Vegetable Quinoa Bibimbap

Vegetable Quinoa Bimbimbap

There is a little cafe in our building that sells a huge assortment of delicious foods. One such food is the bibimbap. It’s a traditional Korean dish and is basically a whole mess of veggies and marinated beef tossed over rice. The entire thing is then topped with a fried egg and the spiciest of sauces. It’s a little pricey at ten dollars a pop but I get two days worth of lunch out of it so win/win. I try not to buy it often but every now and then, I just can’t help myself.

Being who I am meant trying to recreate this, in some form, at home. I decided to leave the egg off – even though a runny egg is usually the best part – so that I could easily transport this with me to work. I also swapped out the rice for quinoa, just to make myself feel a little better. Well, let me tell you, this is a winner. It’s so bright, fresh and healthy. The bean sprouts and carrots give a great crunch while the spinach and zucchini are filled with flavor. Top the whole thing with a sweet chili sauce and you are good to go. A perfect, easy lunch that’s healthy and tasty. Score!

Vegetable Quinoa Bibimbap
Recipe type: lunch, dinner, healthy
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Serves: 1
Bibimbap is a traditional Korean dish filled with veggies and marinated meat. This version uses quinoa and is filled with delicious, crunchy vegetables.
  • 1 carrot, peeled and cut into thin matchsticks
  • ½ zucchini, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 large handful of spinach
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2-3 Tbsp. bean sprouts
  • Sweet garlic chili sauce for serving
  1. Heat sesame oil in a sauce pan over medium. Once hot, toss in the spinach and sauté until wilted. Remove to a plate.
  2. Place quinoa in the center of a large bowl. Around the quinoa, place carrot matchsticks, zucchini matchsticks, spinach and bean sprouts. Serve with chili sauce.


26 thoughts on “Vegetable Quinoa Bibimbap

    • Your little Korean restaurant sounds just like mine! They have the BEST food! I definitely think you need to find a place in Austin soon and get your fix in!

    • I’d never heard of bibimbap until a few months ago but I’m so glad that I did. It’s now one of my favorite meals!

  1. This looks fantastic! Love all the bright, fresh veggies, and using quinoa rather than rice is a great variation. I’ve been eating so many cupcakes recently, that I feel like this kind of lunch is just what I need!

  2. This looks so good!! I love all the veggies and then of course topped with a sweet chili sauce (which I can never get enough of…). Definitely perfect for lunches! Or a quick weeknight meal!

    • The veggies are so crunchy and fresh. I think that’s what I love about this dish. :) Hope you love it, if you try it!

    • I definitely think, if you’re going to try quinoa, this is the perfect way! There’s plenty of other veggies and flavors to balance it out!

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