Easy Ethnic Recipes

Bringing great global flavors to your table doesn't take complicated techniques. Our international menu guide proves it's as easy as combining just the right ingredients in just the right way.

Meal Ideas

Take a culinary trip around the world with these easy and innovative recipes.

-- Middle Eastern Chicken Kabobs
-- Red Lentil Rice
-- Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry
-- Greek Quinoa and Avocado Salad
-- Greek-Style Chicken Skillet
-- Mediterranean Pizza Skillet
-- German-Style Sausage Skillet

Middle Eastern Chicken Kabobs

Plan ahead: You'll need to marinate the chicken for at least one hour, but it's worth the wait. The spicy yogurt mixture makes the recipe tender and full of flavors. We highlight the basics of this recipe in the next three slides.

Step 1: Getting Ready to Marinade

For the first step in preparing Middle Eastern Chicken Kabobs, place the bag with the chicken in a bowl in case the bag leaks. The next slide shows how to add this recipe's yogurt marinade.

Step 2: Adding the Yogurt Marinade

After preparing the bag in Step 1, add the yogurt marinade to the bag with the chicken. Seal the bag; turn it to coat the chicken. The next slide shows how to assemble the kabobs.

Step 3: Threading the Chicken

After marinating the chicken, alternately thread chicken, pepper, and squash on skewers, leaving space between for even cooking.

Red Lentil Rice

This easy recipe provides a tasty introduction to garam masala -- a mixture of spices used in Indian cooking. When used in recipes, the seasoning adds appealing warmth without an overwhelming, fiery heat. The next slide shows a handy tip for snipping the fresh mint required for this recipe.

Tip: Snipping Fresh Herbs

Use kitchen scissors to snip fresh herbs for dishes such as Red Lentil Rice. Simply put the herbs in a glass measuring cup or small bowl and snip away. If you don't have kitchen scissors, pile the herbs on a cutting board and chop them by rocking a chef's knife back and forth over them.

Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry

Flash frying is the key to great stir-fry because it helps vegetables stay flavorful and crisp-tender. Also, try frying in peanut oil; it can reach higher temperatures than other oils before it starts to smoke. The next two slides show how to prepare the zucchini used in this deliciously Eastern specialty.

Step 1: Preparing Zucchini

To prepare zucchini for a recipe like Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry, rinse the vegetable thoroughly under cool tap water. There's no need to peel summer squash such as zucchini and yellow squash. Using a chef's knife, cut a slice off the stem end (along with the stem) and blossom end. For larger summer squash, cut the squash in half lengthwise through the center. The next slide details the best technique for slicing zucchini.

Step 2: Slicing Zucchini

To slice zucchini for a recipe like Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry, place halved squash, flat side down, on a cutting surface and make crosswise slices that are about 1/4 inch thick. Or, for smaller squash, don't halve; just cut across into rounds.

Greek Quinoa and Avocado Salad

This recipe fuses quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah), a grain enjoyed often in South America, with fresh Mediterranean-inspired ingredients. Try it tucked into a pita for a portable lunch.

Greek-Style Chicken Skillet

This rich and hearty chicken skillet infuses fresh Greek salad toppers like sweet peppers, onions, tomatoes, and feta into a satisfying one-dish meal.

Mediterranean Pizza Skillet

Your favorite pizza ingredients complement the chicken in this dish, and you don't have to fuss with a crust because toasted French or Italian bread makes a worthy stand-in.

German-Style Sausage Skillet

This German-inspired main course is surprisingly quick and easy thanks to precooked smoked sausages.

Anyone Can Cook

Anyone Can Cook is an innovative cookbook that encourages those new to the kitchen to make simple yet tasty meals, while providing the tools to move on to more complex recipes.

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