15-minute Quinoa Korean Beef Bowl


Now, let me start by saying that I am no chef.  I’ve never claimed to be, and I never will be a chef.  I did not create this recipe, I just tried it and…it worked!  So I thought I would share.

The purpose of having meal idea’s on this blog is strictly to share knowledge.  Being a Mom requires a plethora of talents and skills, including (but not limited to) cooking so you could feed your family in order to keep them alive.  The hardest part about cooking is the planning.  Anytime I have just really screwed up a meal…it was mostly due to lack of planning.  Maybe I was rushing and didn’t read the recipe slowly enough, or maybe I forgot an ingredient at the store and tried to do without it (or worse…substitute it for something else).  I believe that anyone can cook…if given the right recipe, and the right amount of time and preparation.

Here is a recipe I just recently tried and can vouch for, and it only takes 15-minutes!

Quinoa Korean Beef Bowl


  • 1 cup quinoa, dry but rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (I opted out of this so that James wouldn’t have a problem eating it…and so Scott wouldn’t either)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup of broccoli
  • 1 cup of baby carrots
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

15-minute (1)


  1. Place the quinoa in a rice cooker  2 cups chicken broth and let it do its thing.
  2. While the quinoa cooks, heat the oil in a large pan. Cook the garlic and ginger for about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the ground beef, add any additional seasonings just to add a bit more flavor (salt, pepper, garlic) and brown completely.
  3. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes (if you choose), salt and pepper.
  4. Add the soy sauce mixture to the ground beef and toss in some raw broccoli and carrots. let cook for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to set and the veggies to soften.
  5. Once the quinoa is done, fluff with a fork. Serve beef and veggies over quinoa, top with green onion.

(Recipe found and adapted from Smile Sandwich)


And voila! A protein-packed meal that even the 3-year-old ate!  Now, do any of you have any go-to recipe’s to share?  Whether they are quick, easy, or just delicious…Please share the love in the comments section of this post!


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