March 25, 2013 posted by littlewhitecottage

Meat Free Monday – Vegetables and cream cheese parcels (or ‘presents’ as my boys called them!)

Sometimes I fancy myself as a bit of a chef who can take the left over bits and bobs from the fridge and mix them all up together to make something new and delicious for my family. Also in this dream my children think it’s a wonderful idea and are willing to try and not just try my new creation but eat it all up withough looking at it like it’s something I just found in the bin. Once the mist has cleared I am left looking into the fridge at the 1/2 a carrot and couple of courgettes then I quickly fall back down to earth…

I found some frozen ready made pastry in the freezer the day before so I decided to get it out as that would force me into thinking about what I could do with it. I noticed in the fridge I had lots of veggies and a couple of tubs of cream cheese which isn’t something I usually buy but I had used it for a recipe with my Beaver group so it needed using up and I though today was the day. After defrosting the pasty I rolled it out and cut it into 4 equal pieces…

pastry 1

I stir-fried a diced onion and 4 cloves of crushed garlic in the pan and then added carrots, parsnips, mushrooms, broccoli, and courgettes. In fact you could add anything you have in the fridge vegetable wise and also diced potatoes. I sprinkled a vegetable stock cube over the mix and then added half a cup of water and covered with a lid to simmer and cook for about 10 minutes. I stirred the mixture every so often so it didn’t stick and also kept an eye on how much water was still left.

pastry 2

Once the mix was cooked ‘al dente’ I then spooned it into the middle of the pasty rectangles.

pastry 3

I added a little of the watery sauce to the vegetables but not so much that it overflowed.

I then put a large dollop of the cream cheese onto the top of the vegetables.

pastry 4

I pulled the opposite corners together and joined them.

pastry 5

I pulled the other 2 opposite corners to the middle and then joined them. Once this was done I needed to close up the gaps so none of the sauce leaked out!

pastry 6

I did this for all 4 of the parcels.

pastry 7

I cooked them in the oven for about 20 minutes (or until they are golden brown and the pastry has puffed up a bit) at 180 degrees. This is my favourite temperature if I have no idea how high to cook something and it’s done me quite well so far!

Here’s what they looked like when they came out.

pastry 8

The cheese had melted just a little so it mixed with the veggie juice and created a bit of a sauce. My 9 year old attacked it like he’d never eaten before and my 2 littlies had a go but as it was the first time they’d seen anything like this they were hesitant. I loved it and could have eaten another one though..!

You could put anything in the parcel really or have them uncovered and put cheese, tomatoes, and basic and create a mini pizza. I’m really keen to have a go to see what we can do. I’m sure there is scope for sweet versions too. The world (and the fridge) is my oyster it seems.



  • Ohhh, sounds soooo yum!

  • I love this I will definitely be trying this out

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