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
Creamy Pasta Marinara | A Couple Cooks
Roasted Cauliflower Risotto


Simple Vegetable Paella | A Couple Cooks
Vegetables with Romesco Sauce | A Couple Cooks

Southeast Asian

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


Cauliflower Fried "Rice" | A Couple Cooks
Peanut Noodles with Napa Cabbage | A Couple Cooks
Market Vegetable Fried Rice
Huevos Rancheros Tacos | A Couple Cooks
Chipotle Black Bean & Avocado Quesadillas | A Couple Cooks
Black Bean Tacos with Radish Salsa and Feta
Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

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.

Alex Overhiser

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.


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    January 20, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    What a great list :) Thanks for sharing!

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    January 23, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Great dishes!! I think I would be happy to eat them. All of the. Right now!!!

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      January 31, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Oh thanks so much! Let us know if you try anything out.

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    lynn @ the actor's diet
    January 27, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Ah I love Carla.

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      January 31, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      She’s the best! :)

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    November 7, 2018 at 10:34 pm


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