Do you hear those little rumbly tumblys? Make some Winnie the Pooh Veggie Sliders and Carrot Fries! This rustic, fun, and tasty meal is chock-full of vegetables and perfect for celebrating your kiddo’s favorite silly old bear—just in time for Christopher Robin, now in theaters.
As a mom, it’s really important that my family enjoys eating food that’s good for them. First encounters are key, so it’s important to create nourishing meals that look inviting and taste great too. And when weekdays hit, I turn to a few basic, make-ahead recipes to work from—including this tasty one.
You don’t have to look far into Rabbit’s vegetable garden to find all the ingredients you’ll need to create this lip-smacking meal. The recipe starts with veggie patties loaded with a wholesome harvest of ingredients—tender white beans, crunchy carrots, and sweet red peppers. As a shortcut, you can even shape the patties ahead of time, keep them in the fridge, then bake them up just before serving. Top with some lettuce and a dollop of Simply HEINZ Ketchup. Then, to add a fun character that littles ones will love, create Pooh’s lovable face from whole wheat buns and black olives. Add crispy Carrot Fries on the side and an easy (and nutritious) dinner is served!
On the weekend, wrap them up into a picnic basket for your little one to enjoy on your next adventure through the Hundred Acre Wood. Winnie the Pooh would be so proud!
For adorable sliders and “fries” of your own, be sure to grab some Simply HEINZ Ketchup, which is made with only real ingredients and no high-fructose corn syrup.
Winnie the Pooh Veggie Sliders with Carrot Fries
- CARROT FRIES:
- 4 Cups store-bought carrot sticks
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/8 Tsp salt
- 1/2 Tsp black pepper
- VEGGIE PATTIES:
- 1 15-ounce can white beans, drained
- 1/3 Cup red bell peppers, finely diced
- 1/3 Cup carrots, grated
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/4 Cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
- 3/4 Tsp onion powder
- 1/4 Tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 Tsp black pepper
- Non-stick vegetable oil spray
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 12 whole wheat slider buns or dinner rolls, cut in half horizontally
- 8 lettuce leaves
- 9 Tbsps Simply HEINZ Ketchup or HEINZ Ketchup Sweetened with Honey
- 4 large black olives
- MATERIALS: food brush, 1” round cutter or small water bottle cap, kitchen scissors
All baking should be done by an adult. Also, we recommend a serving size of 1 slider and a 1/2 cup of Carrot Fries per person.
Make the Carrot Fries: Preheat the oven to 425° F. Place the carrot sticks on a large baking sheet, then drizzle them with olive oil. Gently toss the sticks until they are evenly coated with oil. Spread them out in 1 even layer. Bake them for 20-25 minutes until they’re golden brown. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper just before serving.
Make the Veggie Patties: Preheat the oven to 375° F. Place the drained beans in a mixing bowl, then use the back of a fork to roughly mash them. Add the red bell peppers, carrots, egg, breadcrumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper. Mix them all together until everything is just incorporated.
Cook the Veggie Patties: Prep a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray a 1/4 measuring cup with non-stick spray. Measure out 1/4 cup of the veggie patty mixture, placing the scoops on the baking sheet. Repeat this process to make 8 scoops of veggie patty mix, placing each 2” apart. Spray the bottom of the same measuring cup with non-stick spray. Flatten each scoop of patty mix to 3” round. Then brush the tops of the patties with olive oil. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Remove them from the oven and set aside.
Make Pooh’s Ears: Use the extra 4 buns to create Pooh’s ears. For best results, use the flat, bottom side. Flatten them using a rolling pin, then cut out rounds using the 1” cutter. Cut 2 slits on either side of your buns. Slide the ears in.
Create Pooh’s Face: Use a straw, knife, and/or scissors to cut the olives. Add a dab of Simply HEINZ Ketchup, and attach them to the buns.
Assemble the Sliders: Place the bottom buns on a work surface, then top each with a lettuce leaf, a cooked veggie patty, and a dollop of ketchup. For an extra seal of approval from Winnie the Pooh, swap for HEINZ Ketchup Sweetened with Honey—it has the delicious HEINZ taste, but is made with real ingredients and naturally sweetened with only honey.
To finish off the sliders, add the decorated top buns. Then enjoy with the Carrot Fries!