Super Simple Rice Bowl

Hello, hello!

Do you guys ever watch cooking shows? I don’t watch all that much tv, but sometimes I like to turn it on while I’m blogging or hanging out – I usually multitask when I watch I guess, never just solely watch. So lately I’ve been checking out Rachael Ray because I’m often home during the day (yay for the exam period!). Yesterday she made a Korean-Style Beef Bowl with Brown Rice. I loved the idea, it looked so simple and delicious, and I’ve been looking for recipes that use rice lately – because, well, they’re usually yum, value-friendly and great for leftovers :). I didn’t have the same fancy ingredients that she did, and I don’t quite like things as rich as she does, so I changed her recipe up a bit but went for a similar result. You guys, omg. I was so shocked at how delicious this turned out! I was eating it by the spoonful even when I was so full!

If you don’t believe me, ask my husband the taste tester. He’s kind of picky and always gets nervous when I try out something new :p, but this time, it was a huge success he said! Of course he always encourages me to, but he loves his meals (he’s not a snacker at all like me) and gets bummed if they’re nasty (fair enough I say!). Also, he’s so sweet and gets really sad for me when I try something and it fails. Like my sporadic attempt at homemade apple cider. That was bad bad bad. I really don’t know what I was thinking, oh yes I do. I though it would be cool to boil orange peels that were leftover, because I’d heard that they make your house smell nice. So, I boiled them for a little while, and yes they made our apartments smell good, but then I thought, hey! I have apples and spices! I should make cider! Well…as you may know…orange peels are very bitter, and I boiled them for a long long time, really drawing out that bitter bitter flavour. Well, I bet you can imagine the bitter mess I had on my hands. It was a good idea, in theory. And for that reason I will try it again. But next time, without the funky orange peel issue! I spent a good few hours doing all of this late in the evening, so by the time I was done experimenting and cleaning up (by dumping all these wonderful ingredients in the garbage after trying to force the “cider” down my throat while shivering in disgust) it was pretty late. My sweet husband ever since has gotten worried when I experiment because he’s afraid I’ll waste my time and be sad. You guys, he’s so sweet isn’t he? But alas, I cannot not experiment! Or else how will I learn!

So, here’s my version of Rachael Ray’s Korean-Style Beef bowl. I added peanut butter because this recipe seemed like it could really use a bit of nutty flavour, but if you don’t have it or don’t like it, it’s totally not essential. If you have any other asian flavours at home such as ginger or sesame oil, you can replace the peanut butter with sesame oil and add 1 inch of grated ginger root or ¼ tsp of ground ginger. Also, you’ll notice I used chives, and I am proud to say that these are fresh from my garden!! I hope you enjoy this easy dinner recipe.

Super Simple Rice Bowl

A delicious korean-style rice bowl with ground beef, kale, and a salty sweet sauce

|     Prep Time: 5 minutes     |     Cook Time: 10 minutes     |     Total Time: 15 minutes     |

Serves 4-6



Ingredients

3 rice cooker cups dry rice (2 ¼ regular cups)
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp oil
2 lbs ground beef
2 cups kale or spinach, packed
3 garlic cloves, chopped or pressed
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp peanut butter
chives or green onions, for topping (optional)
Sesame seeds, for topping (optional)

Directions

Step One: Heat a frying pan on high and add the ground beef. While the meat is browning, make your sauce. Remember to keep stirring the meat and crumbling it into small pieces as you multi-task. (turn the heat down to medium high if you’re like me and a little forgetful, so that the meat doesn’t burn).

Step Two: Make your rice. I use a rice cooker which is pretty simple, I just add the rice, add 2x the water (3 cups rice uses 6 cups water), add about a tsp of oil and ¼ tsp salt for flavour. Then turn it on and forget about it.

Step Three: Make your sauce. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar and peanut butter.

Step Four: Add your chopped (or baby sized) spinach or kale to the meat once it has  browned (about 5-7 minutes), then add the sauce. Stir and let the flavours blend together for about 3 minutes, or until the kale/spinach have wilted and the sauce has heated.

Step Five: If you have chives, scallions, or green onions, chop them up. Once your ready to eat, place your rice in a bowl, put your ground beef mixture on top, and sprinkle with chives and sesame seeds if you have them. Tada! Your rice bowl is complete! Now go get cozy and munch away on the sweet and salty goodness that is your dinner!

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