not, it is important to try new food and make vegan recipes with the children to educate them to variety in the diet. Enjoy these vegan recipes and send us your pictures and comments. 

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