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Korean Beef Meal Prep Bowls | Destination Delish - Your new favorite lunch: Korean ground beef paired with crisp and tangy cucumbers served on a bed of rice. Less than 20 minutes in the kitchen yields a week of lunches!

Korean Beef Meal Prep Bowls

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 bowls 1x

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Ingredients

Rice

  • 4 cups cooked brown rice (white rice or cauliflower rice work well too)

Korean beef

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil, divided
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (ground turkey or chicken work too!)

Cucumbers

  • 1 cucumber, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Optional toppings:

  • Sesame seeds
  • Chopped green onion
  • Gochujang sauce (Sriracha works too!)

Instructions

  1. For the rice: Cook your brown rice according to package directions. While the rice is cooking, prepare the beef.
  2. For the beef: Whisk the garlic, ginger, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, soy sauce, and honey in a small bowl. Set aside. Heat the remaining teaspoon of sesame oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Once heated, add the onion and sprinkle with salt. Cook 4-5 minutes until softened. Add the ground meat to the pan. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to break up the meat into small chunks. Add the soy sauce mixture to the pan and stir to incorporate. Turn the heat up to medium-high. Cook for 5-7 minutes until the meat is cooked through.
  3. For the cucumbers: In a bowl, whisk the rice vinegar, honey, and red pepper flakes. Add the cucumbers and toss until coated.
  4. To prep: Add 1 cup brown rice, a heaping 1/2 cup of beef, and about 1/2 cup of cucumbers to each bowl. Drizzle gochujang sauce or sriracha over the everything. Finish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and chopped green onion.


Notes

I usually heat up the cucumbers in the bowl with the beef and rice, and they taste just fine. If you’d like your cucumbers cold, pack them separately from the beef and rice or remove them before heating.