Fast and Tasty

Hello blog world! Sorry I dropped off the face of the earth this week. In my defense, I haven’t been home the past two nights and we’re getting to “that time” in the semester when I’m realizing it’s going to be non stop til finals are over. I felt a bit harried earlier in the week. Luckily that has passed but it is time to buckle down and get to work.

In that spirit I had a quick dinner in between cases tonight. I got the idea from Whole Living.

I just started reading Whole Living and so far I really like it. For the record I subscribe to/read: Real Simple, Entertainment Weekly, Runner’s World, Sunset Living, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. I have a thing against “woman’s magazines” but that’s a story for another day.

Anyways, Whole Living had an article this month on how to use healthy frozen foods in quick meals. They used Trader Joe’s pot stickers in two recipes and I tried one tonight.


4 tbls. Olive Oil, divided in half

1 serving Trader Joe’s pot stickers (about 7)

2 cloves of garlic, minced

3 tbls. water

handful of swiss chard, washed and chopped

dash of salt

dash of red pepper flakes

dash of white wine (recipe called for white wine vinegar, but obvi I upgraded to the real thing)


Heat 2 tbls. of olive oil in a saute pan. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant. Add the swiss chard and cook until wilted.

Once the chard is wilted. Add salt and wine. Stir, let the wine absorb and set aside off the heat. Now, get yo pot stickers ready!

Heat 2 tbls of olive oil in another pan. Add the frozen pot stickers and brown for about a min.

Add the water and cover. Cook the pot stickers until brown. You want to monitor is closely, I kind of burned the sides a little bit. Once done cooking the pot stickers, combine with the chard and serve!

Quick, nutritious (hey, Swiss Chard), and fun because how often do you have pot stickers with dinner? Not too damn often! This dinner was good. In the future I will probably add more red pepper flakes to enhance the spiciness. I’d also watch the pot stickers more closely because they stuck to the bottom of than pan a little bit. Overall this meal was wonderfully garlicky, green, healthy and easy. Three cheers for Whole Living!

What is your favorite quick, go-to meal? I definitely need some fresh ideas!


3 thoughts on “Fast and Tasty

  1. I think it’s so funny that you and I make such different “easy” meals but it’s often the same concept: find easy things from TJ’s, mix with veggies, and throw it all in a bowl! I love it. I also learn new ideas from you!

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