A Delicious Way to Celebrate Your Holiday

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A Delicious Way to Celebrate Your Holiday

Normally, I enjoy cooking alone in my kitchen. However, during the holiday season, I like to spend all of my free time with family members and friends. Do you want to avoid being stuck in the kitchen for hours preparing food this Christmas? Consider visiting a local restaurant this year. You and your loved ones can eat a delicious feast while you reminisce about past holidays. Depending on your personal preferences, you might wish to go to a restaurant that specializes in Chinese, Mexican, or American cuisine. On this blog, I hope you will discover the amazing advantages of dining at a restaurant on a special holiday. Enjoy!


Fresher, Lighter Italian Dishes To Try

Italian food has the reputation of being quite heavy and filling. This is indeed true of a lot of Italian dishes. For example, lasagna is definitely filling and cheesy, and so is chicken parmesan. However, not all Italian dishes are this way. If you are in the mood for something lighter and fresher, here are some Italian dishes that will fit the bill.

Chicken Picatta

Chicken piccata is a delicious, Italian chicken dish that consists of chicken cooked in a sauce made from lemon and chicken stock. Usually, the dish is flavored with capers, which add saltiness and body without too much heaviness. You'll see this dish served alongside rice or egg noodles, neither of which are overly hearty. Some restaurants may make the dish with chicken thighs or bone-in breasts, but it is more commonly seen with chicken breasts, which are tender and low-fat. A meal of chicken piccata and a green salad would be fresh, healthy, and delicious.

Caprese Salad

If you're looking for a salad that you can enjoy as a light meal, the Caprese salad is an Italian classic. This salad consists of just three core ingredients: basil leaves, mozzarella, and tomato slices. Usually, fresh mozzarella is used, which makes the dish a bit indulgent. It offers a nice balance between being light and being filling, as the cheese has some protein and fat to fill you up. Different restaurants style the salad differently. You may see the three ingredients layered together, or you may see them arranged in a sort of swirl pattern. The salad is usually drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt before serving. Sometimes, balsamic vinegar is added for an extra special touch.

Mushroom Carbonara

Carbonara is typically quite a heavy dish, made with guanciale or another pork product. However, if you see mushroom carbonara on the menu, you can order it and be assured that it's reasonably light and fresh. The dish still has a creamy sauce featuring egg yolk and parmesan cheese, but the mushrooms add a lighter flavor and texture. Many versions are freshened up with some fresh parsley or even chopped basil leaves added before serving, too.

If you are in the mood for Italian food but want to keep things lighter, don't dismay. Each of these dishes has its own advantages, but they are all lighter, fresher, and less filling than you find with typical Italian food.