Brazilian Shrimp Soup: used parsley instead of cilantro, can diced tomatoes, vegetable broth instead of water, added fresh sliced okra, and served soup over top of rice. Will try chicken broth and fresh spicy peppers next time.
Easy Simple Coconut Rice - Tried this at a restaurant recently and had to find a way to make it at home. This was the only recipe I found that actually has coconut in the rice instead of just sprinkled on top.
Chinese fried rice. I did this the other night and it was absolutely delicious. I cheated though and just bought a frozen bag of stir fry veggies. Either way it was amazing. The oyster sauce really makes the dish I think.
Useful List of Brazilian Food Products with their American Substitutes