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Popeye Parcels

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Ingredients

300g, frozen weight Frozen spinach
100g Feta cheese
Zest and juice of 1/2 Lemon
1 Egg
1/4, grated Whole nutmeg
250g pack Pre-made filo pastry
for brushing Oil

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Popeye Parcels

A great source of vitamins and minerals. 10/10 thumbs up from my kids!

Features:
    • Serves 4
    • Medium

    Directions

    Spinach, like other leafy green vegetables, is an amazing source of many vitamins and minerals (iron, calcium, vitamins A, C and many of the B vitamins)! But it’s also one of those foods that us parents often struggle to get into our little ones.

    I was amazed when my pair scoffed down this recipe in record time! So it had to be shared! It’s also a really good recipe to get your kids involved in helping to prepare. My 4 year old, enjoyed pushing the button on the blender and also using the pastry brush to “paint” on the olive oil!

    It’s a fairly quick recipe which can be made in advance and then reheated, or eaten cold. You have to work quite quickly with the ready rolled filo pastry to prevent it from drying out but it’s well worth it!

    The recipe should be ample for a family of 4 (maybe with even enough for a kiddie’s lunch the next day). I love this dish served with salad but if that’s pushing it a bit on the side for your kids, it is also great with some veg of their choice!

     

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    Steps

    1
    Done

    Defrost the spinach either in a pan of boiling water or in the microwave. Strain in a seive, using a spoon to push as much of the water out as possible.

    2
    Done

    Place the spinach, egg, lemon juice and zest, grated nutmeg and feta cheese in a mini chopper or Food processor. Blend.

    3
    Done

    Open out the filo pastry on a worktop or board. Cut through a section of the pastry to make a rectangular stack of filo pastry leaves of around 20cmx10cm.

    4
    Done

    Take 2 leaves of the cut filo and stack on top of each other. Place a tablespoon of the spinach mixture near the bottom of the sheet. Brush round the edges of the mixture with oil and fold the filo sheets over to form a triangle shape. Continue to fold the filo pastry parcel along the length of the sheets until a closed triangle is forms (see illustration). Brush with oil to seal and place the parcel onto a greased baking sheet. Repeat the process to form around 10 parcels (or until the filling is used up). Any left over filo pastry can be wrapped in cling film and frozen.

    5
    Done

    Brush the tops of the parcels with oil and bake in a pre-heated oven at 190degC for around 25 minutes, or until golden.

    Alison Lyles

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    Tried this tonight with surprising results, both my kids ate almost every morsel! Awesome! Thank you.

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