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  • Writer's pictureDavinia Goodes

Healthier Takeaways: Dumplings, Edamame Beans & Japanese Salad.

Updated: May 15, 2023

What a fantastic idea! This has become a family fave. - Janet

Here’s a Takeaway alternative that you can make at home from simple ingredients bought from the supermarket. Its quicker, cheaper and most likely healthier than your usual takeaways.

Healthier Takeaways:

Dumplings, Edamame Beans & Japanese Salad.

With Homemade Dipping Sauce & Dressing.


Buy dumplings from the freezer section of the supermarket. There are a few different instructions on how to cook them. I prefer the pan fry option which is actually dropping them in a little oil in a pan then filling the pan with water until the water comes halfway up the dumplings. Simmer until the water evaporates. Full instructions on pack. Serve with Homemade dipping sauce.

Dumpling Dipping Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce

  • 1 tsp rice vinegar

  • 1 tsp chilli oil or chilli flakes to taste.

  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. You could leave out the chilli for children!

Edamame Beans

Buy edamame beans in the pods from the freezer section of your supermarket. Put them in a bowl of water and heat for a couple of minutes. They are already cooked so they just need to be warmed. Full instructions on pack.

Japanese Salad

Choose a coleslaw or rainbow salad style salad bag from your supermarket. Try and choose one with cabbage and carrot.

Japanese Salad Dressing

  • 2Tbsp Japanese mayo

  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce

  • 1/2 tsp mirin

  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil

Combine all ingredients and serve with salad just before eating.

We like to serve up the dumplings, dipping sauce, edamame beans and Japanese salad in 4 separate dishes in the middle of the table for the family to share.

"I love helping my clients make simple changes to their eating and lifestyle patterns that they can stick to long term for health results that last." NZ Registered Nutritionist Davinia.

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