Bold Korean Flavors Without the Guilt
Enjoy healthier versions of all your Korean favorites with Jean Choi’s innovative spin on her family’s traditional recipes.
Jean—a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and the founder of What Great Grandma Ate—shares “Paleo-fied” versions of authentic meals from her family’s cookbook. These include gluten-, dairy- and grain-free takes on classic Korean dishes like Bibimbap (a savory steamed rice and marinated vegetable dish), Bulgogi (tender barbequed beef), Quick Kimchi (a traditional spiced-vegetable side), plus so much more.
Whether you’re on a strict Paleo diet or simply searching for a way to make your typical takeout order healthier and at home, this book ensures that your Korean cravings will never go unsatisfied again.
Choi, a nutritional therapist and founder of the What Great Grandma Ate blog, shares flavorful and creative Korean paleo recipes. Korean food, she writes, is rich with fresh vegetables and meats, and relies on traditional preservation methods like pickling all of which translates easily to the protein-heavy, low-carb paleo diet with just a few tweaks. Hers are straightforward, traditional dishes: bulgogi, galbi (barbecued short ribs), bibimbap, japchae (stir-fried sweet potato noodles), spicy barbecue pork, and bossam boiled pork belly wrapped in cabbage and topped with kimchi. Choi calls for a few low-carb substitutions, such as cauliflower sticky rice to serve with doenjang-beef stew and using cassava flour and tapioca starch for making dumpling wrappers for a mandu guk soup. Home cooks will eagerly dig into sweet and spicy shrimp and ginseng chicken soup, and will likely find the labor-intensive spicy Korean ramen with spiralized sweet potatoes (acting as stand-ins for the typical noodles) to be worth the effort. Choi's crispy zucchini pancakes, meanwhile, are a terrific way to include veggies for kids. Choi advises keeping on hand homemade doenjang, gochujang (chili paste), and kimchi, but most recipes come together fairly quickly once the prep is done. This is a terrific and flavorful addition to the ever-expanding paleo/Whole30 library.