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Quinoa Bibimbap (Korean Mixed Veggie Quinoa Bowl)

Quinoa Bibimbap (Korean Mixed Veggies Quinoa Bowl) recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

A Korean dish with a little of this, a little of that, and a little more. That’s Bibimbap 비빔밥 .

The catchy name means “Mixed rice”, but every time I say it aloud – bi-bim-bap – I think “this, that, and more”.  Because it’s a delicious bowl of so many textures, colors, and flavors. And it’s a fun way to use up all the extra veggies in your kitchen.

Quinoa Bibimbap - Korean Mixed Veggies Quinoa Bowl - recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Bibimbap – a now world famous Korean dish - is generally a bowl of steamed white rice topped with an assortment of vegetables like cucumber, zucchini, daikon, and mushrooms; as well as egg, meat or seafood. It’s also served with a sweet, spicy sauce on the side that you mix in right before eating. 

Today’s recipe – Quinoa Bibimbap – is a new twist to the traditional dish where I replace the rice with quinoa. The ancient grain makes a much lighter, fun alternative to rice in bibimbap, so it’s wonderful this time of year.

I also changed up the sauce, which is traditionally a richer, thicker sauce made from Korean chili paste (gochujang).  Since this Quinoa Bibimbap is a much lighter meal, I created a healthier sauce by incorporating our Spicy Korean Chili Seasoning with soy sauce, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, and a drizzle of honey.

Thai Coconut Soup with Bok Choy & Mushrooms

Thai Coconut Soup with Bok Choy and Mushrooms - an anti-inflammatory soup recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Food is the foundation to our good health and well-being. Sometimes, I think that message isn’t clear when I hear so much about eating less, like food is the enemy. While eating less, especially unhealthy foods, is a very important message to keep in mind, what’s more important is eating right.

When we eat right, we can live better, stronger, happier lives.

It’s been wonderful hearing from many of you – through personal messages online and conversations in-store – about wanting to make healthier choices in your diet. You’ve requested more vegetarian recipes, as well as specifically asked for ideas on how to incorporate anti-inflammatory foods into your meals.

So with those suggestions fresh on my mind, I’m sharing this deliciously healthy recipe – Thai Coconut Soup with Bok Choy & Mushrooms.

Thai Coconut Soup with Bok Choy recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Spiced with freshly grated ginger, Thai BBQ Seasoning, and a bright touch of turmeric powder, this creamy Thai Coconut Soup is filled with warmth, flavor, and the anti-inflammatory properties of all those spices.

Green Tea Soba Noodle Salad

Green Tea Soba Noodle Salad by SeasonWithSpice.com

This simple Green Tea Soba Noodle Salad encapsulates spring with thinly julienned zucchini & radishes combined with cold soba noodles. Then dressed in a sweet and tangy dipping sauce, and topped with our Japanese Sesame Seasoning (Gomashio) - a blend of toasted sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, Himalayan pink salt, Aleppo chili flakes, and the mineral-rich, wild harvested nori flakes.

Japanese sesame seasoning (gomashio) by SeasonWithSpice.com

My absolute favorite soba (buckwheat) noodle is Cha Soba – soba noodles flavored with green tea leaves, giving them a light greenish hue and that fresh, natural taste of green tea. Cha Soba is generally limited to being served on special occasions in Japan, but with the wide availability now in the US, my special occasion is usually lunch…

15-Minute Spicy Korean Beef Rice Bowl

Spicy Korean Beef Rice Bowl recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

There are relaxing, I-forgot-what-time-it-is ‘weekend meals’, and then there are the I-got-home-late-and-I-have-15-minutes-to-cook-dinner ‘weeknight meals’. Since I seem to find myself in the latter night after night, as I’m sure you do too, I like to share my quick, approachable Asian recipes here on Season with Spice to empower you to cook healthy, home-cooked Asian dishes with ease. 

Let’s start with this flavorful 15-Minute Spicy Korean Beef Rice Bowl.

Easy Korean Beef Rice Bowl recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Actually, before we start this recipe, the key to quick weeknight meals is pre-cooking the grains. I generally make a large pot of rice on Monday with our rice cooker, and then keep the leftover in the fridge to use any night of the week.

With the rice only a quick warming away from being ready, a pound of ground beef thawed in the fridge, and a handful of sunflower shoots from our Local Roots Co-Op (or your choice of spring greens), you’re all set to cook up this 15-Minute Spicy Korean Beef Rice Bowl.

Thai Stir-Fried Asparagus with Lemongrass

Thai Stir-Fried Asparagus with Lemongrass recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

The extreme swings of spring in Minnesota – from jogging in a T-shirt two days ago to now watching through my bedroom window as the heavy snow falls under the street light – remind me of home in Penang when suddenly this time of year, where there once was a sidewalk, transforms overnight into a carpet of fragrant, yellow flowers.

Because as quickly as the bright golden-yellow flowers explode on the giant Angsana trees around the island, they have already fallen, transforming paths and streets into yellow brick roads. But not all signs of spring in Penang – an island where time stands still under a year-round blazing sun – are as unmistakable and striking. A walk through the Botanic Gardens reveals the subtlety of a tropical spring with a hint of fresher, more fragrant air.  And a morning stroll through the market with the appearance of Penang durian at the fruit stalls, and tender asparagus I can’t resist bringing back to my kitchen.

penang botanic gardens

High in fiber, and rich in folacin – a vitamin necessary for blood cell formation and growth, and prevention of liver disease – asparagus are more than just a seasonal vegetable. These green shoots are incredibly healthy, and found in cuisines around the world because of their versatility to match with a wide variety of spices & herbs.

Sweet Orange & Pineapple Salad

Sweet Orange and Pineapple Salad with Asian Citrus Dressing by SeasonWithSpice.com

Flowers and fireworks and sunshine all rolled into a colorful salad.  I keep making these bright dishes to give spring a little push to get going.  And I think it’s working.  The snow has already melted, the birds are chirping louder every morning, and I even saw the first rainbow of the year on St. Patrick’s Day of all days.

ingredients for sweet orange salad

If you’re ready for spring as much as I am, it’s time your kitchen starts to reflect the colors of the season.  Try this easy Sweet Orange & Pineapple Salad.

Korean Tofu & Shiitake Mushroom Rice Bowl

Korean Tofu & Shiitake Mushroom Rice Bowl recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

If you are a vegetarian, or just someone like me who looks for ways to cut down on meat for a healthier diet, then grab a package of extra-firm tofu and some fresh shiitake mushrooms from the fridge, a jar of our Korean BBQ Blend from the spice rack, and let’s get cooking…

Korean BBQ Blend at SeasonWithSpice.com

Our Korean BBQ Blend may bring to mind meaty dishes, such as our recipe for Korean Beef Stir-Fry, but it also makes a great marinade for veggie dishes like in this recipe for Korean Tofu & Shiitake Mushroom Rice Bowl.