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Making Food More Appetizing

by Nikki Willhite

One of the first things you learn in home economics is that food needs to look appealing. Even the simplest of food can look more appealing with the use of color. Have you ever served a dinner with food all the same color? Picture a plate of macaroni and cheese, corn, and applesauce. Does it seem enticing?

Yet these are all great foods. They are just put together wrong. Macaroni and Cheese needs bright greens or reds served with it to make it look delicious. Picture that same plate of macaroni and cheese with bright orange carrots and a green salad. It is much more appetizing.

This is why colorful herbs like parsley are used to garnish plates of food that you order in restaurants. While we may not want to spend the money on these garnishes, we can take into consideration the color of our food when planning our meals.

One of my children's favorite foods is finger jello. It is a great snack because you can take it to the park and it doesn't melt.

One way to give a lot of color to a plate is to set up 3 different colors of it. Then you cut it into small squares, and place one of each on the plates. Don't worry about the leftovers. They will be devoured! Here is the recipe for Finger Jello.

Finger Jello

4 cups boiling water
4 packages unflavored gelatin
1 and 1/2 cups jello (any flavor/flavors mixed together)

Mix the gelatin and jello together in a rectangular pan (approx 13x9). Bring the water to a boil, pour it into the jello powder, and stir until dissolved. (My family likes the bottom crunchy- so I stir less). After it cools to room temperature, put in the refrigerator for it to harden (approximately one hour).

About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money! 


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