Filo Pastry - What Can I put in that is Healthy

happymum1, Oct 25, 4:35am
ive got a pack here and not sure what to do with it, want some healthy ideas please

poolgirl6, Oct 25, 4:37am
Cooked chicken with some tarragon, an egg to bind, some salami or bacon chopped, parsley or spring onions, and mix with mayo. Roll into long parcels and bake. Maybe not healthy enough!

davidt4, Oct 25, 4:43am
Given that filo pastry is not all that healthy to begin with it probably doesn't matter what you put in it.How about making a spanakopita (spinach and feta)!

eastie3, Oct 25, 5:16am
This the Healthy Food Guide recipe for an alternative to spanakopita.The link will give you plenty of filo options.!SearchableText=filo+pastry&portal_type=Recipe

genpat, Oct 25, 5:20am
Spring rolls!

elliehen, Oct 25, 5:29am
I make this regularly and I'm a picture of good health :)

1 bunch spinach or silverbeet, finely sliced
1 large onion, chopped
3 eggs
125 gms cottage cheese (half a 250gm pottle)
25 to 50 gms feta cheese crumbled
50 gms cheddar cheese, grated
1 tsp dried dill or 1/2 tsp dill seeds
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
a LITTLE salt (feta can be salty) & good grind of black pepper
handful of parsely, chopped
4 sheets filo pastry
4 tsp butter or oil for brushing (or cooking oil spray)

Steam spinach and onion for about 5 mins
Beat eggs, add cottage cheese, feta & cheddar cheese
Add steamed onion & spinach, dill, nutmeg, s & p and parsley
Pour into ovenproof dish (I use 20cms square pan for four servings)
Layer the filo sheets on top of the mix, lightly brushing each with oil or butter, turning over excess flaps at edges
Sprinkle with sesame seeds
Bake at 180*C for 30-40 mins.Can cover dish with foil for last ten minutes to stop filo burning

Source: Adapted slightly from Carolyn Gibson

Variation:Leeks & blue cheese, instead of onion & feta

elliehen, Oct 25, 5:37am
.and here's a delicious little dessert :)


In a bowl combine:
3 apples, peeled & thinly sliced
2 Tablespoons sultanas
2 teaspoons honey
squeeze lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Layer on a baking tray:
4 sheets filo, lightly brushed in between with 4 teaspoons melted butter (save a little for the top)

Spoon the filling into the middle of the pastry
Roll the pastry, tucking the ends in to form a parcel
Lightly brush the top of the parcel with the last of the melted butter
Bake for 15-20 minutes at 200*C until the filo is crisp and golden(but not burnt!)
Dust with 2 teaspoons sifted icing sugar

Source: KIWI KISS Cookbook, Random House 1994by Carolyn Gibson

frances1266, Oct 25, 5:40am
I would maybe use a mushroom filling, thicken with soy milk and cornflour,
add some stock pdr, garlic etc, maybe some peas, cooked leeks or carrots,
garlic or onion, herbs etc.

elliehen, Oct 25, 6:12am
One more.I looked for an Alison Holst baked Filo Samosa I used to make but could find only this recipe which is similar (the Holst one had a squeeze of lemon juice):

1 large potato, peeled, diced and cooked
25 g frozen peas, defrosted
25 g frozen sweetcorn kernels, defrosted
1/2 carrot, grated
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
6 sheets filo pastry
Place the potato, peas, sweetcorn, carrot, coriander, cumin and garam masala in a bowl and mix until well blended.

Cut each filo sheet into half lengthways. Take one strip of pastry and place on the work surface in front of you lengthways. Fold over the bottom right hand corner diagonally so the bottom short edge is parallel to the left hand long edge. Do not press too firmly as the crease is only to give you a guide as to where to place the filling. Pull the folded “triangle” part of the pastry back flat.

Place 2-3 teaspoonfuls of the filling to the left (top) of the crease guide, but not too near to the edges, then fold the triangle part over the filling.

Now fold the triangle with the filling away from you, thus enclosing the top part of the triangle, then fold again towards the right, keeping the triangle shape. Continue folding the triangle in this way until you come to the end of the strip of pastry. You should end up with a perfect triangle which totally encloses the filling.

Bake 10-15 minutes at 200*C.Don't burn!

happymum1, Oct 25, 7:07am
thank you all :)

pheebs1, Oct 26, 12:56am
oooh donna hay did something yummy with spinach filo riccota eggs and a tiny bit of fet
you can probably demand tv3 google it
who cares if its healthy it looked so so yum!

pheebs1, Oct 26, 12:56am
beats a microwave pie!