Chicken Sliders and more!

Chicken Sliders and more!

I am always on the lookout for healthy, nutritious additions to my kids’ lunch boxes. There is nothing better waking up in the morning knowing the lunch box is already taken care of, or you have something on hand to run out the door with for your busy toddler.  These chicken sliders make an amazing, quick dinner, and even better, the recipe can be adapted several ways to accommodate food sensitivities and the fussiest of eaters!

Ingredients
500 grams of chicken or turkey mince
1 clove of garlic
1 small red onion
2 tablespoons of fresh mint or parsley
1 carrot
1 small zucchini
1 egg, lightly beaten
Zest of one lemon
¼ cup of fresh breadcrumbs*
100 grams of feta cheese, crumbled or cubed*
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Mix all ingredients in a food processor, or simply mix with your hands in a large bowl. You may need to finely chop the onion, garlic and herbs, and grate the carrot and zucchini beforehand if you are using this method.

(* For GF simply use GF breadcrumbs or use quinoa flakes to bind the mixture together.  If you need dairy free, omit the feta and add cashews if nuts are tolerated, or sunflower seeds slightly crushed.)

Now the fun part…turn the mixture into whatever you fancy!

Mini meatballs

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.  Wet your hands slightly and roll the mixture into bite sized balls.  Place on a baking tray lined with paper and bake for 20-30 minutes until golden and cooked through.  Serve as meatballs or simply add some gluten free pasta and a tomato based sauce for a quick and easy dinner.

Baby Burgers

With slightly damp hands, roll into small balls and flatten slightly into a burger shape.  Lightly pan fry and serve in a baby roll with salad.

(* For a GF option, simply use a GF bun or serve in a lettuce cup.)

 

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Sausage rolls

This a great treat for a birthday party!  You could make these up and freeze them for a special occasion.  Preheat your oven to 18o degrees.  Using shortcrust or puff pastry (Borg’s, Careme pastry or make your own if time permits) cut into 15cm strips and layer mixture down the centre.  Fold the pastry together in the middle and flip your pastry over.  Glaze with beaten egg or milk of your choice (eg. Vitasoy rice milk with chickpeas).  Sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds and cut into 5cm lengths.  Bake for 20 minutes until golden and cooked through.

(* For GF pastry, try Careme although this is not suitable for those on a dairy free diet.)

 

 

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