Hearty Kale Edamame Dumplings [Vegan]

I used to personally think dumplings are time consuming and hard to make, so I had been avoiding them for years. This dumpling recipe is however surprisingly easy to make, and the results are absolutely mouthwatering! The kale and edameme filling is one of the heartiest, yummiest things you’ve ever had, and it’s ready in the blink of an eye, using your blender or food processor. You can cook up the dumplings in less than a few minutes, while the 2-min sauce is such a taste-bud satisfying end of the whole thing, you’ll want to try this recipe right now!

 

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The recipe also features kale – the superfood everyone has been talking about over the last 2 years or so

I personally find it hard to eat kale raw, but in a recipe like this, its qualities are completely changed. Steaming it give kale a mild, filling taste you’ll absolutely crave.

Here are some useful facts about kale:

1. One cup of kale only has 33 calories, but contains large amounts of vitamin K, vitamin C and vitamin A. In addition, it is rich in iron, folic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, calcium, fiber and protein!

2. Kale is a great source of calcium

Half a cup of kale contains more calcium than a small carton of milk.

3. The first day of October is National Kale Day

The purpose of this day is to raise awareness about the many health advantages offered by this green leafy vegetable.

4. Kale has “superpowers”

Thanks to the phytonutrients, which have strong antioxidant action kale has been acknowledged as a ‘superfood’. Furthermore, the consumption of Kale will reduce inflammation and improve the detoxification capabilities of your liver.

5. You can start gradually introducing kale to your diet

No need to force yourself to eat a large amount of kale at the very beginning. Simply start including it in some of your favorite recipes (you can use it instead of spinach). The good news is that it is suitable for smoothies, salads and other dishes.

6. Kale is healthy both raw and cooked

The process of cooking released certain nutrients such as magnesium, and reduces the amount of others, which are heat-sensitive – such as folic acid. But eating kale in any form, even raw, provides you with protein, omega-3 fatty acids and many vitamins and minerals. You can eat kale even roasted.

Kale Edamame Dumplings With Simple Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

Dumplings:

  • 3 cups kale, lightly steamed
  • 1 cup edamame beans, steamed
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Black sesame seeds (optional)
  • Around 15-20 vegan dumpling skins (look for them in the freezer section in your local Asian supermarket)

Sauce: 

  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

Preparation

To Make the Filling:

  1. Blend all ingredients together in a food processor until you get a chunky paste. Taste and adjust accordingly.

To Assemble the Dumplings: 

  1. Place about a tablespoon of the filling on each dumpling skin. Moisten the edge of the skin halfway around with some water with your fingers. Fold over, creating a half-moon shape. Press firmly and create small folds along the edge.
  2. Steam the dumplings until the skin is somewhat transparent, about three to five minutes. If you don’t have a steamer it’s ok to fill the bottom of a pan with water and steam the dumplings, covering the pan with a lid.
  3. Garnish with sesame seeds.

To Make the Sauce:

  1. Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl

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