If you don’t know about Kimchi yet, let me tell you – you have been missing out! Kimchi is a spicy,tangy and crunchy fermented superfood that is served at virtually every meal in Korea. There are more than 300 different kinds of Kimchi and the flavor and taste all depend on the vegetables used, the temperature and amount of time for fermenting.
Kimchi is one of many different kinds of fermented foods. Fermented foods are packed with beneficial microorganisms that most people, especially in the US, do not get elsewhere. The microbiome in our gut houses about 85 percent of our immune system. When your gastrointestinal tract is not properly balanced, a wide range of health problems can appear, including allergies and autoimmune diseases. This is why adding more fermented foods to our diet can be a game changer when it comes to our health.
Kimchi, in particular, is rich in vitamins A and C, and due to its fermentation process is also rich in beneficial gut-boosting lactobacilli bacteria. In many ways, kimchi may be even better than yogurt, as it contains other superfoods as well, like cruciferous vegetables, garlic, ginger and red pepper.
Honestly, I started out making fermented foods for the health benefits but then I got hooked on the flavors! Not only do I feel amazing since incorporating fermented foods in to my daily diet, but my mouth is always so happy because these foods are so flavorful and truly delicious.
Kimchi is one of my favorite fermented foods by far. It is SPICY and TANGY so you may not want to sit down and have a big bowl of just kimchi (although some people do). I like to think of it more like a condiment. It adds a really nice flavor that can make any boring dish suddenly come to life and it is really, really good for you!
Ideas to add kimchi to your diet: Replace boring old napa cabbage with kimchi in any soup recipes you have. Fried rice + kimchi are a match made in heaven. Adding kimchi to a vegan grilled cheese sandwich, oh so divine. I also love to add it to veggie quesadillas and black bean tacos.
I hope you’ll give this quick and easy kimchi recipe a try. If you try it, I would love to know what you think.