If you're anything like us, you might be stumped on creative ways to spice up your quarantine menu. Today, we've rounded up seven budget-friendly recipes from around the world that you can whip up from the comfort of your home. Transport to Italy with a dish of Roman-style Carbonara, or indulge in some Akoori from India. Whether it's Portuguese, Korean or Swiss on the menu today, you can feel closer to your favorite destinations without leaving the kitchen.
1. Arroz de Forno Misto from Brazil
This simple but delicious Brazilian recipe can be prepped in 10 minutes and ready to enjoy in under an hour. The main ingredients consist of rice, ham, and cheese – hello comfort food! Originating in Brazil, this recipe puts a unique spin on a ham and cheese sandwich but tastes even better leftover. Check out the recipe HERE.
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2. Kimchi from South Korea
Kimchi, named one of the healthiest foods in the world, is essentially fermented vegetables that can be endlessly customized to fit your personal taste preferences. Whether you prefer spicy, mild, tangy, sweet, or sour... changing the recipe to your liking is simple and easy to do. Beyond being packed full of vitamins and low in fat, kimchi can also last in the fridge for months at a time, making it easy to eat over and over again at your convenience. Check out the recipe HERE.
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3. Akoori from India
Even scrambled eggs can be revamped in a new way, like this tasty dish from India. Akooi is a combination of eggs, vegetables and spices, traditionally served for breakfast or brunch, making it healthy and versatile. Check out the recipe HERE.
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4. Bircher Muesli from Switzerland
Although oatmeal didn’t originate in Europe, the Swiss have certainly figured out a delicious way to put a spin on it. Bircher Muesli is a combination of oats, apple juice, yogurt, nuts, dried and fresh fruit. Sounds yummy, huh? This recipe is super healthy and can be prepared the night before, making it the perfect breakfast option for a lazy day at home! Check out the recipe HERE.
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5. Francesinha from Portugal
If you’re a meat-lover, this Portuguese sandwich is the perfect option for you — created from multiple layers of meat and cheese, placed between two slices of bread! This heavy, but simple recipe takes less than twenty minutes to complete, so you'll be licking your fingers and resting in Francesinha-coma in no time. Check out the recipe HERE.
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6. Carbonara from Italy
The beautiful thing about this Italian dish is that is only takes 30 minutes or less to prep and complete, and contains six ingredients you probably already have at home (if needed, you can swap out pancetta for bacon). Originating from the region of Lazio, you’ll be transported to Rome in no-time with this quick and tasty dish. Check out the recipe HERE.
7. Ratatouille from France
This French “peasant” dish is surprisingly easy to make and healthy — not to mention aesthetically pleasing with the rainbow of vegetables inside! Ratatouille stew is created using zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers, and can be served with bread or an egg on top for some extra protein. Check out the recipe HERE.
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