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 in the fridge is still in the store. I love the most   when they are at grandma' and I take care of the 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 or back 24/7, while home for their fall school break. 

Anyhow, that's why I decided to make this "Vegetarian" Bibimbap (Bibim-mixed, Bap-rice/cooked grains) and since it was very delicious and 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 simple version.
Rice bowls are very easy to make or put together, and I absolutely love the 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 the 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've used. However, my youngest one added hot-dogs and both of my older kids added spam along with some veggies and omelette. So yes, the 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 a splash of soy sauce or you can use canned}
  • 1 Cup Spinach {sauteed in a little sesame oil and seasoned with a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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, light which has less sodium. 
Garnish options:
  • Toasted Sesame seeds 
  • Drizzle with 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) 
The directions are very simple: make rice and all the things that I've written 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. 

NOTE**
Unless you are making your own kimchi, I am here to tell you that one from the store is not vegetarian. It usually contains either salted shrimps, or/and fish sauce. 
For the vegan version, just add veggies that you like or have on hand. Always saute a little before placing it on the rice or any other grain that you like to eat, 


Vegetarian Mixed Rice Bowl-Bibimbap


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

Sandra 


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