|Stir fried kimchi (left) and my favorite ramen|
|Cabbage and tofu jeon|
Slowly things that had never been a part of my diet before, (like cabbage, kimchi, riced cauliflower, spinach, carrots, green onion and more) started entering my diet on a daily basis. Spices that I'd never used were also introduced. Spices like gochugaru (red pepper powder), gochujang (red pepper paste), and sesame oil. On Weight Watchers, vegetables are 0 point foods so that means you can basically eat as much of them as you like. So these foods not only were introducing more nutrients to my body, but keeping me from getting hungry as well.
I learned how to make kimchi jiggae (a jiggae is a stew), jeon (a savory vegetable pancake), stir fry dishes, and lots of other things that easily filled me up, but were low in points. The more Korean cooking shows and YouTube channels I watched, the more things I wanted to try. Don't get me wrong. Not all Korean food is diet friendly. Some of it is very high is calories. But, as I would work out the recipes, I'd exchange higher point items for lower point ones and eventually found a host of Korean or Korean inspired foods that I could make for myself that would be delicious, but also fit into my diet plan.
Here is just one example. Gimbap is a Korean staple...along the same lines as Americans would think of a sandwich. The ingredients inside can vary, but the main one is rice. Rice is high in points but you need a lot of it to make gimbap properly. So, I use part rice and part cauliflower rice. When it is seasoned together it works great. Then it's just a matter of adding other ingredients. For the version pictured below, I used baked chicken and stir fried kimchi. You roll it up in a seaweed wrap and voila!
|Gimbap after it's rolled.|