Indonesian-Style Beef & Rice Bowls


Simmer ground beef in a creamy, warmly-spiced tomato sauce for an Asian-inspired bowl recipe that has fewer calories than takeout. A cinnamon stick and fresh nutmeg add complex flavor to this dinner.

Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 3 tablespoon red curry paste

  • 1 13.5-14 ounce can unsweetened coconut milk

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • Hot cooked rice

  • 1 small cucumber, sliced

  • ¼ head green cabbage, thinly sliced

  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced

  • 1 chile pepper, thinly sliced (optional)

  • Fresh cilantro sprigs

  • 2 limes, halved


  1. In a large skillet heat curry paste over medium-high heat, stirring a few seconds or until fragrant. Add coconut milk, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, and cloves; stir to combine. Add beef; use a spatula to gently break up the beef into smaller pieces. Bring to boiling. Cook 5 to 7 minutes or until beef is cooked through, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 25 to 30 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; discard cinnamon stick.

  2. Serve meat mixture over rice. Top with cucumber slices, cabbage, shallot, chile, and cilantro; squeeze lime over the food.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

506 Calories
28g Fat
34g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 506
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 393mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 21.6mg 108%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 5.5mg 31%
Potassium 585mg 12%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 72.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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