Have you ever had bulgogi before? It’s a Korean dish that’s typically made by grilling marinated slices of beef. It’s absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, it’s also typically made with soy sauce and sugar. I decided to make an easier version of bulgogi at home using ground beef – and it turned out incredible! It’s sweet, savory and has that desired umami flavor. This ground beef bulgogi takes very little time to make – it’s an excellent weeknight dish.
These days, when I get home from work the last thing I want to do is spend a lot of time in the kitchen. For the past few months, I’ve been waking up at 4:30am most mornings to work out. I’m not one of those typical “go-getter girls” who’s crazy about exercise… but I’ve somehow found myself repeatedly going to the gym or taking part in an outdoor boot camp. Despite my hatred for exercise, I’ve somehow come to sort of… look forward to working out. Can you sense my reluctance? You should. Last week, I ran three miles one morning before work… something I’ve never done before (and something I thought I had no desire to ever do). I hated every second of it and at one point, I honestly thought I might cry because I was so miserable. But I did it. And the feeling that I felt once it was done… made me want to do it again.
Can anyone relate or do I sound crazy? The only downside to my new morning routine – is that I want to go to sleep pretty much the moment that I get home from work. Instead, I veg out in front of the tv… until I eventually manage to peel myself off the couch and force myself into the kitchen. Once I’m in the kitchen, I whip up an easy dinner, like this bulgogi. Then, I go back to my comfortable couch, where I sit and happily eat my delicious food.
- 1 tablespoon oil or fat of choice
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-inch knob ginger, minced
- 1 pound ground beef
- ⅓ cup coconut sugar
- 5 tablespoons coconut aminos
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2-3 green onions or scallions, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- Heat oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and stir-fry for 1 minute.
- Add the ground beef and cook until mostly browned.
- Next, add the coconut sugar, coconut aminos, sesame oil and spices to the pan. Mix well and continue to cook for another 4-5 minutes.
- Turn off the heat, then add the green onions and sesame seeds. Mix well, then serve.