There are some countries we visit that we just can’t help but miss. And during times like these when we’d like to travel but can’t, it’s comforting to eat foods from that country to bring back the good memories. We’ve found recipes from around the world that will soothe your wanderlust, and fill your tummy with excellent food. You might find one that you’ll keep cooking long after the pandemic is over!
We know that some ingredients can be limited but many of the recipes can be made with what you already have in your pantry or with replacements you’ll probably already have at home.
This couscous recipe from Cooking Classy is perfect because you can’t substitute any vegetable you already have at home. Don’t like chickpeas? You can skip that part. Would you rather add in mushrooms or peas? No problem. It’s packed with flavor and you can have it with or without meat.
Poutine is a special Canadian dish of French fries, cheese curds and gravy. If you haven’t tried it, now is your chance. This authentic recipe from Seasons and Suppers is perfect. Don’t worry if you can’t find cheese curds—the recipe gives you suggestions on what you can use instead.
These spring rolls are perfect to try at home because they are easy, fast, and you can use whatever ingredients you have at home. They call for chicken but you can try shrimp, other fish, or even go vegetarian. It includes a recipe for a peanut sauce as well.
Sure, IKEA has some pretty delicious Swedish meatballs. But you can make similar ones at home fairly easily and this particular recipe is one to try.
Ratatouille: Not only a great movie but a fantastic dish to make at home during quarantine because you only need a few vegetables to make this flavorful dish. This recipe from Tasty is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
This Red Lentil Dal recipe is especially delicious because of the fragrant ingredients that you’ll most likely already have in your pantry. Plus, you won’t need any meat for this recipe. Pair it with naan and you’re good to go!
Tuscan Ribollita Soup has enough hearty vegetables to keep you full without missing meat at all. Pair this flavorful dish with a thick slick of French bread or a biscuit and you’ll be in heaven. This popular recipe from Proper Foodie is a great one to try.
It would be impossible to highlight every country’s recipes from around the world but we hope this small selection gets you to be more creative in the kitchen and try meals from other countries. In doing so, we hope you’ll not only find new recipes to throw into your weekly rotation but also a little more comfort during this tough times. Because nothing helps you when you’re down like a well-made meal made at home.
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