Greens put to good use

dinner for $12 or less

dinner for $12 or less

August 27, 2008|By Kate Shatzkin | Kate Shatzkin,

This recipe for Veggie Pot Stickers is a frugal alternative to takeout. Made with won-ton wrappers, these pot stickers help you use up greens that are about to go bad - spinach or chard can be substituted for the cabbage. But you can't go wrong with cabbage as an inexpensive, nutrition-packed vegetable: It's loaded with vitamin K and vitamin C.

Another way to save money is to make several batches of these pot stickers and freeze them for those nights when you're too busy to cook. You'll be prepared to avoid the pricey temptations of the local drive-through. Serve each family member eight pot stickers and a quick side dish of shelled edamame, and you're good to go.

eggie pot stickers

(makes 32 pot stickers / serves 4)

4 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

1 cup shredded carrots

1 cup shredded red or green cabbage (or chopped spinach or Swiss chard)

1/2 cup chopped scallions (white and green parts) or red onion

2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

32 won-ton wrappers

2 tablespoons peanut or canola oil

Heat the sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the carrots, cabbage and scallions and cook, stirring, until the cabbage softens, about 3 minutes. Add the soy sauce and cook until the liquid evaporates, about 1 minute.

Arrange the won-ton wrappers on a flat work surface. Spoon 1 heaping teaspoon of the vegetable mixture onto the center of each wrapper. Fold over the wrapper, making a triangle and, using wet fingers (dip your fingers into a small bowl of water), press the edges together to seal.

Heat the peanut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the won tons, in batches if necessary to prevent crowding, and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Serve warm.

Note: The pot stickers can be assembled and stored, covered with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before cooking. Or, to freeze, arrange on a baking sheet and freeze until firm, then transfer to a sealable container or plastic bag and store for up to 3 months. There's no need to thaw the pot stickers; cook as directed above, then cover the pan and cook for 1 to 2 more minutes, until filling is hot.

Adapted from "Robin to the Rescue," by Robin Miller

Per pot sticker: 39 calories, 1 gram protein, 2 grams fat, trace saturated fat, 5 grams carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 milligram cholesterol, 73 milligrams sodium

shopping list

Sesame oil: 93 cents

Won-ton wrappers: $1.33

Shredded carrots: $1.18

Cabbage: 30 cents

Scallions: 69 cents

Soy sauce: 12 cents

Peanut oil: 14 cents

16 ounces frozen, shelled edamame: $2.69

TOTAL: $7.38*

*Note: Prices are calculated based on the amount of each ingredient used in the recipe.

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