Ethnic Adventures

Food is a great way to get your family to try new things! By taking them on an Ethnic Adventure with ingredients they recognize and trying something from a different culture, you are definitely going to get them thinking about what more is out there!

Lemon Coconut Chicken

Lemon adds so much brightness to any meal – especially this one. This is a perfect combination of fresh veggies, juicy chicken, and lemon coconut sauce. When you just want to dip your toe in the more exotic meal pool – this is a great place to start. 

Ravioli Bake

This meal falls into the “semi-homemade” category, as it combines a creamy homemade alfredo sauce with a pre-made ravioli to make a delicious and simple meal. The spinach adds some color and a punch of flavor to the dish. And they type of ravioli you select (meat, veggie, cheese) can change up the end result in lots of ways.

Lamb Pitas

Lamb is a meat that not everyone has had – even though anyone that loves meat should try it. The flavors of dill and paprika highlight the tenderness of lamb roast. And putting it all together on a pita with some homemade tzatziki sauce, feta cheese, greens and tomatoes make for a super tasty bite.

Steak Tacos

Whether your need a recipe for your next Taco Tuesday or you just want a delicious, satisfying meal – Steak Tacos is where it is at! The marinade of the steak is a huge part of this dish, adding a robust flavor. The homemade salsa is what really makes these tacos sing. So many are scared of making salsas from scratch – but if you can cut some veggies, you can make salsa!

Korean Beef Rice Bowl                         

The key to success on this dish is the layers of flavors and textures. The crispness of the cucumber salad with the perfectly cooked rice and Spicy Korean Beef all come together for a perfect bite. This is also very quick to prepare even though the final plate looks like you slaved away for hours.

Creamy Red Enchiladas

Watch a Video of this recipe here! – If enchiladas are not already a staple on your family dinner table, you have been missing out. This recipe gives a great variation on the classic dish by adding a layer of creaminess to the homemade enchilada sauce. It is also super versatile because you can use any meat you like, or you can just fill your tortillas with cheese.

Honey Garlic Chicken

Chicken is incredibly versatile and most everyone that eats meat will at least try a chicken dish. This makes it easy to introduce new ingredients to your family table, like Cocoa Aminos (like soy sauce without all the sodium) and fish sauce (a staple in Asian dishes). This sweet and tangy chicken dish is sure to put a smile on your family’s faces.

Chicken Coconut Curry

Breakfast dishes are not just for mornings I was also scared to make Curry because my first attempt was a water disaster. But, just like with any success, I kept trying and was able to create this easy recipe. The two secrets I learned about making the curry more stew like are to use potatoes, and let it cook longer with the lid off, so that it reduces some. Making curry at home also lets you decide how spicy it is – so you can go very mild or you make it melt you face off – up to you!

Taco Pasta

Watch the recipe video here! This recipe came about by trying to find a variation on mac and cheese. What kid does not love mac and cheese – but how do you liven it up so the adults in the family will eat it too? Simple – add some meat, some green chilies, tomato paste, and some spices and you have Taco Pasta. 

One Pot Spanish Chicken & Rice

One Pot dishes are ideal for sticking to the Homemade on a Weeknight plan. When you can put all of your ingredients in a single pan or pot and walk away to help with homework or get the laundry folded or watch an episode of your fave show – it is a win! This dish has so much flavor packed into it – it will taste like you slaved over the hot stove for hours.

Homemade Enchiladas                

Enchiladas are a personal favorite of mine, but I rarely made it at home because I did not like the “tinny” flavor of canned enchilada sauces. As I learned more and more about how to make sauces and how to bring the flavors together, I can up with this red enchilada sauce. It is savory and tangy and silky and just everything you want your enchiladas to be.

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas 

Fajitas are so fun to eat and are almost always bursting with flavor – but they can be a real pain to prepare. But using the magic of sheet pan cooking – you can get restaurant quality fajitas in record time. But putting all the veggies and meat on to a sheet pan and putting them in the oven you get the deliciousness of fajitas without the hassle of special pans and having to make a separate batch for each family member

Shrimp Fried Rice                

Fried Rice is another meal that is super easy to make at home but looks like you spent forever one it. This is also a great recipe for meal preppers because using rice that was made a day or two before makes this dish even better.

Sweet & Spicy Pork Chops

Pork Chops are another adaptable meat – you can use it in almost any cuisine style. In this dish you get the bold punch of Sriracha with the sweet touch of honey.  The glazing technique used of baking for a while before putting the sauce on, leaves the sauce silky instead of caked on the pork chops.

Chicken Souvlaki

Greek flavors are so much fun to play with – and meat on a stick almost always makes kids excited to try something new. Herbs are the real key to this dish – oregano and parsley combine with the red pepper flakes and cumin to make for a unique flavor profile.

Huevos Rancheros

Eggs for dinner are always welcome in our home. We have a handful of backyard chickens – so we almost always have fresh eggs to work with. The homemade ranchero sauces it is what makes this dish come together. And you can control the heat by making it from scratch – you get to decide how much Chipotle pepper you put into it.

Irish Beef Stew

Yes, this really is a recipe for beef stew in under an hour – under 45 minutes in fact. The key is using beef bone broth instead of water to get a stew full of flavor in half the time. The addition of fresh herbs (thyme and tarragon) and peas is what makes it “Irish” in preparation.  This stew promises to be so full of flavor.

Hawaiian Loco Moco              

Loco Moco is something you will find at just about every Hawaiian food truck, and it really so easy to make at home. A simple beef and pork patties over rice with an egg and deliciously simple pan sauce is all you need. Add some Sriracha on top for a little kick – and you will feel like you are on a beach somewhere enjoying the sunset!          

Iberian Chicken & Potatoes               

This recipe came from me learning more about my heritage. I did one of those DNA things that told me the break down of my heritage, most of which was no surprise. But I learned that a small portion of me came from Iberian – and that made me curious about the foods that come from that region. I found this dish to be quite common and decided to play around with it. My family and I were shocked by how tasty the combination of Paprika, Brown Sugar, and Lemon Juice came together. The chicken is do tender and the potatoes are just the right amount of done.

Spanish Chicken Stew

Hearty, simple, full of flavor, delicious – all ways to describe this meal. The bell peppers and red pepper flakes add the perfect amount of crunch and spice to make this meal a sure favorite for your family table. This traditional Spanish stew is typically served over a bed of rice.  

You can purchase the Homemade on a Weeknight Cookbook in Paperback or Kindle (eBook) versions through Amazon to get all of the recipes from the Ethnic Adventures collection.

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