One way to bring fun and excitement into your kitchen is to cook recipes that come from around the world. Even if you are not able to travel much, you can introduce your loved ones to other cultures and exciting flavors by using ingredients from the international aisle in most super markets, spice shops, or specialty markets. These recipes are simple to prepare and versatile. As you master them, start experimenting to create your own new international favorites.
Chef Meg's Vegetarian Vindaloo
Vindaloo is one of my favorite dishes in the world! This spicy Indian curry can be made vegetarian or with meat and is packed with spices. For those new to Indian cooking, I simplified the spice list, choosing five you might already have on hand.
CALORIES: 294.6 | FAT: 4.4g | PROTEIN: 11.7g | CARBS: 53.7g | FIBER: 12.3g
Not-Fried Shrimp with Japanese Cocktail Sauce
Biting into a perfectly crispy fried shrimp is so satisfying. The 10 grams of fat per serving? Not so satisfying. This dish has all the crunch, with much less fat.
CALORIES: 193.7 | FAT: 2.9g | PROTEIN: 28g | CARBS: 12.8g | FIBER: 1.4g
Slow Cooker Spanish Chicken
This dish incorporates three main ingredients from Spanish cuisine: roasted peppers, almonds, and paprika. This slow cooker meal tastes like it took all day to cook--only you'll know it required very little work for you!
CALORIES: 312.3 | FAT: 4.3g | PROTEIN: 31.7g | CARBS: 37g | FIBER: 11.3g
Skinny Cottage Pie
Just like Chef Meg's mom (who was from Britain) used to make!
CALORIES: 271.4 | FAT: 4.8g | PROTEIN: 23.4g | CARBS: 35.7g | FIBER: 6.9g
Chef Meg's Orange Chicken
With this dish you get a serving of fruit in every portion. Dice the orange if you prefer smaller pieces and—if you’re feeling creative—use a vegetable peeler to create curls of orange zest.
CALORIES: 209.9 | FAT: 4.9g | PROTEIN: 26.7g | CARBS: 14.5g | FIBER: 1.3
Cocoa Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Mole Sauce
This dish inspired by Costa Rican spices seems exotic, but it uses spices and ingredients you already have around the house: coffee, cocoa and cinnamon. You'll wonder why you've been relegating these flavorings to dessert!
CALORIES: 264 | FAT: 13.1g | PROTEIN: 33.7g | CARBS: 1.2g | FIBER: 3.4g
Slow Cooker Moroccan Beef Stew
Chef Meg turned a member-submitted dish into a slow cooker meal that's easy yet exotic!
CALORIES: 370.3 | FAT: 11.2g | PROTEIN: 38.8g | CARBS: 27.7g | FIBER: 5.7g
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