Recipe is for a crock pot! Delish and easy! This is based off of a traditional Char Siu sauce, but true to my nature I can never leave well enough alone! I modified this recipe a lot. I just couldn't help myself. Also, the meat is usually prepared over fire or roasted, but I really wanted to find a recipe that worked well in a slow cooker and I think I accomplished that by making my mods. Hope you like it too! ENJOY!
This is one of my fam's favorite dishes (my 8 yr old son, P1, loves it!) and it's super easy to make too. Lots of chopping, but I find that more therapeutic then shopping sometimes :) COOKING NOTE: Sometimes I hate to use the grill so this does well in the broiler too. Just use a baking sheet lined with foil topped with a non-coated cooling rack. Also fill bottom of pan with 1/2 cup of water to help cook evenly and keeps the meat juicy. Based a few times to get a nice thick, saucy coating.
This was a comfort food growing up. I can remember sitting around the table with my siblings hand-making the little dumplings. Now I make them with my kiddos. :) You can freeze the dumplings too by placing them in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet, then place that in the freezer over night. Bag them up depending on an individual portion size (6-8 dumplings per person...usually LOL). Then all you have to do is bring your stock to a boil, empty your pre portioned baggie in, boil for 6-8 minutes and you have yourself some fast, better-than-takeout, wonton soup! You can also pan-fry or steam these to make dumplings :)
From Love at First Bite: The Complete Vampire Lover's Cookbook. The title of this dish is "Swine Bites" in the book but I changed it to something a bit more appealing, to me anyways :)) Special Tools: 12-18 Asian soup spoons, 12-18 toothpicks (You can also make the creamy pesto sauce in a blender)
Contains egg products: Always check with your pediatrician. I was so excited when my daughter, P2, got her teeth, alas, it was only two. I held off of starting her on the more solid meats, but now that she's 12 months old, she eats these like crazy. Granted, she still only has two teeth LOL. I just cut these up into little manageable pieces and don't take my eyes off of her. They freeze really well too!
!!As always, ask your pediatrician before introducing new foods to your child!! I've been making these for my daughter, P2, since she started on pureed fruits and veggies. When your child reaches the recommended age for yogurt, try adding a couple tbsp to give a creamy consistency. These are great for when your on the go as well! FUN FACTS: Flax is a good source of Omega-3 oils, antioxidants, fiber and other essential nutrients for babies (and adults) which makes it the powerhouse of beneficial nutrition for the whole family.