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Gluten Free Chinese Dumplings

Chinese Dumplings

Who doesn’t like Chinese Dumplings? My kids LOVE them! They are little parcels of GOODNESS. ♥

Unfortunately it is hard to avoid MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) when eating out at Yum Cha and Chinese restaurants. Even if they say NO MSG is added to their dishes, it is usually in the sauces! A tell tale sign of MSG is increased THIRST after eating!! Some people also get headaches, increased heart rate, flushed or sweating. This reaction to MSG is widespread enough to have a name: Chinese restaurant syndrome.[i] MSG makes me want to fall asleep after eating which is a sign of food intolerance. When you eat CLEAN food, it satisfies you and gives you ENERGY!

MSG consists of a mixture of sodium and the amino acid glutamate. Together, they form a very powerful flavour enhancer which excites the taste buds and can make bland food taste wonderful. Glutamate is an excitotoxin which stimulates cell receptors that trigger cell death. [ii]It is best avoided! When buying food look out for flavour enhancer 621 on the label. It is also best to avoid E622, E626, E625. [iii]

Other additives that contain MSG:

Additives that always contain MSG:

  • Monosodium Glutamate

  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein

  • Hydrolyzed Protein

  • Hydrolyzed Plant Protein

  • Plant Protein Extract

  • Sodium Caseinate

  • Calcium Caseinate

  • Yeast Extract

  • Textured Protein

  • Autolyzed Yeast

  • Hydrolyzed Oat Flour

So we LOVE Chinese dumplings but DONT like MSG! Lucky for us we met Joni; a beautiful Chinese lady who heard about how much my kids loved dumplings, so invited us over to show us how to make them.

Joni is fighting cancer, so acutely aware how important nutrition is to your health. When healing from Cancer or any Chronic illness you want to reduce intake of toxins or food that may cause inflammation. I prefer to avoid toxins and inflammatory food in order to PREVENT illness, so I can feel GOOD!! When you cook at home you know exactly what goes into your food! There are no surprises (just check any sauces you may use)

Instead of pork which can be difficult to digest, Joni uses Organic chicken. She prefers to mince her organic chicken using a mix of thigh and breast meat. Mincing the meat keeps it chunky which in turn helps to maintain the flavour and keeps the filling juicy. If you can not mince the meat you can always buy chicken already minced.

Joni used to have dumplings every week when she was young. She has adapted her traditional family recipe for us and even made a Gluten free dough! We are intolerant to Gluten. That means it is hard for us to digest and causes inflammation in our gut. When we eat gluten we feel bloated, and get tired after eating, so we prefer to avoid it.

Not only are these Gluten free Chinese dumplings HEALTHY, but they are FUN to make with friends and family! Give them a go! Have a dumpling party.

This recipe is for a large amount. You can FREEZE any dumplings you can’t eat to cook another day.

MAKE THE DOUGH FIRST AS IT NEEDS TO SIT FOR 30MIN

1/3 cup Buckwheat flour

1/3 cup Potato starch

1/3cup rice flour

1/3 cup tapioca starch

1 tblsp Xanthum gum

1 egg

1/3 WARM water – added slowly

Kneed well. Then sit for 30min

FILLING

1 ½ kg Freshly minced Organic Chicken

1 cup extra virgin olive Oil

¼ cup sesame oil

1 egg

Salt

Tamari to taste (gluten free soy sauce)

MIX TOGETHER very well to help bind

Once Chicken is combined with oil and egg, add the veges;

3-4 bunches of GARLIC CHIVES – found at Asian supermarket.

1 cup chopped Enoki mushrooms

MIX well

Now you are ready to make your dumplings! Roll the dough out into thin round shapes. Put the filling in the middle of the circle and pinch together the sides.

Check out the video of Joni showing you how to roll out the dough and fold the dumplings. She has skills!

COOKING

Heat water in a pot until boiling.

Once boiling, add a cup of cold water. Next drop your dumplings in one by one, stirring constantly to make a whirlpool, so that the dumplings do not stick to the bottom. Once the water comes to boil – add another cup of cold water. Once it reaches boiling again your dumplings are ready! If the dumplings are frozen you need to repeat the process of adding cold water 3x.

You can also steam or fry the dumplings.

Create your own dipping sauce. We like tamari and chilli. Enjoy ♥

Many Thanks to Joni. Please send blessings of good health her way. xx

References

[i] https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/001126.htm

[ii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7854587

[iii] http://www.hungryforchange.tv/article/sneaky-names-for-msg-check-your-labels

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