You Dim Sum. You Lose Sum.

I have un secreto.

When I look for recipes, I tend to favor those of the "for kids" variety. I wish I could tell you I'm practicing for when I have to be Mama in the kitchen instead of Wifey in the kitchen, but it's all for different reasons. Childish Reasons.

Reason #1: These recipes tend to be non-laborious, because really, what kind of mom is going to spend 3 1/2 hours making a special Macaroni and Cheese dish for their 4 year old son, who will most likely stick it up his nose or feed it to the floor?

Reason #2: You wont be cooking with much Quinoa, beets, or freakin' kale. It's all about ground meats and cheddar cheeses. I'm not opposed to eating healthy, but sometimes you need a little B-O-L-O-G-N-A in your diet, am I right or am I right?

Reason #3: If it's "Kid Approved" like it promises, most likely it'll be "Husband Approved" as well. And if Husband approves, then he's most likely going to do the dishes. And that is OhhhTAY with me.
 Happy Wife, Happy Life! True Dat.

Case in point....

Project Wifey Wife Week #15-The Savory
Chinese Style Turkey Meatballs Dumplings
w/ sweet dipping sauce
adapted from


1 head of cabbage
1 lb ground turkey
2 scallions, very finely chopped
1/2 cup very finely chopped cilantro
1 Tbs sesame oil
1 Tbs vegetable oil
2 Tbs soy sauce
1 egg, lightly beaten
pre-made wonton wrappers

Chinese Meatballs sounded weird to me. I don't know why. So, I stuffed those balls into some wonton wrappers and called it a day. Like I always say...You Dim Sum. You Lose Sum. I actually have never said that, but now I will. ALOT.

1. Start by prepping your steamer with a layer of cabbage and steam them as you prepare your wontons. This will help your dumplings not to stick when you steam them.


2. In a bowl, mix together all of the ingredients, excluding the wonton wrappers. Obviously.

3. Scoop a little spoonful of the mixture onto a wonton wrapper.

Triangles are coolio.

Bring the corners together, to make what looks like...a chicken bum.

TeeHeeHee. I'm going to feed little chicken bums to my hubby.

You can also make little "purses" for the girls mayhaps?

I made a gang of each of  them.
4. Carefully place each wonton into your steamer. Do not crowd them because they will be annoyed at you and stick together, ripping the delicate wonton skins off upon removal. Steam for 5-7 minutes.

Change the layer of cabbage, as needed. When they looked wilted and sad, I put in a fresh new layer.

Sweet Ginger-Soy Dipping Sauce

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tsp of grated ginger
**Cook ingredients in a small pot over a low heat until sugar is melted. **


On the side there, are some Chinese noodles that I haphazardly mixed with some carrots, fancy snap peas, sesame oil, soy sauce, and oyster sauce.

Hubby said that this is part of his Top Ten favorite new dishes of ALL TIME. He was so incredibly happy and satisfied with this meal.
After dinner, he said, without my nagging, a string of words that touched my heart so.

"Do you need help with any chores tonight?"

I was, jaw to the ground, tears in my eyes, arms loaded with hugs and ready to attack...HAPPY.
And then there was dessert.

Happy Wife, Happy Life.


  1. kid approved is husband approved. i like it! hahah!

  2. I'm def on board with the kid-approved/husband-approved thing. Because now that I think about it, my husband puts Chili Mac right up there with Chicken Cordon Bleu.

    BTW, those dumplings look ridiculously good. I've only every had the frozen kind you boil/fry (for shame...)

  3. You are not lying! Kid approved means easy to find and make. Perfect!

  4. Smart lady!! :D Happy hubby, happy wife, happy house - sounds good to me! That looks like a delicious dinner! Yumm!

  5. These look so good, but I don't have a steamer! I cooked out of a Better Homes and Gardens Kid cookbook until I was like 15, haha, and still peak at recipes for quick ideas too!

  6. The chicken bums put a smile on my face. Thanks.

  7. Those are amazing! Hubs and I just moved to America from Hong Kong and this is an awesome recipe to keep us from missing the food too much.
    Great blog!

  8. Yum. That looks delicious..and a good choice on the ice cream. Always a great way to finish a dinner.

  9. These look so so yummy!
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  10. That is ME approved! looks awesome. Nicely done :)

  11. Awww, baby Sebby was soooo adorable.. I wanna eat him!

    Ha! Chicken bums! I'll never look at dim sum the same. ;) Looks yummy! We'll have to have a dim sum party some day and compare each other's!


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