So, whose got lunch box anxiety already as back to school week approaches? We all know there’s a silent lunch box war that goes on between the mums; “Wow that kids lunch has so much variety and it’s so healthy! Her lunch box is filled with different things every day, I wish I had the time to be so creative!” We may not talk about it but there’s definitely competition within the school grounds, parents vying for whose kid has the best lunch box masterpiece.
There is also another anxiety which is even more worrying and that’s the playground envy! When we were kids we were given a piece of fruit, carrots, celery and cheese sticks, maybe a muesli bar if we were super lucky, and either a vegemite sandwich or a jam roll. Well today that dullness just ain’t ‘gunna’ cut it! Kids these days want (and demand) variety and the little darlings will be sure to let you know when their lunch box is down right boring (cause it’s not like we do anything else for them is it?!).
Well, here’s one super easy recipe to change things up a bit in the lunch box department (whether they deserve it or not, we don’t want them to feel sad when they look at their best mates vegetables cut artistically into the shape of an Escargatoire of snails – yes, ok, I googled ‘group of snails’ – now, do we?)
3 x sheets of puff pastry (almost thawed)
2 x tablespoons of vegemite
3 x cups of grated cheese
1 x egg beaten
1. Preheat oven to 220C and line 2-3 flat baking trays with baking paper.
2. Lay one pastry sheet out on a board or table (keep the others in the fridge so they don’t soften too much). Spread vegemite over pastry sheet then sprinkle the grated cheese over the top.
3. Roll up the pastry starting at the edge closest to you. Be careful not to roll them too tight.
4. Cut the roll into about 12 pieces and place cut side up on the tray, making room between each in case they spread a little.
5. Repeat steps 2, 3 and 4, with the remaining two sheets.
6. Brush the tops of the scrolls with the egg and place in the oven for about 15 minutes or until pastry is golden and cheese is melted.
Enjoy! This is also a great recipe for the kids to help with too!
(Originally adapted and altered slightly from www.taste.com.au)
TIP: Instead of vegemite, you can use diced bacon to make mini bacon and cheese scrolls! Mmmmm!