Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Vegetarian Mixed Rice Bowl

Vegetarian Mixed Rice Bowl-Bibimbap

Sun was setting and I couldn't think what to make for dinner. Kids are home on a Fall break for one more week, and I need to think fast so I could feed those hungry growling stomachs. I had many vegetables available as well as rice, but I forgot to buy meat. 
Vegetarian Mixed Rice Bowl-Bibimbap  #koreanfood #homemade
You know the feeling when you go in the store with 3 kids and you buy every possible thing and most of them are snacks, because they just keep throwing it in the cart, and you would think I got everything since the cart was full..well no, not really the case over here! I got everything for them, but what I really needed for the fridge is still in the store. So what I love the most is when they are at grandma' and I take care of grocery business. I can almost see that most of you moms with the kids are nodding now, because it is our life story for real. I love, love my children of course, but you can't really focus at all when they are on your neck 24/7, while home on the school break. 

Anyhow that's why I decided to make this "Vegetarian" Bibimbap (Bibim-mixed Bap-rice) and since it was very delicious and actually I was in the mood to take pictures I am posting it again. I am saying again because I posted Bibimbap before, but it was with the meat and this time I kept it little more simpler version.
Rice bowls are very easy to make or put together, and I absolutely love Korean mixed rice bowl. What? You are not shocked! LOL!
You can pretty much add anything that you like and don't get me wrong I love my meat but this one was pretty darn tasty, if I have to say it myself. 
What I like to do is adding all sauteed vegetables and some other things that they enjoy eating on one large serving platter, then kids were adding what they like. It's less mess, less stress for me and I don't have to hear "I don't like this and that". On the pictures is my rice bowl and all the toppings that I used. However my youngest one added hot-dogs and both of my older kids added spam along with some veggies and omelette. So yes, possibilities are endless. 
If you would like to see and read about bibimbap that I posted before click here

Vegetarian Mixed Rice Bowl- #Bibimbap #koreanfood #homemade #recipes

Vegetarian Mixed Rice Bowl-Bibimbap 
serves 2-3
Ingredients: 
  • Steamed white rice (1 cup or more per person)
  • 1 Carrot {julienned or shredded and Sauteed for 30 seconds with sesame oil} 
  • 1 Cup Bean sprouts {blanched and drained completely, sauteed in a little sesame oil and seasoned with splash of soy sauce or you can use canned}
  • 1 Cup Spinach {sauteed in a little sesame oil and seasoned with splash of soy sauce, squeeze out excess moisture} 
  • 1 cup Mushrooms {thinly sliced and sauteed in sesame oil and seasoned with pinch of salt}
  • 1 Zucchini {julienned and saute for 1 minute in Sesame oil with pinch of salt}
  • 2 eggs {mix egg, season with salt + drizzle of oil to grease the pan, then make omelette}
  • 1 Slice Tofu, per person *optional (you can add sauteed/grilled beef if you would prefer)  
All veggies that are noted to be sauteed should be sauteed separably, for about minute or so, just to loosen up a bit and bring more color, sweetens and to add one more layer of flavor. Use sesame seed oil or any oil on hand if you desire, but I think that sesame seed oil gives very unique flavor. Also always season it with drizzle of soy sauce, or sea salt and pepper if you do not have any soy sauce-season just enough to taste. Also I use soy sauce lite which has less sodium. 
Garnish options:
  • Toasted Sesame seeds 
  • Drizzle of Sesame oil
  • Dried Seaweed 
  • Soy sauce, to taste and if needed
  • Sprinkle of Gochugaru (red pepper powder -substitute with cayenne pepper)
  • Gochujang paste (red pepper paste)
  • fried egg (sunny side up egg) 
Directions are very simple: make rice and all the things that I've wrote in the ingredients. Mix it with the rice or arrange it on top of the rice, add more garnish or toppings and you are done, mix it all together before eating. 
Again, I have to say that gochujang is must because it adds so much flavor to any dish. Of course serve it with kimchi and some extra Korean pepper paste (gochujang).
If you are having friends over, you can put everything on the platter like I did, and let the guests add what they like in their rice bowl. 


Vegetarian Mixed Rice Bowl-Bibimbap


Wishing you all great rest of the week!
Your friend,

Sandra 


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39 comments :

  1. This is just stunning, I'm so glad to have found your blog!

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    1. Thank you, Sue! I am happy that you found my blog too!

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  2. Your kids are on school holiday already? Wow time flies! :) I can totally get that even with an infant. lol
    As always, a mouthwatering picture! You just made me disappointed with my lunch I'm having. :)

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    1. Yep, two weeks of Fall break....and next one short one is in a month, then Winter break! Crazy! Thank you Sue so much, my lunch was pretty disappointing so i had to step it up for dinner hehe...have a great noon!

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  3. Wow fall break? Never heard of that before. Lucky kids! That buffet style approach is a clever idea, allowing people to pick and choose what they want to put in. The photos look so delish! It makes me want to make it the first thing tomorrow (it is almost 2am here). lol

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    1. Lucky kids, indeed! 4 breaks in a year plus few longer weekends, like holidays throughout out the year. Buffet like serving is always a plus in my family because "some" are picky about their food. Thank you Kim for stopping by! :D

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  4. This looks soo delicious. I love combo bowls like this but have never thought to try making my own. Great job, Sandra!

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    1. Ashley, rice bowls are very simple, and you can pick what toppings you might want to add. I hope you try making it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Yummy bowl... It has all my fav veggies ... never tried making it this way... very unique.. glad to have found ur blog :) I ll be stopping by more ;)

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    1. The beauty of rice bowl that you can add whatever you prefer and like! Thank you, i hope you try it!

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  6. That looks so comforting and inviting... love it!

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  7. Love this easy to prepare and tasty looking rice bowl.
    The versatility of the dish is wonderful, so is the combination of veggies and Tofu.

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    1. I am so happy that you like it! Yes is versatile and that's what I love the most! Thanks Daniela!

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  8. I have only experience with cold vegetarian bibimbap, but it's one of the rare meatless dishes that I am crazy for. Yours looks so deliciously Korean, I am already hungry!

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    1. Thank you Sissi, I really enjoyed ever single bite! :)

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  9. My husband begs me to make more asian style meals. Often times I get overwhelmed when I search for recipes because a lot of the ingredients are not things I keep stocked; sometimes I can't even find them at the grocery store. But I love your mixed rice bowl! So intricate and exciting yet simple enough to make!

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    1. I completely understand, but don't be overwhelmed because you can always substitute with something else and make it your own! Take one step at the time and it might fail once but second time will be better. Ingredients are available in many grocery stores at least here or Asian or International markets and you can get smaller packages. Thank you for stopping by, I hope you try to make some delicious Asian dishes soon! :)

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  10. A healthy and flavorful meal such as this vegetarian mixed rice bowl sounds like a perfect dish I'd want to prepare my weekend lunch. I love the flavor of gochujang so much I can probably made anything with it. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe and great pictures!

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    1. Gochujang is amazing, and I love adding in many dishes too. Thank you Yi, for stopping by!

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  11. Gorgeous bibimbap Sandra! I think you cook more Korean food than some Korean folks I know. :) And the dishes look absolutely fantastic. I want some of this for dinner!

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    1. Aww thank you Gomo so much! Yes, Korean food lover over here so i do cook many times a week! Thank you again and have a great week ahead!

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  12. I like my meat too but I don't miss it when I eat a good vegetarian dish. I like how this is laid out with individual foods.

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    1. I am with you on that one! Thank you Suzanne!

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  13. This is spectacular Sandra! I love all the colors!!

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    1. I am glad you like it, Raven! it was very delicious! Thank you!

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  14. Thanks for the nudge to come visit you by commenting on my blog. I see your gorgeous food on G+...you have become a gifted food stylist! What an amazing dish...I love everything about it! This will be on my menu when the carnivore hubby has dinner plans :)

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    1. Aww thank you my friend! I've been busy and didn't visit for long time your blog! Thank you so much and have a great day!

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  15. I'm always looking for good vegetarian meals and this looks delicious. Gorgeous presentation. :)

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    1. Thanks! I am happy that you like it, Tina!

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  16. Your food pics are so very beautiful!

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  17. I love vegetarian rice bowls, this looks so flavorful!

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    1. Thank you Laura, very much! It was very delicious

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  18. I have many "favorite" pictures, but these are my current super favorite pictures!!! I know every single person who came to see this post drool without doubt!! I'm so hungry with low carb diet, Sandra. I'm dying.... drool...

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    1. :D You made me laugh, because I am reading your comment and eating piece of bread!
      I hope your no carb diet and fitness pays off soon...Thank you so much bestie! xoxo

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  19. Just love how your prepare and present your food... Looks lovely!

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