easy bibimbap bowls – A Nutritionist Eats

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My easy bibimbap bowls are loaded with flavor: crispy rice, tasty ground beef, pungent kimchi and luscious fried eggs!

Truth #1: I love, love, LOVE this dinner!

(Horrifying) Truth #2: I have never had authentic bibimbap. It’s on my ASAP list, but between naps and a 7 pm bedtime, it’s been difficult to get to restaurants lately.

So I can’t claim that this tastes like the real deal, but it was never its intent.

For my easy (keyword EASY!) version of bibimbap bowls, I simplified things a bit. I used seasonings that you already have in your pantry instead of the traditional gochujang paste (because I don’t want you to buy it unless you’ll use it!), used ground beef over the sliced beef that you’ll typically find in bibimbap and kept the veggie portion easy with a bag of spinach. So yeah, it’s not authentic. But it tastes SO good, we all gobbled this meal up.

Easy Bibimbap Bowls | loaded with flavor: crispy rice, tasty ground beef, pungent kimchee and luscious fried eggs!

And if you haven’t the slightest clue what a bibimbap bowl even is, let wikipedia explain. Traditional bibimbap “is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste), soy sauce, or doenjang (a fermented soybean paste). A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The hot dish is stirred together thoroughly just before eating.”

My version is similar and includes:

  • crispy rice (this element is key)
  • flavorful beef
  • sesame sautéed spinach
  • fried egg
  • kimchi

Everything is layered together in a bowl, and when it’s time to eat, stir together thoroughly, and DIG IN!

Easy Bibimbap Bowls | loaded with flavor: crispy rice, tasty ground beef, pungent kimchee and luscious fried eggs!

The instruction list is a little longer than I normally prefer, but it’s really all easy and is just comes down to cooking the different components: beef, spinach, rice and eggs.

Don’t be deterred! You could also cook the rice and beef ahead of time, just don’t crisp it until it’s time to eat.

Easy Bibimbap Bowls | loaded with flavor: crispy rice, tasty ground beef, pungent kimchee and luscious fried eggs!

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easy bibimbap bowls

 

Easy Bimbap Bowls Author: Emily Dingmann Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 40 mins Total time: 1 hour Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • ¼ cup soy sauce (I use low sodium)
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced (I use the stuff in a tube)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 5 oz bag of spinach
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped kimchi
  • garnish: sesame seeds, green onions, sriracha

Instructions

  1. Prepare rice according to directions.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together soy sauce, ginger, garlic and honey. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Add ground beef to pan, breaking up with spoon.
  5. Lightly season with salt and pepper and cook for about 4-5 minutes, until meat is cooked through and no longer pink.
  6. Add soy mixture to pan, stir to combine and cook for another minute. Place meat into bowl and wipe out pan with paper towel.
  7. Heat same pan over medium heat and add sesame oil. When hot, add spinach, stirring constantly and cooking just until wilted, about a minute or two. Place spinach in another bowl and wipe out pan.
  8. When rice is done cooking, heat same pan over medium heat and add olive oil to pan.
  9. When hot, add all of rice to pan, spreading out and patting it down with a spoon.
  10. Leave undisturbed for 5 minutes and remove from heat.
  11. While rice is cooking, fry eggs and set aside.
  12. Divide rice between 4 bowls and top with beef, spinach, egg, kimchi, sesame seeds and green onions.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 593 Fat: 25 grams Carbohydrates: 55 grams Sugar: 6 grams Fiber: 5 grams Protein: 38 grams

3.5.3226

Easy Bibimbap Bowls | loaded with flavor: crispy rice, tasty ground beef, pungent kimchee and luscious fried eggs!

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