17 Dinners for Your Inner World Traveler

By Pie Squared
Created March 2, 2017
You won’t need your passport with these adventurous meals that’ll help you travel the world right from your kitchen. MORE+ LESS-

Got a world map on the wall, and a bunch of pins stuck in all your dream destinations? Or maybe you’ve already done your globetrotting for the year, thank you very much, but tonight you want to dine as if you’re still on the other side of the planet. The good news is people on the other side of the planet are into delicious food, just like you. Here’s your guidebook; enjoy the journey.

1. Mandu Korean Dumplings

There’s something satisfying about assembling dumplings—probably the anticipation as you prep the tender, delicious fillings, wrap them up, and steam them to perfection. Almost as satisfying as loading up a plate with a solid dozen for you.

2. Jamaican Loaded Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pulled Pork and Mango Rum Salsa

A baked potato that’s incredibly good for you, because it’s made with a sweet potato and filled with mango and other marvelous tropical ingredients. Aire!

3. Fasulia (Middle Eastern Lamb and Bean Stew)

It doesn’t take a lot of lamb to add a lot of flavor to a stew, and this recipe adds traditional Middle Eastern spices to bring out the best in a perfectly balanced combination of meat, vegetables and beans.

4. Chopped Hummus Dip with Za'atar

It’s like a seven-layer dip that came back with you on a redeye from overseas. An amazing combination of homemade hummus (surprisingly easy!) plus savory additions that elevate any dip vehicle of your choosing.

5. Grilled Indian Yogurt Drumsticks

Marinade them the day before, and come dinnertime, you have an ultra-tender, incredibly flavored dish. The secret is garam masala, a blend of Indian spices you’ll start sprinkling on everything once you get your first taste.

6. Chicken Yakisoba

This noodle stir-fry is inspired by the street food that you’ll find all over Asia, with a simple mix of ingredients and a divine sauce you’ll love knowing how to make yourself.

7. Easy Chicken Pho

The secret to delicious pho is the broth, and this recipe gives it up, revealing the perfect mix behind that huge bowl you love to slurp down in cold weather.

8. Spicy Borscht Soup

An amazing combination of flavors, especially with the final garnish of yogurt and fresh dill. Addicted yet? You will be.

9. Peruvian Steak and French Fry Stir-Fry

Fabulous fusion, with a straight-from-the-Andes recipe given an Asian twist with a quick fry at the end and served over rice. Twice as nice!

10. Pork Banh Mi

Make a huge baguette-sized sandwich, slice it up for dinner, tell yourself you’ll save the rest for lunch tomorrow, wrap it up, eat it an hour later. It’s that good.

11. Fattoush Salad

Bright colors so it’s gorgeous. Fresh ingredients so it’s darn good for you. All crispy and delicious so you can share it with all your favorite peoples.

12. Moroccan Chicken with Olives

The mix of spices is absolutely exotic and wonderful, with a pan sauce to die for. Fancy enough for Sunday dinner, exotic enough to make it feel like a once-in-a-lifetime event.

13. Skinny Chicken Schwarma Meatball in Pita with Yogurt-Veggie Sauce

Skinny schwarma—it’s the best of all possible worlds. A mix of tahini and spices adds rich flavor to ground chicken; yogurt and other fresh ingredients take it to a heavenly level.

14. Skinny Chicken Biryani

Indian food doesn’t take hours of simmering to get authentic flavor; this fast and healthy dish whips together easily and is on the table in just over a half-hour.

15. One-Pot Moroccan Chicken

Cumin, coriander, harissa and honey. Olives, spinach, figs and garlic. Drool much?

16. Gluten-Free Mulligatawny Soup with Kale

This dish has really traveled: originally from India, adapted in England, and now landing piping hot on your dinner table. No passport required.

17. Slow-Cooker Chana Masala

A vegetarian meal that truly satisfies, with a bright hit of lime squeezed on at the last moment. Super simple to throw into the slow cooker; super impressive considering you ignored it all day long.