During the past two months, I decided that if I was going to go through the stress of watching my dad die from liver cancer and then, subsequently, dying, then I would at least eat what I wanted and enjoy it without guilt. I mean I am a big food lover. Food is a big lover of me too, especially in my hips and thighs. LOL. Now that my focus is not caring for my father, it needs to be back on caring for me. So back to eating healthy food. Don’t get me wrong, healthy food is totally yummy, but I wanted things like shakes and margaritas and beers and more margaritas and other things that love me more than I love them. Well sometimes. I mean, I love margaritas a whole bunch!
Today is Father’s Day and my husband request I make these zucchini dumplings that had been on the menu for sometime this week. I am a HUGE fan of Gina Homolka and her blog Skinnytaste and have been for almost 10 years. In fact, I can remember when her blog allowed her to quit her full time job and stay home. She posted these dumplings last month and I’ve been wanting to try them ever since, just haven’t had the time. You can head over there for the complete recipe.
There are a couple of things I found when I made them. First, make sure you have a long zucchini otherwise it won’t wrap fully around the stuffing. The zucchini sometimes would break, so precooking it for a couple of minutes would probably make the strips more pliable. Second, these are HUGE dumplings. I honestly thought they were smaller. Ha! Third, the zucchini kinda gets soggy on the bottom so expect it to be a little messy or just use a fork and knife. If any of you have any suggestions for that, let me know. Other than that, these were amazing! We had the serving size of five (6 freestyle points) and it was more than filling enough. You can swap out the pork for ground chicken or ground turkey if you wish. I might play with the filling ingredients by adding mushrooms, garlic and other goodies.
Drop a comment if you want to try these or have made them! I’m anxious to know what others think especially if you did some derivitives of it.