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I had some sad looking Silverbeet in the fridge and I hate wasting food, so I decided to make these vegetarian filo parcels. They were given the two thumbs up by the whole family and Israel even asked what sort of meat was in them. #WINNINGWITHVEG!

Note, these parcels were supposed to be triangles but I just couldn’t get the wrapping to work but they tasted delicious none the less. However, I did find a Youtube video that shows how to fold them to form triangles. In hindsight, I probably should have googled ‘how to’ before setting out to make them.

This recipe was inspired by this recipe on the Olive website.

Ingredients

1 garlic clove
½ brown onion
1 stick celery
½ small sweet potato
1 small zucchini
3-4 good sized mushrooms
Bunch of silverbeet (even if it’s half dead), shredded messily
2 tbsp pine nuts
100g Feta crumbled (or use a good sprinkle of Nutritional Yeast flakes if you prefer)
Juice from half a lemon
8 sheets of filo pastry
Melted Butter and olive oil (if you wish to use dairy free, replace butter with olive oil)
Sesame seeds (optional but they look fancy)

Method

1. Defrost Filo naturally (ie. leave on the bench wrapped until defrosted).

2. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.

3. Blitz the garlic, onion, celery, sweet potato and zucchini in a food processor until diced really small.

4. Warm a good glug of olive oil over medium heat in a frying pan.

5. Sautee blitzed vegetables.

6. Blitz the mushrooms and add them to the sautéed vegetables, cook and stir over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.

7. Add in the silverbeet and cook until it wilts. You may need to add a little extra olive oil or you could even add a good splash of bone broth instead.

8. When the silverbeet is wilted, push the mixture right over to the side of the pan, then add the pine nuts. Sitr them over the heat until they start to brown.

9. Remove the pan from heat and mix the pine nuts through the vegetable mixture.

10. Crumble Feta over the vegetable mix and then squeeze the lemon juice all over.

11. Mix well but not so much that the Feta disintegrates. You still want little chunks of feta.

12. Melt about a tbsp of butter over medium heat, then remove.

13. Gently lay out 1 sheet of filo and brush it with melted butter.

14. Lay another gently over the top.

15. Slice the filo into 3 strips.

16. Place a heaped tbsp of the mixture on the top of one of the filo strips, then fold It over into a triangle, then fold it again the other way until the whole strip is used.

17. Place on a lined baking tray.

18. Repeat for the remaining mixture.

19. Brush each one with melted butter and sprinkle with sesame seeds if using.

20. Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until golden.

21. Allow to cool slightly on tray

Another 2 ways

Add some savoury mince to the mix
Use the mixture and make into a big family sized pie.


About The Author

Bel Smith

Belinda Smith is a Mum, a Health & Wellness Coach, and the creator of The Mad Food Science™ Program and The 5 Minute Healthy Lunchbox System™. Belinda has spent the past 2 years travelling Australia in their Big Green Bus “Kaley”, empowering kids to make better food choices, and making it easier for parents to get their kids eating healthier. Bel has visited 90 schools Australia wide and empowered over 20,000 children and parents to make better food choices. She is a Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Ambassador, and was dubbed “The Lunchbox Vigilante” by Channel 7 Sunrise. Bel appears regularly in national and regional TV, radio and press. Her vision is for kids to choose real food every day as their normal food.

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