By Lois Bell
Sheridan Senior Center
A splash of color bursts across your eyes: greens, deep yellows, beige, white, reds. Are you looking an artist’s palette? In a way: you could be looking at your lunch plate.
In addition to nutrition and variety, color plays a large part in making a meal appealing. Transforming a home delivered meal into a special moment can be simple and make your noon meal special.
Meals from the Senior Center are delivered via Oliver trays and capped containers to those participating in the Senior Center home-delivered meals program. The tray separates hot from cold food keeping hot food hot and cold food cold.
The meals can be eaten from the delivery containers but how about transforming the noontime meal into a special moment? Transfer the home delivered meal onto your own plate, bowls or dishes at home and watch how beautifully the meal is displayed. Texture, variety and color will pop on your plate all pre-planned by the Senior Center’s kitchen team and registered dietitian.
Depending on your interest and energy, you could move your home delivered meal to either your every day or special day tableware. Consider enhancing your lunch table setting occasionally with a tablecloth and a centerpiece if you so choose. You have now transformed your home-delivered meal into an elegant moment. This may be something you would like to do for yourself once a week, on occasion or every day. And each day could be a different special moment.
“There are a variety of meals prepared and delivered from the Senior Center,” said Shirley Knisley, home-delivered meals coordinator at the Senior Center. Knisley celebrates her 11th year employment anniversary at the Center this May.
“Sundays we serve more of a ‘Sunday meal,’” Knisley said. Knisley refers to meal traditions in many families of having a special main entrée — such as a roast — featured with special side dishes on Sundays.
In addition to the special “Sunday meal”, the Senior Center varies the entrée each day to include featured casseroles, soups and main dishes. For special days and Holidays — such as Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas — meals are planned with traditional holiday dinner foods. Home delivered meal recipients have the same holiday menu as served at the Senior Center’s meal sites in the county.
“There are also special cookies baked for special days such as Valentine’s Day and Halloween,” Knisley said. Diners can expect a special treat for March 17 celebrated by many as St. Patrick’s Day.
These meals would all display beautifully on a plate at home if even on everyday china.
The Senior Center served over 50,000 home delivered meals by a volunteer pool last year according to Senior Center Executive Director, Carmen Rideout.
“The highest day is 173 home-delivered meals,” Knisley said.
That’s 173 opportunities on one day for lunch time to be transformed into a special moment and for someone to enjoy not only the meal but also the color on their plate.