As you’ve probably noticed, I like to keep many of my home eats simple and healthy with simpler blender recipes, salads, and one-pot meals. Since it’s usually just hubby and I and we play dueling chefs in the kitchen a lot cooking our own things, simple makes sense and it makes sense for sticking to a whole foods plant based diet when eating at home. Buying loads of exotic ingredients for a complex recipe does not work for just me or us.
To me, using ingredients like won ton wrappers and egg roll wrappers (which are egg free, of course) typically means complex recipes and lots of time and leftovers. When I saw Twin Dragons Asian Wrapper Blogger Recipe Challenge, I got a wild hair and decided to try something new. It was an easy decision because all of the wrapper products are vegan, non-GMO, lower calorie that I would have thought, and don’t contain any scary, WTF ingredients.
For this recipe, I am using the Twin Dragon Won Ton Wrappers which only have 80 calories per every 4 wrappers – that’s not bad at all. And in trying to keep with my healthier, oil-free theme, I’m air frying them and giving those an option if they want to use a little sesame oil for sauteing or not. I typically make an exception here and there for sesame oil because a little brings so much flavor and goes a long way. But you can toss in sesame seeds or toasted sesame seeds instead or tahini blended with veggie broth.
Air Fried Edamame Won tons
- 15 Twin Dragon Won Ton Wrappers
- 1 cup shelled edamame (frozen okay)
- 1/2 cup chopped cabbage
- 1/2 cup minced mushrooms
- 3/4 cup grated carrot
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp. tamari
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp minced ginger
- ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. sesame oil (Optional)
- water for sealing the won tons
- Add edamame, cabbage, mushrooms, carrot, and sesame oil into a heated wok. Stir fry until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Reduce heat and add tamari, garlic, ginger, maple syrup, and pepper flakes and stir fry until well blended and the edamame is slightly crispy.
- Place about 1 tbsp. Of the mixture into won ton wrapper on a flat surface.
- Dip finger into water and we edges of won ton wrapper and fold over. Press edges to seal them. Then fold in the corners to seal in creatively.
- Set aside and prepare the rest of the won tons.
- Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees.
- Place won tons in the basket and cook for 4-5 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy! Serve as is or with sweet chili dipping sauce, spicy mustard dipping sauce, etc.
The recipe possibilities with these won ton wrappers seem limitless ranging from healthier to deep fried nightmares, I remember those deep fried cream cheese won tons at Asian buffets in my non-vegan days and cringe at the thought of the fat and calories in those now. But the wrappers can be used in much healthier recipes that are still fun and flavorful. And colorful.
Sure, these can be a classy appetizer at a party, but they can also be a pretty balanced meal loaded with protein and veggies. Assembling the won tons is fun and maybe a little therapeutic, like a creative art form that was much simpler than I thought.
I folded them diagonally, then folded the corners in for little pouches.
The wrappers are strong and even stretchy, they did not seem delicate and did not tear.
15 won tons fit perfectly into our air fryer and it was probably the max I could fit in one layer. But with a cook time of only 4-5 minutes, it’s easy to do multiple batches if needed.
And the won tons stayed hot for awhile after cooking, the dough trapped the heat in nicely.
For not adding any oil to the surface, the won ton wrappers turned golden with a nice, crunchy texture that was not too dry and perfect for dipping.
I can’t wait to experiment more with these wrappers, maybe a fun dessert theme next or miso soup – hmmmm.
But these little healthy veggie bites are loaded with zingy sweet and kicky flavor that should please even pickier eaters and be a fun, healthy treat for the whole family.