A Healthy Alternative to Sausage Rolls
Want a way to get your toddler eating more vitamins and fibre?
Believe it or not, there is an easy method that doesn't involve force-feeding them vegetables.
Today I'm going share the for one of my favourite recipes, the veggie mushroom rolls!
It's perfect because you can wrap up all those powerful nutrients in something delicious without feeling guilty about feeding him pastries every day...
and let's be honest - who wouldn’t love making their own yummy pastry?
For a lot of toddlers, mushrooms are a strange texture to get their heads round. So the secret is to enclose them in a way that most toddlers are familiar with and comfortable eating… and this recipe will do just!
Mushrooms are a healthy alternative to meat, containing more protein and fibre than most vegetables. They also contain B vitamins as well as a powerful antioxidant called selenium, which helps to support the immune system and prevent damage to cells and tissues.
They are a great source of vitamin D in particular white button mushrooms. Mushrooms are one of the few plant sources of this vitamin. Chestnuts are rich in vitamin C, in fact 100g of roasted chestnuts provides almost all of your child's daily recommendation!
So let's just get started shall we?
- 1Peel and dice the onion then heat a little olive oil in a frying pan on a medium heat. Add the onion and fry for 5 minutes.
- 2Meanwhile dice the mushrooms and chestnuts, then peel and dice the garlic. Add them to the frying pan and fry for 10 minutes.
- 3Transfer the mushroom mixture to a food processor along with the dijon mustard. Then tear the bread with your hands into smaller pieces and add it to the processor. Pulse until mostly broken down then leave the mixture to fully cool.
- 4Preheat the oven to 180°C fan. When the mushroom mixture has cooled, roll out the pastry and cut it in half lengthways.
- 5Spread half of cranberries down the middle of each half of the pastry. Next add half of the mushroom mixture down the middle of each half of the pastry.
- 6Then wrap the pastry around the filling so you are left with two long logs. Cut each log into 10 equally-sized rolls and transfer them to a lined baking tray.
- 7Brush with olive oil and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle sesame seeds
That's it... They really couldn't be easier to prepare!
The good news is that there are plenty of ways to make vegetables interesting and appealing for picky toddlers.
You can try hiding them in food they already love or offer a small amount at the end of every meal as an after-dinner palate cleanser, like with yogurt or ice cream.
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