Nanna's Pinwheels

The Huz and I are united, and at war with Miss 5. Food battles, she just isn't very interested in food, there's always something far more important going on.

Her food repertoire is rather limited to say the least, I'm baring my parenting flaws here, please be kind. I want LouisaG to be a space that offers support, without judgement. We all have challenges, and frustrations, by sharing them we can find a way. Miss G's menu consists of:

chicken nuggets
tuna paties {sometimes}
toast and vegemite
toast and apricot jam {definitely no butter}
Vegemite sandwich
Vegemite + cheese toasties {the only time cheese is ok}
dry biscuits

Oh and Cruskits, Vegemite and cheese is on the list. Apparently now that she is five she likes cheese. I'm getting some mileage out of that addition. The words "you're five now, you'll probably like rice and veggies".....

You've all heard the you-have-to-offer-a-food-to-a-child-19-times-before-they'll-eat-it theory, right? I'm calling bullshit. She just won't freakin' try anything, it drives me mad. I mean, we don't ask for much, if she tries a food, and doesn't like it, that's totally cool, at least she's tried it. Well at least it would be if she would TRY SOMETHING, ANY FREAKING THING.

She gags when she puts an apple, a piece of carrot, even a pea into her mouth. Gags! The food issue has been going on for years, and we just aren't making progress.

So today I've made my Nanna's pinwheels recipe in the hopes i'll be able to trick her into eating some of those nasty gag worthy foods she hates so much.

This recipe originates from a Womens Weekly recipe book, circa 1986 but i've adapted it for the thermomix. If you don't have a thermie you can certainly still do it, just grate the carrot, onion and apple, and hand-mix the mince.

Fingers crossed these go down well, and the veggies are smuggled enough.

Ingredients ::

  • 2 carrots, peeled, topped and tailed, chopped in 2cm pieces
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons mango chutney
  • 500 g mince
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 3 sheets puff pastry
  • 1 egg white

The great thing about this recipe is you can throw in any left over veg you may have in the fridge.

Method ::

  • Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  • Separate frozen puff pastfy and place on bench so the pastry is defrosted when you have your mince prepared.
  • Place carrots in the thermie, 6 seconds on speed 5 to produce grated consistency
  • Add apple and onion, 4 seconds on speed 4
  • Add mango chutney and curry powder, 2 seconds, speed 4
  • Add mince, 20 seconds, speed 4
  • Place mince mix on each sheet of pastry, smooth out over pastry, leaving a 10cm portion on one end 
  • Roll sheet, using egg white to "stick" down the end. Use egg white to go over each completed roll
  • Using a serrated knife, cut each roll into finger wide portions {gives you approx 10-12 per roll}
  • Place each pinwheel on a tray lined with baking paper, bake for 20 minutes, turning half way.

Do you have a tricky little person to feed? Comment here with your proven meals or techniques, parents EVERYWHERE will thank you.