Napa Cabbage Kimchi Recipe – Vegan OR Traditional 배추김치

 

Napa Cabbage Kimchi Recipe - Vegan OR Traditional 배추김치
 
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Making kimchi is a really easy thing to do. I know it seems daunting, but I promise, you'll love the end result! Best of all this recipe is vegan, but easily made more traditional. If you use gluten free tamari, it's also suitable for those with gluten allergies.
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Serves: 10 servings
Ingredients
  • 2.2lbs (1 kilo) napa cabbage
  • ¼ cup coarse sea salt (for salting)
  • 300g daikon radish (or Korean radish)
  • 1 medium or 2 small carrots
  • 8 green onions
porridge
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons sweet rice flour
  • ¼ cup soy sauce or fish sauce
  • ½ cup to 1½ cups red pepper powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, optional
  • 2 generous tablespoons ginger, peeled (about a 1½ by 1 inch piece)
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • ½ sweet apple or ½ korean pear or 1 small pear
supplies
  • 1 jar glass jar with tight fitting lid
  • sauce pan & whisk
  • blender or stick blender
  • gloves, HIGHLY suggested for mixing
Instructions
  1. You need to start out by salting the cabbage. This step is easy I promise. Follow along with the video. Cut the cabbage head into 4 pieces like shown and rinse under cold water. Shake the excess water off, and sprinkle salt into each leaf. Don't skip this step, if you don't salt it well enough the end result isn't very good! Leave the cabbage in a glass bowl to set.
  2. After 1 hour, toss the cabbage over, put any larger and thicker pieces towards the bottom. If you want you can spoon over the juice to help soak better.
  3. After another hour (2 hours total) check the cabbage, it shouldn't be gooey but softened. If you taste a piece it will have a slight crunch, but slightly salty.
  4. Rinse the cabbage 2-3 times under cold water. Make sure to rinse off each leaf. You don't want excess salt in your kimchi.
  5. Set the cabbage in a strainer to dry out some while you prepare the porridge.
  6. Add 2 cups of cool water to a saucepan, and whisk together 2 tablespoons of sweet rice flour (often called mochiko because of the brand name). Make sure you remove ALL lumps before you turn the heat on. Turn to medium high and do NOT stop whisking. Once you notice the mixture starting to thicken, reduce heat to medium and cook it for about 2 minutes. It's very important to keep mixing to prevent lumps.
  7. After 2 minutes, shut off the heat and stir in your sugar, soy sauce (or fish sauce), and red pepper powder. Then transfer to a blender jar. If you had an immersion blender (stick blender) this would work better.
  8. Add your mixture to blender along with your ½ apple or pear, garlic, and ginger that you have peeled. Blend on high until all the ginger and garlic are mixed in.
  9. Let this mixture cool to around body temperature. Don't skip this step or you'll cook the cabbage.
  10. Once the mixture is cooled, mix together with the carrot, green onion, and daikon (or Korean) radish. As shown in the video, spread a little mixture onto each leaf and outside of the cabbage. Put into, preferably, a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. An old pickle jar would work great for this. Pack it down and you're done.
  11. Let this sit at room temperature overnight, up to 2 days depending on the season. You want it to smell a little sour and you'll see bubbles from the bacteria in the cabbage. Transfer to your fridge and it'll be good for weeks, couple months even.
  12. Obviously you can eat it right after making it, but after 2 days is better. The juice can be used for soups or pancakes and the longer the kimchi sits in the fridge the more sour it tastes. We love it!
Notes
If you want more traditional kimchi, replace the soy sauce with fish sauce. Also if you are making this for someone who is allergic to gluten PLEASE make sure the tamari you use is certified gluten free!! I cannot stress this enough!

Do NOT use table salt for salting the cabbage, you will end up with gooey cabbage.

The apple/pear is optional but adds a yummy mellow flavor to the kimchi. The sugar is also optional, but if you're a baby with spice like I am, it really makes a difference.

You can add as much or as little red pepper powder as you want. I don't like it very spicy so I added ½ cup, but you can add 1½ cups if you like it very spicy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/10th Calories: 84 Fat: 2 Saturated fat: 0 Unsaturated fat: 0 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 12 Sugar: 4 Sodium: 538 Fiber: 2 Protein: 3 Cholesterol: 0
 

Raw Almondy Oat Bread

Hi Guys, Today I’m here with another recipe, today we’re making Raw Oat Bread.
Depending on your belief of oats it could be considered gluten-free, and depending on which ingredients you use, it can easily be vegan. One thing I can tell you is that its raw, budget friendly, and super tasty! This is also really simple, and compared to normal bread it’s extremely quick!

Ingredients:

4 soaked cups of oat groats (2 dry cups)
1 soaked cup of almonds (1/2 dry cup)
1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/2 tablespoon honey (or another liquid sweetener)
1/2 tablespoon sesame seed (optional, you could also use sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, any other seed or nut you want)
1 tablespoon psyllium husk (you could also use irish moss, flax seeds, or any other thickener)
1/4-1/2 cup water or nut/seed milk * (as needed)
coconut oil (optional for spreading stage)
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Take your oat groats, almonds, sea salt, sweetener, sesame (or other seed/nut), and psyllium hus, into your food processor. Process for about 1 minute, or until it starts to mush up. If your mixture needs more moisture, add in your nut milk(or water) while the food processor is running. I ended up using about 1/4 cup of almond milk, however this will vary for everyone.
Keep processing until it turns into almond pudding, and will hold onto a spoon for several seconds one tipped over (see video).

Spread out on your dehydrator’s nonstick sheets, I went with about 1/4 inch thick, but if you want really thick bread, I would go with 1/2 inch. You can use a spoon but I find using your hands with some coconut oil or olive oil on it really works best. Try to make the “dough” as even as possible to assist with drying. I got 2 full trays out of my mixture.

Dehydrate @ 105 degrees for 12-18 hours. After about 2-3 hours you’ll want to flip your bread sheet over to dry evenly. My bread was done after 14 hours (when I woke up the next day). It was about half the original thickness, and still semi soft but you can tell its dry.  I would still probably store them in the fridge if you’re wanting to save them longer than a few days.

Cut them with a semi sharp knife into equal “sandwich” sized pieces. I ended up with 12 pieces, but accidently broke two of them. I can’t wait to make a nice raw sandwich tomorrow!

Prep time: 5 mins    Dry time: 12-18 hours    Serves: 6-12 pieces (varied on size)

If you wanted to, you could add cinnamon, extra sweetener, raisins, maybe some nutmeg and make this into a great cinnamon raisin bread. I will eventually demo this aswell.
Heres what my finished “bread” looked like :

For those wondering about nutritional breakdowns, heres what I calculated:

Recipe yields 12 servings, 1 serving:
145 calories, 6g protein, 5.2g fat, 20g carbs
(also contains about 5% your daily vitamins, and 20% daily minerals)
(if concerned about vitamins/minerals leave a comment and I’ll post them all)