6 easy international dinners that will invigorate your weekly meal plans

It's time to plan dinner and you're not sure what to do. The old standbys are there of course, but tonight you can fight routine and bring a new taste sensation to your table that won't be described as blah or same-old, same-old. Tonight it's time to go international, and delivering a memorable dish is easier than you think. These simple and nutritious recipes will show you how, so don’t delay. Dive into new and exciting flavors with this guide as your primer. You’ll be glad you did.

1. Japanese miso soup

A traditional Japanese dish, miso soup is made from miso — fermented soy bean paste — along with water, tofu and seaweed. You can buy miso in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores or at your local Asian food market. Once you have it, you may wonder how you ever lived without it. Miso is very affordable, incredibly healthy and can be used in a wide array of dishes. Start with this soup recipe and you may become a miso fan yourself.

2. Indian vegan curried garbanzo rice bowls

Great curry is synonymous with Indian cooking, and this taste sensation really comes to life when you mix delicious S&W Indian Style Savory Sides beans with coconut milk and mango chutney. Follow this recipe and you’ll have a hearty, unique entree that makes bringing international flavors to your table a snap.

3. Moroccan couscous

Substitute this popular grain for rice in your favorite dishes and you'll find a completely new spin on a traditional favorite. Couscous is adaptable to numerous spices, so you can customize it to satisfy your cravings. You can mix couscous with cumin, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, coriander, paprika, mace, saffron, fennel, cloves, anise, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, fenugreek, black pepper plus caraway and/or sesame seeds. The options are endless! Explore them all and see which appeals most to you.

4. Tuscan cannellini beans pasta

Tuscany is known for its breathtaking landscapes and delicious Chianti wines of course, but it’s also home to amazing food. You can bring a delicious Tuscan cannellini bean pasta dish to your table with this recipe. Combine S&W Tuscan Style Savory Sides beans with pasta and your choice of chicken or pork — prepared to your liking — and you’ll create a flavorful meal that will have your family screaming: Bravo! Bravo!

5. Polynesian baked mahi mahi

A white fish with a mild or sweet flavor, mahi mahi is a dish enjoyed across the world, but to prepare it the Polynesian way, you’ll want to bake the fish with a mixture of garlic salt, pepper, lemon juice, mayonnaise and chopped onions. Mahi mahi is easy to prepare, and this recipe will show you how to make this unique fish dish your family will love.

6. Southwest black bean tacos

We've been around the world and now we're back home to close with a recipe that captures the bold flavors of the American southwest. Made with S&W Southwest Style Savory Sides beans, these beef and black bean tacos can be prepared in no time. The sauced beans, flavored with peppers, onion and cumin, will give this traditional family favorite an entirely original taste that could just make them a new staple in your family meal plans.

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