vegan meatballs with spaghetti

8 Favourite Family Friendly Vegan Dinners

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I haven’t had the time recently to create new recipes unfortunately – but now I get some natural light again in the evenings so I will start taking proper photos again, which means I can post more recipes again. At the same time, I have realised I do have a lot of my favourite veggie meals already posted to the blog, so why not create a round up for those who are looking for inspiration.

As a family it’s never easy to please everyone’s tastebuds – this I know perfectly well. Kids can have sensory issues and be picky eaters. also sometimes – like in our case – one parent is a carnivore and the other one is veggie. So it’s not easy! 

These recipes in this post though are very much family friendly vegan dinners in my view, and likely to be please everyone. In fact, some of them are perfect for even a dinner party. You never know, but we can always try, eh? Whilst I have lots of bakes and snack recipes, in this post, I’ll round up my favourite dinner recipes.

8 Favourite Family Friendly Vegan Dinners

Vegan Meat Balls With Spaghetti Recipe

Vegan Meatballs With Spaghetti

Vegan Meatballs With Spaghetti… I bet it’s a favourite meal in many households! You *could* also cheat and buy vegan meatballs in the supermarket to make it an extra quick dinner – whipping up the sauce is very easy.

Here’s how:

Ingredients:

For the vegan meat balls

  • 180 g canned chickpeas
  • 1 medium aubergine diced into small cubes
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 shallots finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 handful of fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2-3 tbsp chick pea water (aquafaba)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil for frying

For the sauce

  • 2 cans chopped tomato
  • 1 small yellow onion very finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4-5 smaller chestnut mushrooms sliced
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp dried basil or a handful of freshly chopped
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes
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For detailed instructions, click here.

vegan chilli recipe

Best Vegan Chilli Sin Carne

Another firm favourite. Chilli con carne but without meat

Ingredients:
  • 1 large yellow onion finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper diced
  • 240 g grain mince I used the Waitrose one
  • 1 can black beans drained
  • 1 can mixed beans drained
  • 1 purple carrot grated
  • 1 can diced tomato
  • 300 ml vegetable stock using one whole cube
  • 1 tsp lazy chilli or 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • handful fresh cilantro chopped

For detailed instructions click here.

Spaghetti With Creamy Butternut Squash Sauce 

Spaghetti With Creamy Butternnut Squash Sauce

This recipe combines the decadence of an unusual pasta sauce for grown ups with a taste and texture kids will love!

Ingredients:

  • 300g of spaghetti pasta
  • Half a medium butternut squash,
  • Half a leek, cleaned and cut into thin slices
  • Fresh rosemary leaves
  • 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of chilli flakes (or black pepper
  • 100g of grated Parmesan cheese (other vegan or vegetarian cheese)

Click here to read the rest of the instructions.

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites With Vegan Ranch Sauce

If the kids does not like too spicy – just reduce the hot spices. Otherwise a tasty and healthy dinner – add some chunky chips!

Ingredients:

For the Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

  • 1 medium head cauliflower broken into florets
  • 150 g plain flour
  • 300 ml oat milk or other plant based milk
  • 100 g breadcrumbs
  • 120 g margarine or plant based butter
  • 3 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 200 g buffalo hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil optional to reusable baking sheet
  • pepper to taste

For the vegan Ranch Sauce

  • 150 g cashews
  • 150 g oat milk or other plant based milk
  • 1 generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Click here to read the full instructions.

Vegan Pumpkin Soup

Vegan Pumpkin Soup – No Coconut Milk Needed!

A warming, mild and creamy soup – leave the optional chilli flakes out or just use less.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 kg roasted pumkin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 1/4 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 and half tsp maple syrup
  • 3 leaves fresh sage
  • salt and pepper to taste

Click here to read the full recipe.

sweet potato gnocchi

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

This recipe features the sweet potato gnocchi recipe as well as a vegan, creamy kale sauce going with it – but of course you can use other sauces as well.

  • 200 g roasted sweet potato
  • 100 g all purpose flour
  • salt and pepper to taste

Click here to the full instructions.

5-Minute Vegan Nut-Free Pesto Recipe

Vegan And Nut-Free Pesto Sauce

Goes well with the sweet potato gnocchi above!

Ingredients:

  • 50 g fresh basil leaves
  • 1-2 clove garlic depending on how much do you like garlic
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seed butter
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 50 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Click here to the rest of the recipe.

Roasted Red Pepper and Cauliflower Soup

Vegan Roasted Pepper And Tomato Soup

If the kids like tomato soup – you could add some pepper to it? Whilst this recipe requires roasting the veg, it’s well worth the hassle. So much better and the flavours are just explosive!

Ingredients:

  • 800 g sweet pointed peppers or Romano, roasted
  • 400 g any type of tomatoes roasted
  • 500 ml vegetable stock
  • 400 ml can of chopped tomato
  • 1 tbsp tomato concentrate
  • 1 medium red onion cut into larger chunks and roasted
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled, roasted in whole
  • 1/4 tsp dried crushed chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • handful fresh basil leaves or a tsp of dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp soft brown or muscovado sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

I hope you enjoy these family friendly vegan dinners! 

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