By Annie Weisz of Peak to Plate
I love making “bowl” meals because there are so many options for ingredients, flavors, textures, colors, etc. Start with a grain, add some protein, and get creative with fresh toppings and sauces. For this recipe, I used classic Asian flavors like ginger and soy sauce to season the antelope meat. Ground meat works well for these types of meals because it really soaks up the flavor of whatever you cook it in.
The grains and meat are the heart of any bowl meal. I like to use whole grains to add some extra flavor, texture, and fiber. Bulgur is made from parboiled wheat grains and is traditionally used in Middle Eastern dishes like Tabbouleh. I like to use bulgur because it cooks quickly and adds a delicious nutty flavor and chewy texture to this dish. Cooking the bulgur in broth gives it an extra flavor boost.
I love how quickly the garlicky kale cooks in this dish. By cooking it quickly you end up with a mixture of soft and crispy pieces, all with an intense garlic flavor. The sesame seeds add another crunchy texture and flavor that ties in nicely with the other Asian flavors.
I’ve always been a little afraid of home canning, but I love a good refrigerator pickle. You can pickle just about any vegetable you can think of. I like adding different levels of flavor to my bowls and pickled vegetables are perfect for adding a bright acidity with a good crunch. Carrots and radishes were used for this recipe but you could certainly do pickled onions, peppers, cabbage, or whatever you have on hand! I also like to add kimchi to this bowl for some delicious Korean flavor. The natural probiotics in kimchi are an added nutritional bonus, but I honestly eat it because I love the funky, spicy flavor. I usually buy it from our local farmer’s market or Korean restaurant but it is widely available in grocery stores these days.
I always like to add some fresh toppings like ripe mango and avocado to round out my bowls. They can get a little complicated sometimes and it’s nice to add some simple flavors as well. A spicy sauce like gochujang really completes this meal. Get creative and come up with some fun toppings of your own!
- 1 lb ground antelope
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp ginger, grated
- 1 tbsp garlic, minced
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup green onions, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 cup bulgur
- 1 ⅔ cup broth (vegetable, chicken, or other)
- 1 bunch kale, washed, stems removed, and cut into ½" ribbons
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- sesame seeds
Pickled Carrots and Radishes
- 1 cup carrots, cut into matchsticks
- 5 radishes, cut into matchsticks
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup water
- 1 tsp ginger, grated
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp sugar
Pickled Carrots and Radishes: Put carrot and radish matchsticks in a pint-sized glass jar. Combine vinegar, water, ginger, red pepper flakes, salt, and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Stir until sugar and salt have dissolved. Pour vinegar mixture over carrots and radishes in jar. Cover with lid loosely and let cool for 30 minutes. Refrigerate for up to one week. Serve cold.
Bulgur: Bring broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add in bulgur and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit 10 minutes, covered.
Seasoned Antelope: Heat oil in a large pan. Add antelope meat, ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Break meat into crumbles while incorporating seasonings into meat. Cook until browned. While meat is cooking, combine soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil and brown sugar in a small bowl. When meat is browned, stir in sauce mixture and green onions. Cook until sauce is bubbly and starts to thicken.
Garlicky Kale: Heat olive oil in large pan. Add garlic and cook for one minute, before it starts to brown.Stir in kale. Cook until leaves start to wilt, about 3-5 minutes. Add soy sauce and cook 3 more minutes. When kale is wilted, add in sesame oil and sesame seeds. Cook until kale starts to get crisp, about 3 more minutes.
Assembly: Divide bulgur among 4 bowls. Top with antelope meat and green onions. Arrange kale and desired toppings around edge of bowl. Enjoy!