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Chicken, Coriander and Corn Dumplings

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I think we have already established that I am a bit of an Asian food fanatic and my latest escapades in the kitchen definitely do not suggest otherwise! Though these little morsels may look complicated and perhaps more effort than they’re worth..think again!! Once you’ve got all the ingredients in front of you they are actually super easy to prepare and only take a few minutes to cook!  And the best part? You can alter the filling ingredients all you like to keep things interesting! I’m thinking adding some seafood into the mix may be next on my list of things to try! These dumplings are the perfect party starters or as a delicious little meal on their own!

Chicken, Coriander and Corn Dumplings

(Makes 20-25 dumplings. Serves 5-6 for Entree)

What you need…IMG_5143

  • 250g chicken breast mince
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • ¼ bunch coriander, finely chopped, plus extra to garnish
  • 2 shallots finely chopped
  • kernels from 1 large corn cob
  • ½ packet round wonton wrappers

For the dipping sauce:

  • 2-3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil

What to do…

For the dipping sauce, place all ingredients in a small serving bowl and stir to combine. Set aside until ready to serve.

For the dumplings, place all the filling ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well to combine. Place a heaped teaspoon of filling onto one half of each wrapper. Then run a damp finger around the edge of the wrapper before folding and pleating the

edges to seal. Set aside under a damp cloth until ready to cook.

Place a large steamer lined with baking paper over a large saucepan or wok of simmering water. Steam the dumplings in batches for 4-5 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer to a serving plate to cover and keep warm.

Serve with the homemade dipping sauce and enjoy with friends over a lovely glass of Pinot Gris or crisp lager.

Enjoy!

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Zucchini Noodles with Healthy Bolognaise

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IMG_4663MMMmmm MMMMMmmm a big bowl of steaming spag bol on these chilly winter nights? Yes please!!! Traditionally not always considered the healthiest of evening meals, my healthy spag bol is low in fat, “carb friendly” and packed full of veges making it sure to please even the most health conscious of guests! Swapping the traditional wheat based spaghetti for some green goodness this veggie based “pasta” dish is gluten free and looooaaaded with fibre and essential nutrients to help keep us looking and feeling our best from winter’s beginning til end! Give it a whirl..I promise it wont disappoint!

Zucchini Noodles with Healthy Bolognaise

(Serves 4 people)

 

–       4x zucchinis

–       1 large red chilli, seeds removed, finely diced

–       2 cloves garlic, crushed

–       1 brown onion, diced

–       400g lean beef or pork mince

–       2 tbsp salt reduced tomato paste

–       1 can diced tomatoes

–       1 large carrot, grated

–       ¾ cup brown lentils

–       ½ capsicum, diced

–       1 cup mushrooms, chopped

–       ½ cup torn basil leaves

 

Firstly, to prepare your zucchini noodles use either a peeler, julienne peeler or mandolin. For wide fettuccini style “pasta” use a standard vegetable peeler. Spaghetti-like noodles can be achieved using a julienne peeler or mandolin.

Whichever you choose, cut the ends off the zucchinis and start peeling lengthways. When you approach the seeds, turn the zucchini and continue slicing. Discard the middle section with the seeds, as they will prevent the noodles from holding together. Once you have finished, set the noodles aside until ready to serve. Note: You do not need to cook the noodles, as the hot bolognaise sauce should warm them up nicely!

Place a large heavy based saucepan over high heat on the stove and add a dash of oil before browning the mince. Remove mince from the saucepan before returning pan to the heat.

Next sauté the onion until soft before adding the crushed garlic and the chilli. Once fragrant, add the mince back in and cook over medium heat for 1-2mins.

Then add the mushrooms, carrot and capsicum, followed by the tomato paste. Stir to combine and then add the tin of crushed tomatoes. Throw in the lentils and allow to simmer on low heat for as long as you desire. Just before you are ready to serve, season well with salt and pepper and add in the basil leaves.

Serve on a bed of fresh zucchini noodles and garnish with some fresh parsley and parmesan cheese if desired.

Enjoy!

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