Vegetable Dumplings

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These Vegetable Dumplings are by far one of the favorites in our kid’s cooking classes. The children love to make and stuff the dumplings and they ALWAYS eat them up like crazy.

This recipe adds cabbage and other shredded vegetables, but you can also brown off some meat, cook some shrimp or change up the vegetables to make any flavor dumplings you’d like.

You can also lay your dumplings on a sheet tray and freeze them. Once they are frozen, you can combine them together in a ziplock bag or airtight container.

If you are looking for a sauce to perfectly compliment you dumplings, check out our Ponzu Sauce!

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Vegetable Dumplings
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This recipe adds cabbage and other shredded vegetables, but you can also brown off some meat, cook some shrimp or change up the vegetables to make any flavor dumplings you'd like.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
dumplings
Vegetable Dumplings
Print Recipe
This recipe adds cabbage and other shredded vegetables, but you can also brown off some meat, cook some shrimp or change up the vegetables to make any flavor dumplings you'd like.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Shred cabbage, carrots & beets using a box grater.
  2. Small chop red pepper.
  3. Saute Garlic, Ginger, Scallions in a little olive oil and season with salt & pepper.
  4. Add chopped veggies & season again. Cook until soft.
  5. Add a splash of soy sauce & let cool.
  6. Place a small amount of veggie mix in the center of a wonton wrapper.
  7. With the tip of your finger, wet the edges of the wrapper all the way around.
  8. Fold the wonton wrapper in half and press down on the edges to seal. Be sure not to use too much filling.
  9. Fry dumplings in a pan with a liberal amount of olive oil.
  10. When browned, take out and place on a linen or paper towel and season with salt.
Recipe Notes

Items that can be prepped ahead: 

  • Make the mix ahead and store in an air tight container.
  • The mix can also be made in a double batch and kept frozen for later use!
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5 Spice Braised Pork Tacos

Chili braised pork or 5 spice tacos bring different ideas to the table instead of just Mexican.

Everyone’s familiar with Mexican flavors in tacos, but these 5 spice tacos use braised pork and Asian seasonings to knock it out of the park!

I can eat tacos for days, but 5 spice tacos are a welcome change of pace from the traditional Mexican flavors we all love.

I like to serve these 5 spice tacos with a big bowl of crunchy slaw on the side. You can swap in vegetables with whatever you have on hand.

Want a an even healthier version? Try swapping out tortillas for cabbage leaves! You get similar flavor and crunch with none of the carbs. (Even my kids love tacos in cabbage leaves!)

As with all Connected Chef recipes, let your kitchen and instincts guide you as you cook. The ingredient amount below are used as a starting off point; taste as you go and reseason as needed!

Chili braised pork or 5 spice tacos bring different ideas to the table instead of just Mexican.
5 Spiced Braised Pork Tacos
Print Recipe
I can eat tacos for days, but these 5 spice tacos are a welcome change of pace from the traditional Mexican flavors we all love. I sometimes will swap out tortillas for cabbage leaves. Even my kids eat it!
Chili braised pork or 5 spice tacos bring different ideas to the table instead of just Mexican.
5 Spiced Braised Pork Tacos
Print Recipe
I can eat tacos for days, but these 5 spice tacos are a welcome change of pace from the traditional Mexican flavors we all love. I sometimes will swap out tortillas for cabbage leaves. Even my kids eat it!
Ingredients
Shredded Pork
Rice
Servings:
Instructions
Shredded Pork
  1. Preheat the oven to 300*F. Pat the pork butt dry with a paper towel, then rub all over with the 5 spice, salt and pepper.
  2. In a large Dutch oven or saute pan with a tight-fitting lid, heat 4-5 tablespoons oil until shimmering. Add the pork to the pan and sear until dark golden brown on all sides.
  3. Remove pork from the pan and set aside. Add the chopped onion, garlic, ginger and carrot to the pan. Char and slightly cook the vegetables, about 3-5 minutes, then remove vegetables from the pan and set aside.
  4. Deglaze the pan with bottle of beer, using a wooden spoon to scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  5. Place the pork back to the pan, and add in enough water to cover the pork by about 3/4, then add the charred vegetables. Cover the pan and set in the oven.
  6. Cook at 275-300 degrees for 3-4 hours, until pork is falling apart. (You should be able to put your fork in the pork and pull it apart without any resistance)
  7. Once cooked, let everything cool in the braising liquid. (I often make 1-2 days ahead and put the whole pot in the fridge to cool. If that is the case, just warm the pork up when you are ready to shred it.)
  8. Shred pork and strain braising liquid, discarding the vegetables. Then, add pork back to the strained liquid. You may need to reheat gently if it has cooled completely, but make sure the liquid does not boil while you are reheating.
Slaw
  1. Julienne all veggies, except Napa cabbage, in equal amounts
  2. Pick stems from cilantro & mint leaves and add to salad
  3. Season with salt & pepper & add lime juice to your liking
  4. Pick Napa Cabbage leaves for taco shells. You can cut out the core of the leaf for easier folding
Rice
  1. Saute garlic, ginger & onion in olive oil (Use a heavy amount of olive oil)
  2. Add rice and toast. If you need to add more oil at this point to coat the rice, do not be afraid to do so.
  3. Once the rice is a golden brown color, add 4 cups water and stir
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer
  5. Stir occasionally until rice is tender
Recipe Notes

If your rice is undercooked and all your water is absorbed, it is ok to add a little more water in the middle of the cooking process!

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