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Carrot & Zucchini Sausage Rolls December 13, 2008

A way to hide a bit of extra veg in to trick the kiddies into eating it.  I got this idea from my Aunt, and it’s brilliant!  the sausage rolls are so much nicer with the carrot and zucchini in them (moist and extra flavour) and you don’t even notice it’s “veg” in there!

1 large package sausage mince
pastry sheets
1 egg to glaze
1 small zucchini, grated
1 large carrot, grated
1 small onion grated (optional)

1). Mix the meat and vegetables together
2). Cut a pastry sheet into 3rds or halves, and lay a strip of mixture up the sheet close to one edge, then roll over to make a long sausage roll
3). cut into smaller sausage rolls, brush with egg and bake at about 200C for around 15 mins.


Meat & Veg Party Pies November 18, 2008

Home made mini pies with hidden vegies!


Puff pastry sheets
Small pasta or rice (optional)
potatoes (optional)
Cooked lentils (Optional)
Tinned chopped tomato (optional)
Gravy powder

Steam vegetables (broccoli, pumpkin, carrot, etc), putting the pasta in the bottom of the steamer to boil. If you want to make potato topped pies (shepherd’s pies) , put potatoes on in another pot to make mashed potato. Once vegetables are steamed, lightly mash them. Once potato is cooked, mash with enough milk to form a creamy mash.

Fry the mince (you can include garlic, onion & seasoning if you wish) in a dry saucepan. Once browned, strain off any fat and return to the pan.  Add the cooked pasta/rice, steamed vegetables and enough tinned tomato (or use stock or liquid from boiling/steaming vegetables with a little tomato paste) to cover and bring to the boil. Add lentils if you wish.  Mix gravy powder with about 1/4cup water and pour into the mixture. Stir until thickened.

Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Take pastry sheets and cut into 9 squares. Lightly grease the insides of a muffin tin and lay a pastry square into it. The points will poke out, leave them… Spoon the mince mixture in and fold those points over, then top with a scoop of mashed potato if you wish, or just leave the tops open

Bake at around 200°C until golden brown.


Vegetable Pikelets November 16, 2008

1 small zucchini, grated
1 carrot, grated (or pumpkin)
1tb Orange Juice
1/2 cup Self Raising Flour
1/2 Cup Wholemeal SR Flour
1/2 tsp butter/margarine/oil
1 Egg
3/4 cup milk

Cook the zucchini and carrot in the orange juice until tender. Mix the flours, egg and milk together in a bowl. Add the zucchini/carrot mix and combine well. Heat a saucepan and grease with the butter/marg/oil. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the pan, and flip when bubbles form.


Sneaky Vegie Pizza

Filed under: For Kids — obsidian @ 1:18 pm
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(My daughter likes to pile everything in the centre it seems)

Most parents are trying to get their kids to eat more veg right? Well actually I’m blessed with a daughter who actually asks for things like brussle sprouts, but I know that for some parents, hiding veg in things is the only way to get it in. So here’s an idea for you.

Instead of tomato paste on a pizza base, you might like to try steaming some vegetables, and mashing/pureeing them and spread that on the pizza bases…. either as is, or mixed with tomato paste……Things like pumpkin, potato, sweet potato work best…. you might be able to sneak some green stuff on there depending on how receptive your kids are. We make a big deal of it – we brew up a “health potion” to put on the pizzas to “make us healthy”, and that’s apparently fun 🙂  but you may want to put it on a bit more covertly if that’s not going to fly with your kids…You might also be able to get the kids to add peas and corn to the pizza (I personally love corn on pizza)

Don’t forget things like capsicum, mushrooms, onions – they are vegetables!

Another idea is to thinly slice potato, pumpkin or sweet potato, steam until soft, then cool and cut into shapes with cookie cutters and lay those on the pizza. Come on, who wouldn’t want a dinosaur on their pizza?

Pretty much I think if it looks like a pizza, and the kids can decorate it themselves, then it should be a hit… so you can try and sneak some things in there 😀

If you make your own pizza bases, you can let your kids make their own pizzas, so you can have your own to your tastes, and they can have theirs