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Dinner Tonight, Lunch Tomorrow: Vegetarian Recipes

There are many reasons a family might decide to go vegan or vegetarian, but one of the most important factors is to make sure your kids are getting the calcium, protein, vitamins (like D) and minerals usually found in meat, seafood and cheese, from other sources like beans, lentils and soy products like tofu, tempeh or seitan. These nutrients are essential for your child's developing body, and children all over the world don't develop wonderfully while living on a diet dictated by their culture or religion, so it's totally possible.Here are some of our favorite vegetarian recipes from Parenting.com's treasure trove:

Vegetarian Tacos

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Plus, a whole slideshow of more kid-friendly meatless meals! Click here to view the full slideshow.

Thinking about making a change in your family's diet, but unsure of how to do it or what the consequences will be? Parenting magazine contributing editor Dr. William Sears has this to say about raising a vegetarian child.

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