Explore Through Food with These 5 Travel-Inspired Dinner Ideas

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    This month, we welcome back Marta Rivera for more of her meal plans. Marta is a trained chef, mom of twins, Army wife, and a Simply Recipes recipe tester and developer!

    I think I can say with a fair amount of certainty that we’re all pining to take a trip somewhere, anywhere by now.

    When a trip to the grocery store feels like the wildest trip we’ve been on, I think it’s safe to say that we need something more exciting in our lives. Who says we can’t travel? Well, I mean, besides the government? We can totally take a trip through our meals this week, and that’s what I intend to do.

    Our edible vacay begins and ends in Asian countries, so, rice is going to be a prominent feature (or side dish) in many of this week’s meals. Have you seen the varieties of rice that are available in most grocery stores these days? Step out of any rice comfort zone you may have, and pick up one of the exotic varieties of rice that are available. The dark hue of black rice looks so cool when plated. There’s even a jade green rice on the market. If you can’t snag a grain that’s as exotic as these, steam a pot of jasmine or basmati instead. Just do yourself a favor and try something new to you!

    The good news is: Not only does steamed rice store well in the fridge, if you decide to cook it in bulk, it freezes nicely too.

    One last thing: Looking for dinner ideas? You’re in the right spot! We just launched our new paid meal plan service. We have delicious meal plans to suit every taste and lifestyle — Healthy Eating, Family Favorites, and Vegetarian just to name a few. These one-week plans are $1.95 and, with them, you get a dessert and weekend prep recipe and a shopping list. They’re beautifully designed and perfect to print and save or simply load and cook right from your computer!

    • New to Meal Planning? Start here! 10 Things to Know If You’re a First-Time Meal Planner
    • Looking for Last Week’s Meal Plan? Here you go! (Plus, all past meal plans!)

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