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Add Fruits and Veggies to Your Family’s Dinner with This Delicious Japanese Dish

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Vegetables and fruits are essential for staying healthy, but kids just can’t seem to stand the taste of them. Luckily, we have a nutritious dish that incorporates both with flavors your little ones will actually enjoy.

Cut up vegetables — such as mushroom, cabbage, and spring onions — to place inside gyoza dumpling wrappers while cooking up some delicious eggplant. This Gyoza Dumplings and Miso Eggplant dish — a nutritious take on a classic Japanese recipe — is the perfect way to get your kids to eat healthier while still offering them a meal they’ll enjoy. Together, the dumplings and eggplant make up a delicious teishoku, which is a “meal set” in Japan.

Gyoza ingredients
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Gyoza Dumplings

Makes: 3 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 shiitake mushroom caps, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1 slice of eggplant, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons spring onions, diced
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic, diced
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger, shredded
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame seed oil
  • 12 round gyoza wrappers
  • Small bowl of water
  • Cabbage leaves
  • 2 tablespoons sauce: low-sodium soy sauce, splash of chili oil, rice vinegar (optional)

Directions

  1. For the filling, mix mushrooms, cabbage, eggplant, chives, spring onions, garlic, ginger, and sesame seed oil together in a bowl.
  2. Place a small spoonful of the filling on each gyoza dumpling wrapper. Use water to wet the edges of the wrappers, then fold over and press to close.

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  3. Place a metal vegetable steamer basket in a large pot. Fill the pot with water until it touches the bottom of the steamer. Line the basket with cabbage leaves, so that gyoza dumplings don’t stick.
  4. Bring water to a boil, then place gyoza dumplings on top of cabbage leaves, steaming each side for about 5 minutes.
  5. If desired, mix low-sodium soy sauce, a splash of chili oil, and rice vinegar to serve on the side.

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Miso eggplant ingredients
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Miso Eggplant

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 eggplants
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons miso
  • Toppings: Japanese basil, ginger paste, white sesame seeds

Directions

  1. Cut eggplants in half. Add sesame oil to a pan and cook eggplant halves until browned on both sides.

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  2. For the sauce, mix vegetable stock, sugar, and miso together. Cook in a small pan until it thickens.
  3. Brush the sauce over eggplant.
  4. Top with basil, ginger paste, and sesame seeds. Serve with miso sauce and rice.

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Gyoza Eggplant Japanese food
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This recipe helps kids be their best and gets a Disney Check for meeting Disney Nutrition Guidelines. To learn more, visit DisneyCheck.com. Click here for more Disney Check recipes. 

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