December is a busy month for us and my husband works long days,
so a lot of the time when dinner comes around it's just myself and the kids.
On especially busy nights - like Wednesdays - when we are running from one
activity to the next and it would be so easy to go through the drive-thru for dinner,
I'm always looking for quick & healthy meal options - enter Lean Cuisine!
The kids are happy with dino nuggets and fruit and veggies,
but let's just say we don't have the same taste and I want something more.
The other day I was shopping at Sam's Club and checked out the frozen foods section
to see if I could find the Lean Cuisine Asian Flavor 6-Pack.
The 6-pack was conveniently located in the frozen meals and I was super excited
to find this single-person serving meal that I could enjoy while the kids
enjoyed their meal.
(You can read about my shopping experience in my Google+ Story.)
This week Thursday was busy, but not as busy as Wednesday, so I had a little
extra time to prepare a yummy side dish to pair with my Lean Cuisine Sesame Chicken.
I chose to whip up gyozas - a family recipe from my sister-in-law.
They are a Japanese fried dumpling and super yummy!
1 lb. ground beef
1 c. cabbage
1 small onion
2 T. soy sauce
salt, pepper, garlic to taste
oil for frying
Brown your ground beef and drain.
Add cabbage and onion and cook until cabbage begins to turn translucent.
I was feeling adventurous Thursday so I used broccoli and shredded carrot instead.
Season with salt, pepper and garlic.
Add soy sauce.
Spoon into wontons and roll up.
To roll: fold the top corner over to the bottom corner - but just far enough to cover the filling.
Fold in the side corners one at a time and then fold the bottom corner up over
Your little gyoza will look like this!
Fry up by heating up some canola oil and frying each side for 5-10 seconds.
Watch them closely - they fry quickly.
While they cooled - because they are HOT! - I popped my Lean Cuisine in the
microwave for 4 minutes and tidied up the kitchen while I waited.
While my Lean Cuisine cooled, I plated and served the kids.
They were excited for one of their favorite meals :)
My Sesame Chicken looked delicious and I was excited to try it with my gyoza
for a completely delicious meal!
I got fancy and put it all on a paper plate and was ready to enjoy!
I was grateful for a quick and easy meal that I would like, on an evening
when I did have time to prepare a big meal for the family.
If you're interested in making gyozas, I've got a cute little recipe card you can
print and use. Just right click and save!