Day 18 of my 30 day blog series journaling my experiment with a Capsule Kitchen. The plan? Use 33 ingredients to create all our meals for three months. If you just joined me you can either start at Day 1 or view all Capsule Kitchen posts.
I made another new recipe on Day 17 - Korean Beef Bowl. I enjoy Asian inspired dishes but preparing them intimidates me.
This recipe uses ground beef and was easy to make. It’s not the prettiest of dishes, but is tasty. My family enjoyed it, especially Miranda.
Korean Beef Bowl
- 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes, or more to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- Cooked rice, for serving
- In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes and ginger.
- Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks. Drain excess fat.
- Stir in soy sauce mixture and green onions until well combined. Allow to simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes.
- Serve immediately with rice.
I made a few changes:
- I substituted honey for the brown sugar.
- I had already browned my ground beef with some diced onions before today. I wasn’t sure if the flavor would be as good as using freshly browned, but I don’t think it hurt anything.
- I topped our bowls with fresh broccoli. It was so nice to eat (and not just drink) green veggies again.
Most of the time our lunches are planned-overs. Sometimes I’ll cook up some eggs and we’ll have brunch. These days I have a third option.
After grocery shopping I stop into the connected Subway and buy sandwiches for our lunch. Why would I do this when almost nothing on the subs is on my Capsule Kitchen list?
One of the jobs Harrison found here in our summer spot is as a “Sandwich Artist” at Subway. It’s fun to pop in to say “hi” and to watch him work. Normally we wouldn’t buy fast-food that often, but employee family members get a (significant) discount and Subway isn’t like eating from McDonalds or Pizza Hut at the time.
Lunch prepared by someone else, ready to eat when I get home, at a discount?
Win. Win. Win.
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