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This may not be the food that attracts them with vegetarian dishes, but my 5-year-old son has been vegetarian for 2 years. And the interesting thing here is that these vegetarian dishes are all from the book: "20 Minutes Ketogenic Vegan Cookbook: 50 Quick & Easy Vegan Recipes For A Healthy Life" on AMAZON. Please try it
 

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Isn't it the case that nearly all parents
"force" their children to do some things
or would if the child wasn't compliant.
Whatever the effect of day care on children
isn't it chosen for them and they've got to go.
Just being completely dependent on a parent
means somewhat that children are compelled
to follow.
If a child declared they wanted to have alcohol
with dinner wouldn't many parents do some
forcing or would they offer alcohol or not with
dinner. A wine list to go with the meat of the night?
So force vegetarianism. Besides whatever
benefits come from the diet just having them
stick to it will develop discipline within them;
a capacity to set a course and stay with it, to
design their own life. They need not be led by
their taste buds or be swayed peers. They should
travel moral and/or empathetic paths.
You know those movie scenes when they find
the monster's or bad animal's cave and it's filled
with bones? Animals don't have garbage removal
so the bones just accumulate and that's just how it
goes with eating meat. I forget the exact numbers
but I think an American male meat eater has a house-
sized pile for a legacy.
Those children that have never eaten meat have no
pile and perhaps you can tell them when they're
eighteen that then they can start eating meat but
you're going to give them a clean slate to start their
adult life with. Then they can decide with the fullest
understanding of the step they're about to take.


"I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death"
~ Edna St. Vincent Millay
 
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I got my kids when I was 26, a complete vegetarian by that time, and as they grew up they were keen to explore different possibilities. They more often enjoyed creativity that was required when we were not making the meat based food, and one of them turned vegetarian too. Myself as a kid, I rarely ate meat but I eat it just enough to get by, as we lived on a farm, so it was still a healthy intake, but I wasn't forced, nor I force my kids into anything. It is important to present them with possibilities.
 

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I don’t think forcing kids is the option. Of course, you want them to have a healthy balanced diet, but if this doesn’t come naturally, you don’t have to force them. There are actually so many ways to make them eat vegetarian dishes without even realising it. For example, you could prepare their meals saying that it’s a normal nugget, but in fact it’s made out of cheese and chickpeas. Just try to play around with them and see if they notice anything. Also, you can make them smoothies or juices instead of forcing them to eat plain vegetables and fruits. You could also order a lot of vegetarian food from https://dietmenus.com. They have a lot of different options there.
 
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