Bibimbap bowls are a nutrient-dense, wholesome meal featuring carbs, protein, and vegetables. Fluffy brown rice, fresh and sauteed vegetables, kimchi, and a spicy Korean sauce make this recipe a filling and healthy meal. This bibimbap bowl recipe great for lunch or dinner and they are easy to make, flavorful, spicy, wholesome, and delicious!
Bibimbap bowls…. now say that ten times fast! This veggie-packed bibimbap bowl is everything to me and I want it to be for you too.
In case you’ve never even heard of a bibimbap bowl, it’s a dish common in Korean cuisine. Typically it includes meat but not in this case! It’s a hearty bowl packed with brown rice, veggies, and alllll the sauce. Gochujang sauce is a savory, spicy chili sauce made out of fermented soybeans and salt. It has the perfect amount of spice with tons of flavor. So I highly suggest you get your hands on some of this stuff and get on with this recipe stat.
A few months ago, I had the opportunity to travel to South Korea where I was on a mission to get an authentic bibimbap bowl (and all the skin care products!) Come to my surprise, it was a lot more difficult to find some vegetarian-friendly options when I was there. Don’t get me wrong, it can be done, but it takes some work. I found this tiny restaurant and had Google translate “no meat” and “no fish” for me (I know, so touristy, right?) but they created a dish that was out of this world. Not to mention the kimchi had me droolinggggg. I’m not saying you have to go to Korea to get this experience, but I’m here to reassure you that this dish is worth the hype.
Bibimbap bowls are the perfect meal because it combines carbs, protein, and vegetables. They can be as healthy or unhealthy as you choose, but I usually opt for the healthy option! Here are my recommendations:
- Use brown rice instead of white for a healthier carb option. Even try cauliflower rice for a delicious low-carb and gluten-free option
- Consume with a plant-based protein such a tofu, tempeh, or even mung bean pancakes (my personal fav)!
- Serve with kimchi! Kimchi, like other fermented foods, are great for gut health and add a great flavor
- Eat with a fried egg on top. This would obviously make the dish non-vegan, but if you eat eggs this tastes great and is common in a traditional bibimbap bowl
Where to buy Gochujang sauce:
Gochujang sauce is a spicy yet savory sauce that can be found in the Asian food aisle in your grocery store or Amazon. It has an amazing taste and truly makes these bibimbap bowls taste amazing.
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Veggie Packed Bibimbap Bowls
This vegan and gluten-free bibimbap bowl recipe is a healthy option for lunch or dinner! Packed with brown rice, vegetables, and a spicy Korean sauce. You can get so creative with all the toppings and protein combinations!
- 1/2 cup brown rice uncooked
- 1-2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 32 oz package shiitake mushrooms
- 1 cucumber julienned
- 1 carrot julienned
- 4 cups spinach
- 1/2 cup mung bean sprouts
- 1/8 cup green onions
- 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 4 tablespoons gochujang sauce*
- liquid aminos
Bring 1 cup water in a small pot to a rolling boil on high heat
Rinse brown rice in strainer for 30 seconds
Put uncooked rice in water and reduce to low-medium heat. Put a lid on the pot and let simmer.
Heat sesame oil in small pan over medium heat. When hot, add mushrooms.
Once mushrooms are tender, remove from pan and add spinach
Keep mixing spinach until wilted
Peel cucumber and carrot and slice into small matchsticks
Chop green onion
When rice is fully cooked, all water should be absorbed. Fluff with fork.
To assemble bowls, add rice, then place veggies on top.
Spoon the gochujang sauce in the middle.
Top with sesame seeds, soy sauce, and Sriracha (optional)
* Don’t confuse with gochujang paste. You can make your own sauce from the paste or buy the sauce ready-made at your grocer.
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