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Vegetarian Bibimbap Recipe and {Global Kitchen Cookbook Giveaway}

by Jeanette on May 5, 2014 · 28 Comments
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This Vegetarian Bibimbap is colorful and fun to eat, and a great way to enjoy a variety of vegetables in one bowl. Vegetarian Bibimbap © Jeanette's Healthy Living

I love Korean food for its full flavored spiciness. One of my favorite parts of eating at Korean restaurant is sampling all the little dishes of banchan that are laid out on the table. Banchan are very easy to make at home. Some banchan that I’ve tried are Bean Sprout Salad, Spinach Salad, quick Napa Cabbage Kimchi, and Spicy Cucumber Salad. The idea is to use a variety of vegetables and simply blanch or serve them raw. They are sometimes lightly seasoned, with just a little salt, or tossed with a little sesame oil and vinegar. Pickled and fermented vegetables (kimchi) are also served as banchan.

Vegetarian Bibimbap © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Bibimbap is a great way to serve leftover banchan. I think of it as decomposed fried rice in a sense. The base is a scoop of rice (you could also try cooked quinoa), and the toppings are endless. In the Vegetarian Bibimbap I made for this post, I scoured my refrigerator for little bits and pieces of extra vegetables and ended up with a stray red bell pepper, enoki mushrooms, leftover asparagus tips, a carrot, and a few of my sous vide poached eggs. Just a few squirts of a spicy Korean red pepper sauce called gochujang is all you need to pull this together. Bibimbap can be served room temperature if you like, so it’s very low-fuss.

Vegetarian Bibimbap © Jeanette's Healthy Living

I was inspired to make this bibimbap after spotting a vibrant picture in Cooking Light‘s  Global Kitchen cookbook, by New York Times best-selling author, David Joachim.

Global Kitchen Cookbook

As many of you know, I love exploring cuisines from around the world. You’ll find recipes that represent all different countries here on my blog, some authentic, some inspired by other cultures, including Asian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, European, African, Peruvian and regional American favorites.

As I flipped through the recipes in Global Kitchen, I was struck by the diversity of the recipes and the beautiful photographs. You’ll find recipes from East Asia & India, Southeast Asia & Australia, The Middle East & Africa, Europe & Eurasia, South America, North & Central America.

Featuring 150 recipes from around the globe, Global Kitchen uses everyday ingredients to make international recipes accessible to the home cook, while keeping recipes on the healthier side. In addition, readers are given a glimpse into culinary customs, tips, cooking techniques and ingredients from the different continents.

As David Joachim points out, eating healthy often means eating “ethnic.” Interestingly, I’ve found this to be especially helpful when I began navigating my way around food-allergy friendly foods several years ago, including gluten-free and dairy-free recipes. Not only did I find many ethnic foods to be naturally gluten-free or easily gluten-free adaptable, but also dairy-free and even more vibrant in flavor and color.

The unique spices and herbs that different cuisines use, as well as the abundance of fresh fresh fruits and vegetables eaten, have expanded my family’s palate and made eating so much more pleasurable. It’s the next best thing to traveling around the world to try different cuisines without the expense.

And now for the giveaway  ~  I have one copy of Global Kitchen to giveaway to a reader!



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Vegetarian Bibimbap
Bibimbap is a great way to use up leftover vegetables. Either lightly cooked or raw vegetables can be used. Broccoli, bean sprouts and spinach would also be nice.
Serves: 2
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice, warm
  • ¼ cup asparagus, lightly steamed, cut into bite size pieces
  • ¼ cup carrots, blanched, julienned
  • ¼ cup enoki mushrooms, blanched
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 2 poached eggs
  • Korean red pepper gochujang sauce
  1. Divide rice between two bowls. Arrange asparagus, carrots, enoki mushrooms and red bell pepper on top of rice in a decorative fashion. Top with poached egg and serve with gochujang sauce.

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  1. The colors in this dish are so vibrant! LOVE!

  2. laura z says:

    Good ole pizza or a burger!

  3. I love pizza

  4. Noelle Parton says:

    Wild Alaskan Salmon!!

  5. So colourful, healthy and beautiful!

  6. This vegetarian bibimbap looks amazing! Have you ever tried it cold? It’s really good.

  7. Jenn P. says:

    I love bibimbap!! It is so easy to customize for different tastes in our family. We live in S. Korea currently and love all the different banchan at the local restaurants.

  8. mac n cheese :)

  9. A cheesy hamburger!

  10. My favorite American food is a bagel and cream cheese. I still haven’t found or created a perfect gluten free version.

  11. jacquie says:

    a garden fresh salad with a side of homemade bread.

  12. Growing up, whenever bibimbap shows up at the table, we knew it was leftovers day ;). My mom was the queen of banchans so we didn’t mind one bit! “Eating healthy means eating ethnic”….I like that! what a wonderful cookbook! I would love to experiment more in the kitchen with new-to-me spices and herbs.

  13. Oops! Sorry! I commented before I entered for the giveaway. Let’s see..my fav American food…boy this is hard. Grilled cheese sandwich? Yup That sounds about right 😉

  14. This looks like a wonderful addition to the Cooking Light family, and oh my, I need that bibimbap right this instant.

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Shaina – bibimbap is one of my favorites – just had some the other day for lunch. I don’t think I could ever tire of it.

  15. Sandra says:

    I can never say no to pizza

  16. Meghan Finley says:

    An Indian taco

  17. I love this vegetarian bimbimbap – the colors are so pretty and vibrant! What a great healthy dish to use up leftovers – great recipe Jeanette :)

  18. I love lots of cooking, but maybe pasta dishes a little more.

  19. jacquie says:


  20. Susan Broughton says:

    I have a lot of favorites but I would say it would be burger and fries

  21. Helen Kotowske says:

    I like pizza.

  22. Vegetarian Californian rolls have got to be my favourite American food :)

  23. I have never had bibimbap, so definitely need to try very soon! This looks gorgeous! Hugs, Terra

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