30 Minute Meals

Easy Korean Ground Beef & Rice

An under 30 minute meal for any day of the week
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A few weeks ago I had the immense please of partnering with Schumacher and Williams Sonoma Home to share their new, exclusive tabletop and home collection. And trust us, it’s a jaw-dropper so please check it out if you haven’t had the chance yet.

But what would any amazing tabletop be without an equally amazing recipe or two. Lucky for us, this Korean Ground Beef recipe is as easy to make as it is delicious.

Ground beef browns with a perfect combo of sweet and spice through sesame, soy, brown sugar, and Sriracha. Then cooled down by a topping of green onions and cilantro creating the perfect bite. We love this easy Korean Ground Beef for a dinner date for two, or when hosting a few friends. And this is definitely one of those recipes that tastes better the next day, so save those leftovers if there are any!

Check out the recipe below, and please tag us on Instagram or Facebook if you make it. We love to see what recipes of ours you’re whipping up! Truly, MKR


Easy Korean Ground Beef Recipe
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups white rice
  2. 1 pound lean ground beef
  3. 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  4. 6 cloves garlic minced
  5. 1 teaspoon fresh ginger minced
  6. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  7. 1/2 cup lite soy sauce
  8. 1 1/2 teaspoon sriracha
  9. 1 bunch green onions chopped
  10. 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (for garnish)
  11. Fresh chopped cilantro (optional)
Instructions
  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium pot.
  2. Once boiling add rice and a few pinches of salt.
  3. Let the rice come back to a simmer, cover the pot with a lid and reduce the heat to low. Keep cooking on low for 15 minutes.
  4. After 15 minutes, remove from heat, using a fork mix it around, and put the lid back on to let it continue to cook for 5 minutes or so.
  5. While the rice is cooking, begin browning the ground beef.
  6. Spray a large pan with no-stick spray (I use sunflower, sesame, or avocado oil) then heat over medium high heat.
  7. Brown the meat with sesame oil, garlic and ginger.
  8. Drain the majority of the fat, add brown sugar, soy sauce, and Sriracha.
  9. Cook until the liquid has reabsorbed and not soupy.
  10. Spread over the rice, top with green onions and sesame seeds, and serve.
Notes
  1. **Rinse rice before cooking, it will remove extra starches that can make the rice too sticky**
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Potato Chip Nachos, A Twist On The Classic

A delicious, and easy, twist on a classic
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Potato chip nachos.  Yep, you read that right. Recently, I was craving nachos but had no tortilla chips in the house.  What I did however have was potato chips.  So I figured why not.  And that’s when it happened; with that simple substitution I may have changed the way I eat nachos forever.  No joke, potato chip nachos are that good.

By now you probably know that nachos are one of my favorite meals to make.  Over the past few years I’ve shared recipes for every kind of nacho you can imagine: classic, breakfast, jambalya, sweet potato and even Nashville hot chicken nachos.  If theres a way to make nachos, I’ve made it.  So to be honest I’m kind of shocked I didn’t stumble upon this potato chip switch up earlier.

Why are potato chip nachos so good? They’re so dang good because of the crunch.  When trying out this recipe it will all boil down to the crunch achieved and the type of potato chip you use.  Therefore, I opted for kettle chips so they would hold up and not get soggy when topped and while baking. 

Like all of my nachos, this recipe calls for a mix of warm and cool toppings which I believe allows for the perfect bite.  The other reason these potato chip nachos are so good is I kept the toppings simple.  You really want to let that salty, crunchy, potato chip be the star so try to stick with more of a classic nacho topping and make sure not to over layer them. 

Finally I baked the nachos in my cast iron skillet which made the nachos super easy to contain while baking and serving.  Pro tip; before building your nachos layer parchment paper on the bottom of the skillet so it just comes over the side for super easy cleanup. 

So that’s my pitch for the potato chip.  And as a result I may never go back to classic tortilla chip nachos again.  I’ve shared the recipe below, and please let me know and tag me if you try potato chip nachos out as I’d love to know what you thought!  Truly, MKR
 


 

Potato Chip Nachos
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-2 bags of kettle chips or any thick potato chip (I used sea salt kettle chips)
  2. 1 block of organic cheddar cheese, shredded
  3. 1 can organic pinto beans, drained
  4. 1 bunch of green onions, chopped and set aside
  5. 1 green pepper, chopped and set aside.
  6. 2 large tomatoes, chopped and set aside
  7. 1 Jalepeno finely diced
  8. 1 handful of cilantro, finely diced/chopped
  9. salsas of your choice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Take your skillet or sheet pan and layer potato chips evenly. Cover with cheese, pinto beans, and jalepenos.
  3. Bake until cheese is completely melted, about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and top with green onions, green pepper and tomatoes. Serve with salsas on the side and enjoy.
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Citrus Shrimp Cobb Salad

Mixing Up The Classic Cobb
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I’ve never really been a salad person. Which is strange because I typically like everything that’s on a salad, just not a salad itself if that makes sense. It’s probably because the ratios are usually wrong to me. 

You see, I’m always looking for that perfect bite.  A bite that includes a little bit of warm, cold, crunchiness, softness, spice, and sweetness.  And that perfect bite is what I set out to create whenever I’m trying to transform any salad.

Today’s transformation is your classic cobb to the most flavorful shrimp cobb salad. I subbed out your standard (often bland) chicken for warm citrus grilled shrimp.  Chives for red onion and roquefort cheese for an herbed crumbled goat cheese. And lastly, instead of a red wine vinaigrette I played up the citrus from the shrimp with a cilantro and lime dressing.

These substitutions are not only crazy easy, but they’re extra flavorful.  Which you guessed it, helps to create that perfect bite.  Check out the recipe below, and let me know by tagging me on Instagram if you end up trying this shrimp cobb salad recipe for yourself! Truly, MKR

P.S. If you’re looking for more salads that are anything but boring check out my recipe index under Soups & Salads. 

Citrus Shrimp Cobb Salad
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. Mixed romaine and iceburg lettuce, chopped
  2. 6 pieces of bacon, cooked and broken into pieces
  3. 1 small red onion, finely diced
  4. 2 avocados, diced
  5. 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails left on
  6. 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  7. 1 cup crumbled herbed goat cheese
  8. 1 lime, juiced
  9. 1 lemon, juiced
  10. 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro finely chopped
  11. 1 tsp. olive oil
  12. 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  13. salt and pepper to taste
  14. dressing of your choice (I suggest a light citrus dressing)
Instructions
  1. In a sauté pan heat olive oil over medium heat. Add shrimp, lemon and lime juice, cilantro, cayenne, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until done; approximately 2-3 minutes each side. Once cooked, set aside.
  2. Build your salad: lettuce, avocado, bacon, onions, cheese, tomatoes, and shrimp.
  3. Serve with dressing and enjoy!
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