Kimchi Fried Rice
I'm always looking for new ways to work prebiotics and probiotics into my meals, and this Kimchi Fried Rice is a great way to incorporate some gut-healthy probiotic kimchi into a very simple, quick meal to help support your digestive health. Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish of salted and fermented cabbage and vegetables with a variety of seasonings, often used in rice dishes, stir-fries, and soups.
The health of your gut affects your entire body and overall wellness. Having the right gut bacteria is linked to numerous health benefits such as weight loss, improved digestion, healthier skin, stronger immune function, and a reduced risk of many diseases. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria found in certain foods (fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, kombucha, miso, pickles, etc.) or supplements, while prebiotics are types of fibre that feed the probiotics in the digestive system (such as bananas, apples, garlic, onions, tomato, mushrooms, whole grains, flax seeds, etc.). Consumption of both are necessary for a healthy gut.
This recipe makes enough for 4 main dishes or 6 to 8 side dishes and can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 white onion, diced
1 cup kimchi, chopped
2 tbsp kimchi juice
4 cups brown rice, cooked
2 tbsp soy sauce, low-sodium (or tamari)
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 green onion stalks, chopped
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
Add the oil to a wok or large skillet and heat to medium-high. Once heated, add the garlic and onion and sauté until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the kimchi, kimchi juice, and peas, mix, and then add the cooked rice, stirring well to combine.
In the same pan, pushing the rice mixture to one side, or in another pan, crack in the eggs and scramble until cooked through. Once cooked, combine with the rice mixture.
Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, black pepper, and green onion, and stir well to combine.
Serve immediately and enjoy!