Amy and I love exposing our kids to different cultures, and short of taking them on a trip around the world, we try to introduce them to as many worldly cuisines as possible.
Right now we’re tasting Korean food, and so I’ve got this bibimbap recipe on the menu.
It’s a mouthful to say, but I assure you it’s delicious.
Bibimbap translates to “mixed rice,” and it was originally eaten on the eve of the Lunar New Year to clean out the fridge of leftovers for a fresh start as the new year commences.
It’s basically a conglomeration of food all mixed in one bowl, covered in a delicious sauce, with an egg to top it off – totally my kind of food.
This dish is now served year-round, heated up in the winter or served cold in summer, and with a dollop of gochujang – a thick, deep red chili paste (available in the Asian section of most grocery stores), on the side.
Since bibimbap is loaded with veggies, I didn’t have to change much.
Upgraded and Updated Bibimbap Recipe
For my clean-eating version, I replaced the rice with quinoa, since it’s my favorite way to enjoy this dish.
Did you know that quinoa is actually a seed, not a grain, making it perfect for gluten-free diets?
And it contains all the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein, and it’s also much higher in fiber than most grains.
That being said, I highly recommend rinsing your quinoa before cooking. Saponin, the natural coating on quinoa, makes it taste soapy and bitter. So it’s worth taking a few minutes to prep it right.
One cup dry quinoa yields about 3 cups cooked quinoa, and as a rule of thumb, I use 2 cups of water for every 1 cup of dry quinoa.
To get started, boil your water, adding about ½ teaspoon of salt, if desired. Add your rinsed quinoa to the boiling water, cover, and let simmer for 15 minutes. Keep the top on for a few more minutes if all the water hasn’t absorbed. When ready to eat, fluff with a fork and serve.
Tip: Double Up on the Quinoa
Because quinoa is a nutrition powerhouse, it’s great to have some extra on hand to add to your healthy eating recipes.
That’s why I recommend making a double batch and storing it in freezer-safe zip-top baggies. That way you can quick-prep any number of other awesome recipes, including:
- This Crispy Chickpea Thai Quinoa Bowl, which may be the single best recipe you’ll eat all summer.
- Five Ingredient Black Bean Burgers, an absolute staple for busy nights when you still want to eat right.
- Perhaps the tastiest take-out you’ve ever made at home, a 5-Minute Quinoa Sushi Bowl.
- Our family favorite Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl.
- This kid-friendly Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl.
That way you can have bibimbap tonight, with a whole week’s full of plant-based, clean-eating quinoa dinners on deck.
From our family to yours, happy eating!
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