Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Power of Presentation!

Make your food look fantastic, and it will taste even better. Betsy, from CrossFit Beaufort, arranged mango, strawberries, and kiwis on a platter instead of just mixing them up in a fruit salad. Great eye appeal! Paleo can be very tempting if you take the time to present it attractively. Visually appealing food  also has the side effect of stimulating your taste buds. Who wouldn't want this after a nice meal?

Here are some other ideas for dressing up your dinner plate:
  • Serve mashed vegetables with a large scoop, or spoon them into a ramekin and invert onto plates.
  • Cut meat into large pieces or slices, and stack them in an attractive arrangement instead of serving one large portion on a plate.
  • Use color on your plate. If you are having beef and cauliflower for example, add a little bit of another colorful vegetable, like carrots or ripe, red tomato slices.
  • Garnish your dish with a piece of the fresh herb that was used in your recipe, such as rosemary or thyme.
  • Use the appropriate size dish for what you are serving. A small portion on a large plate makes you think you're missing out on some of your meal. The same portion on a smaller plate will trick you into thinking you have had enough. (Maybe)
  • Serve desserts in a wine glass. Paleo desserts use the full range of colorful fruits, perfect for presenting in glass. (I'll be putting some other recipes online for you to try this way, such as coconut ice cream and custards.)
Of course, you can just load up your plate with good food and enjoy a relaxing night in front of the TV. But for a more special occasion, impress someone with your new kitchen skills.

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