My son has Cerebral Palsy, Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, Autism and Developmental Delay. Coleby is also on a puree food diet mainly due to him not being able to tolerate different textures of food.
I find that cooking things at home is a great way to encourage his involvement in being able to tolerate different foods. This takes the stress and anxiety out of having different foods around him. Each time we make something new, he may not eat it or even try it but it is a work in progress. I will cover food fussiness a bit later, but there are stages that your child must go through before they will eat a food and chew. Coleby goes a little further each time and we are happy with that!
I find that cooking with him also helps him to learn independent living skills. Although, he is not ready to cook on his own, he is learning about what is hot and cold, the colors and feel of different food, the smell of what is cooking, fine motor skills are improved through chopping (with my help of course).
Homemade Sausage Rolls
What do you need?
- 4 Sheets Of Puff Pastry
- 1 Tablespoon Of Milk
- 1 Egg
- 500g Beef Mince
- 1 Small Brown Onion, Finely Chopped
- 1 Carrot, Grated
- 1 Zucchini, Grated
- 3 Cloves Of Garlic, Crushed
- 1 Teaspoon Of Mixed Herbs
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Of Tomato Paste
- 1/4 Cup Of Worcestershire Sauce
- First, Preheat the oven to 220C.
- Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper
- Thaw Puff Pastry
- Combine Milk and Egg in a small jug. Whisk well.
- Combine mince, onion, carrot, zucchini, garlic, mixed herbs and sauces in a large bowl.
- Divide into 8
- Lay a sheet of puff pastry out. Cut sheet in half.
- Spoon 1/8 of the mixture down along the long side one pastry half, shaping mince mixture into a long sausage shape
- Brush opposite side with egg mixture
- Roll up pastry to enclose filling, finishing seam side down.
- Brush top of log with egg mixture.
- Cut each log into 4 parts.
- Place pieces on baking tray, 2cms apart.
- Repeat with remaining mixture.
- Bake for 20-25 mins or until golden brown
Kids will love these!