Dreary Day Dinner: Asian Beef Cucumber Bowl

Check out the scene as I drove home from work this evening.

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The pouring rain meant no walk for this little girl:

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It also meant no trip to to PetSmart to get her nails clipped, which I think made her quite happy.

Sadie didn’t seem too thrilled about the idea when I tweeted about it earlier…




Her rebuttal via her own twitter account:


Seriously though, what kind of a dog has a twitter account? ;)

Dreary Day Dinner

Since Sadie’s walk and nail clipping appointment were no longer on the agenda, the rainy weather meant slipping into comfy pajamas right when I walked in the door.

I busted out my comfy flannel pj pants for the first time in months. Who cares if it’s in the 80s outside? Dreary weather demands cozy clothes!

After changing, it was time to get a lil’ dirty in the kitchen.

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(Thanks, Rachel for my new super-soft tank top!)

We had some lean ground beef waiting to be cooked into something delicious in the fridge, so I made us beef and cucumber bowls using Asian flavors and spices.

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To make the beef, I first sautéed 3/4 of a large onion in a pan before adding the beef.

I then added soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar and chili sauce to the mix and let it simmer for a bit while I chopped up a cucumber.

After topping the cucumber slices with the Asian beef, dinner was ready for eatin’.

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The cold, crispness of the cucumber slices were the perfect compliment to the heat from the beef.

Gotta love flavorful, healthy dinners that take less than 20 minutes to prepare!

I’m off to relax on the couch with a book for the rest of the night.


Asian Beef Cucumber Bowl (adapted from Real Simple’s Asian Beef and Mango Salad)


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 3/4 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. chili sauce with garlic
  • 2 tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 1 extra large cucumber


  • Sautee onion in a pan sprayed with cooking spray until tender
  • Add beef and brown
  • Add hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, chili sauce and soy sauce and let simmer for approximately 5 minutes
  • Slice cucumber
  • Top cucumber slices with beef mixture and enjoy!


    • peanutbutterfingers says

      i ate a whole wheat tortilla as i was making this b/c i was really hungry when i walked in the door. i planned to make asian beef & cucumber wraps, but i got too hungry. :) also, sometimes my meals are more carb heavy, while sometimes they’re more protein heavy. it just depends on what i’m craving. also, just FYI, i don’t blog about everything i eat.


  1. says

    It’s so nice to have those nights where you can slip right into pajamas when you get home from work! I had one of those days yesterday and it was so relaxing.

    PS – Sadie is the most adorable dog I’ve ever seen! She always makes the cutest faces. She’s one of the reasons I want to own a dog sometime in the near future. What a sweetheart!


  2. says

    aw, sadie looks sad in that picture! no walk=sad sadie. she’s so cute!

    i love spending rainy days indoors in cozy clothes…being stuck outdoors on rainy days are a completely different story!


  3. Nicola says

    Awww sadie is so cute! It takes both me and my dad holding my dog to clip her nails. She’s only a medium-sized female labrador, but her full strength definantly comes out when it’s nail clipping time – amazing!


  4. says

    My dog hates the rain too! She is such a diva at times, but really a tomboy at heart. :)

    I change into my comfy clothes within seconds of walking in the door. Why keep on the uncomfortable work clothes when you can wear pjs?


  5. Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat says

    Ha, I love that Sadie has her own twitter account!! I know who I will be following ASAP.

    Great recipe by the way! I never thought to use cucumbers in an asian dish!


  6. jess says

    DEF making that cucumber dish tomorrow. i just happened to have ground turkey and huge homegrown cucumbers that needa be used in le fridge!

    and i love your-oops i mean Sadie’s twitter account ;)


  7. Katie says

    Yum that looks so good! I’m jealous you had rain. I want an all day thunderstorm so badly! I also wear my jami’s all the time at home! What book are you reading? :)


  8. Caitlin says

    Oh my goodness Sadie looks incredibly sad about not getting in her walk!

    I agree about comfy clothing…I pretty much require them the minute I get into the door no matter the weather outside.


  9. says

    Oh your dog! I keep dropping hints to my family that I want one for my very own. I even pulled up your blog and showed pictures. If I get one, I will fo sho make her a Twitter account and our pups can be BFFs.


  10. MJ says

    Dinner looks delish! Love Sadie’s reply on twitter.. you have one smart dog there. I don’t know any other dog that can type or has a twitter account! haha



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