Spinach Wontons

  These little bundles of goodness are really easy to make but take quite a bit of time. I’d reserve them for a day when you really feel like cooking.

To make the dough add 2.5 cups of flour into a medium mixing bowl and make a well in the middle. To this well add 1-1.5 cups of water. Add the water a little at a time and mix it into the flour with your hands. Form the dough into a ball, place it in a bowl with a lid and set it aside for at least 10 minutes.

While your dough rests, you can make your filling.  In a large skillet bring 2 tbsp. of vegetable stock to a strong simmer, into this add 5 cups of cleaned fresh spinach. Cover this and let it simmer over medium heat for 7-9 minutes or until the spinach has wilted and cooked down.

Because this is the filling for your dumplings, it is important that the spinach is well drained. To do this, simply take your spinach and place it in a fine mesh strainer over a bowl. Then press it down with the back of a wooden spoon. Do this a couple of times, and with some luck most of the liquid will be in the bowl and not in your spinach. Next, transfer your spinach onto a cutting board and chop it finely.

Next it’s time make and fill the wontons. Take your dough and on a well floured surface roll it out, until it is about 1/4 inch in thickness. With the top of a glass press out a circle shape. Take this and place 1 tsp. of your spinach filling in the middle and then fold over the dough to make a semi-circle. Press the ends together. To seal it  you can spread a little water on the inside edges before you press it together. You should be able to make around 20 wontons.

Finally it’s time to cook these things. In a large pot of slightly salted boiling water, plop in your wontons. It is best to do this in two shifts, as you don’t want to crowd the pot. Once the wontons make it up to the surface, let them boil for a further minute and then take them out.

Coat your skillet with 2 tbsp. of safflower oil and heat it at medium-high. Once it is good and hot, slide your wontons in and fry for 3 minutes per side. Eat with your favorite dipping sauce and try to forget about the state of your kitchen.

Who ate them?

Husband- He was out golfing.

Son #1- Tried a couple and liked them.

Son #2- Liked them 🙂

On another note:

Most of the time I love where we live, but occasionally I think we live in the craziest corner of the city. It’s the kind of corner where thousand dollar strollers live.

I do not have such a stroller.

A  few years ago when Son #2 was about 18 months a man stopped me on the sidewalk and said,

“It’s so refreshing to see a simple umbrella stroller.”

“If you think that’s refreshing, you should see this, ” I said and then showed him the underside of my stroller which my husband had fixed with two hair elastics and some duct tape.

His face changed suddenly and he walked off without a word.

Apparently, an umbrella stroller was fine, but fixing it with duct tape was a little too ghetto even for him.

Still, I do love where we live. We can walk to almost everything we need: the boys’ schools, piano lessons, a little fruit and vegetable store, tennis courts, and even a forest- so I ignore the $1000 dollar strollers. In any case, it’s conceivable that if I lived in a million dollar house I’d also buy a $1000 stroller.

This week, however, I saw something that I couldn’t ignore. Come September they are opening a fitness center for kids just down the street. A fitness center not for sports or gymnastics but for pure fitness. They aim to teach young children  “motor skills, injury prevention, fitness concepts and healthy lifestyle choices.”

I’m all for active kids. I think it’s really fun for children to be involved in sports. My two boys have participated in and enjoyed soccer, t-ball, tennis and swimming. But when I think about what it means to have a childhood, I have to say that one of the best things about being a kid is that you are blissfully unaware of your body.

It doesn’t last long but for at least the first decade of life, most kids have no opinions about their bodies and their bodies haven’t yet betrayed them. That’s why it is so fun to watch 5 years old play t-ball. It’s just all joy.

No one is talking about how their thighs look in their shorts.

I fear that a class that teaches fitness concepts and lifestyle choices, even with all its good intentions, will inadvertently introduce the concept of body image and in some cases, suck the joy out of sport.

Of course, many  parents will disagree, but sending my 4 year old to a personal fitness center feels  a little “crazy.”

-Mom on a veggie mission

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2 thoughts on “Spinach Wontons

  1. Agree with you. Sending kids to fitness centers at such tender age does not make sense. Let them play and enjoy life. It might end up more burden on them.

    Thanks for the recipe. Good healthy food like yours and healthy sports combination can keep the kids far more fit, fitness centers are not needed really!

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