My recovery from hip labral tear surgery is progressing slowly. Each day I wake up stronger and more like my pre-surgery self, ready to tackle the day with gusto. Inevitably, something happens to remind me of my injury. There’s this sinking feeling in my heart as I remember my body is hurt. I want to run and jump and be free, but our bodies can be very restrictive sometimes. More and more I learn the importance of caring for my body. We need to keep our bodies strong and healthy. It’s the vehicle through which we experience life.
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F. Kennedy
Exercise doesn’t have to be Olympic dead lifts or marathons. It’s not a means to reach a goal weight, but a new healthy habit to add to your daily routine. It’s walking, gardening, running after your kids or your animal. I personally love the gym. Give me an hour a day to strength train and do some cardio and I am my happiest self. It’s my “me” time, but it’s not for everyone. Exercise should be something you enjoy, something that makes your life better and keeps your body strong for all the things you want to accomplish. What is that to you?
Of course, to get the most out of exercise, we need to fuel correctly. This meal is a great meal to compliment any regimen. Full of healthy vegetables and protein, you won’t even realize how healthy it is under the layers of delicious Korean flavors.
Healthy Kimchi Recipe Ideas
There’s a LOT you can do with spicy kimchi. Add it into any stir fry, pair it with these ridiculous looking brussel sprouts, and my personal favorite, a much healthier version of the favorite fried rice. I loved this meal, as did my meat-eater husband. Yes, it has a little bacon, but that’s the beauty of plant-based for you. Minimal use of animal products, like the bacon here for flavor, is totally okay in a dish like this. Everything else is beautiful, healthy plants!
Other great Asian- fusion fueling for your healthy lifestyle include Turmeric Grilled Chicken with Pomegranate Slaw, Vietnamese Tacos, Asian-Fusion Sweet Potato Apple Noodle Salad or these great Matcha Ginger Energy Bites.
Now, get out there and give your body a great workout. Use the time to meditate and feel grateful for your physical strength. Health and happiness, my friend!
Kimchi Fried Cauliflower RicePrint Recipe
- 1 cup hot kimchi, most liquid removed
- 2 slices thick cut bacon
- 2 tbsp dried wakame seaweed
- 1/4 cup Shitake mushrooms, sliced
- 1/4 cup oyster mushrooms, sliced
- 1 small head cauliflower (about 3 cups riced)
- 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced, whites and greens separated
- 4 eggs
- 2 cloves garlic
- Sesame oil
- Soy sauce to taste
- Sesame seeds for garnish
- Cilantro for garnish
Make the cauliflower rice. Cut florets from cauliflower and place in a food processor (only about 1/2 cup at a time). Process until the size of rice. Set aside, and repeat.
Heat a small pot with water to boiling. add dried wakame. Cook for about 2 minutes until hydrated. Strain and allow to cool.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook bacon until crispy. Remove with slotted spoon onto a plate lined with a paper towel. Remove grease, retaining some in pan for cooking vegetables.
Add the white parts of onion and mushrooms. Saute for 3 - 5 minutes. Dice garlic and chop kimchi. Add garlic, kimchi and a little liquid to pan and cook until liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes.
Add cauliflower, sesame oil, and half of the soy to taste. Cook until cauliflower is your desired texture, about 15 minutes.
Whisk eggs and a the rest of the soy together. Move contents of the pan over to expose half of the pan. pour eggs into pan. Allow the bottom of the eggs to cook slightly before mixing all the contents of the pan. Stir to cook eggs all the way through as they coat the cauliflower mixture.
Chop bacon and mix into eggs with the green parts of the onions.
To serve, sprinkle with sesame seeds and a sprig of cilantro.
This dish is best the day of.