Eating Around the World & 25 Healthy Recipes with Global Flavors

A Couple Cooks | Healthy International Recipes
Our latest podcast is here! This week, we’re talking to celebrity chef Carla Hall about the fun of eating global flavors and travel-inspired meals. Her latest cookbook is a mashup of comforting foods from all around the world, and it got us thinking about the value of eating in an international style.

Our diet is full of meals inspired by different ethnic cuisines. While it’s not a silver bullet for eating healthy, we do find that many of the exotic herbs and spices from different cuisines can add flavor to dishes without adding calories. Eating a variety of interesting flavors also helps us stay mentally satisfied with our meal, which can help curb cravings for sweets or salty snacks post-meal (for me, at least!). And one of the most fun parts of eating ethnic cuisines is the “research” — an excuse to travel not only to countries of the world, but even to different ethnic restaurants within your own city — to uncover new favorite flavors and dishes.

Our podcast with Carla is below, along with 25 of our favorite recipes that are loosely inspired by an ethnic cuisine. Note that none of the recipes are absolutely authentic; most are “inspired by” a specific cuisine and adapted to fit our American home kitchen. And we’d love to hear from you — what is your favorite cuisine, or favorite globally-inspired dish? Let us know!

*If you’re in Indianapolis, Carla will be visiting Market District for a book signing on January 30! It’s free; register for the event here or here.



Ribollita (Tuscan Vegetable Stew) | A Couple Cooks
1. Ribollita (Tuscan Vegetable Stew)
Creamy Pasta Marinara | A Couple Cooks
2. Creamy Pasta Marinara
Roasted Cauliflower Risotto
3. Roasted Cauliflower Risotto


Simple Vegetable Paella | A Couple Cooks
4. Simple Vegetable Paella
Vegetables with Romesco Sauce | A Couple Cooks
5. Vegetables with Romesco Sauce


Greek Salad | A Couple Cooks
6. Greek Salad
Mediterranean Bulgur Salad (Tabbouleh) | A Couple Cooks
7. Mediterranean Bulgur Salad (Tabbouleh)
Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt Cucumber Dip) | A Couple Cooks
8. Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt Cucumber Dip)

Middle Eastern

Baked Falafel Salad Bowl | A Couple Cooks
9. Baked Falafel Salad Bowl
Falafel Patties with Harissa Yogurt | A Couple Cooks
10. Falafel Patties with Harissa Yogurt

Moroccan / African

Moroccan Chickpea and Sweet Potato Stew
11. Moroccan Chickpea and Sweet Potato Stew
Sweet Potato Soup with Harissa and Greens | A Couple Cooks
12. Sweet Potato Peanut Soup with Greens and Harissa


Cauliflower and Tomato Coconut Curry | A Couple Cooks
13. Cauliflower and Tomato Coconut Curry
Dan's Dal Makhani
14. Dal Makhani
Indian Spiced Squash Soup with Crispy Quinoa
15. Indian Spiced Squash Soup

Southeast Asian

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai | A Couple Cooks
Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai
Simple Spring Rolls | A Couple Cooks
Simple Fresh Spring Rolls
Vegetarian Banh Mi | A Couple Cooks
Vegetarian Bahn Mi


Cauliflower Fried "Rice" | A Couple Cooks
Cauliflower Fried Rice
Peanut Noodles with Napa Cabbage | A Couple Cooks
Peanut Noddles with Napa Cabbage
Market Vegetable Fried Rice
Vegetable Fried Rice


Huevos Rancheros Tacos | A Couple Cooks
Huevos Rancheros Tacos
Chipotle Black Bean & Avocado Quesadillas | A Couple Cooks
Chipotle Black Bean and Avocado Quesadillas
Black Bean Tacos with Radish Salsa and Feta
Black Bean Tacos with Radish Salsa and Feta
Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks
Chipotle Black Bean Lettuce Wraps

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