History isn’t our forte, but we’re pretty sure getting kids to eat more veggies has always been a parental struggle. Even if you’re a lucky one whose mini craves carrots and kale, keeping them interested becomes a whole other game — so here are your new MVPs:

These healthy school lunch ideas from our favorite plant-based caterers, Haute Chefs LA, are creative twists on classic kid food, loaded with nourishing whole food ingredients – instead of sugar, preservatives and mystery add-ins – and are as fun to eat as they are delicious. Try the two simple recipes below, or the broccoli toast idea pictured above…

Roasted Carrot Hot Dogs


4 jumbo carrots

1 1/2 Tbsp organic ketchup
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
3/4 tsp sea salt
3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 gluten-free hot dog buns


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut off the tips and stem ends of the carrots, Place carrot “hot dogs” on parchment paper-lined rimmed baking sheet and toss carrots with olive oil and some fresh herbs. Roast until well caramelized and tender fully cooked through, about 1 hour, rotating carrot hot dogs until tender and a bit al dente.

Serve each in a hot dog bun with condiments of choice. We have used our kids favorite, guacamole and some pickled carrots…

Baked Broccoli Tater Tots


2 cups broccoli
¼ cup diced yellow onion
⅓ cup cheddar cheese (or almond cheddar cheese)
⅓ cup gluten-free panko breadcrumbs
⅓ cup gluten-free Italian breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp parsley
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper


Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a baking sheet with a thin layer of oil or line with parchment paper and set aside.
Blanch the broccoli in boiling water for 1 minute then remove and shock with cold tap water to stop the cooking process. Drain well.
Chop broccoli finely and mix thoroughly with the onions, cheddar, breadcrumbs, and seasoning. Scoop about 1 1/2 tablespoons of mix using a ice-cream scoop or your hands and gently press between your hands into a firm ball then shape into a tater-tot shape.
Next, Place on prepared baking sheet. Bake until golden brown and crispy, 18-24 minutes, turning half way. Remove from the oven and enjoy hot.

Find more plant-based deliciousness from Haute Chefs here!

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