Better-For-You Vegan Bibimbap

The first time I ever had Korean food I was on my way to the Phillippines on a business trip. I was on a flight from San Francisco to South Korea, and the flight attendant handed me a dinner menu. One side of the menu was American food and the other side was Korean (in English, thankfully). I saw something called Bibimbap on the menu and it sounded intriguing, so I thought, “why not?”

What was put in front of me was the best food I ever ate on an airplane. I’m sure as far as bibimbap goes, it sucked (I mean, it was on an airplane after all). But after that, I was obsessed. The sweet and savory flavors together with the spice of the gochujang paste mixed in… I was hooked.

But then we went plant-based and bibimbap was out of my life. Until now. While this doesn’t use a traditional bibimbap marinade (that would contain sesame oil), a good oil-free teriyaki glaze will do the trick.

Change out the veggies for anything you prefer. This is a versatile dish.

vegan oil-free bibimbap

Better-For-You Vegan Bibimbap

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Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4

What you’ll need

  • 3 cups brown rice, uncooked
  • 14 oz extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and cubed
  • 2 small to medium zucchini, cut into spears
  • 1 small eggplant, cut into spears
  • 2 cups fresh bean sprouts
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • oil-free teriyaki sauce/glaze (I used Kikkoman to save time but substitute your own if you’d like.)
  • gochujang paste, to taste

How you’ll do it

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Spread tofu cubes onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes or until firm. Set aside.
  • Heat nonstick wok or skillet and add a tablespoon of water. Cook zucchini and eggplant until crisp-tender and set aside.
  • Add carrots to wok and cook for a few minutes until heated well.
  • Add some of the teriyaki glaze and toss carrots until sauce thickens and coats carrots. Set aside.
  • Add another tablespoon of water to deglaze and add tofu to wok. Toss and add more teriyaki until tofu is glazed and heated throughout.
  • To serve, add a scoop of rice to each bowl, followed by sprouts, zucchini/eggplant mix, and carrots arranged around the outside of the dish. Add tofu to the middle and top with gochujang to taste.

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