Tasty Thursday: Clean Eating Asian

I will say my biggest challenge with clean eating is that I'm not a big carnivore.  As in I eat chicken, fish, lamb, and that's pretty much it, well bacon too.  Combine that with the fact that I love Asian food and I was nervous I wouldn't like anything that's considered 'clean'.  Most Asian sauces and condiments are full of processed junk and preservatives.  So when I saw this Asian Pistou Dumplings in Lime Broth, I was pretty much salivating.  What is pistou, you might be asking, it's the Asian version of pesto made with Thai basil and cilantro or parsley.  This delicious recipe was featured in Clean Eating Magazine by celebrity chef, Ming Tsai.  This looks oh so savory and delicious, I can't wait to try it.

olive oil cooking spray
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, white & green parts separated, divided
4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
juice 2 limes
1 Tbsp low-sodium tamari
1/2 cup packed parsley
1/2 cup packed Thai basil
4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup edamame
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
12 thin whole-wheat wonton wrappers

1.    In a saucepot misted with cooking spray, sweat white parts of scallions over medium heat for about 4 minutes, then add broth. Reduce mixture by 25%. Season with salt and pepper, and add lime juice and tamari.
2.    Meanwhile, using a mortar and pestle, blend a pinch of salt with parsley, basil and garlic. Fold in edamame and oil and season with salt and pepper. (Alternatively, using a food processor, pulse together salt, parsley, basil and garlic. Transfer mixture to a bowl, fold in edamame and whisk in oil.)
3.    Prepare wontons with edamame mixture. Lay wonton wrapper on work surface. With fingertips, use water to moisten outer edges of wrapper. Spoon about 1 tsp edamame filling onto center of each wonton wrapper. Gather up all edges of wrapper above filling and pinch together.
4.    Add dumplings to broth and boil for 5 to 8 minutes; serve immediately. Garnish with green parts of scallions and, if desired, additional parsley and/or basil.
5.    Nutrients Per Serving: Calories: 200, Total Fat: 8g, Sat. Fat: 1g, Carbs: 24g, Fiber: 3g, Sugars: 2g, Protein: 6g, Sodium: 544 mg, Cholesterol: 2mg

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