I’m always on the look out for simple, budget-friendly recipes that may rock for fussy eaters.
Note I say ‘may’. There is no one food that will be a hit for every child. However, there are certain foods that are more likely to be a win.
Working with 100+ families personally a year gives me fabulous insight into what does and doesn’t work for the majority of fussy eaters.
I had never cooked wontons before but found a packet of wrappers in the local supermarket that cost a couple of dollars, so I thought why not.
My take on these things is that you do not need to follow recipes or instructions, you can just make what works for your family and your budget.
I have a policy where I cook once and serve at least twice and hopefully 3 or 4 times. This was one of those situations as I had a pork mince filling I’d cooked previously and froze.
As it’s school holidays I also had my teen wrapping these and honestly, they didn’t look the most aesthetically pleasing. Lucky it’s only the taste that matters!
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Recipe for wontons
Use any filling that is a fit for your child. You only need a tiny amount so don’t overthink. Suggestions below that are more or very less traditional!
Use some or a combination of:
I used the recipe below (but only needed about a 10th of the mixture for 20 wontons)
500 gms pork mince (I generally marinate this for a few hours*)
¼ small white cabbage chopped finely
2 spring onion stem/leaves chopped finely
1 large carrot grated
3 cloves garlic
1/2 tbs grated ginger
– Omit any ingredients that may not work for your child
*marinade – I use soy sauce, sesame oil, lemongrass and sometimes oyster sauce
Method for wontons
Heat oil in a pan to medium heat. I used ghee. It doesn’t have to be deep fried, it can be shallow fried in a little oil (as I did).
Boil a big pan of water.
Place a penny sized amount of the mixture in the middle of a wrapper.
Pull the sides up and in to join at the top in the middle. Squeeze tightly to seal.
Drop the finished wontons in batches into the boiling water for a minute or two until they float.
Remove with a slotted spoon.
You can eat as is, if soft and chewy is a good texture.
Or drain quickly and then fry in batches in the oil, turning to crisp each side.
Judith, MA Cantab (Cambridge University), Post Grad Dip Psychology (Massey University), is an AOTA accredited picky eating advisor and internationally certified nutritional therapist. She works with 100+ families every year resolving fussy eating and returning pleasure and joy to the meal table.
She is also mum to two boys and the author of Creating Confident Eaters and Winner Winner I Eat Dinner. Her dream is that every child is able to approach food from a place of safety and joy, not fear.
Learn more about Judith here: https://theconfidenteater.com/about/