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As part of our 5 Day Probiotic Meal Plan, which you will be able to read about in an upcoming post, for our Wednesday Eats we made a cold Almost Korean Cabbage Soup and salad with homemade creamy lemon dressing. We say Almost Korean because the true Korean recipe isn’t as easily created in America and we didn’t use the complete list of traditional ingredients like anchovies.

Sara made the soup the night before and we added sauerkraut to it the next day and ate it cold. It was supremely delicious and better than I have ever personally tasted. Here’s what she wrote about how to create this yummy Summer probiotic soup:

Almost Korean Cabbage Soup
Adapted from http://aeriskitchen.com/2011/04/napa-cabbage-soybean-paste-guk/

4 cups napa cabbage (10 oz)
5 cups vegetable broth
1/2 packet of dehydrated miso
½ yellow onion
2 green onions
½ hot pepper
3 tablespoon soybean paste
3 cloves minced garlic
a few splashes soy sauce

Bring vegetable broth to a boil; add the soy bean paste and miso. While it’s heating up chop your vegetables. You’ll want your cabbage about a 1/2 inch thick and your onions and pepper into 1/4 inch strips, roughly. When the soup starts to boil again add your cabbage and onions. Cook for 15 minutes. Add the garlic, green onions, pepper, and soy sauce. Cook for an additional 5 minutes on medium and then turn off the heat. We ate ours chilled with a spoonful of fermented sauerkraut mixed in.


Here is the sauerkraut we used:

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And the salad…

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To make the creamy lemon dressing:

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 clove minced garlic
2-3 spoonfuls of plain yogurt
Salt and pepper to taste

Put everything into a jar and shake. Pour onto a simple green salad. To our greens, we added fresh tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden, a few olives, and some cooked and cooled lentils.

And like with all recipes you can tweak it to your liking. Try different seasonings and add or take away ingredients. Some days a meal might come out perfect and some days it might be less than stellar, but it’s always an adventure. An adventure you can eat!

Happy Eating!

MaryAnne & Sara