Per serving: 291 calories – 36g protein – 11g fat – 13g carbs
Tonight I was craving pot stickers for dinner, which are completely taboo on a lean and green diet. Those dumpling wrappers are loaded with carbs and usually coated in oil from being fried up hot and crispy in the pan. Darn! But the more I thought about it, what I was really craving wasn’t the dumpling shells at all, but rather the amazing meat and veggie filling inside. After looking up a few recipes, I was thrilled to discover that the filling is made of all veggies and meats. Voilà! I would make a whole dinner out of just the filling, and the recipe for Inside Out Pot Stickers was born.
Most pot sticker recipes use ground pork sausage, which is much higher fat and adds amazing flavor and tenderness to the filling. To make this recipe a little more diet-friendly, I replaced it with ground chicken sausage. It cooks up with a similar flavor and texture, but you may also need to add a little extra seasoning to make it flavorful. If you are not following a strict low-fat eating program, I suggest using ground pork as a little extra treat.
Food Prep Tips
To save some time with veggie prep in the kitchen, I bought a bag of plain coleslaw mix instead of cutting heads of cabbage into shreds. It was so nice to tear open the bag and dump it into pan. Make sure to cut all of the other veggies as close in size to the shreds of coleslaw as you can get. Slice the mushroom caps into long thin strips, then cut across each strip to make small shreds. Once you have drained the water the chestnuts, cut them into sliced medallions, then cut across to make the same sized small shreds. This uniform size will also help the veggies to cook at the same rate, not letting any one ingredient to end up too mushy or left uncooked.
Why You’ll Love It
What I love most about this recipe is the thick hot bowl of comfort food that you get to eat in the end. It’s a great for cold weather days. The flavors and sweet and savory, just like a regular pot sticker, so it is a really good one for kids. I like to keep a box of fortune cookies in the pantry for a fun little dessert, and it makes it really special for the kids. For tonight’s dinner, I made them real pot stickers to have along with us and our bowl of greens. In the future I might make a few chow mein noodles to give the kids a balanced meal. They still need those carbs. If we could all be kids again 🙂