A full-flavored meal needs no translation. In fact, food is probably the most universal language, if we’d only let our taste buds do the talking. That’s exactly what we’re doing in celebration of World Health Day. Escape with us to a culinary cruise-inspired adventure as we taste a bit of India, France, and Italy – all while intermixing healthy substitutes to classic-cultural favorites.
Bonjour! Paris, France is the pinnacle of “everything in moderation.”
So we’re having a dollop of crème fraîche and a plethora of the antioxidant powerhouse—berries, and some savory brie cheese with apples. Top it off with a fresh garnish like mint and add a drizzle of honey. Set your very own Parisian tablescape with Fiesta Dinnerware Lapis Dip and Spreader Set, Fiesta Lapis Oval Platter, Scarlet and Lapis Luncheon Plates, Ivory Salad Plates, the Scarlet Medium Heart Bowl, Demitasse Cups and Saucers in Lapis and Scarlet.
If you want to get uber fancy, try your hand at Sugar and Cloth’s DIY Fruit Macaroons.
Mazay dar is “delicious” in India. The colors of this country are as vibrant as its flavors and spices— and the spices are quite plentiful. We set our India-inspired table with a hearty serving of healthy chicken on top of couscous with coconut curry in our Fiesta Sunflower Small Bistro Bowls and Tangerine and Sage Dinner Plates. Eating Well has a “mazay dar” recipe we think you’ll love. Serve with traditional Indian naan (we found a healthy wheat version).
Wash it down with a fruity cultural favorite like Mango Lassi. Think of this drink like a mango milkshake, but healthier. All you need to get started is this recipe from Jamie Oliver, plus his wise foodie quote.
Delicioso! When we think about Italy, our tastebuds and tummies immediately think, “Pasta!” But carb-heavy pasta can leave us sluggish. We jumped on the paleo bandwagon and found a healthy solution that leaves us satisfied and energized — zucchini “pasta”. All you need is a spirulizer to make zucchini ribbons. Saute strands of zucchini pasta in a pan or roast in the oven with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. We sprinkled toasted pine nuts and asiago cheese on top for some extra flavor. *Tip: Add lots of flavor with fewer calories by using a sprinkle of stronger cheese like asiago.
Serve with a satisfying side of antipasto salad and a slice of warm Italian bread. Don’t forget the Pinot Grigio. A glass of wine a day is heart healthy!
For our bueno Italian table setting, we used the new Fiesta Dinnerware Casserole in Turquoise (coming soon!), Individual Oval Casserole in Shamrock, Poppy Flatware, Dinner Plates in Shamrock and Sunflower, and Luncheon Plates in Scarlet and Cobalt.
What are your favorite healthy substitutes in your go-to meal? Share with us in the comments!
*Keep an eye out for new colors Sage and Slate, which will be available in June at better department stores, .coms and of course www.fiestafactorydirect.com.