Yeah. I’m a fucking calamity most of the time, but when it really counts I can typically patch it together. From time to time, I’ll share my favorite simple solutions with you in a recurring feature called “You Can Accomplish This Before Your Head Effing Explodes.”
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One thing that I sometimes struggle with is getting a decent dinner on the table with minimal time, effort, and ingredients. I have a few “go to” dishes that I know I can make in a flash with little preparation and clean up. Here’s our fav Pot Sticker Dinner. It’s based on a recipe from Real Simple.
Grab a bag of frozen pot stickers. I like the Giant Nature’s Promise Brand Vegetable version. Heat some olive or sesame oil in a deep skillet Dump in Pot stickers and brown them.
While the pot stickers are cooking, you can swill wine, wipe down your perpetually marked up stainless appliances and dump a pre-packaged bag of cabbage based coleslaw mix into a bowl with some sugar, rice vinegar, and soy sauce to taste. Refrigerate. Stir periodically to allow the dressing become incorporated. (I often buy a couple heads of various cabbages to use in other dishes and slice it myself. Chris says this way is his preferred cabbage).
Add some water to the pot stickers and cover to steam for a few minutes. More wine at this point is strictly optional.
Coarsely chop scallions, some cocktail peanuts, and cilantro if you have some.
Once pot stickers are cooked, place the cabbage salad in individual bowls, top with pot stickers, peanuts, cilantro, scallions. Serve with soy sauce, lime, and hot chile sauce.
Typically one bag of pot stickers serves 2 plus enough for my Husband’s lunch the next day (about 5 pot stickers per serving). If you are watching calories, you could just steam the pot stickers and skip the browning in oil. You could likewise skip the peanuts. It’s a pretty healthful, fast dish over-all. Sometimes, if I have produce that is getting slightly past prime (mushrooms, various bell peppers, onions, broccoli) I add them to the skillet with the pot stickers. Clean up is a snap involving one bowl, a cutting board and one skillet.
Another beautiful thing about this dish is that we typically always have soy sauce, hot sauce, peanuts and limes in the house. The pot stickers are easy to stock in the freezer and the cabbage mix or a head of cabbage will keep nicely in the fridge for a while so it’s a good dish to keep in your hip pocket when you are running low on fresh produce and shit is coming at you from all directions.
Pot stickers also go really well with cocktails as a fun happy hour snack. Or they could be good microwaved as a healthful after school snack alternative to all that pizza roll and mozzarella stick shit that’s on the market.