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Kimchi is a ton of benefits! You can read my benefits of fermentation post to see how great kimchi is for your body. This kimchi recipe is not used with cabbage, however, I will be posting one with nappa cabbage, which is more common.

Ingredients:

1 Daikon radish

3 small cucumbers

1/4 cup ground chili flakes

1 tbsp salted shrimp (or another salty food, like anchovies)

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1 tbsp grated ginger

1 tbsp grated asian pear

1 tbsp garlic

1 chopped scallion

Slice cucumber and daikon into 2-3 inch slivers. Then add all ingredients together in large container. Keep in fridge for at least 24 hours before eating. Can keep for about a month.

 

*the picture is of the kimchi I made.

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I’ve been really getting into making my own fermented foods! I actually try to eat something fermented/pickled with every meal, as it helps with digestion. The Japanese eat tons of fermented/pickled foods, and Japan has the lowest rate of obesity (%3) in the world (as well as the longest life expectancy (85))! Here are some benefits of fermented foods:

– Promotes and improves digestion

– Aids friendly bacteria in your gut

– Rich in enzymes

– Increases vitamin content

– Helps increase nutrient absorption

Try incorporating fermented foods in your diet!! Will be posting how to make your own fermented foods: like kimchi, kombucha, yogurt.

*adapted from Martha Stewart’s Molasses-Ginger Cookies to be healthier (http://www.marthastewart.com/338963/molasses-ginger-cookies)

As much as I wanted to use chia seeds and avocado to substitute the egg and butter… it just made the cookies have the weirdest consistency. Also, for all those people who need an iron boost, these cookies contain molasses (as stated from the name) which contain lots of iron.

Makes 24 medium cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Pinch freshly ground white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup truvia
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup crystallized ginger (optional)

Directions:

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat over to 375°F.

In a medium bowl sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, white pepper, and salt.

In an electric mixer beat butter, sugar, truvia, and molasses. Then add in the egg.

Add in flour mixture and mix until smooth.

Add in raisins and crystallized ginger (optional)

Make 1 1/2 inch balls of dough and place on baking sheet.

Bake for 12-14 minutes or until edges are firm and middle is slightly soft.

Let cool on a wire rack.

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