I’m running a small experiment right now. It’s pretty casual, and I’m just sitting back and seeing how things play out, or don’t play out.
For a long time I’ve eaten a lot of grains. I was raised to always eat grains with a meal and later as I moved away from meat I leaned on grains to add more bulk and weight to my meals.
And in the past few years I’ve met more people that can’t handle gluten or a lot of grains, who live their life better without them. And I’ve been learning in school that grains can be sensitive for people, because their bodies can’t handle it or they’re not prepared in the most optimal way for our bodies to handle them.
So I’m curious. What would it feel like if I ate less grains? Would I notice it? Would it feel good? Bad? When I’m meal planning now, I’m starting to see where I can swap out grains with something else. This Korean Beef Bowl was a fun experiment in grain-free cooking, adapting Korean flavors, and seasonal vegetables all in one.
Instead of rice, I’ve got cauliflower rice instead, and (very proud of myself) I’ve made it as close to a Asian rice flavor with help from rice wine vinegar. It’s pretty delicious with the rice wine vinegar, so much that I couldn’t stop “taste testing” it as I was cooking.
This bowl is a definite weekend prep meal. I slow cooked the beef so it was tender, and also because I’m not a meat whisperer like N is. This looks like a lot of prep, but if you fold this into a usual meal prep day or take your time on a weekend afternoon, it’s no stress at all.
Korean cuisine is so fun to be because all of the pieces you can add and combine to make a delicious mixture of flavors. And, Koreans are awesome with pickled and fermented foods, something I’m trying to add more of in my diet as well.
I didn’t make kimchi this time (I’ve only made kimchi), I went with Farmhouse Culture’s kimchi, and added in other raw and sautéed vegetables to give a great mix of tastes and textures. If there are other vegetables you prefer, swap them out. Want to add more pickled vegetables? Go for it and make it your own.
I’ll keep you updated as I experiment with and without grains. Is there a food you’re seeing how you react to if you do or don’t eat it?