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Vegan Appetizer Recipes: Kimchi Cream Cheese

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Vegan Appetizer Recipes: Kimchi Cream Cheese
Gut health is a hot topic in the nutrition world right now. It has been linked to weight maintenance, healthy skin, and mental wellbeing among other factors. One of the easiest (and most delicious) ways to stabilize healthy gut bacteria is by eating fermented foods like kombucha, sauerkraut, kefir, or kimchi. Kimchi has been popular in Korea for ages. It originally was created as a way to preserve produce during cold winter months, but it soon became well-known for its health benefits. It’s full of vitamins and probiotics that can increase immunity and digestion while decreasing inflammation.

Kimchi is often incorporated into stews, pancakes, or stir-fries. Here, however, we are using it in a less traditional–but equally delicious–way. Kimchi and cream cheese may not be the most obvious combination, but it is strangely addictive. Creamy with a slight kick, this spread amps up anything from bagels to grilled (vegan) cheese to apple slices or even dates if you’re feeling adventurous. This is a simple recipe that’s great-tasting and great for you. Let us know what you think!

Vegan Kimchi Cream Cheese

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 05 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Yield: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup raw cashews
  • 12 oz. firm silken tofu
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 cup kimchi

Directions

1. Soak the cashews in water for at least 30 minutes.
2. Drain and place in blender with tofu, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and salt.
3. Blend until smooth, tampering or scraping down the sides of the blender as needed.
4. Add half the kimchi and pulse again a few times until it is well-incorporated into the mixture.
5. Finely chop the rest of the kimchi and stir it into the cream cheese by hand.
6. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Quincy Malesovas

Quincy Malesovas

Quincy is an NC-based college student who is passionate about leading a healthy and compassionate life. Aside from classes, she fills her time with cooking, writing, travel, and yoga. You can find more from her on her blog Shugurcän and on Instagram.
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