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rainbow vegetable mac and cheese vegan kids meal

Rainbow Mac & Cheese – Colorful Vegan Kids Meal

  • Author: Michelle Cehn | World of Vegan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This delicious rainbow veggie mac and cheese is perfect for kids, toddlers, and even adults. A vegan kids meal that you can actually feel good about. You can make this with boxed vegan mac or a homemade recipes (we link our favorites in the article) and a sheet pan of roasted veggies. 


Ingredients

Scale

2 boxes of boxed vegan mac and cheese (we used Goodles’ vegan mac) or one batch of homemade vegan mac and cheese, prepared according to box or recipe instructions. 

Red bell pepper, diced

Carrots, sliced into small rounds or finely diced

Yellow bell pepper, diced

Broccoli florets, finely chopped

Red onion, finely diced (use purple cabbage if your kids don’t like onion)

Drizzle of olive oil or vegetable oil 

Salt, sprinkle to taste

Pepper, sprinkle to taste


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Chop veggies of choice into small bite-sized pieces (the smaller the better for kids). We used: red pepper, orange carrots, yellow pepper, green broccoli florets, and red onion (purple). 
  3. Line baking sheet with a silicone baking mat, parchment paper, or oil, and add the chopped veggies. If you’re involving the kids, add the veggies in rainbow color order so they can have fun with the rainbow effect! 
  4. Drizzle with oil, and add a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper. Toss gently to evenly coat.
  5. Bake for around 15-30 minutes, depending on the veggies use and the size you chop everything.
  6. Prepare vegan mac and cheese according to box or recipe instructions. 
  7. Add roasted veggies to the prepared mac and cheese, mix, and serve!

Notes

Rainbow Veggie Color Options:

Red: Baby tomatoes, red bell pepper, red chili pepper (if serving to adults)

Orange: Carrots, orange bell pepper, sweet potato, pumpkin

Yellow: Yellow bell pepper, corn, squash

Green: Broccoli, green beans, zucchini, snap peas, asparagus, Brussels sprouts

Purple: Red onion, purple cabbage, eggplant

White: Cauliflower, rutabaga, button mushrooms

Keywords: vegetarian, dairy-free, plant-based, nut-free, healthy, kids, parents, party, rainbow, lunch, dinner