The daily fight to get kids to eat veggies won’t be as arduous once you sneak veggies into delicious puff pastry and include cheese. It’s even better when the kiddos can help make these really awesome pockets o’ num. This recipe is not only easy, but also a deviation from the normal every day dinner plan. Sneak tasty veggies into your kids meals with veggie-ful croissants.

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
1/2 cup carrots, stems removed
1/2 cup broccoli, stems removed
1/2 red onion, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons nonfat cream cheese
1/4 cup low fat cheddar cheese
salt and pepper, to taste
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon water

Adult: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with a layer of parchment paper. Lay out the defrosted puff pastry on a flat surface and cut it into 4 equal squares.

Together: Place the broccoli, carrots and onion into a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped and transfer to a mixing bowl.

Kid: Fold the cream cheese and cheddar cheese into the chopped vegetables using a spatula, taking care to ensure the cheese is evenly distributed.

Adult: Season the vegetable cheese mixture with salt and pepper to taste. Place the egg yolk and water together in a small bowl and whisk until combined.

Together: Scoop heaping spoonfuls of the veggie cheese mixture one half of the puff pastry squares. Fold the other half over the veggie mixture, creating a triangle shape. Seal the dough by pressing along the sides with your fingertips. Turn the corners towards the center of the croissant.

Kid: Brush each croissant with the egg yolk and water mixture using a pastry brush. All cooks should take care to wash their hands after handling raw eggs.

Adult: place the egg washed croissants onto the parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the croissants are golden brown. Transfer to a rack to cool and enjoy!

Serves 4

Source: This recipe comes to us from Michelle of The Kid Can Cook!

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