HEALTHY SNACK: Meat and Vegetable Cookie

Makes: about 45 small cookies
Preparation Time:
30 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour (two 30 minute lots)
Our family loves these. Here’s why:

  • Delicious healthy snack!
  • Portable (just need to keep them cold).
  • Good for lunch boxes.
  • Great for toddlers who like to snack on the go.
  • Meat, vegetables, oats, that is pretty much it.
  • Accompany with hamburger ingredients and you have a meal.
Healthy snack image

Ingredients

I don’t usually measure – the recipe is very forgiving. I’ve also experimented with adding other vegetables and that has worked fine too. Play and enjoy!

Makes about 45 small hamburger patties. Unfortunately, for my family of 4, they don’t even last 24 hours unless I ration them.

Hamburger Patties

  • 1 Medium sweet potato
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1 kg Mince
  • 2 cups of quick oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of Soy Sauce
  • Fresh ginger (I use about 30 grams/ 1 Ounce, about 1.5 inches long)
  • Honey (optional, not low FODMAP)
  • Onion and garlic (optional, not low FODMAP)

Hamburger Sides

We don’t use bread – just the fillings on a plate. Here are our favourites:

  • Baby Spinach leaves
  • Fetta cheese
  • Hummus
  • Corn
  • Fried egg
  • Pineapple
  • Tomatoes

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C (356 F).
  2. Cut the sweet potato into lengths about an inch wide (2.5cm). Steam the sweet potato for 30 minutes (See the time-saving tip below). Mash.
  3. Fry the onion and garlic until soft (if you are including this).
  4. Grate the raw carrot and zucchini.
  5. Throw all ingredients into a huge bowl and mix (our 3 litre bowl was only just big enough).
  6. Separate into little hamburger patties, and place on baking paper on a tray.
  7. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes.
Time-saving tip
I’m slow at peeling. So I steam sweet potato with the skin on. With a bit of encouragement, the skin just slides off after cooking. Image of peeling cooked sweet potato
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Nicky Weeks
Psychologist (PhD) at Practical Research Parenting
Hi, I'm Nicky, Mum of 2, and a psychologist (PhD/Masters). I am passionate about helping people to improve their quality of life and believe that healthy eating an important part of that. When we moved out in 2009 we cut out all processed foods, including grains, and gradually reintroduced things to see how we felt. I hadn't felt sick before, but after changing our diet I had more energy, felt less tired, and no longer had the tummy troubles that I previously thought were a normal part of life. Finding time to cook healthy food for 3 meals a day, when it was just Tim and me was one thing. Now we have two little ones, and keeping up a stock of healthy meals and portable snacks is a challenge. I hope to share what I have learned about raising a real-food-family.

Nicky Weeks

Hi, I'm Nicky, Mum of 2, and a psychologist (PhD/Masters). I am passionate about helping people to improve their quality of life and believe that healthy eating an important part of that. When we moved out in 2009 we cut out all processed foods, including grains, and gradually reintroduced things to see how we felt. I hadn't felt sick before, but after changing our diet I had more energy, felt less tired, and no longer had the tummy troubles that I previously thought were a normal part of life. Finding time to cook healthy food for 3 meals a day, when it was just Tim and me was one thing. Now we have two little ones, and keeping up a stock of healthy meals and portable snacks is a challenge. I hope to share what I have learned about raising a real-food-family.

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