I love George Stella. He used to have a low carb cooking show on the Food Network in the past, but I think it was cancelled. He has about four cookbooks out featuring low carb recipes, which I must admit I have every single one of them :) All four cook books are pretty good and highly recommended. Surprisingly, a lot of the recipes can be adapted to be Medifast friendly so you will be seeing quite a few recipes from him on my blog. This particular recipe was from his cookbook called "Real Food Real Easy". Tons of great low carb recipes in that book. Yum, yum, yum. I did have to decrease a lot of the spices to meet Medifast guidelines, but it was still pretty tasty. I used beef instead of pork and I also used only a few cabbage leaves which equaled 75 grams or 1/2 cup or 1 Green serving. I decided to eat some plain. All this Asian cooking is caused me to change the veggies around since I have been eating a lot of cabbage lately. The rest of the pot stickers I ate with 1 cup of steamed broccoli and they tasted just as good without being wrapped in anything at all. You can also try wrapping them in lettuce leaves if you like. As always, weigh and measure out your veggies and meats if possible after they are cooked to get the appropriate measurements. Enjoy this recipe!
Cabbage Wrapped Beef Pot Stickers
(Slightly adapted from George Stella)
1 Head of Cabbage but weigh out 225 grams cooked *I used only 75 grams or 1 Green serving and had 1 cup of broccoli as my other 2 Greens (3 Greens)
8 oz 95% Ground Beef raw- should yield 6 oz cooked (1 Lean)
2 tbsp chopped green onion (1/4 of a Green serving; subtract from your Green)
1/2 tsp Sesame oil (1/2 Healthy Fat)
2 tsp Soy sauce (2 Condiments)
1/8 tsp Ground Ginger (1/4 Condiment)
1/8 tsp Garlic Powder (1/2 Condiment)
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Wash and cut cabbage in half. Cut the core from each half of the cabbage by slicing it out in a triangular wedge.
Separate at least at least 8 of the larger outer cabbage leaves from both halves, and then add to boiling water. (Save remaining cabbage for another meal). Boil for 2 minutes, until cabbage is crisp-tender. Use a slotted spoon to transfer cooked cabbage to a plate of paper towels to drain.
Prepare the pot sticker filling by combining beef, chopped green onions, sesame oil, soy sauce, ground ginger and garlic powder in a mixing bowl. Mix well.
Place a large nonstick pan over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Form the filling into thick oval patties about the shape and size of your thumb.
Place the filling patties into the pan and cook about 4 minutes on each side, until cutting into one shows no pink throughout. Wrap cooked patties in cabbage leaves and secure with toothpicks.
1 Lean, 3 Greens, 1/2 Healthy Fat and 3 Condiments (You still need 1/2 a Healthy Fat)
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