If you follow me on Instagram you’ll already know that I eat a lot of rice bowls. I eat them in various forms and pretty much just put whatever is available into a bowl and mow it down.
People frequently ask me to post my recipes for these, and there are several reasons why I haven’t. The first is that it isn’t much of a recipe. It is mostly whole foods combined together in a bowl. Second, is that it isn’t really any one type of food. I kind of invent the recipes based on what I learned during cooking classes in Thailand, or aspects of what I like about don buri or poke bowls. It’s a mash-up of recipes and flavors, but I really love them.
They are super simple and you’ll love whipping it up on busy nights. Enjoy!
1 pound ground beef (or pork)
3-4 cups cooked jasmine rice
Fresh minced ginger (pre-minced works great, too!)
Eggs either poached or fried (optional)
Sriracha Sauce (optional)
Various vegetables (see list below)
Spicy mayo (optional)
MY FAVORITE VEGGIES/STUFF TO TOP THEM WITH
add 3-5 of your favorites from the list below, or what is seasonal or on hand
Serrano or jalapeno peppers
Sauteed carrots, cabbage or peppers
*A pound of meat and 3-4 cups of rice is usually enough for 4 rice bowls
Brown the pound of hamburger over medium heat. Once it’s cooked about 90% of the way you are ready to add the sauce. Don’t drain it, as the juice works great as a base for the sauce. Start by drizzling honey over the meat (I’d say about 3-4 tbsp). Next, grate or mince two 1-inch chunks of ginger over the beef (or add a tablespoon or so of minced ginger from a jar). Stir these together, then add 2 teaspoons of soy sauce. If you’d like it spicy, drizzle it with sriracha to taste. Stir it all together and reduce heat to low, allow it to warm up and cook the other 10% of the way through.
We love to add eggs to our rice bowls, so while the meat is browning we typically poach or fry one egg for each of us.
Prep your bowl by spreading a layer of rice onto the bottom. To keep things healthy I recommend not going overboard on the rice. 1/2-3/4 cup per person is plenty. I like to top the rice with a heaping tablespoon of sesame seeds (black or white). Sesame seeds are one of the oldest foods on earth, and contain a high amount of phytosterols that help fight cholesterol, lower blood pressure, balance hormones, burn fat, fight cancer and provide you with vitamins and minerals. It’s a simple way to take your meal to the next level and you don’t even notice they are there.
Next you’ll build your bowl by adding a small section of meat on top of the rice. Spoon a bit of extra sauce over the rice if you want, then add your veggies. Just make sure they are washed, cut/sliced and then position them into sections on the bowl. Finish by adding your egg and drizzling with any additional sauces. We like sriracha or spicy mayo.
You can put the sauce (honey/ginger/soy sauce) on pretty much any type of meat and it is delicious. I love it on ground turkey for lettuce wraps, but we also put it on shrimp, pulled pork or beef a lot, too.
That’s it! It usually takes about 20 minutes and is pretty easy to clean up, plus the leftovers keep great and make a wonderful lunch the following day. Enjoy!