The incredible role our resident bacteria play in our health is becoming more and more illuminated these days. From digestive health, to our immune systems, to our mental health, to our metabolisms, our symbiotic microorganisms are make-or-break actors. The good news is, healthy bacteria can be found in countless delicious fermented foods, from yogurt and sauerkraut, to the miso and kimchi that we will be using today!
In my next couple of posts I will go into some of the amazing research being done into the microbiome, but for now, let’s just enjoy a delicious recipe!
Cabbage Tangerine Salad with Kimchi Miso Dressing
- 1 TBSP rice vinegar
- 2 TBSP miso paste
- 1/2 cup kimchi, drained and finely chopped
- 4 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 smallish cabbage, shredded (approximately 5 cups)
- 5 tangerines
- 4 green onions
Combine the vinegar and miso in a large mixing bowl, stir until miso is dissolved. Drain and finely chop the kimchi. Add the kimchi and olive oil to the bowl and mix well.
Finely shred the cabbage, enough to equal about 5 cups. Peel the tangerines, cut the segments in half and pull them apart. Finely slice the green onion. Add the cabbage, tangerines, and green onion to the bowl and toss well with the dressing.
Recipe adopted from New Season’s Market.
Kimchi! Make sure to get a raw, fermented version. This one was bubbling when I opened it, a sure sign there is happy bacteria in there! You can also experiment with making your own. Continue reading
Elephant munching grass.
Years ago I had the wonderful experience of going to Kenya on a school trip. One moment that for some reason has always stuck with me is one of our particularly whimsical Kenyan teachers sharing with us a song to the tune of the French nursery rhyme “Frère Jacques”, a.k.a. “Are You Sleeping”. It actually had a little dance that went with it, and went like so:
Lemons and oranges, lemons and oranges
Fruit salad, Fruit salad
I never found out whether this was a common song, or if he had just come up with it himself, but I was intrigued by the combination of fruits and curious to try it. Also the song would always get stuck in my head… so recently, I finally made it, and it is delicious! The mild creaminess of the avocado and papaya is perfectly offset by the citrus, making a salad that has a lot more texture, richness, and contrast than most fruit salads. And of course it’s super easy- just four ingredients to chop up and mix together! You can do whatever proportions seem good to you, but don’t be afraid to use a lot of lemon: the avocado and papaya temper its tartness.
This salad is not only delicious but is also super nutritious… it has lots of potassium, magnesium, copper, folate, and vitamins A, C, and K. Papaya has enzymes in it which are known to support digestion. Avocado is full of awesome monounsaturated fats, balancing the sugars in the other fruits. Citrus such as lemon and orange are not only a great source of vitamin C, but also of disease-fighting flavonoids…
Inaladha = YUMMY in Swahili… Enjoy!