10 destination-inspired recipes to make you feel like you’re on vacation

Mar 29, 2020

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With the advice not to travel due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis and the country currently under lockdown, everyone’s travel plans for the foreseeable future are now on hold. Tucking into a paella in Basque country, finding the best pho in Ho Chi Minh City, savoring the spiciest curry in Delhi or the drooling over the best steak in Buenos Aires now feels like a fantasy.

Many of you will be at home now for quite a while, so it’s a good idea to bring the countries to you if you can’t go to them. Below you will find 10 of the best recipes that you can easily make in the comfort of your own home.

France: Boeuf bourguignon

Beef bourguignon, also called beef burgundy, is a beef stew in red wine with carrots, onion and garlic. It’s a hearty dish that can be made in a pot on the stove, slow cooker or pressure cooker. It can be adapted how you wish and you don’t need to be a whiz in the kitchen to put this it together.

Tip: When slow cooking, you don’t need to use expensive cuts of meat so use what meat fits your budget. Serve with mashed rutabaga and carrot for some extra vitamins and minerals.

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(Photo by Lisovskaya/Getty Images)

Italy: Lasagna al forno

This is a lovely recipe for the whole family. You can make a big dish and freeze leftover portions. You can’t cook this dish in a hurry; let it simmer away for at least two hours and the true Italian way is to use both pork and beef mince.

Tip: To make it healthier, use a layer of eggplant or zucchini so you have less pasta, fewer carbs and more vegetables.

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(Photo by clubfoto/Getty Images)

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Spain: Paella

This dish always looks like it is an effort to make but in fact, it’s quite easy to do. The traditional dish calls for short-grain rice but you can use brown rice if you want more fiber. You can also add some leftover ingredients in your fridge and experiment with different vegetables.

Tip: Substitute the meat with seafood, which not only is delicious but a hit of zinc is great for your immune system.

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(Photo by Enrique Díaz/ 7cero/Getty Images)

India: Dal

This is a really simple dish and uses ingredients that can be stored in the cupboard. There’s nothing unhealthy about this. It’s rich in fiber, folate and also spices that have anti-inflammatory properties.

Tip: Skip the potatoes if you’re watching your waistline. There is more than enough carbohydrate in the lentils.

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(Photo by Joff Lee/Getty Images)

Vietnam: Pho

Opting for pho is a great chance for a warming bowl of noodles and a lot of fresh vegetables. You can make pho plant-based with a vegan broth or a meat version with beef broth. Making broth at home is quite interactive so a good time to involve the family and according to pho experts, you should be slurping as you tuck in.

Tip: The more vegetables the better! This is your chance to get your daily intake in this dish.

Japan: Chicken katsu

This is a clear favorite when it comes to Japanese cuisine thanks to a surge of katsu-only restaurants recently. Also known as panko chicken, this schnitzel-like Japanese delicacy has a history going back to 1899. This dish is very versatile and can be used with pork, chicken, tofu or bean patty.

Tip: Just because the restaurant version doesn’t contain many vegetables, doesn’t mean you should do the same at home. Keep the curry as a dipping sauce if you want to make the dish healthier.

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(Photo by sbossert/Getty Images)

Morocco: Lamb tagine

If you have been to Morocco then you probably have fallen in love with its cuisine. Spicy, fruity and very versatile so you can adapt it to using either meats or beans. It’s a very healthy, high-protein dish full of vitamins and minerals and good fats.

Tip: Swap the grains for cauliflower rice for a low-carb version of this dish.

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(Photo by Philippe Desnerck/Getty Images)

Thailand: Chicken satay

Savor this dish while closing your eyes imagining you are at a bustling street market in Bangkok. The succulent chicken and peanut sauce just melt in your mouth. This recipe even uses honey over sugar which makes it a bit healthier than the refined sugar versions.

Tip: Serve with a bowl of crudities as the sauce is perfect for dipping.

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(Photo by bhofack2/Getty Images)

Jamaica: Jerk chicken

For those that like a bit of spice will love jerk chicken. Jerk seasoning is based on two main ingredients — Scotch Bonnet chili peppers (or habaneros) and Allspice. It’s usually served with rice and beans and finished on a BBQ but a griddle pan is just fine.

Tip: Have some yogurt on standby if you find this dish too hot.

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(Photo by MagicBones/Getty Images)

USA: Hamburgers

Everyone loves a good hamburger. There seems to be a fine art in perfecting the recipe though and making sure the burger is tender and juicy. Most recipes are a close-guarded secret but not this one — the method in this recipe involves mashing bread crusts and milk in the initial stages.

Tip: Serve bunless if you are looking to lower the carbs in the dish. Have with a side salad instead.

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(Photo by Steven Krug/Getty Images)

Bottom line

Don’t make cooking stressful. Look at the recipes — some are quite quick but others take a bit of time as they need to be slow-cooked. Dare to try a recipe you haven’t tried before — and look forward to when you can eat it in its hometown.

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