Dips and Nibbles

Chicken & Vegetable Sausage Rolls

If you are anything like me, then you are already trying to think of new and interesting goodies the kids can have in their lunch box, which is on the healthy side, but will make them happy too.  I have decided to cook a new lunch box /after school snack each week that I can freeze, so there is always a selection of healthy(ish) food for lunch boxes or when friends pop over.  This is the start of my baking adventures!

Chicken & Vegetable Sausage Rolls

Ingredients

1 carrot
½ – 1 zucchini
½ red onion
bunch of parsley
500g chicken skinless boneless chicken thigh
70 g fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs (or two slices of bread to be made into breadcrumbs)
1 egg (plus 1 extra egg lightly beaten)
5 sheets frozen puff pastry
Sesame Seeds

Method

Place chicken and parsley into thermomix bowl and in mince 10 seconds on reverse speed 8.  Repeat if needed.

Add carrot, zucchini and onion and chop 3 seconds on speed 5

Add minced chicken, breadcrumbs and egg and combine for 20 seconds on reverse speed 5

Place just thawed puff pastry sheets on a bench and cut in half.

Divide chicken mixture into 5, and then place half lengthwise along the centre of each piece, and repeat with other side.

Fold over pastry to make a roll, and ensure seam is underneath.  Repeat with remaining pastry and filling

Cut rolls in half and then into thirds (so you have 6 small sausage rolls from each roll)

Place rolls on a baking tray lined with baking paper.  Cut a slit into each roll and brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds (if using)

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until rolls are lightly browned

Serves: 60

Approximate calories per serve: 65  

Rice Crackers

 I love experimenting with new recipes and trying to avoid too many additives and unnatural flavours etc.  When we are entertaining I will often get a pita or lavosh bread and spray it with oil and sprinkle on some garlic and herbs and place in the oven until crispy.  It just makes a change to the normal crackers.  Well the other day I came across a recipe for crunchy rice crackers and just had to try it.  I love the Sakata plain crackers so thought I would try and make my own.

Rice Crackers1

Ingredients

110g brown rice (to be cooked)
300 g brown rice (to be milled)
1 teaspoon salt flakes
50 g oil
60 – 80 g water

Method

Pre heat oven to 200°C

Place 110g rice in basket and rinse.  Add 900g water to TM bowl and cook for 35 minutes at Varoma temperature on speed 1.

Rinse under cold water to cool, then drain.

Rinse and dry TM bowl

Add 300g brown rice and mill for 1 minute on speed 10

Add cooked brown rice, salt, oil and 60g water for 20 seconds on speed 7

If dough hasn’t formed into a ball gradually add extra water through lid

Place dough on a mat covered with baking paper and lay another sheet of baking paper over the top and roll out with a rolling pin.  It is best to get the dough to about 1 – 2mm thick.  Use a cookie cutter to cut into shapes

Place onto to lined baking trays and sprinkle with extra sea salt

Bake for approximately 30 minutes until golden

Cool on a cooling rack

 

Serves: About 70 crackers

Approximate calories per serve: 25 calories per cracker

By |February 14th, 2013|Dips and Nibbles, Lunchbox|3 Comments

Creamy Tuna and Caper Dip

This dip is a real crowd pleaser, and even if you don’t like capers don’t disregard this recipe.  You can’t even taste them.  My 6 year old loves this dip, and I know he would never willingly eat a caper!!!  The great thing about this is that is makes heaps, and you can spread left overs on sandwiches.  Trust me – it is delicious!!

Creamy Tuna and Caper Dip

Ingredients

Parsley (small bunch)
250g light cream cheese
400g canned tuna (drained)
100g whole egg mayonnaise
35g capers
juice of half a lemon

Method

Place parsley in bowl and chop 5 seconds on speed 6

Add other ingredients and chop for 20 seconds on speed 4

Serve with crackers, vegetable sticks or try my home made crunchy rice crackers Creamy Tuna and Caper Dip 2

Serves: About 11 (2 Tablespoons per serve)

Approximate calories per serve: 138

 

By |February 14th, 2013|After School Snacks, Dips and Nibbles|1 Comment