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Snack Like Jack

Jack Viney's tips for a healthy mind and body

Eating well is just one way you can stay healthy and happy.

Here's what Jack Viney packs into his lunch each day.

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Can you snack like Jack?

Print out your Snack Like Jack Lunch Planner and see if you can include items from each of the healthy food groups in your lunch each day.

Healthy recipes

Dumplings are one healthy and fun food you can make at home! Christian Petracca, Aliesha Newman and Angus Brayshaw show how you can make them at home!

Why do we make dumplings to celebrate Chinese New Year?

In Chinese, the word dumplings sounds like “jiāo zi”. “Jiāo” means “exchange” and “zi” means midnight.

Together, jiāo zi is the exchange between the old and new year which is traditionally, when dumplings are cooked.

By eating dumplings, you are farewelling the old year and welcoming the new.

Ingredients

Remember, safety first when cooking. Make sure you have an adult with you when cooking dumplings – knives are sharp and boiling water is extremely HOT!

  • 0.5 kg minced pork
  • 1 1/2 cups celery (heart), minced
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced or minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 packet of circular gyoza wrappers (you can buy these at a Chinese supermarket)

Utensils needed

  • Sauce pan
  • Large spoon for stirring and serving
  • Small spoon for placing mixture in wrappers
  • Small vegetable knife
  • Measuring spoons – teaspoon and tablespoon

Procedure

  1. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the filling onto the centre of each round.
  2. Bring up the sides of the wrapper; press and pleat the edges to seal in the filling. Lift each dumpling by the pleated edge, transfer to the baking sheet and press down lightly to flatten. Make sure to seal the wrapper tight!
  3. Boiling water with sauce pan
  4. Add dumplings one by one into boiling water
  5. When dumplings start floating to the surface, continue boiling about 1 minute
  6. Dumplings will be ready when they filled with air and swollen
  7. Transfer to a plate immediately

Dumplings can be served with

Option 1: Chinese black vinegar + a few ginger slices

Option 2: 1 tablespoon Chinese black vinegar + 1 teaspoon light soy sauce + ½ teaspoon sesame oil

Option 3: Chinese black vinegar + a few drops fresh chilli oil

Fun food facts

Did you know….

  • Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside

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  • Honey is the only edible food that never goes bad
  • There are close to 10,000 varieties of apples. Try a few and find out what’s your favourite!

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