Kids parties are notorious for crappy food. Nuggets, pizza, chips and lollies abound. When I talked to Bupa about creating a lifestyle series we decided to do not only how to exercise with kids underfoot, but also, some ideas for healthier kids parties.
I’m not the fun police, so I think a few treats at a birthday are fine, but mixing it up with some healthier options that they don’t even know are good for them is a great way to keep the balance.
Chopping fruit with cookie cutters and sticking them on skewers is a fun way to serve melons or pineapple. Lots of colourful vegetables with dips, or crackers are great for little hands to grab in between games and playing. Vibrantly coloured tables are super inviting so mix it up with lots of different delicious foods.
It’s hard to go past a good old sausage roll, and these bad boys are delicately flavoured for little people with fennel and mustard seeds and have some sneaky vegetables inside.
This series also has strawberry and cocoa trifles and my irresistible carrot cupcakes so keep watching for more sneakily healthy party ideas.
Healthy Mini Sausage Rolls
Yield : 27 depending on how big you make them
What you will need :
- 250g turkey mince
- 250g pork mince
- 1/2 onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 zucchini, finely grated
- 1/2 carrot, finely grated
- 2 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 3 sheets ready rolled puff pastry
- 1 egg yolk
- sesame and poppy seeds
- sauce to serve
What you need to do :
Preheat oven to 200C
Place your fennel and mustard seeds in a dry frypan over a medium heat and toast until lightly golden and fragrant. Pop into a mortar and pestle and give them a good bashing.
Lightly fry your onion until it is translucent.
Toss your pork, veges and onion and spices into a bowl and mix together thoroughly. Season well.
Cut your sheet of pastry into three by three equal slices up and across. Using a tablespoon to measure out your mixture, roll up your little sausage rolls until the mixture is finished.
Brush rolls with egg yolk and sprinkle with the seeds, before popping them into the oven until they are golden brown – about 20 mins.
Serve with sauce, naturally.