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!
About the Authors
Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Cookbook Author and photographer
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.