Time For Bibimbap
I was inspired to make this dish after trying it at Jinjuu, Mayfair a couple of weeks ago. It felt like I was sort of cheating on the my healthy diet because although it was packed with veggies and all the other good stuff, I didn't feel like forcing myself to eat it based purely on the fact that I knew it was good for me.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that eating healthily is always a chore but sometimes you can't help but resist those ever so pesky cravings...
Bibimbap is a traditional Korean dish which translates to 'mixed rice with assorted meat and vegetables' although if you are vegetarian or vegan you can easily keep it purely veggie if you prefer! I followed the recipe on My Korean Kitchen, which was really simple and easy to follow. I've linked a video at the end for those of you who prefer to watch tutorials rather than read recipes.
The best thing about this dish is that it really is mostly vegetables and protein and so it's a healthy, quick meal which fills you up and doesn't leave you in a carb coma afterwards.
The recipe advises that each of the ingredients should be pan fried separately to lock in the flavour, but I was a bit naughty/lazy and fried everything subsequently (from light to dark ingredients). I found that I still ended up with a really tasty dish although it may have been even tastier if I had followed the recipe to a T.
When making bibimbap you don't have stick religiously to the menu either, meaning it's perfect if you have any leftover vegetables in the cupboard waiting to be used. Plus, it means that you can tweak the recipe as you please! For example I fried in the eggs with the minced beef rather than presenting the egg on top, which I preferred.
To make it even healthier, you can alternate the white rice with brown rice. Bear in mind that brown rice does take longer to cook but I like that it adds a bit more texture to the dish plus provides a good helping of you daily five needs.
Let me know if you give it a go and comment below or tag me on instagram with your pictures or instastories!
Here's a link to a video provided by My Korean Kitchen for those of you who aren't too keen on following a written recipe.