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Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies Recipe

Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies – RECIPE

Hey Mamas,

Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies anyone?

I’ve taken bits from other recipes and melded them into the most moist, wholesome homemade cookies ever!

Best of all, they are gluten free, loaded with yummy and pretty pistachios. Plus, you get the beauty benefits and delicious texture of oatmeal.

Who’s ready to dunk these babies into some almond milk? Today is World Pistachio Day, after all.

Tolders Baking Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies

Now, let’s get cracking on the easy recipe. You can make your own Oatmeal & Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies while watching tonight’s Oscars Red Carpet arrivals. Yup, it’s that easy!

Oatmeal & Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies

Ingredients

Makes 1-2 dozen depending on the desired size of cookies.

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup raw organic sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • 1 large ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup pistachio nuts
  • ¼ cup water

Tolders Baking Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 350°F. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and mix on low/medium to combine. Mix in the mashed banana and 1/4 cup of water, until incorporated.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until combined. Add the pistachios and oats, mixing briefly.
  5. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a tablespoon to scoop out 2-inch dough balls, placing them about 1 inch apart on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake until just golden on top, about 10 minutes. Cool on the sheet for 10 minutes before transferring the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.


Self Love Journey, How to Create Self Care Rituals & a Self Love Zone

Hey Mamas,

For those who don’t live in the DC area, here is yesterday’s Self Love Journey tips on Good Morning Washington. As always, it was so much fun sharing the set with the delightful Jummy Olabanji.|

Create Love Rituals

When you set aside time to pamper yourself, you are saying to yourself that YOU are worth it. How you treat/view yourself, is how others will treat/view you. A simple evening self-care ritual will set the tone for a positive night and bright morning.

SELF-CARE SHOWER

Self Love Journeu with Pamela Pekerman

Aveeno Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial (Target, $6.99)
Rejuvenate your skin and your senses with NEW (just launched Jan 2017) in-shower facial that will even tone and brighten skin. It features a Soy Complex known to visibly transform the 5 Factors of Radiance including: tone, texture, dullness, blotchiness and brown spots. The benefits of soy were initially discovered when workers who regularly handled soy in Asia’s soybean factories found that their hands were especially smooth and even toned. Pretty cool, right?

HASK Greek Yogurt Collection (Walgreens, $9.99)
There’s no better way to care and love yourself than pamper your lush locks! I already talking about Hask’s new Greek Yogurt Collection in last week’s Friday 5 Finds. The shampoos and conditions, smell a-frekin-masing, and feature a dual-chamber system which separates the fruit treatment and Greek yogurt until they are fused together for optimal use.

SELF LOVE EVENING RELEASE

Self Love Moorea Seal 52 Lists

Moorea Seal 52 Lists for Happiness ($16.95)
Share your daily gratitude, triumphs and desires in a beautiful journal to gain valuable self-knowledge, not to mention decrease stress – hello stress causes wrinkles, mams! If you need a little help journaling, pick up 52 Lists for Happiness focusses on cultivating a happy and fulfilling life through the power of lists. Through weekly practice and simple list making tools, you will delve into your own understanding of what happiness truly means to you as you explore how to live a happier life everyday.

Art Naturals Top 8 Essential Oils & Oil Diffuser Set ($39)
Set the mood for your evening release with boosting scents. The right essential oils can put you in the self-care mood, and send you off to sleep with positive intentions. Look for non-synthetic, natural fragranced oils. Try:

Lemon, Rosemary, Peppermint = clarity, focus
Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Orange = decrease anxiety
Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood = increase love, sensuality

Surround Yourself with Love

Your home is your spiritual sanctuary, create pockets of beauty and calmness that help instill positive energy to supports your self-love journey.

SPIRITUAL SETTING

Self Love Home Decor

Park B. Smith Decorative Pillow from JC Penney ($30-50)
These cushions give a whole new meaning to pillow talk. Jump into your spiritual setting with uplifting messages like “Dreams are Free” or “Life Is Better When You Are Laughing” or “Life if Beautiful”.

Royal Velvet Egyptian Cotton Blanket from JC Penney ($29.99)
Cozy up with a good book and a great mood. Knit blankets aren’t just for grandma’s anymore. They will set serene tone for your quality time with yourself, to gather thoughts of positivity. Invest in your meaningful me moments setting.

The Sarling Project Candle Self Love

 

The Starling Project Scented Candles ($55)
Add some ambiance and light to your home with this sleek scented candle, while also sending out light (literally!) and positive love into the universe. Lighting one’s home and lighting the world, the sale of each Starling Project Candle provides solar energy – which offers access to electricity, clean water, safety, health, education, and much more – to under-resourced countries globally via the support of key philanthropic organizations including UNICEF (the brand has already donated over $100,000 to UNICEF since its launch one year ago).

DRINK YOUR GOODNESSSelf Love Celebration with Pamela Pekerman

Homemade Ginger Tea Recipe

1 cup boiling water

1 heaping teaspoon of grated ginger

1 teaspoon of raw, organic honey

20 drops of Naturopathica Skin Radiant Tinker

Add all ingredients to boiled water and let steep for 3-minutes, before drinking. I don’t remove the ginger, but you can, if desired.

Benefits of Ginger

Ginger has natural anti-inflammatory properties, ideal to sooth muscles post-workout.

Drink ginger before meals to sooth the stomach.

Ginger tea can help ease stress and anxiety.

Home Made Ginger Tea Self Love


Simple Bone Broth Recipe, Wellness Benefits & Collagen Beauty Boost

 

 

 

 

 

Hey Mamas,

Bone broth, it’s the latest buzz for wellness warriors and beauty buffs. You need a good, simple bone broth recipe in your cooking repertoire.

My Baba (that’s Russian for “grandma”) Emma swears by bone broth.

If you’re feeling under the weather – bone broth.

If you’re tired – bone broth.

If you’re looking to boost your mood – bone broth.

My bone broth brings all the boys to the yard …

If your tummy hurts – bone broth.

What’s so special about bone broth, and why is every doctor, health expert and beauty blogger buzzing about it?

Collagen!

As I mentioned in last week’s blog post “3 Wellness Trends Worth Trying”, collagen is the most abundant protein in our body – basically like the “glue” that holds everything together. As we age, our bodies produce less and less of this magical substance. Less collagen equals saggy skin, wrinkles, loss of bone density, brittle hair, chipping nails, even gut-health issues.

Back when most Americans actually cooked more at home – bone broth included – our diet provided us with the boost of collagen our bodies no longer produced. Sadly, many now turn to stock broth from the grocery store, as opposed to making their own broth – that stock was likely not made on a bone, and it’s loaded with sodium.

To be perfectly honest, I only began to make my grandma’s bone broth recipe when my kids were born. Baba Emma, my mom and my mother-in-law used to make it for my husband and I, back in the good-old days. Okay, sometimes, they still make it for us! But, these days, I’m in on the action, as well. I’ve even recruited helpers.

My sous chef.

 

My sous chef recruited her own sous chef. #SmartGirl

At first, I had no idea how to start. Sadly, I never took the time to watch my baba make her bone broth recipe for us. I simply devoured the goods. Fortunately, my 92-year-old grandma was kind enough to share her recipe with me. It’s actually quite easy, and not as time-consuming as other recipes.

Yes, you can simmer your meat and bones on low for over 24-hours. But, seriously, is that ever going to happen in your life? It sure as heck isn’t going to be an option for me. #LetsBeReasonable

Le Creuset Stockpot, every home needs one.

Enjoy. Or as my family says, Nazdaroveya.

Grandma’s Homemade Chicken Bone Broth Recipe

Ingredients

8 Chicken Drumstick and Thighs (Bells & Even is the best store options – if you live on a farm, lucky you)

4 Medium Carrots, cut into threes

1 Large Parsnip, cut in half

1 Yellow Onion

1 Celery Stick, cut in half

Salt (to taste – trust: this is often where I need to phone-a-mom, my salt taste is terrible, hopefully yours is better)

Directions

Wash chicken and put into a deep pot. (I love Le Creuset 8qt Stock Pot because, aside from the beautiful enamel finish, you just get the best results with anything you make – even if you’re a faux-cook, like me. The $100 price tag pays for itself in yumminess and longevity of product.)

Back to the broth. Cover the meat with water and put on medium to high temp. Skim off anything that floats to the top. Once water boils, remove pot from heat and strain water out.

Gently wash the chicken. Put chicken back into the pot. Add whole onion, carrots, parsnip and celery. Pour already boiled water (I usually do it in the teapot) over chicken and vegetables. Turn stove to medium temp.

Keep skimming off fat and other impurities that float to the top, until the broth is clear. Then, turn  temperature to smallest flame, and let cook for 2 hours.

I saved a bowl for you. XO

 

Moms Midnight Cocktail kicks off Meaningful Me Moments Movement

Moms Midnight Cocktail, What a Way to Kick off Monday Meaningful Me Moments Movement #MeaningfulMeMoments

It’s sort of perfect that my first, official post about Monday Meaningful Me Moments and the kick off of the #MeaningfulMeMoments Movement is going live on Tuesday morning, not Monday!

Life. It’s REAL.

Monday – David threw up (for the third time in a week), Ilana decided eating wasn’t important, my neck and left shoulder gave out, finding a caterer for Ilana’s 2nd birthday (aka the Matzo Ball / B-day Bonanza / second Passover seder of 5775) isn’t as easy as in a not-so-Jewish part of New York, my husband will be running very late from work, my mother reminded me several times that I wasn’t eating enough, and my internet decided since I can’t work why should it work!

Which brings me to today, Tuesday morning, March 31st, 2015 at 9:18am.

Good morning! It’s a new day people. And, in case you are wondering, I DID find time for Meaningful Me Moments, yesterday. I just got a bit too tipsy to share it.

So …

The kids were sleeping.

The husband was still working.

And …

This happened at 10PM.

Mom’s Midnight Cocktail
70% Cipriani Food Peach Bellini Mix
30% Balinoff Vodka (or your preferred vodka)

Poured into a Jasper Conrad for Waterford flute, this peachy drink was the ideal way to cap off a hectic day. It was just me, the cocktail and nothing else. I didn’t turn on the TV. I didn’t read a book. I didn’t call anyone on the phone to discuss the happenings of the day.

Peachy. Pretty. Perfection.

Moms Midnight Cocktail is Bellini Perfection

How will I create Meaningful Me Moments, today? The plan is to park myself in a hotel lobby or Starbucks, in between fashion previews and meetings, for an hour of reading. Currently, I’m devouring Helena Rubinstein: The Woman Who Invented Beauty by Michele Fitoussi. If you’re looking to be uplifted by a trailblazing, no-nonsense woman, this is a must-read.

Now, the most important question of the day:

How will YOU create Meaningful Me Moments for yourself, today? Go. Do. See. Read. Jump. Dance. Live! Laugh! Love! Oh, and get a manicure, while you’re at it. 

Don’t be ashamed to ask for help from family or friends, if you are a stay-at-home mom. We all deserve a break. If that’s not an option, join me for some midnight tea, once the kids fall asleep … ya, I don’t do Moms Midnight Cocktail every night. That’s kind of an issue. But, tea or a yummy cappuccino …. who’s in?

#MeaningfulMeMoments on Instagram. Let’s do this, ladies. mmm_bellini2

Always Be Your Best You Pamela Pekerman Signature

Cooking for 1, & My Miso & Mustard Glazed Lamb Chops Recipe

With the hubby away all week on a business trip, I wanted to cook myself fish for dinner because he hates the smell of fish, so it’s usually not on the menu. But, while perusing my friend Candice Kumai’s cookbook Pretty Delicious, I had a mouthwatering craving for her lamb.

On my way home from the gym, I called the local butcher and asked for one pound of rack of lamb (which equals 3 pieces) Frenched. Don’t worry, I had to google the turn to find out the meaning before I put in the order.

Fast forward to 7:45pm and both kids are in bed.

I poured myself a glass of Pinot Noir. Normally, I’m a white wine girl, but I was trying to do the red wine-meat thing.

As I’m going through the steps, I realized that my meat was not on a rack, rather each pieces was separate. Also, I didn’t have the right mustard and my fresh garlic clearly fell out of my grocery bag on the way home.

What’s a girl to do?  … Get creative.

Here’s the recipe I came up with on the fly. Enjoy and have fun in your kitchen.

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Miso & Mustard Glazed Lamb Chops
Serves 1

1lb of lamb chops
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon dried sage (fresh is better)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (fresh is better)
3 pinches of garlic powder or 1 garlic glove minced
2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon mustard
2 teaspoons Miso dressing
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Prehead toaster oven to 400F.

Toss the panko, garlic, sage, thyme and 1/4 salt together on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the mixture and mix together with your palms to incorporate oil into bread crumbs. Set aside.

Rub the remaining sald\t into lamb chops. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in large skillet over medium/high heat. Be cafe. I’m always scared of jumping, happy, hot oil! Place the lamb chops into the skillet and cook each side for about 3-minutes. Use tongs to transfer the lamb to a tray.

Mix mustard and miso in a bowl. Use a brush to cover the lamb chops in the mixture.

Press each lamb chop into the bread crumb mix making sure to cover all sides. Wrap a sheet of foil over the tips of the bones (so they don’t burn). Place the lamb chops onto an oven-safe tray and put into preheated toaster oven for about 7-10 minutes, depending on how you want the meat cooked. Flip the lamp chops to the other side and let cook for another 5-7 minutes.

Remove and let cool for a few minutes. Enjoy with wine and a Shark Tank marathon.

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For Candice Kumai’s original Date-Night Knockout Rack of Lamb, check out page 185 of Pretty Delicious. The book is loaded with great recipes to enjoy for every meal of the day.

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Recipe: Simple & Yummy Butternut Squash Soup

I’ve always been intimidated by soups. In fact, prior to my daughter eating solid foods, I had never even made chicken broth. Yesterday, I took the plunge. The result:  a marvelous (totting my own horn!) Creamy Butternut Squash Soup that rivals some of the ones I’ve had at top restaurants. Enjoy the recipe I borrowed from Chow.com, and made some modifications. I picked this version because I liked how simple they made it to work with butternut squash. Those suckers are difficult to cut and the skin is very hard to peal. Slicing just in half (see image below), and placing the squash in the oven to bake, so that the flesh easily removes from the skin, is easy and gives me 50 minutes to play with the kids or work on another blog post.

INGREDIENTS 
2 medium size butternut squash, halved lengthwise and seeds removed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium Granny Smith apple (I’m pretty sure I used Golden Delicious by accident … still tasted good)
1/2 medium yellow onion
4 fresh sage leaves (add more for extra flavor)
3 cups of home made chicken broth (it’s always low sodium!! Make a lot of broth and freeze it for the future.)
2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Heat the oven to 425°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the squash pieces cut-side up on the baking sheet. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter and brush all of it over the tops and insides of the squash halves. Season generously with salt and pepper. (So I actyally forgot to season with salt and pepper, and it was fine. Opps.) Roast until knife tender, about 50 minutes to 1 hour.
3. Meanwhile, peel, core, and cut the apple into medium dice. Cut the onion into medium dice. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the apple, onion, and sage, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 7-10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
4. When the squash is ready, set the baking sheet on a wire rack until the squash is cool enough to handle. Using a large spoon, scoop the flesh into the saucepan with the sautéed apples and onions; discard the skins.
5. Add the broth, water, and measured salt and pepper, stir to combine, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally and breaking up any large pieces of squash, until the flavors meld, about 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cream.
6. Using a blender, purée the soup in batches until smooth. I used my beloved Magic Bullet! It’s become my best friend, in the kitchen.
7.Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve garnished with the pumpkin seeds, if using.

Quick 20 Minute Family Meal, Russian Katleti with Orzo

Allocating time to cooking for my family hasn’t been easy since the birth of my daughter and the extra bun cooking in my oven. I’m constantly looking for easy, healthy and time-saving recipe and nothing is faster than home-made, chicken katleti. It’s kind of like a flat meatball, for those unfamiliar with Russian food. Every woman has her own version and this is mine.

Chicken Katleti 
Ingredients
~ 1 ld ground chicken (buy it ground to make life easier)
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~ 1 small onion finely chopped (optional)
~ 1 garlic clove minced
~ 1 tsp pepper
~ 2 tsp salt (adjust to your family)
 
Dipping Sauce:
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Pregnant Girls Cocktail, Plus Repurposing Glass Bottles

I’m indulging in a Pregnant Girls Cocktail.

Fine, no alcohol. But, I want a fabulous glass for my drink!

Ingredients:
– Pretty Glass
– Water
– Slice of fresh squeezed lime
– Dash of sparking pomegranate spritz (for added flavor and color)

Sometimes, you just need to have a pretty drink in a pretty glass to kick off the day. 

FYI This glass actually used to contain preserve. I love turning glass containers into unique cups an vases. This particular one contained Braswell’s All Natural Chocolate Raspberry Preserve. Yes, it tasted as good as it sounds! I got it at HomeGoods for about $4. 

Here are some other products that come in glass containers you can repurpose.  

Make the most of your food/beverage purchases, by giving them new life.

Reuse glass jars for drinking, making your own preserve with custom labels (here’s a fun idea from craft store MIchael’s), pencil holders or other office organizing, vases, etc. With the later, I love the idea of bunching mismatched glass containers and placing low cut flowers in them. Place three or four, with flowers, on a mirrored tray for added glamour in your bedroom or office. The littlest details can make the brightest impact on your day. Have a wonderful Wednesday! 

Energy Boosting Fig Pomegranate Salad Recipe

I’ve been feeling really tired the past few days; the kind of dragged-through-the-mud-by-a-truck-after-running-a-10k-marathon tired I felt when I was still pumping milk. Granted, I only closed the Milk Factory about two weeks ago, so my body is still adjusting. After days of falling asleep right before dinner, not being able to walk my daughter, Ms. Ilana Rose, in the morning, and moped around this house in a robe without any makeup, I decided to take action and jump back on the ultra-healthy bandwagon I jumped on when Ilana was born. I also needed to jump back on the Always Be Your Best You bandwagon!
 
On Tuesday morning, after a motivating chat with my mother I got out of bed, washed my face with my beloved Naturopathica Aloe Cleaning Gel, and put on It Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Light, Hello Lashes Mascara in black, and their new Lip/Cheek stain which is still not for sale.  Mentally, I felt a pinch better, and, I STRONGLY believe mental health feeds into physical health! Next step: have lunch.
 
I wanted to make something with the fresh figs our neighbors gave us on Sunday, because they are an excellent source of fiber (aka energy boost). Figs are also fat, sodium and cholesterol free.  

I hope you try my yummy salad in your kitchen and commit to living your best life. Remember, we can all fall off the wagon. Only the ones that really love themselves and want to live with a Never Surrender mojo, jump back on wearing coral lipstick and killer riding boots!

Figetaboutit Pom Salad
P2 Wellness: Figetaboutit Pom Salad 
4 fresh figs  
1 cup spinach leaves (or as much as you can grab with both hands)
2 tablespoons of crumbled goat cheese
½ avocado
½ pomegranate
¼ cup of crushed walnuts (or pistachio nuts)
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of pomegranate juice
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
 
1.      Dice up the figs and avocado.
2.      Cut the pomegranate and take out the juicy pits. Careful to not stain your outfit!
3.      Crush the walnuts in your hand. Smaller pieces taste better in the salad.
4.      Mix the spinach, figs, avocado, pomegranate seeds, 1 tablespoon crumbled goat cheese and crushed walnuts in a bowl.
5.      Pour extra virgin olive oil and pomegranate juice into the bowl. Add salt and pepper. Mix.
6.      Place the salad on a pretty plate. How you eat is as important as what you eat, so I’m all about elevating ambiance to enhance the culinary experience. It also puts on smile on your face!
7.      Finish off my sprinkling the remaining 1 tablespoon of crumbled goat cheese on top of your salad. 
 
P2 Wellness: Figetaboutit Pom Salad, ingredients

 

Cook For Your Man, Homemade Gyoza Recipe from Candice Kumai Pretty Delicious

Cooking for your man is just one of the many ways you can show him how much you love him, how much you appreciate him, and, therefore, how essential the relationship is in the hierarchy of your life.

Cooking Gyozas at Home

From the preparation to the plating, I love to cook. Aside from the health benefits of knowing what goes into my meal, and of course the economic perks, it’s important for me to show my hubby that I value him and that I’m putting in the time to make his dinner or breakfast special. This is just one of the many baby steps that keep a marriage sizzling and fresh.
 
How many of you cooked for your significant other when you were in the early stages of your relationship? Have you stopped doing it over the months, years? You need to carve out the time to work your magic with the mixer, go wild with the wok or simply scramble and sizzle in the pan.
 
I’ll be honest, during my first trimester, I couldn’t stand most smells; my wonderful husband, along with the help of our moms, maned the kitchen. In my second trimester, we evacuated our home due to Sandy and couldn’t return until late December. Now, back in my own kitchen and approaching seven months, I’m thrilled to put on the apron. I don’t cook every night. I’m slower, when I do, and I need to be seated when doing the initial cutting/mixing/peeling etc. Nevertheless, I’m putting in the effort. In the same way I’m not surrendering my sexiness while pregnant, I’m not surrendering my spatial. Case in point, this week’s gyoza. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen the images. Here’s the recipe, courtesy of . It’s easy, healthy and husband-approved.  Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I’ve been know to cook in my sexy skivvies! Food+lingerie=marriage magic.

Mom’s Homemade Gyoza Pretty Delicious by Candice Kumai
Chef Candice Kumai Makes her Mom’s Homemade Gyoza
Dipping Sauce:
~ 1/4 Cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
~ 1/4 cup rice vinegar
~ scallions sliced on the diagonal
Gyoza:
~ 1 lb 96% Lean Ground Beef
~ 5 dried shitake mushrooms, soaked in boiling water for 5min, drained & chopped
~ 5 scallions, finely chopped
~ 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
~ 3 large green cabbage leaves, finely chopped
~ 4 garlic cloves, minced
~ 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
~ 2 Tb Dark Sesame Oil
~ 1 tsp sugar
~ 1 tsp Fresh Grated Ginger
~ Flour for dusting surface
~ 30 Round Wonton Skins – about 1/2 the package
~ 6 tsp Veg oil
Chef Candice Kumai’s Homemade Gyoza from Pretty Delicious
To make the sauce: Whisk the soy sauce and vinegar together in a small dish. Add the scallions and set aside.
To make the gyoza: Mix the ground beef, mushrooms, scallions, onion, cabbage, and garlic together in a large bowl.  Whisk the soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and sugar together in a small bowl. Add the soy sauce mixture to the beef mixture and stir together until combined.
Sprinkle a work surface with some flour. Place a small bowl of warm water next to your work area. Place a wonton wrapper on the floured area and place 2 teaspoons of the beef mixture in the center. (Depending on your wontons, you may only get in 1 teaspoon. No worries, I figured out what to do with the excess meat mix.**) Dip a finger in the warm water and moisten the edges of the wrapper, then fold the wrapper over the filling as if you were making a turnover. Press the edges together. Use your index finger and thumb to pinch the edges so they have a cute ruffled look like the edge of a pie crust. Set aside and repeat with the rest of the filling and wrappers.
Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons of veg oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add about 10 gyoza to the pan and cook until the bottoms are golden brown, about 1-2 min. When peaking under the gyoza to check for browning, be gentle! They are very fragile. Add 1/4 cup of water to the skillet, reduce the heat to medium, cover, and cook without turning until the wrappers are translucent, about 2 min. Uncover and cook until the water has evaporated and the filling is cooked through, about 2-3 min longer.

Remove the pan from the heat. Pour any liquid remaining in the pan into a bowl. Place a large plate over the skillet, the plate should be larger than the skillet, and flip the pan over. The gyoza should effortlessly fall from pan to plate revealing their gorgeous, golden brown skins. Gyoza taste best when hot, so serve immediately with the dipping sauce as you cook up the next batch. Cook 2 more batches, adding a tiny bit more oil as needed and 1/4 cup water for each batch. Wipe out the skillet between batches if necessary.

Celeb Chef Candice Kumai’s debut book Pretty Delicious

**Drizzle sesame oil into wok and pre-heat at medium/high for 1 minute. Throw excess meat/veggie mix into the wok and cook for about 2-3minutes. Throw in rice or noodles, as well as some of the dipping sauce from gyoza. Cook for another minute. Meal number 2 ready for the rest of the week.
ALSO, if you make a ton of gyoza you can freeze it. I usually make about 50 from the above recipe because my wontons are clearly smaller than what Candice buys.

Watch Candice make her gyozas.