It's our second week of Space fun, you'll find some great Astronaut games at the bottom of this article. This week we are going to look at some great space themed snacks and astronaut food. Astronaut's need to be super fit and healthy to go into space so we are going to start with these super tasty Astro Croquettes, these are vegan and they can be frozen to save time, make a bunch over the weekend and you have a super easy addition for weekday dinners. Part cook the croquettes that you would like to freeze, allow to cool and freeze on a baking tree, transfer once frozen to food bags for better storage. Just heat them up and they are ready to go.
- 300 g mashed potato
- 100 g cooked peas
- large bunch fresh basil, chopped
- 2 tbsp pine nuts, chopped
- 3 tbsp vegan parmesan or nutritional yeast flakes (optional)
- 2 tsp ready-chopped garlic / garlic purée
- 5 tbsp chickpea flour (gram flour)
- 100 g breadcrumbs or Sweet Chilli Dried Peas blitzed into crumbs
- plain flour for dusting
- sunflower oil for frying
In a large bowl, mix together the potato, peas, basil, pine nuts, vegan parmesan/nutritional yeast and garlic.
Tip the chickpea (gram) flour into a shallow bowl and mix to a paste with 5 tbsp water - the mixture should be the consistency of beaten egg, so if it is too thick add a little more water, and if it is too thin, a little more flour.
Tip the breadcrumbs or crushed dried peas into another shallow bowl.
Flour a clean work surface, then take a quarter of the mashed potato mixture and roll it into a long sausage shape. Cut the 'sausage' into four equal lengths, then repeat with the remaining potato mixture.
Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan or saucepan - it should be about half a centimetre deep. Take each croquette, dip it first in gram flour mixture, then into breadcrumbs (it is easiest to do this with two forks), rolling it around until fully coated. Place into the oil and repeat until you have 4 or 5 frying at once (don't overload the pan), turning occasionally until they are golden brown all over.
Remove from the pan and place on kitchen paper to remove any excess oil, and repeat until all the croquettes are cooked. They can be eaten straight away, or refrigerated and reheated in the oven when needed.
For that extra special touch use these dried peas for the breadcrumbs, loads of different flavours available and they're vegan too.
These are super tasty, a must try but how about something much easier, I have included before Rocket Sandwiches as part of a kids bento lunch, so how about some star sandwiches for their bento lunch too, all you need are some star cookie cutters.
Without a doubt I find that kids love most fruit, so how about these super cool Alien fruit cups. Fill with pretty much any fruit you like, two marshmallows for eyes and just draw a face on the cup. try mixing up the fruit, use different coloured grapes, raspberries with blackberries. Share your creations on my FB page.
This is a very naughty treat, but I think it's needed every now and again. You won't believe just how super easy this is to make. Lets go. I have included at the end of this recipe an Amazon shopping list of almost everything you will need to save you time.
- 10oz Black, purple or dark cocoa Candy melts
- 1 cup Purple Candy melts
- 1 cup Blue Candy Melts
- Wilton Glitter Stars
- Wilton Pearl Dust
Melt the candy melts in individual bowls, one at a time the microwave in 30 second increments, be careful not to over cook them, you want them just melted. Line a baking tray with parchment paper (greaseproof paper) and pour the black/purple or dark cocoa candy melt over the tray. The pic looks more purple but when it hardens it turned more black.
Drizzle blue and purple candy melt over the darker colour, then using a butter knife you need to swirl and swish these colours around to look like galaxy's.
Sprinkle over the glitter stars and stick it in the fridge for 15-20minutes to harden. The stars and pearl dust are edible so they are not just there to look great. Once it is solid, remove from the fridge and add the final touch of the pearl duct brushed over. make sure the paint Bruch is really clean.
Thats it for another week, but before you go anywhere you may be interest in some of our related blog posts below. Make sure you come back next Tuesday for some great Space themed crafts that the kids are going to love.