Boxed Dinner Revolution- Asian Style

Baked WonTon with Blackberry Asian Dipping Sauce and Broccoli Slaw

 

Boxed foods seem to have gotten a pretty bad rap lately.  People complain that they are full of sodium, lacking on nutrients, void of color, and totally missing true flavors.  Recently though, it seems my best meals have come from a box…a big brown Bountiful Baskets Super box to be exact.  Apparently I am a Sucker for a Super Pack.  The Super Bowl Hostess Pack was a definite win, the Valentine Super Pack melted my heart, and now the Super Asian Pack is sending my taste buds on an all-expense-paid trip to the Orient.  I figure I will get two or even three full meals out of this fabulous box and I can guarantee all of these “boxed meals” will be chock full of flavor, nutrients, and vibrant colors!

The first of my Super Asian Pack boxed meals was my fabulous “Baked Won Tons With Blackberry Asian Dipping Sauce”.  This is a fun meal to put together.  The filling is easy and, once all the veggies are chopped, there are some great ways to get the kiddos involved.  The young ones will have fun mixing the filling, and the older crowd will enjoy filling and wrapping the won tons.   The filling is very versatile.  I use shredded chicken because that was what I had on hand but ground or shredded pork would work beautifully.  The veggies can easily be added or taken away depending on what you have on hand.  Thanks to my box, and a well-stocked pantry,  I had a beautiful assortment of fresh flavors to toss in the filling.

The Won Ton wraps from the box were great and I still have some left over to use in my lasagna tomorrow.  Yes, believe it or not, won ton wrappers make great lasagna noodles and don’t have those annoyingly Americanized little ripples on the sides.  But, that is a discussion for a whole other plate…back to the recipe at hand.  By baking the won tons I get all the crunch with far less fat.  Just lightly brush or spray a lined baking sheet, lay out the filled won tons, then lightly brush or spray the tops and bake at 425.  In about 12 minutes you will have lovely browned treats that are sure to please any pallet.

Won tons are a fun finger foods and fun finger foods demand one thing…dip!  This dipping sauce is my own little creation.  I usually make it with raspberries but, since I had a flat of blackberries to put to use I decided to mix things up.  And am I glad I did.  The blackberries compliment the chicken nicely and worked well with the spicy red chilies, the soy sauce,  and the sesame oil.  They were more tart than the raspberries I have used for this in the past, but that was nothing that a couple Tablespoons of brown sugar couldn’t fix.  The sauce came out to be the perfect consistency for our taste but, if you want it thinner just whisk in a bit of juice, if you want it thicker just heat to a boil and add a bit of cornstarch or liquid pectin.

I served the won tons with an Asian Broccoli Slaw that gave a great crunch and tied all the flavors together (and used up a bunch of broccoli that had somehow escaped my menu plans last week).   I have to brag- this meal was a total hit.  As they walked away feeling like they had eaten a happy dose of junk food, my family had no idea that they had actually inhaled several healthy portions of veggies, along with a powerhouse of herbs and spices. And all this from boxed foods.  Maybe what we need is not fewer boxed meals but a new idea of what is found inside the box.  What we really need is more Bountiful Baskets SUPER boxed meals!  SO, let’s start a boxed meal revolution.  What boxed meals are YOU making this week?

 

Baked Won Tons

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Shredded Chicken (or pork)
  • 1 bunch green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 Carrot shred fine
  • 1 can water chestnuts diced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger shred fine
  • 1 T finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 small piece of fresh turmeric shred fine
  • 2 T Soy Sauce
  • 1 1/2 T Hot sauce (like Siracha or Franks)
  • 1 T Sesame Oil
  • Wonton wrappers
  • Small bowl of water
  • Oil of your choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F
  2. Combine all the ingredients (except the wrappers, water, and oil) well
  3. Lay wrappers out on a flat surface
  4. Dip your finger in the water and run along the edges of the wonton to LIGHTLY moisten.
  5. Place a tsp of filling for triangles and a bit more for squares, in the center of the wonton.
  6. If making squares, top with a second wrapper and gently press around the edges to seal.
  7. If making triangles fold in half over the filling so that the top left and bottom right corners meet to form a triangle.
  8. Continue doing this for all the wontons you want to make
  9. Lay the wontons on a foil-lined baking sheet that has been lightly sprayed or brushed with oil
  10. Lightly spray or brush each wonton.
  11. Sprinkle with garlic salt if desired
  12. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until crispy and golden brown
  13. Best served warm

Blackberry Asian Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

  • 12 oz of blackberries (can be fresh or frozen and defrosted)
  • 2-4 slices of jarred jalapeno OR 1-2 soaked red chilies (from the pack) with seeds
  • 1/2 inch of fresh ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 T Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 T sesame oil
  • Zest and juice of one small lime

Instructions

  1. Blend everything in the blender until smooth.
  2. Heat if desired- and thin or thicken to taste (see text above)
  3. These measurements are approximate and can vary based on the heat/flavor level of the ingredients so really, go with your tastes and feel free to adjust!

Asian Broccoli Slaw

Ingredients

  • 1 head of broccoli stalks- pared and run through the food processor to get lovely slaw-size strings (or just cheat and buy a bag of pre-cut broccoli slaw- I won't tell)
  • 1/4 head of red cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 bunch green onion diced
  • 2 T roughly chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 T Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 T Soy sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Toss all the ingredients together until well mixed.
  2. Adjust for flavors

 

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2 Responses to “Boxed Dinner Revolution- Asian Style”

  1. JoAnn Williams says:

    YAY! Glad you enjoyed them Angela. Thanks for reading!

  2. Angela says:

    We just made these for dinner and they were fantastic!! I love that they were baked, the filling was delicious, and the sauce was amazing. And it used so many elements of our basket — awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe.

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