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.
These mild and slightly sweet carrots are a great gateway pickle for those who find the strong flavor of kimchi or kraut overwhelming. It’s not necessary to buy organic cabbage for this recipe, as you’re only using the cabbage leaves to form a barrier between the carrots and the weighted jar. Serve with hummus or a creamy herb dip, or grate the carrots and toss into salads.
Don’t be intimidated by the idea of making your own vegan yogurt at home – it’s so much easier than you think! First, make a super-simple spiced cashew milk from raw nuts, then mix in probiotics to kickstart fermentation. As it’s fermenting, you’ll start to see air bubbles forming on the surface – this means it’s working. If it’s not tangy enough after 2 days, let it ferment for another 12 hours.
A staple in Moroccan cuisine, preserved lemons are an easy way to add intense citrusy flavor to everything from tagines to pastas to hearty grain salads. If you find them salty, you can give them a rinse before chopping and adding to your recipes. Check the lemons every couple of days as they’re fermenting to ensure they’re submerged in the brine – this is key for softening the peel.
This creamy carrot cashew sauce with roasted broccoli is a healthy substitute that will fill those cheesy potato cravings. Serve it like you would any traditional cheese sauce over a baked potato or as a sauce for potato gratin or whole-grain pasta, or try serving it fondue-style accompanied by your favorite veggies, crackers, pickles or whole-grain crusty bread for dipping.
Top these crepes with what you have–we love the combination of red cabbage, green onions, cilantro, avocado, toasted sesame seeds and a splash of sriracha!
Antioxidant-rich watercress has a crisp and peppery flavor that is a refreshing addition to this delicious soup.
Gut-friendly kefir adds creaminess to salad dressings. This salad makes a large portion and can be topped with a protein such as chicken or tofu. You can also serve it as a side or starter salad for 6 people.
Rainbow chard, sweet potatoes and dried unsweetened apricots, plums and figs fortify this comforting stew with a bevy of bone-strengthening vitamins and minerals.