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Ever since I tasted these yummy dumplings for the first time, I knew they would be part of my recipe collection, and an addition to my family menu.

They are so easy to make, and so delicious, that I had to share this experience with all of you.

If you also love Potstickers, please let us know what is your favorite filling.

I like mine with well flavored ground turkey, or pork, but you can also use chicken, beef, veggies, or even fruit.

These are great as a new meal, created out of leftover meat.  Thanksgiving is just around the corner, thus a great way to use some of that leftover turkey.

The won ton dough sheets are so much lighter than the Varenyky dumplings, and so easy to use, since they come pre-cut into serving pieces.

Won ton wraps usually are easily found in the fresh vegetable section at your favorite grocer.  I even found them at Walmart (also in the fresh vegetable section).  They are quite inexpensive as well; these were under$3 per package.

 

These are the ones I purchased.  The 12 oz. package am0unts to at least 48 paper thin wraps.

These are NOT Gluten Free!

This recipe yields about 40 dumplings.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. ground turkey (beef, pork, or chicken)
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. mustard ( I like Grey Poupon, or Gulden’s)
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce, low sodium
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper, ground
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano
  • 1 Tbs. tomato sauce, or ketchup
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 cup coleslaw mix
  • 1/2 tsp. corn starch
  • 3 Tbs. water
  • Canola oil for frying

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 Tbs. canola oil in a frying pan (I used electric skillet).
  2. Add ground meat, and cook 6 minutes, mixing frequently, until meat is all broken up and cooked through.
  3. Add, chopped green onions, Soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and sesame oil.
  4. Cook 3o seconds.
  5. Stir in coleslaw mix, and cook 30 seconds longer, or until cabbage is wilted
  6. Mix cornstarch with 3 Tbs. water, add to the filling.
  7. Cook another minute.
  8. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  9. Place at least 12 won ton wraps on a works surface.
  10. Place a 1 Tablespoon of filling in the middle of each wrap.
  11. Moisten the edges of the wrap with water, fold sides over and seal.  I make mine to little square packages (see picture above), but you can fold them over into rectangles or triangles, and seal.
  12. Heat oil in a pan until not, but not smoking.
  13. Place enough Potstickers in the pan to fill it, with the flat part down.
  14. Cook for about 1 minute, to lightly brown the bottoms.
  15. Add 1/2 cup of water, cover the pot with tight fitting lid, and steam for 3 minutes.
  16. Uncover, lower heat and cook until most of the water evaporates.
  17. Remove and serve, or keep it warm on a platter, until all Potstickers are cooked.

Dipping sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce, low sodium
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. rice vinegar

Mix all ingredients together, and use as a dipping sauce for freshly cooked Potstickers.  I poured some of this sauce over my serving of  Potstickers , instead of dipping them.

Enjoy your meal.

 

 

 

One might think that I am getting carried away with baking for pets, but since I do not have my own dog, and Roxy is only visiting for a while, I have to try all these treats while she is here.

In case you missed my previous posts, I posted a recipe for the following dog treats:

    Whole Wheat and Bacon

  Whole Wheat and Peanut Butter

So, this is only my third post.  I would not consider this as “going overboard”, would you?

These Whole Wheat with Carrots and Banana are very healthful treats, also found online, and listed on my Pinterest board titled “TCL for Pets.

Looks can sometimes be deceiving, such as in this case, as these treats turned out looking like chicken tenders, rather than carrot and banana.  Don’t you think so?

The batter was too soft to roll out, so I tried my best to spoon it into the bone shaped biscuit cutter.

My daughter’s dog visits me fairly often as well.  Her name is Bridgette.  She is an American Bulldog, but she is on a diet, so I limit her treats….but I will definitely take some over to her on my next visit.

This recipe yields 40 treats.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups Whole Wheat flour (I used unbleached white, since I ran out of whole wheat)
  • 1 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 2 cup  fresh carrots, grated
  • 2 fresh bananas, mashed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup oil (I used canola)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used low fat)

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl add egg, oil, water and milk.
  2. Mix to incorporate.
  3. Mix in mashed banana, and carrots.
  4. Gradually add flour and oatmeal.
  5. Mix to form dough.
  6. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness, and cut out treats (this dough was too soft to roll out, so I used a spoon to fill up a cookie cutter, placed on a greased baking sheet)
  7. Place treats on a greased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake 35 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  9. Turn off the heat, but leave the baked good in the oven for another 45 minutes, to crisp up.
  10. Cool off completely.
  11. Store in a ziplock bag, enough treats to last one week, and freeze the rest in a freezer bag, to preserve freshness.

 

Now you have three wonderfully simple recipes for baking fresh “gourmet” treats for your dog, and make him feel special.

You can also make these as Christmas gifts for your family’s and friends’ pets, and save lots of money.

If you have other pet treats recipes, please share them with all of us.   Thank you.

Peanut Butter Dog Treats – Recipe

Peanut Butter and Jelly is a favorite kid’s sandwich, but peanut butter flavored treats, are dog’s best friend.

I found this recipe online, pinned it on my “TLC for Pets” board on Pinterest (click here), and made a batch of these treats for Roxy (my son’s dog).

Roxy is easy to bake for, because she LOVES everything I make for her (hopefully I am not spoiling her too much…???).  She did not even care that these were in a shape of a Christmas Cookie, rather than a bone.

These treats are great, since they require all the natural ingredients one would use to bake cookies, without sugar and butter of course, which makes them even healthier for your pet.

This recipe yields 30 treats.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal (I used Quick Oats)
  • 1/8 cup coconut, unsweetened
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (preferably organic)
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used low fat)
  • 1 Tbs. Olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. unsweetened apple sauce

Directions:

  1. Combine all dry ingredients on a medium bowl, and mix around to incorporate evenly.
  2. Add in all remaining wet ingredients, and mix well to form a dough.
  3. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness, and cut out treats.
  4. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  5. Cool completely.
  6. Store covered, in a cool dry place, or in the fridge. You can also freeze these for freshness, and later use.

 

I never thought I would be baking for pets, but here I am, making treats for my kid’s dogs.

It all started by finding doggie treats pictures on Pinterest (click here to view my board pictures) and pinning them on my Pet TLC board.

Also, being as frugal as I am , I decided to try making some for our family dogs.

My son’s dog Roxy was visiting us for few weeks, so instead of buying special treats for her, I whipped up a fresh batch of Bacon Dog Biscuits, and plan to try other recipes in the future.

Believe me, I was a little skeptical about this experiment, but figured if others make these for their dogs, then it should be safe for our dog.

I had all the necessary ingredients at home, so there was no stopping me from this project.  Roxy had her nose up in the air the whole time these treats were baking, and filling up my kitchen with the bacon aroma.

She absolutely LOVES them.  These are so easy to make.  Very fresh,  made with all wholesome ingredients (good enough to sample by humans… that is if my little grandson were to grab one by accident. I definitely would not feel the same way about the manufactured ones).

Also not to mention the savings, by not driving to the pet store to purchase some there (who knows how long ago they were made, and under what conditions…maybe even in some foreign country….), plus they are not cheap by any means.

This recipe yields 30 biscuits, about 4 x 1 1/2 inches.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk ( I used skim)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 5 Tbs bacon fat (I saved the fat from frying up 1/2 lbs of bacon for our breakfast) see TIP below.
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (I used unbleached)

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl mix the egg with milk and water, until incorporated.
  2. Mix in bacon fat.
  3. Gradually mix in the whole wheat flour, until dough forms.
  4. Work the dough a little (2 minutes), on a working surface.
  5. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness, and cut out biscuits (I don’t have special dog treat cut outs, so I used medium size gingerbread woman cookie cutter).
  6. Repeat the process until all dough is used up.
  7. Please biscuits on a greased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F, for 35 minutes.
  9. Cool completely.
  10. Store in an airtight container, or a zip-lock bag for a week, or pack in a freezer bag, and freeze for up to 3 months.

I have few other homemade dog treats recipes to share, so stay tuned.

 

 

TIP:  If you do not have bacon fat, you can always use oil, or some bacon fat and some oil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

I have been testing various detox smoothie recipes and sharing them with you.

You already had a chance to read and try the following detox smoothies:

 

 

 

 

 

Today I am posting a Happy Tummy Smoothie, which tastes great, and really works.  I am not sure why they call this Happy Tummy….since I’ve experienced its effect on my whole digestive system.

You need to carefully plan your calendar before you drink this one, because it takes about 24 hours for it to become active, and active it does become, if you know what I mean.

A long trip is not a good idea at this time, but rather limited activities closer to home are a better alternative.   I wish I knew that before I enjoyed this tasty smoothie. I was unnecessarily inconvenienced, but it was not as bad as it could have been.  You definitely feel cleansed after the fact, unless it was only my luck!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup papaya, cubed
  • 1/2 cup peach, cubed
  • 1/2 pear, cubed
  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger, shredded
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend several minutes, until smooth consistency is achieved.
  2. Enjoy immediately, or cover, and store in the refrigerator up to 2 days.

 

There are also All Around  Cleanse  Smoothies, and Liver Detox Smoothies , posted on the blog I visit regularly, but after reviewing the ingredients, I could not bring myself to try these.  I figured I am pretty good to my liver,thus detox may not be as necessary for me.

If you are up to this challenge, and want to test those, please check out the link above, and share your experience.  I would love to hear from those of you who made it, tried it, and have an opinion to share.

I would like to try the Reduce Your Blood Pressure Smoothie, as soon as I find a volunteer to test it on, since I am not a suitable candidate for this one.

If you plan to try this one, I would strongly suggest NOT to use this smoothie as a replacement for your current meds to treat your problem.

I hope you enjoyed these smoothie recipes and my feedback.

If you have a favorite smoothie to share, please let me know and I will post it for everyone to try.

 

 

 

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