My kids have forever been pestering me to buy potstickers for their school lunches. I’ve resisted because so many of the products available are just greasy balls of dough with little to offer nutritionally. But the other day I stumbled upon Tang’s Natural Vegetable Whole Wheat Dumplings in the freezer section of my market. A serving of five dumpling is low in fat, has three grams of fiber, five grams of protein, and is filled with cabbage, carrots and ginger, among other good ingredients. Best of all, my kids LOVED them.
To prepare the dumplings, pop them directly from the freezer into your steamer or microwave oven and cook until piping hot. Then, pack them into a thermos accompanied by a dipping sauce in a tightly sealed container. I used half soy and half seasoned rice wine vinegar. Next time, I’m going to float the potstickers in miso soup and see how that goes over.
Tangs makes other dumpling varieties including one with Bell & Evans chicken, which is raised without hormones or antibiotics. You can buy their products at Whole Foods and other specialty markets.
If you are feeling ambitious, you can always make your own dumplings, which is a great “kids in the kitchen” cooking project. My friend Andrea Nguyen has an entire blog devoted to the subject at Asian Dumpling Tips.
Note: In case you are wondering, I’m not getting kickbacks from Tangs. I just get a little excited when I find something that meets my Mom’s Kitchen wish list: convenient, healthy, easy and kid-friendly.