How to Spice Up a Vegetarian Dish: Bibimbaap

bibimbaap, marcus samuelsson, korean

Our First Lady has done some incredible things for America and amongst her endless list of impressive endeavors is one that speaks to every person and family as it addresses our health. The Choose My Plate initiative is a great way to visually address the way we eat as it compartmentalizes your plate into categories of fruits, grains, proteins, vegetables, and dairy.

A great way to get inspired about your veggies and grains is to explore how different cultures prepare them. It will open your mind and palette to so many different tastes and textures as well as introduce some ‘exotic’ vegetables to the oh so predictable veggie list of kale, broccoli and cauliflower!

RECIPE: Korean Bibimbaap

Inspired by Choose My Plate, I chose to make Bibimbap –one of my all time favorite Korean dishes. Bibim means mixing and Bap means rice. This dish incorporates rice and banchan, Korean side vegetables that you mix together, hence: Bibimbap. There are many banchan you can use but I’ve gone with a mixture of carrots, spinach, zucchini, bean sprouts, mushrooms and topped it all off with a fried egg!

For more My Plate Inspired Recipes:

Beef Stir Fry with Broccolini

Pasta with Tuna

Spring Pea Risotto

Za'tar and Roasted Potato Tacos

Deconstructed Salade Nicoise

There are several interpretations of the ever-popular nicoise salad, but it would not be a true nicoise without tuna, hard-boiled eggs, olives, and green beans. I beefed up the proteins and carbs to add substance, which allow this nicoise to be served as a main course for a light lunch or dinner. In addition, we have cannellini beans, roasted potatoes, blistered tomatoes and mâche. Mâche is a lovely green salad that is a welcome departure from the bitterness of some other common lettuces. It has tender leaves and a crisp stem that pairs nicely with the bold flavors in the nicoise.

Going through the numerous steps to enhance the ingredients of the salad pays off as they’re paired with such a coveted piece of fish.

Check out the recipe for the Deconstructed Salad Nicoise