This traditional Korean condiment of spicy fermented cabbage is made in two phases: The first stage, soaking the cabbage in a salty brine, kills harmful bacteria and draws out the liquid from the cabbage. In the second stage, a spicy paste of Korean-style chile powder, scallions, garlic and ginger is mixed into the cabbage to give it that signature kimchi kick. Adding the paste also starts the second stage of fermentation, in which the natural sugars are converted to lactic acid, preserving the veggies and giving them tangy flavor.
Fresh lobster and crunchy jicama take the ordinary street taco to new heights. No lobster? Substitute cod or another white fish.
Juicy pork tenderloin is pounded thin and coated with panko for a crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside dish. Serve with lemon wedges for added lemony goodness.
While tortilla soup is usually made with cooked chicken, spicy sausage gives it a fiery kick. The garnishes are the key to making this soup healthier: Radishes and cabbage add fiber and vitamins, while the tortilla strips add complex carbohydrates and a satisfying crunch.