Kimchi and the gut

Dansk version Kimchi

Hello 🙂 I hope you are all having a beautiful summer.. Wow it’s been a while, but I have been so busy being in love that I couldn’t figure out doing anything online.. I am still in love, but as things are right now I have time again.. So let’s get right to it..

Todays subject is kimchi. Well actually todays subject is bacterias. But kimchi has a part in that discussion.

I’ll get back to kimchi in a little bit, first I want to talk about your internal best friends: The good gut bacterias.

You must have heard about your pretty amazing gut bacterias – everybody have been talking about it the last couple of years. How important they are for your health, your immune system, your digestion and how you feel in general.

Just a couple of fun facts about these tiny cells living inside you:

  • You have approx 2 kg of gut bacterias – that’s quit a lot of bacterias.
  • Actually you have 10 times more bacterias in your body than you have of your own human cells – you can argue that you are just a host for all these bacterias.
  • The more the merrier: When your gut is full of the friendly bacterias, there are no room for the bad bacterias, those bacterias that makes you sick with vomit, diarre and stomach pain, just to mention a few.

 

Considering how many you have, it kind of makes sense that you want to stay good friends with them. Which is actually pretty easy. Just feed them the right food, and avoid things that will kill them – then they are happy and when they are happy, you are definitely also (at least more) happy.

Things that kill the good bacterias are  e.g. antibiotics, alcohol, pesticide leftover from food and water and processed food with refined sugar.

Very roughly you can divide the good food for the bacterias into prebiotics and probiotics.

Prebiotics are “food” for the bacterias, or substances that induce growth and activity of the microbes. These are the non-digestable fiber compounds that pass undigested through your upper gastrointestinal tract and stimulate the bacterias that live in the large intestine (the colon). You will find these non-digestable fibers in any vegetable. This in one of the reasons why fibers are SO important in your diet. Your army of healthy and strong bacterias live of them, and as I mentioned before: STAY GOOD FRIENDS WITH THEM.. So next time you eat, invite them to a dinner full of veggies. E.g these very healthy vietnamese spring rolls with the most awesome dip in the world ;).

Maybe you wonder how preparation of food will alter the prebiotic content. It is not completely figured out, but it is fair to assume that at least some of the prebiotics will be lost in the process of cooking. So the more gentle you cook your food, the better for the prebiotics, at least very possibly. That doesn’t mean that you have to go all raw, as with almost anything in life a balance is the healthiest way to live. So vary your diet and eat both cooked and raw vegetables.

Probiotics are living microorganisms in itself – so these you eat to add more of the healthy microbes. Actually you can say that the prebiotics are food for the probiotics.. You can buy probiotics as a supplement, both as pills or powder. But my gut (aka my bacterias 😉 ) tells me that real food is always a better choice than a chemical. Having said that, sometimes you may need supplements if your body is out of balance, just always think of them as what they are: Supplements to a varied healhty diet full of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds.

Foods full of probiotics are: kombucha (fermented tea – really delicious, it is sparkling and super fresh), yoghurt (well maybe not full of bacterias, but it does definitely have some, and if you drink and eat animal products it is a much better and healthier choice than milk), miso, tempeh, sourkraut and kimchi (fermented kale and vegetables).

So this is where kimchi comes into the picture. Even the name sounds like something you want to try right? It is really healthy and good; it is spicy and sour and you can use it to spice up almost any salad, and a lot of cooked dishes too. On top of that it is super easy and cheap to make.. And this is the recipe I will share with you today

Kimchi – a Korean health booster

1 big glas jar

  • 1 organic white cabbage (save the 1 or 2 outermost layers)
  • ½ organic chinese cabbage
  • 4 big organic carots
  • 10 organic radishes
  • 1-2 tbsp sea salt

These are the vegetables I used. But I believe you can use what ever kind of cabbage, carrot, beet, radishes you have at home. Or add spices, that is another experiment for me too though.IMG_5241

Cut all the vegetables finely in a big bowl.

 

 

 

 

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Add salt, but start with one tbsp. Now start massaging the veggies with the salt until the juice starts to come out and the cabbage starts to soften. Keep massaging for about 5 minutes. You need to get enough juice to cover the veggies when you press them down. If you don’t get enough juice, try to add another tbsp. of salt and massage another 5 minutes.

 

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Now it needs to be under pressure for an hour or so, I made this arrangement. This is to make sure that you get enough juice – yes it is all about the juices. If it still isn’t covered with juice after an hour, then add more salt and massage a little more.

Be creative, just make sure it is covered in juice.

 

In the mean time you can boil a big glas jar to make sure it is clean. Now go watch some amazing human beings doing amazing things in the Olympic Games.

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After an hour you put all the veggies and all the juice in the glas jar.

Again, you need to make sure that everything is covered in juice, or it will rodden because of the contact with air – believe me I tried it, NOT delicious. On top of this beauty you place the outermost layers of the cabbage to make sure everything is covered in juice. If there is too much space in the jaw you can put more layers of cabbage, you can use a glass or a plate or whatever fits to keep the veggies under pressure and juice. Now close the jar and leave it on the kitchen table (or where ever you want, just not direct sunlight and not in the fridge) for 2-4 days for the bacterias to do their magic. Look at it daily, you will see bobbles as a sign of life :).

Vegetables are covered with good and healthy lactobacillus – fanzy word for a speciel type of the good bacterias. Now these active workers will start to ferment the sugars in the vegetable into lactic acid, which gives it its characteristic sour smell and taste.

After a few days (2-4 depending on room temperature) the process is done and you can take out the extra layers of cabbage. After this keep it in the fridge.

The taste in itself is sour, fresh and a little salty, for some it is a little “hard to handle” (I like it though), but if you use a spoonful (two if you ask my boyfriend) it spices up almost any salat, sandwich, pizza, cooked dish, pasta or whatever. Try it, you wont regret it. It keeps in the fridge at least a couple of weeks (that’s the longest one jar has been in my kitchen). You can even use it as a gift for the gut bacterias of a loved one.

 

Enjoy your day and eat the greens

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Oil free-freezer-friendly-falafels

DANSIH recipe below

I love chickpeas. At this very moment I can’t remeber one single thing with chickpeas that I don’t like.

I also really like things you can make a big batch of, and them put them in the freezer for later use.

On top of this I prefere my food unspoiled by any harmfull frying oil.

So if you combine the above 3 things you get a chickpea-oil free – freezer – friendly – falafel.

BE AWARE: if you use dried chickpeas, you need to soak them 10-12 hours in cold water.

 

Oil free chickpea falafels

Start the night before!

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  • 250 g dried chickpeas (ca 430 g soaked chickpeas)
  • 2 big handfuls of herbs of your choice (I used parsley and cilantro)
  • 1 big onion
  • 2 tsp ground cilantro
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp chilli
  • 1 tsp himalaya salt (or any salt)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp fiber husks
  • Freshly grounded pepper

Soak the chickpeas overnigt. Rinse. DO NOT COOK THEM!

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees

Put all the ingredients in a food processor or blender, and blend until smooth. Roll into small balls, place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven until crispy and golden, 20-25 min. If you want to freeze them, you can bake them a little less, so that they don’t get over-cooked while you reheat them in the oven when you are going to eat them.

You can also use them right away e.g. in a wrap or with a salad.

 

Enjoy and eat the greens

 

 

Oliefrie falafler

VIGTIGT: opskriften skal startes aftenen i forvejen hvis du bruger tørrede kikærter

25-30 stk

  • 250 g tørrede kikærter (ca 430 g opblødte)
  • 2 store håndfulde af dine yndlingskrydderurter (jeg brugte persille og koriander)
  • 1 stort løg (eller 2 små)
  • 2 fed hvidløg
  • 2 tsk knust korriander
  • 2 tsk knust spidskommen
  • ½ tsk knust chili
  • 1 tsk himalayasalt (eller hvilken som helst slags salt)
  • 1 tsk bagepulver
  • 2 tsk Fiber Husk
  • Friskkværnet peber

Aftenen i forvejen lægges kikærterne i blød i rigeligt vand.

Skyld de opblødte kikærter – de skal ikke koges!

Tænd ovnen på 200 grader

Kom alle ingredienser i en foodprocesser eller blender, og blend til en glat sammenhængende dej.

Tril dejen til kugler i ønsket størrelse, læg dem på en bageplade og bag dem i ovnen til de er gyldne og sprøde (20 – 25 minutter). Hvis du vil fryse dem, kan du med fordel bage dem lidt kortere tid så de ikke bliver tørre hvis du genopvarmer dem i ovnen.

 

Brug dem f.eks. i en salat eller en wrap, eller frys dem så du har til en nem frokost eller aftensmad en anden gang..

Hav det dejligt 🙂

 

 

 

4 ingredient date truffles

Danish recipe below..

 

I know I wrote 4 ingredients. But these actually have an extra secret ingredient – optional though.. These truffles leave you speachless. And I have nothing left to say. So I will just jump right to the recipe.

 

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4 ingredient date truffles

Approx 20

  • 300 g fresh pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp cacao
  • 1½ tbsp coconut oil
  • 1½ tbsp coconut flour
  • Secret ingredient: 1 tsp spirulina powder (OPTIONAL)

If you use the small juicy fresh dates, you can mash them with a fork. This way you don’t have to worry about killing your blender. It’s super easy, takes no longer than a minute.

Add cacao, coconut oil and coconut flour (and spirulina) and mash until it’s mixed. If the texture is too sticky you can add more cacao or coconut flour.

Cool in fridge for 10 min. Roll into bite size balls. After you can roll them in coconut, cacaco, chopped almonds or whatever you prefer.

Keep in fridge, can easily stay good for a week (if you can keep your fingers away for so long). I imagine that you can freeze them too, but I have not tried it. If you try it please let me know how that goes 🙂

About spirulina powder: I promise you don’t taste it in the truffles! It just adds an extra darkness to the colour. And it is such a healthy superfood, e.g. rich in calcium, magnesium, zink, iodine, essential amino acids (you can read more about proteins and amino acids in this post) and more. So why not just add them whenever you get the chance

 

Enjoy 🙂 and don’t forget the greens

 

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Daddeltrøfler med 4 ingredienser (+ en hemmelig valgfri)

Ca 20 stk

  • 300 g udstenede dadler
  • 2 spsk kakao
  • 1½ spsk kokosmel
  • 1½ spsk kokosolie
  • Hemmelig ingrediens: 1 tsk spirulinapulver (VALGFRI)

Hvis du bruger de små friske, saftige dadler kan du faktisk bare mose dem med en gaffel, så er du fri for at frygte for din blenders liv. Det er super nemt, og tager ikke længere end et minuts tid.

Tilsæt herefter kakao, kokosolie og kokosmel (og spirulina) og bland det godt sammen, stadig bare med gaflen. Hvis konsistensen er for klistret kan du blot tilsætte mere kakao eller kokosmel.

Sæt på køl ca. 10 minutter. Kan herefter trilles til mundrette kugler. Vendes i f.eks. mere kokosmel, kakao, hakkede mandler eller hvad du nu foretrækker.

Opbevares på køl til de skal serveres. Stadig lækre efter en uge på køl.. Jeg forestiller mig at man også kan fryse dem, men det har jeg ikke afprøvet, så hvis du giver det et forsøg er du velkommen til at skrive til mig hvordan de bliver 🙂

Et par ord om spirulinapulver: Jeg lover dig at man ikke kan smage pulveret i trøflerne. Det tilføjer blot et ekstra mørkt pift til farven. Og så er spirulina så smæk fyldt med kalcium, magnesium, zink, jod, essentielle aminosyrer (du kan læse mere om proteiner og aminosyrer i dette indlæg) og meget andet. Så hvorfor ikke bare tilføje det så snart du har muligheden for det..

 

God fornøjelse 🙂

 

 

 

Banana bread

Today is a day of wind, grey sky and rain. Today is a day for a banana bread.

It is vegan and free of gluten and refined sugar and oils. It is really good and deliciously moisty, and fits perfectly next to my cup of tea on this chilly friday afteIMG_2678rnoon.

It is not too sweet, so if you prefer it sweeter you can add more dates, or a little sweetener of your choice, and maybe some more oats for the dough to stick together.

 

Banana Bread (Danish recipe below)

  • 4 ripe bananas
  • ½ cup coconut milk (or any other plantbased milk)
  • 1 cup oats
  • 100 g dates
  • 50 g chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 flax seed eggs (mix 2 tbsp grinded flax seed with 6 spsk boiling water – read more below)
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp carob powder (or an extra tbsp cacao if you don’t have carob powder)
  • Optional: 1 ekstra banana for the top

Turn on the oven to 180 degrees.

Prepare the flax seed eggs:

In generel you use 1 tbsp flax seeds to get one flax seed egg which is the equivalent of 1 ordinary egg. Since we need 2 flax seed eggs for this recipe you use 2 tbsp af flax seeds. Grind the 2 tbsp of flax seeds and mix with 6 tbsp boiling water. Set aside a couple of minutes. If you don’t have a grinder, just put the flax seeds in the boiling water, and after a couple of minutes you strain the slime from the flax seeds and use the slime. Save the flax seeds for later use in porridge or smoothie.

Blend together bananas, coconut milk, oats, dates, cardamom, cinnamon, salt and bakingpowder.

Put ½ of the dough into another bowl and mix in cacao and carob powder, add the chopped walnuts to the other half. Now add 1 flaxseed egg to each bowl and mix.

Put the dough in layers in a tin, I used a 3L tin. Top with one slized banana and bake in the oven for 1-1½ hour. You could very easily spread some melted chocolate on top after baking.

 

Have a beautiful weekend..
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Bananbrød

  • 4 modne bananer
  • 1 dl kokosmælk (eller anden plantemælk)
  • 2 1/4 dl havregryn
  • 100 g dadler
  • 50 g hakkede valnødder
  • 1 tsk kardemomme
  • 1 tsk kanel
  • 1 nip salt
  • 1 tsk bagepulver
  • 2 hørfrøæg (2 spsk kværnet hørfrø mixes med 6 spsk kogende vand – læs mere nedenfor)
  • 1 spsk kakao pulver
  • 1 spsk caroboulver (eller en ekstra spsk kakao)
  • Valgfrit: En ekstra banan til toppen

Tænd ovnen på 180 grader.

Forbered hørfrøæggene:

Helt generelt bruger man 1 spsk hørfrø til 1 hørfrøæg som svarer til 1 almindeligt æg. I denne opskrift skal vi bruge 2 hørfrøæg, og derfor 2 spsk hørfrø. Knus dem, fx. i en kaffekværn og bland dem med 6 spsk kogende vand. Sæt til siden et par minutter. Hvis ikke du kan knuse hørfrøene, tilsætter du blot det kogende vand. Efter et par minutter dannes “hørfrø-slim”. Si hørfrøene fra og brug slimet som æg. Gem hørfrøene og kom dem i fx. grød eller smoothie.

Blend bananer, kokosmælk, havregryn, dadler, salt, bagepulver, kanel og kardemomme.

Tag ½ af dejen i en anden skål og bland det med kakao og carobpulver, bland de hakkede valnødder med den anden halvdel. Kom 1 hørfrøæg i hver skål og bland grundigt.

Kom nu lagvis den mørke og den lyse i dej i en kageform, jeg brugte en brødform på 3 L. Top med en halvereret banan. Bages i ovnen 1-1½ time. Kan med fordel smøres med lidt smeltet chokolade på toppen når den har bagt færdig.

 

Jeg ønsker jer alle en dejlig weekend!

Fresh spring rolls with peanut butter dip

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Fresh spring rolls is such an easy way to get a lot of veggies, and you can combine them in  so many ways using almost any vegetable you have in the kitchen.

These ones come with a peanut butter dip and thai sauce on the side. Oh yeah it is good

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Peanut butter dip

  • 3 tbsp peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
  • 2 spsk tamari (glutenfree soy sauce, you can use regular soy sauce)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • Juice from 1-2 lime
  • Sweetener to your taste (e.g honey or agave)

Blend all ingredients. Add more of any of the ingredients if you like. Place it somewhere cold until use.

Can easily keep 7 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

 

Thai sauce

  • 1 tbsp of red curry paste
  • 4-5 tbsp coconutmilk

Blend. Add more of either curry paste or coconut milk to your taste

 

Fresh spring rolls

Estimate 3-5 rolls per person

  • Rice paper
  • Vegetable after your choice (spinach, kale, carrots, cucumber, avocado, onion, sprouts, pickled ginger, bell pepper, asparagus, fresh herbs etc.)
  • Add fruits if you like, my favorite in spring rolls is mango!

Prepare the greens – and start roling!

You can see videos on youtube or read on the package of the rice paper how to prepare and roll them.

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Serve with peanut butter dip, tamari, thai sauce, toasted sesame and some more freshly chopped herbs

 

Enjoy!

Avocado-pea dip

Today my favorite colour is green. So why not let the first post on my new blog be a completely green one 🙂

Easy, healthy, beautiful, sweet and delicious – what’s not to like?IMG_1739

Avocado-pea dip

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup peas (use frozen or fresh)
  • Juice from 1 lemon (more or less)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Salt and fresh grounded pepper to taste

Defrost the peas if you use them frozen. Blend avocado and peas until your preferred texture. Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Serve with your favorite veggies cut in sticks, e.g. carrot, cucumber, celery or bell pepper.

 

Enjoy