Prebiotic and Probiotic Recipes

These top-rated recipes are gut-friendly foods, including prebiotics and probiotics; foods that take care of your microbiome so it can take care of you.

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Sicilian Homemade Ricotta Cheese

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This is a recipe for my Sicilian grandmother's creamy homemade ricotta cheese. Great as a spread on fresh bread or add as a topping to fresh Pasta.

Raw Fermented Beets

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The health benefits of fermented foods are well established, and they're tasty to boot! If you're lucky enough to have a bumper crop of beets, try this easy recipe. Once beets are fermented, store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

Breakfast Fruit Smoothie with Kefir

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A sweet, yet tart smoothie. A healthy, energetic start to the day.

Chef John's Creme Fraiche

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Making creme fraiche is very easy and, once you taste the magic of homemade sour cream, you'll have a hard time not repeating this esoteric exercise. Sure it takes a couple days, but the effort is minimal and the payoff is marvelous.

Spicy Lemon Ginger Switchel

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This haymaker's punch is an old-timey favorite that's basically just a refreshing, palate-cleansing, vinegary, and thirst-quenching sipping drink. Pour over ice and enjoy!

Russian Cabbage and Beet Salad

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This salad is irresistible - colorful and delicious! You must keep it under a press overnight (or for 24 hours) and then in the fridge for best results. It tastes much better if you keep it in the fridge for a couple of days before eating.

Fermented Kosher-Style Dill Pickles

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These old-fashioned deli-style pickles are created entirely by fermentation, without the use of vinegar. This recipe produces a quantity that fills a half-gallon Mason jar. If you like, add a few non-traditional chile de arbol peppers for their red visual appeal (and spiciness)!

Tudor Recipe for Ginger Beer

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This is a family recipe supposedly going back in a straight line at least to the Tudors (I'm English). The ingredients and method make it possible - even probable. It goes back at least 5 generations to my certain knowledge.

Oven-Roasted Asparagus

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Salty and savory, the roasting method kills the natural bitterness of asparagus. Try it next to grilled fish or lamb.

Chicken Stir-Fry

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A quick and easy dish to prepare, this chicken stir-fry is packed with veggies. Try adding bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, snap peas, or any of your favorite vegetables. Serve it with white or brown rice, or noodles.

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

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Wonderful roasted cauliflower, my 11 year old son loves this! Add more spices and herbs to suit your taste.
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Perfect Summer Fruit Salad

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The perfect fruit salad for a backyard bbq or any occasion. There are never leftovers! This is one of my favorite fruit salad recipes, as I think the sauce really makes it. This salad is tastier the longer you can let it soak in its juices. I prefer 3 to 4 hours in the refrigerator before I serve it. Enjoy.

Inspiration and Ideas

How To Eat For A Healthy Gut

Probiotics like yogurt get the press. But a healthy gut also depends on PREbiotics, the fiber-rich foods that good gut bacteria thrive on. Leafy greens? You bet!

Whole Wheat Banana Nut Bread

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This is a moist banana bread recipe that I make fairly often with leftover, very ripe bananas.