Keeping Isabella's vegetable intake up takes a bit of forward planning, especially as she goes in and out of liking different foods so often. I read somewhere that children are often wary of green foods because thousands of years ago we were programmed to notice them as something that could be poisonous. Now I don't know whether that's actually true, but Isabella certainly seems to be wary of green vegetables a lot more than any other colour. These pork and apple rolls are free from processed meat, salt, are packed full of vegetables and freeze really well. They're ideal to picnics during the summer and adults will love them too!
What you'll need:
1 Sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 Carrot, peeled
1 Parsnip, peeled
1 Onion, peeled
1 Green pepper, deseeded
1 Apple, cored
300g Pork mince
1 pack of ready rolled puff pastry
2 tsp Dried sage
1 tsp Dried Thyme
Black pepper, to taste
1 tsp Milk
What to do:
1) Preheat the oven to 180'C. Using the grater attachment on a blender, grate the onion, carrot, parsnip, apple and green pepper. If you don't have a blender with a grater attachment you could grate the vegetables by hand.
2) Place the sweet potato into a microwaveable bowl, add a splash of water and cover with clingfilm. Microwave on high for 7 minutes. Add the grated vegetables into the bowl and microwave for a further 3 minutes. Leave to cool slightly.
3) Mix the cooked vegetables well, so that the sweet potato is mashed and the vegetables are well combined. Add the sage, thyme and pepper.
4) Add the egg and pork mince to the vegetable mixture. Mix thoroughly.
5) Unroll the pastry and cut into two (length ways), so that you have two long strips of pastry.
6) Spoon the pork mixture into the middle of each strip of pastry. Make sure you don't put too much mixture in the middle, as it will burst out when cooked.
7) Use a pastry brush to brush on the milk around the edges of the pastry. Fold one edge of the pastry to join the other, completely covering the pork mixture. Press down the joined edges with a fork to seal it.
8) Using a sharp knife cut the pastry into whichever size rolls you would like. Transfer onto a lined baking tray.
9) Cook for 20-25 minutes or until the pastry is browned and the filling is cooked. Leave to cool slightly and enjoy warm.
How do you try and sneak vegetables into your children's food?
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