Get Cultured with Kimchi: the Probiotic Superfood
Hey guys! Today, I want to talk about my new obsession: Kimchi! I recently discovered this traditional Korean dish and I can’t get enough of it. First off, let’s start with what exactly Kimchi is.
Kimchi is a spicy and tangy fermented vegetable dish typically made with cabbage, radish, scallion, and a blend of chili powder, garlic, ginger, and fish sauce. It is a staple in Korean cuisine and has gained popularity all around the world due to its unique flavor and its numerous health benefits.
Are you ready to get cultured with Kimchi? Let’s explore together the reasons why you should add this probiotic superfood to your diet!
Get your gut in gear with Kimchi
Now, here comes the juicy part – the benefits. Eating kimchi does wonders for your gut health; it’s not just tasty, it’s nutritious! When you consume kimchi, the lactic acid bacteria present in it converts the lactose in vegetables into lactic acid, which helps boost the digestive process.
Kimchi is also rich in vitamin C and carotenoids, which contribute to increased immunity. Furthermore, its high-fiber content helps control blood sugar and lowers cholesterol levels, making it good for your heart. Kimchi contains various natural substances that work as anti-cancer agents – such as flavonoids, glucosinolates, and beta-carotene.
If you are new to kimchi, there are many ways to incorporate it into your diet. You can try some traditional Korean dishes like kimchi-jjigae – a spicy, tangy stew with tofu, pork, or beef – or kimchi-bokkeumbap – fried rice with kimchi, vegetables, and meat.
Apart from that, try adding it to salads to add a sour crunch, or throwing some in your sandwiches and burgers for an extra kick. My personal favorite is a kimchi rice bowl – just mix some kimchi, steamed rice, fried egg, and avocado, and voila! – you have a mouth-watering, nutrient-packed meal.
If you’re looking for a healthy and flavorful addition to your diet, kimchi is the way to go!
Get In My Belly – Easy Ways to Add Kimchi to Your Meals
So, you’re sold on the health benefits of Kimchi and you want to start incorporating it into your daily nourishment. Great! There are so many different ways to enjoy this tangy, spicy, and crunchy Korean condiment. Here are some easy ways to do just that.
1. Traditional Korean Dishes
When in doubt, go traditional. Kimchi is a staple in Korean cuisine and is used in several classic dishes. Kimchi Jjigae is a spicy stew made with pork, tofu, and kimchi. It’s a warm and comforting meal perfect for a chilly evening. Bibimbap is a rice bowl filled with veggies, beef, and a dollop of kimchi on top. This dish is a colorful feast for the eyes and the taste buds. Galbi, or Korean BBQ ribs, served with a side of kimchi, is also a popular dish. Try recreating these dishes in your own kitchen!
Kimchi adds a burst of flavor and crunch to any salad. A simple Caesar salad can be elevated with a few spoonfuls of chopped Kimchi. Green salads can be upgraded by tossing in some pickled vegetables, including cucumber, radish, and carrots, along with the Kimchi. You can also make a quick Kimchi slaw by combining shredded cabbage, carrots, and bell peppers with a dressing made of rice vinegar, honey, and sesame oil.
3. Sandwiches and Burgers
Replace your standard condiments with Kimchi for an extra kick of flavor on your sandwiches and burgers. It pairs well with anything from grilled chicken to tofu. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a Kimchi grilled cheese. Simply swap out the cheddar for a spicy cheese like pepper jack and spread some Kimchi on the bread before grilling.
4. Rice Bowls
Rice bowls are a quick and easy dinner option that can be customized to fit whatever you’re in the mood for. Add some Kimchi to your bowl for an extra pop of flavor. Korean-style bowls can be made with bulgogi beef, marinated tofu, or grilled chicken. Start with a bed of rice and add your protein, veggies, and some Kimchi on top.
If you’re still not sure where to begin with Kimchi recipes and cooking, be sure to check out Lovely Life of Leah’s post about the health benefits of fermented foods which will have even more info to help you along your Kimchi journey.
Final Thoughts on Kimchi: Give it a Try!
Overall, I highly recommend giving kimchi a chance in your diet. Not only is it delicious, but it also provides numerous health benefits. Incorporating kimchi into your meals is easy and can add a new flavor profile to your dishes.
Whether you try traditional Korean dishes, add it to salads, sandwiches, or rice bowls, the possibilities are endless. Don’t be afraid to experiment with it and find the ways you like it best.
Remember that kimchi is a fermented food, so be mindful of your portion sizes and start slowly to avoid upsetting your stomach. But once you get used to it, you won’t want to go back.
So, give this superfood a chance and experience the deliciousness and health benefits of kimchi!