Healthy Kimchi Recipes to Celebrate the Winter Olympics In Pyeongchang
The Health Benefits of Kimchi
If you aren't already a kimchi lover (you're about to be), kimchi is salted and fermented vegetables (typically, napa cabbage or sometimes radishes) that's seasoned with chilies, scallions, ginger, and garlic. It's eaten as a side dish or used as an ingredient or component in other meals and recipes. And luckily you don't need to make your own kimchi. (It's traditionally made by burying the cabbage underground!) Kimchi can be found in jars at most grocery stores and the flavor is just as delish without all the dirty work. Besides adding a serious flavor kick to dishes, kimchi has a host of health benefits. Most notably, kimchi and other fermented foods are praised for their probiotic benefits, says Holly Pudwill, president and clinical dietitian at Balanced Nutrition of Jacksonville in Florida. Kimchi provides the good bacteria you need for a healthy gut. So eat up!
Kimchi, Cucumber & Avocado Sushi
This kimchi recipe involves some intermediate kitchen skills—you hand-roll your own sushi, after all. But it's so worth it. The kimchi gives spice to the mild vegetables in this vegan recipe.
Get the recipe: Kimchi, Cucumber & Avocado Sushi
Warm Kimchi Cheese Dip
One bite of this cheese dip and it'll make you forget about even your favorite queso combo. The cream cheese makes this recipe a little bit of #treatyoself moment, but food should taste good, and there's no question this dip is worth every delicious bite. (Having people over for an upcoming Game Day? Check out these cheesy gluten-free party dips to satisfy every guest.)
Get the recipe: Warm Kimchi Cheese Dip
Spicy Kimchi Quinoa Bowl
The quinoa in this incredi-bowl (get it?) is flavored with ginger, garlic, kimchi, and tamari (gluten-free soy sauce). It's paired with sautéed kale for some added greens and topped with a fried egg—yum. This makes for a really great meal-prep recipe, actually. (Related: How to Meal Prep Like an Olympian)
Get the recipe: Spicy Kimchi Quinoa Bowl
Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Kimchi Caramelized Honey Sauce
These wings are baked, not fried, and they come together in just 35 minutes. Kimchi blends perfectly with apple cider vinegar, honey, and chili in a sticky, sweet sauce with just enough kick.
Get the recipe: Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Kimchi Caramelized Honey Sauce
Korean Bulgogi and Kimchi Nachos
Another staple in Korean cooking is bulgogi, thin-sliced beef that's been marinated and grilled. The marinade is made with Asian pears, soy sauce, sesame seeds, garlic, and ginger. Make the beef beforehand, then when it's game time, layer tortilla chips with whatever veggies and cheese you desire. (More Korean food inspiration here: Gochujang Is the Spicy Ingredient Missing from Your Cabinet)
Get the recipe: Korean Bulgogi and Kimchi Nachos
Korean Pulled Chicken Tacos
Bookmark this recipe to pull out when you need a quick dinner idea—or can't tear yourself away from watching the figure skating competition. Bonus: If you find leftover rice and chicken in your fridge, these tacos can be pulled together in 10 minutes. (Related: Breakfast Taco Recipes to Fiesta-fy Your Morning)
Get the recipe: Korean Pulled Chicken Tacos
Kimchi Ramen Noodle Soup
A hot bowl of ramen while watching the athletes freeze their butts off on the slopes is a no-brainer meal idea, but add in mushrooms, miso, fresh ginger, and kimchi and it takes dinner to gold medal status.
Get the recipe: Kimchi Ramen Noodle Soup
Kimchi Fried Cauliflower Rice
If you've tried making cauliflower rice before and were left disappointed by semi-bland flavor, this kimchi-infused cauliflower rice bowl recipe will change your mind forever. This recipe is low-carb, gluten-free—and depending on the kimchi (some kimchi contains fish paste), it can even be vegetarian or vegan.
Get the recipe: Kimchi Fried Cauliflower Rice
Kimchi Bacon Guacamole
This creamy dip brings an interesting fusion of Mexican and Korean flavors. Bacon adds a salty component to the savory guac, and kimchi gives it a different kind of kick than you're used to. Make a double batch to bring to a Winter Olympics viewing party—your friends will thank you.
Get the recipe: Kimchi Bacon Guacamole