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Mild Asian Cucumber Salad

We make a spicy, Korean cucumber salad (cucumber kimchi – but it’s fresh and not fermented) very often in our home and oftentimes when we host a dinner. However, it’s not always a hit with everyone because it is full of gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes) and not all taste buds can handle it. Especially little taste buds!

That’s why I made this mild version for my kids, but it would also be suitable for any dinner guest who prefers not to eat spicy foods. It’s very similar to the original recipe and full of flavor, but just omits some of the ingredients. Continue Reading…

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Doenjang Jjigae with Scallops, Sweet Potato & Summer Squash

Ever heard of doenjang (된장)? It’s a fermented soy bean paste commonly used in Korean cooking. Is it like Miso, you may ask? While they have similar traits, doenjang has a more intense flavor. It’s quite salty, so you won’t have to add any additional salt to your dish especially if you’re using it in a stew.

Doenjang jjigae (jjigae means stew) is a meal you’ll find in many Korean households that takes on numerous  forms with various vegetables and proteins. There are so many ways to make doenjang jjigae to your liking! Continue Reading…

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Air-Fried Gochujang Carrots

Carrots are a wonderful and versatile vegetable that can be used in sweet, spicy and savory dishes. They’re not only delicious, they’re also incredibly nutritious — full of fiber, antioxidants and vitamins.

These air-fried gochujang carrots are my go-to when I want a fast snack or side dish that is healthy, but will also satisfy my craving for something spicy! Continue Reading…

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Low Carb Kimbap (Gimbap)

Normal kimbap (also spelled gimbap, 김밥) is a delicious and healthy meal or appetizer option filled with your favorite veggies, optional egg or meat, and usually pickled yellow radish rolled into seaweed with steamed rice. You may also have heard it called “Korean sushi” because although it doesn’t have raw fish, it looks like a sushi roll. 

As a child I always loved standing near my mom as she made kimbap because she’d feed me little strips of egg, meat, or veggies as she was rolling them.

If you’re cutting back on starches but still have a craving for kimbap, or if you’re looking to try something a little different from your keto cookbook, you can try this version of kimbap that omits the rice. Without it, you just have veggies, egg (and maybe meat), and seaweed. Continue Reading…