Monday, July 27, 2009

A simple dinner !

With the arrival of the summer we can see the markets flooding with all the nature's best produce and colorful vegetables. Some weeks before we found a semi home made pizza with zero trans fat and lesser fat-cheese in the frozen food section. From then on, it became our routine to make a colorful dinner on weekends with that store bought frozen pizza topped with our homely choices along with the natural sides and fresh fruits as desserts.

After my last post on dinner etiquette , my eagerness to find the various modes to eat certain food has gone wild . So wanted to share about the facts on food that has to be eaten with fingers:)

What is a finger food?
Finger food is food eaten with the hands without using any knife, fork, chopsticks, or other utensils.
In some cultures, food is almost always eaten with the hands.
Exampe: 1.Ethiopian cuisine, food is eaten by rolling various dishes by Injera bread.
2. Indian food (roti, rice, dosa) is mostly eaten with hands .(we can use a fork if rice is served with meat and veggies . Use a spoon if served like soup consistency ).

Examples of generally accepted finger food: (courtesy - wikipedia)
Miniature beef pies, sausage rolls, sausages on sticks, cheese and olives on sticks, chicken drumsticks or wings, spring rolls, miniature quiches, samosas, onion bhajis, potato wedges, vol au vents, risotto balls, pizza, cookies, crackers, hot dogs, fruit and bread.

So our pizza is definitely a finger food and we can have it comfortably with all that sides and drinks. Enjoy the platter with your hands:)
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Starter:
Fresh broccoli - 1/2 head.
Trim and wash the broccoli florets.
Pat dry with a kitchen towel.
Arrange on baking tray along with pizza and bake for 10 minutes.
Sprinkle lemon juice and salt.
Serve as starter.

Main course:
Healthy slice of pizza without trans fat topped with low fat cheese.
Top with Red, green and yellow bell pepper along with onion , mushroom , olives etc.
Grease a baking sheet with olive oil and bake according to directions.
I used a brand called 'Ellios' from Shop rite.

Sides:
Sweet corn broiled over direct fire , seasoned with lemon and salt.

Drink:
I could not focus more on nutrients here.
The irresistible choice for us is a caffine free zero calorie coke.
We can have a natural choice like lemonade also.

Dessert:

Served a banana , few cherries and a peach as dessert for every one.



Sending this spread to Yasmeen's Well balanced 3 course meal event. Hope it suits the theme.

25 comments:

Ann said...

This looks soo good!!

Hari Chandana said...

Looks healthy and yummyy

Padma said...

Looks too good viki ....

Doloncookbook said...

Looks really good & delicious Viki ...

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Thats a nice entry! Loved the whole spread:)

Chow and Chatter said...

what a fun post love finger foods and so does my baby!

Suparna said...

good one viki :) I'd def. enjoy this healthy meal plan!

ARUNA said...

wow that'a nice healthy dinner!

Parita said...

That meal looks fantastic, it has all my fav things, i loved home made, lower in cheese veggie pizza..hmm yummy!

Srilakshmi said...

Such a healthy meal! I think I would chew up everything on the plate except for the Broccoli :-D

VineelaSiva said...

The plate looks very healthy and yummy.Nice entry.

Ramya said...

A colorful well-balanced meal..Loved everyhting on the platter,Viki

Ann said...

Thats indeed a healthy meal viki...Loved reading you as always..so,enjoying summer,dear ?

kittymatti said...

wow! delicious! nice stuff...I love all finer foods...Ethiopian is very close to south indian rite...i really enjoyedd my visit to blue nile ethiopian...felt like home..
the picture looks great!! temptin!

Pooja said...

Wow that is a healthy meal!

chakhlere said...

That is looking so yummy!

Anu said...

The plate looks healthy and yummy.......

Poornima Nair said...

Wish I could have that meal...healthy n yumm!

Smitha said...

I love pizza and when I saw ur dinner spread I just wanted to dive it. It was healthy too with the addition of broccoli and corn and some fruit. very simple dinner.

Gita said...

Excellent post dear...that spread looks awesome...can I join you for dinner :)

Yasmeen said...

A very simple and healthy meal,so glad you used season's fresh fruits and veggies.Thanks for sharing with me :D

Mangala Bhat said...

Looks too good d! yummy:)

Ramya said...

Pls accept kreative blogger award from my blog Viki

Viki's Kitchen said...

Thanks Ramya. I feel honored.
Gita: U are always welcome dear.
Ann: Yes da, in summer only we get a variety of vegetables:)
kittymati: Oh! I too love that Ethiopian cuisine very much.

alice said...

great entry! very healthy dinner indeed, dear...!

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