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Vegetable sausage rolls recipe

Embrace meat-free Mondays with these delicious veggie sausage rolls. Food photography by Darrin James
By Faye James

It’s easier to cram more nutrition into your meals if you embrace vegetarian and vegan meals for at least one day a week. These delicious rolls are high in fibre and delicious for lunch or picnics. Makes 16 rolls. Takes 10 minutes to prepare and 25 minutes of cooking time.

Ingredients for vegetable sausage rolls recipe

300 g sweet potato, roasted

400 g tin red kidney beans

1 zucchini, grated

1 red onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp tomato puree

salt and pepper to taste

2 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

375 g ready-made puff pastry

1 egg, whisked

sesame seeds, for sprinkling

Method to make vegetable sausage rolls recipe

Preheat the oven to 220°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.

Scoop out the flesh from the roasted sweet potato and place in a food processor along with kidney beans, zucchini, onion, garlic, tomato puree, spices and seasoning. Blitz until smooth to create your ‘sausage’ filling.

Unroll the puff pastry and cut in half lengthwise. Place sausage filling into the two pastry strips. Roll up then divide into sausage rolls. 

Brush with egg and top with sesame seeds.

Bake for around 25 minutes until the pastry is golden brown.

Citro food tips

Don’t like kidney beans? Firm tofu also works well in this recipe. If you want a healthier version of store-bought puff pastry, try using lighter filo pastry. You can also seek out spelt pastry, which uses a heavier wholemeal flour.

Succulent sweet potato

Orange sweet potatoes contain phytoestrogens and beta-carotene, a carotenoid and potent antioxidant that your body transforms into vitamin A. 

Open sesame

Sesame seeds have been found to improve the blood lipids in menopausal women. Black sesame seeds are also a great source of calcium to support bone health.

Faye James is a member of the Nutrition Council Australia and associate member of the Australian Menopause Society. She is the author of The Menopause Diet.

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