One Meat, Three Meals

What happens when your friend’s and your significant others go on a business trip in the same week?  You have a slumber party that consists of sewing, cooking, antique shopping, pillow fights, gossiping… πŸ˜‰  Today I’m going to show you what my friend Nancy and I made with ONE HUNK OF MEAT…

Say Hello to Mr. Meaty.  He is a friend because you can create 3 great meals from him.  First, let’s start with his contents…

Mr. Meaty Filling (mix the following ingredients together in a bowl)

3 cups chopped napa cabbage
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
6 green onions (scallions) chopped
2 pounds ground pork/turkey
2 tablespoons minced ginger
2 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons thin soy sauce
2 eggs
1 cup chopped shrimp (optional)

Meal #1 – Dumplings

This is probably the most simple thing that can be made.  Just buy a pack of gyoza or dumpling wrappers from your local grocery store (or you could make them if you know how), place a tablespoon of Mr. Meaty on the wrappers, and make creases along the top edge and pinch together with the bottom edge.  Pan fry or boil dumplings in water and you’re done!  Create a delicious dipping sauce with soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar and sugar, YUM!

Meal #2 – Wonton Soup

With store bought wonton wrappers, place Mr. Meaty on center of wrappers, wet the sides of the wrapper, fold the wrapper in half to form a triangle, wet the corners of the triangle and pull together, and voila!  Now cook the wontons in boiling water and chicken stock, then add napa cabbage/spinach, soy sauce and sesame oil and now you have a delicious SOUP!

Meal #3 – Baozi

The most time consuming of the bunch, is baozi, otherwise known is steamed buns!  To make the buns, we used this recipe which we thought was pretty good!  I don’t usually make a lot of bread so this was my first time using bread flour and yeast in cooking, I love firsts!!  Like the others, you place Mr. Meaty in the center and wrap!

Thanks Mr. Meaty for being our model today!  Come back tomorrow to see what we sewed!


  1. May 10, 2010 / 9:23 am

    yums! you are making me hungry. i want some dumplings RIGHT now!

  2. May 10, 2010 / 9:35 am

    This all looks so delicious!! Of course now I’m totally hungry. I might have to give Mr. Meaty a try!!

  3. May 10, 2010 / 10:46 am

    mmm…baozi! i’ve never tried to make any sort of chinese dumpling or buns before. maybe it’s time to try!

  4. ζ₯ζ₯Lai
    May 10, 2010 / 10:48 am

    Nancy was telling me you guys made all the dim sum items while the boys were gone. Your wonton soup looks so so yummy Sandy! I want some now!

  5. May 10, 2010 / 10:51 am

    i’m glad it’s lunch time right now….this is making me hungry!! the wonton soups looks so yummy. can’t wait to see what you made sewing πŸ™‚

  6. May 10, 2010 / 11:26 am

    wow yummy lovely meat meal

    looks amazing thanks for this

  7. May 10, 2010 / 11:28 am

    I’ve been feeling like gyoza lately but buying them premade is too expensive. I think I’m going to make them though when my mom and sister come visit later this week! Your recipe looks good, I think I’ll give it a try. πŸ™‚

  8. May 10, 2010 / 12:53 pm

    YUM! this makes me hungry. I love dumplings and steamed buns and the soup!

  9. May 10, 2010 / 2:44 pm

    hmmmmmmm i need to come up with a vegetarian version!!! i heart dumplings big time.

  10. May 10, 2010 / 4:50 pm

    I just had those for lunch last week! My dad got us a frozen pack, though. They are yummy! We call these “siopao” in Filipino.

  11. May 10, 2010 / 4:57 pm

    I am SO having dumplings tonight now! Of course I’ll have to order them. HA!

  12. Ellinelle
    May 10, 2010 / 5:23 pm

    ..oooh Sandy’s almost 12 at night here and I want to eat now after looking at those pictures : ))) that’s sooo bad : ) but seriously , so great things you made , I love dumplings , we have something similar , we call it ‘pelmeni’ and we also fry them ..
    Great post sweetie , I will definately try something ..
    p.s I’m thinking what to do now go to kitchen or no ..he he he

    Ellinelle xxx

  13. May 10, 2010 / 5:41 pm

    mmmm everything looks yummy! I love when things are versatile like that.

  14. May 10, 2010 / 5:55 pm

    mmm sandy, these look so delish. can you believe i’ve never had wonton soup? i’ve been wanting to try it for the longest. i’ll be saving these recipe for sure. i am just curious about the first one, which do you prefer pork or turkey? and why? and how much is 1 cup of chopped shrimp in weight measurement? thanks a bunch.

    have an AWESOME day.


    • May 13, 2010 / 10:28 pm

      @Elizabeth – I generally prefer the taste of pork over turkey, but turkey has the healthy factor. If you are making 2 lbs., you could mix 1 lb. pork and 1 lb. turkey! And I’m unsure about how much 1 cup of shrimp in weight measurement, the good thing about this recipe is that it is pretty flexible so you can really add as much as you want. Shrimp would add a bit of a sweet flavor to the meat. Hope this helps!

  15. May 10, 2010 / 6:11 pm

    I should not have stopped by your blog. I just finished lunch but dang, I’m hungry for some dumplings now! Everything you made looks SO yummy. I would like to have one of those Baozi right now. πŸ™‚

  16. May 10, 2010 / 7:14 pm

    OMG Sandy it all looks so yummy! that little slumber party sure was pretty productive! thanks for sharing!

  17. May 10, 2010 / 7:29 pm

    i wish i could go to your sleepover parties! ;D
    i’d probably leave 10 lbs heavier, but much happier than when i arrived. haha. <3

  18. May 10, 2010 / 10:57 pm

    This looks like such soul food! I’m Chinese and my mom makes this all the time, and it is deliiiish!

  19. May 10, 2010 / 11:27 pm

    that looks delish and im a vegetarian LOL!


  20. May 11, 2010 / 10:08 am

    wow. those look awesome. Now, I don’t want to go for my run this morning. I want to instead wait and drag my girls to the only dim sum place in the county!!!

  21. May 11, 2010 / 1:37 pm

    it all looks so yummy!!!

  22. May 11, 2010 / 3:11 pm

    That’s so cool you used the same meat for 3 different main dishes! Def bookmarking this one!
    Thanks for joining the Recipe Swap. I had fun drooling over your delish recipe πŸ™‚
    Craftaholics Anonymous

  23. Kate
    May 11, 2010 / 5:12 pm

    wow cool! Me and Hieu were just talkin’ about making dumplings & Veggie Baozi out of scratch the other day! Now we have something to follow along to =) Thanks Sandy!

  24. Jessica
    May 11, 2010 / 7:07 pm

    OK, that’s it–I’ve just added homemade baozi to the queue!

  25. j*tang
    May 11, 2010 / 8:21 pm

    omg. i’m salivating. and super impressed!!

  26. May 11, 2010 / 11:23 pm

    Thanks for the recipe, it looks good and easy, definitely a time saver so i have more time to craft πŸ™‚ will let you know how mine turns out

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