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5 Vegetarian Dinners

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Vegetarian food is often shunned by meat-eaters as lacking in taste and substance. While some vegetarian meals leave a lot to be desired, other meatless meals are deliciously hearty and fit for any hungry omnivore. Here are five such recipes, that will keep you sustained and coming back for more:

  1. Roast Butternut Squash, Spinach, and Barley Risotto from Delicious Everyday
    Nothing fills you up quite like a comforting risotto! While quite carb-heavy, barley boasts several health benefits including high levels of manganese, selenium, copper, magnesium, and even 7g of protein per serving!

  2. Most Things from The Vegan Stoner Blog
    Taking vegetarianism one step further to veganism, this blog is a collection of a whole host of healthful, adorably illustrated, hearty recipes. Try the lentil loaf and zucchini bean balls!

  3. Spinach and Goat Cheese Frittata from Real Simple
    This is a quick weekend brunch item that will impress your guests, or charm your regular household. You can serve it with bacon on the side if you’re having trouble with a meatless meal!

  4. Grillable Veggie Burger by the Minimalist Baker
    Anyone who has ever made a veggie burger or two knows that one of the biggest obstacles to burger-greatness is making sure they don’t fall apart! This one promises to be grillable, so why not give it a shot.

  5. 10 Minute Black Bean Tacos from the Kitchn
    If you’re looking for some easy Mexican meals to whip up at home, don’t let black bean tacos fall by the wayside. Packed with fiber, black beans and corn make a complete protein that will keep you going all day.

To find out what kind of vegetarian recipes we make at Catering Central, take a look at the menus on our website – or call us today on (650) 961-3300. We cater parties in Santa Clara, provide Catering Services in Palo Alto and do all kinds of Private Event Catering in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Interesting Packed Lunches

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If you’ve resolved to start 2017 on a more healthy note, start by taking your own packed lunch to work. Instead of the usual unhealthy options available when eating out daily, you can control your nutritional intake by packing it yourself. Sure, it takes longer to prepare, but the cost and health benefits are worth it.


  • Wraps
    Because of the flat bread, wraps travel better than a regular sandwich. Using some lavash bread, you can even spread cream cheese across the surface as a barrier for some of the wetter ingredients. Try chicken, deli meat, or tuna with basic salad ingredients.
  • Thermos Food Jar
    If you’re not into cold or room temperature lunch options, a food thermos will keep your food warm until lunch. There’s no limit to the types of food you can put in one of these jars, but popular lunch ideas include; soups, rice dishes, pasta, and even oatmeal for on-the-go breakfasts.
  • Salads
    With a good reusable salad container, you can take your own salad wherever you go. It doesn’t matter if your greens are kale, romaine, spring mix, or arugula – you can be as creative as you like with salad. You don’t even need greens if you use grains like cous cous or quinoa as a base!
  • Leftovers
    If there’s a microwave available, you can pack all kinds of leftovers in a glass container with a plastic lid. Make your packed lunch deliciously easy by eating what you’ve already made the night before.

At Catering Central we highly value health and whole foods. We believe food plays a vital role in not only physical, but emotional health. Our social lives strengthen by building relationships over food, leading to a greater level of connectedness with the world around us. If you’re interested in having your next San Francisco Bay Area (94110, 94024) private or corporate event catered by a company working from this philosophy, call us today on (650) 961-3300. We can’t wait for your call!

Try Some New Hot Drinks!

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Are you looking for a new way to warm yourself this winter? Whether you’re wanting to stay caffeinated, or wind down at the end of your day, we have some recipes for you.

You don’t need any special recipes to enjoy a warm cup of chai – simply purchase some chai tea bags from the grocery store. You can make chai like any other cup of tea, or you can develop the flavors more by making an extra milky version in a saucepan. Boil milk, or a milk alternative with a chai tea bag, some honey, and cinnamon. It’s delicious.

Homemade Tea
Did you know that you can make your own “tea” by adding fruits, herbs, and spices to a cup of boiling water? For easy mint tea, steep some crushed mint in boiling water. If you’re feeling under the weather, thinly slicing fresh ginger and lemon, with a small squeeze of honey, will help you feel better in no time.

Mexican Hot Chocolate
Taza Organic Chocolate is perfect for creating Mexican Hot Chocolate at home.

Spiked Cider

Add some light rum to your hot apple cider, and feel the sweet spice warm you from the inside out. 

Irish Coffee

Mix some hot coffee, whisky, and top with heavy cream for a decadent winter warming experience!

Enjoy all foods and drinks in moderation, as part of a balanced diet. At Catering Central, we highly value food as a means of connection with others, and aim to give all of our clients a positive and satisfying experience with our services. If you’re looking for corporate catering in the San Francisco Bay (94111), private party catering in Sunnyvale (94086), or general catering in Mountain View (94040) – call us today on (650) 961-3300!

5 Make-Ahead Warm Breakfasts

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This winter, wake up to something warm. You might be thinking of how unrealistic warm breakfasts are in the hustle and bustle of your morning routine, and that’s exactly why we want to share some breakfasts you can make ahead of time. All of the joy of warm breakfast, and none of the hassle!

  1. Overnight Slow Cooker Oatmeal from All Recipes
    By throwing a few ingredients in your crock pot before bed, you can wake up to a house that smells great, and a breakfast that’s ready to roll. Steel cut oats generally take 45 minutes to make, which is too long for most people in the morning, so why not enjoy them made-ahead?

  2. Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches from Damn Delicious
    Simple to assemble, and perfectly easy to zap in the microwave before you leave for work. These sandwiches boast all the convenience of a pre-made frozen breakfast and none of the preservatives.

  3. Oats and Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies from Food, Pleasure & Health
    Cookies for breakfast? Why not! Oats will keep you going for hours and pumpkin is a great-tasting way to boost your veggie intake. Make ahead, freeze and microwave for a warm morning treat.

  4. Banana Bread from Food Network  
    Have you ever used banana bread as toast? You should, because it’s delicious. When you make your own banana bread, consider reducing the sugar in the recipe, as most banana breads are so sweet that they’re more like cakes.

  5. Scrambled Egg Muffins from All Recipes
    Hearty, and full of protein – these muffins are a filling, low carb way to start your day. Make ahead and heat!

At Catering Central, we do everything from event catering in Redwood City (94602), to all kinds of catering services in Palo Alto (94303). Find out how our catering services are set apart from our competition, by seeing first hand, what we do best. Expect fresh, healthy food coupled with staff committed to excellence. Call us today on (650) 961-3300!

5 Holiday Treat You’ll Want to Make

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Are you looking for something cute to bring to a holiday-themed potluck? If you sign up to make dessert, you can not only bring deliciousness, but creativity as well. Check out these five treats!

  1. Melted Snowman Cookies from Crazy Domestic
    You may have seen these making their way around the internet—for a good reason! We’re sure you’ll have some guests instagramming these cookies before they munch, because they’re just so cute.

  2. Dreidel Surprise Cookies from Tablespoon
    Wow your friends with a cookie that’s part pinata! Not only are these cookies festive, they’re delicious and surprising.

  3. Candy Cane Fudge from All Recipes
    This fudge is a treat for all holiday parties, regardless of the holiday. Fresh, minty, and fudgy flavors will take you back to childhood—but with adult flair!

  4. Reindeer Treats from Rada Cutlery
    Who doesn’t love a sweet and salty treat? Dig into some pretzels and salted caramel rice cakes, covered in sweetness, and wrapped in festive cheer!

  5. Hot Cocoa Cupcakes from Food Network
    What? Cake in an actual cup? Yes! These are literally “cup” cakes, and they will warm your guests with their humor and creativity.

This holiday season, don’t stress – call us! At Catering Central, we cover all kinds of event catering, including but not limited to; private event catering in San Mateo (94497), private party catering in Sunnyvale (94088), and corporate catering in the San Francisco Bay Area. Pick up the phone and call us on (650) 961-3300.

Sensational Sides

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Naturally, the turkey takes center stage during Thanksgiving, but let’s not forget the major role sides play in our favorite traditional meal. We’re all familiar with the usual side dishes that grace our overstuffed plates every November, so here’s some new ideas for your upcoming spread.

  1. Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf with Cranberries
    Fresh from the pages of Real Simple, this side is overflowing with earthy, nutty, and sweet flavors. Perfect accompaniment to the perfect turkey.

  2. Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
    The Cooking Channel brings us this simple, delicious recipe that combines the clean taste of asparagus, with the salty bite of bacon.

  3. Apple Pie Salsa and Cinnamon Chips
    From the people at Frosting and a Smile, this recipe is a twist on classic chips and salsa, but sweeter than pie. Technically it’s an appetizer rather than a side, but everyone has room on their table for this treat.

  4. Baked Fingerling Potato Fry Rounds
    If hasselback potatoes are too big for your Thanksgiving plate, try these mini versions from A Clean Diet.

If you need a little extra help this holiday season, call us today at Catering Central on (650) 961-3300. We can’t wait to consult with you on your event preferences – from plates, to hors d’oeuvres, tablecloths to dessert – we have you covered! We do corporate catering in Palo Alto ( 94304), private party catering in San Jose (95154), and we cater all kinds of parties around the Bay Area. Let us know what kind of event you’re looking to cater, and we’ll do the rest!

Apple Hill

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While you might not immediately associate Northern California with apples, this part of the Golden State boasts some pretty incredible orchards – culminating with the collection on Apple Hill. Apple Hill spans Camino and Placerville with 133 farms, wineries, and resorts that offer all kinds of seasonal activity. One of the most popular things to do at Apple Hill is… you guessed it… apple picking!

Crops have been generally early this year, so you don’t have much time left to pick the apples yourself. However, a trip to Apple Hill this fall will still offer a whole host of family-friendly fun, like hayrides and adventures in the pumpkin patch. Also, don’t miss out on the famous Hot Apple Cider donuts at Rainbow Orchards! At the end of a long day of fun, make sure you relax at the beautiful Boeger Winery before driving back home.

If you’d like to know more about the healthy recipes we prepare at Catering Central, call us today on (650) 961-3300. Your first step towards planning an event starts here – discussing budgets, numbers, and the vision you have for the event. Let’s work together on creating professional corporate catering in Silicon Valley (94301), and memorable private party catering in San Mateo 94402.

Fall Favorites

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Fall is undoubtedly one of America’s favorite seasons, marked by specific foods that create a warm, nostalgic feeling. Teeming with apples, pumpkins, cinnamon, and other spices – fall recipes are back for a limited time, with seasonal access to all this amazing produce. To celebrate all things fall, we are featuring some recipes we’ve collected from the web. Enjoy!

  1. Pumpkin Bread – by Once Upon a Chef
    A perfect accompaniment to afternoon coffee, pumpkin bread will make your house smell heavenly. Try using leftovers for pumpkin bread French Toast… that’s if there are any leftovers!

  2. Apple Crisp – by Betty Crocker
    A wholesome, easy dessert to whip up for your family, friends, or guests. Serve with a side of ice cream, whipped cream, or vanilla custard.

  3. Sweet Potato Pound Cake – by All Recipes
    Pound cakes are a timeless classic, and this one is no exception. Baked with seasonal produce and a lot of love, this cake can be served for a special occasion, or simply because fall is in the air.

  4. Maple Sweet Potato Sticky Buns – by Midwest Living
    Enjoy two signature flavors of Thanksgiving in one delicious morsel. These buns are as sweet as they are sticky – ready to impress any guests you have visiting this fall.

    Enjoy Fall favorites while they last! For everything else, call Catering Central. If you’re looking for event catering in Redwood City (94604), private party catering in San Jose (95117), or general catering in the San Francisco Bay Area – call us today on (650) 961-3300. We thrive on healthy food – and so can you!

Halloween Party Ideas

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Halloween parties are some of the most outrageously fun parties to organize. With a built-in, ready-made theme, these events are full ways to release and showcase your creativity through decorations, food, and the combination of all things that build atmosphere. To get you started, we have gathered some themed food ideas for you to serve to your guests

  1. 21 Halloween Appetizers That Will Slay Your Party – by
    Baked brie disguised as a mummy, pumpkin cheesecake fries, and apple nachos? YES PLEASE. There are so many impressive recipes for you to try.

  2. Best Halloween Treats – by Refinery 29
    Halloween candy bark might be one of the most fun recipes you’ve ever seen! Try the giant rice krispies dressed up as candy corn. This is one night of the year that you can indulge in some sugary treats.

  3. Spooky Recipes for Adults – by Cooking Light
    Want to leave the kid-food behind? Check out these grown-up flavors, wrapped in whimsical packages. Bittersweet chocolate cookies, cinnamon-cider candy apples, and Thai cashew brittle are just a few of the treats on offer from this list.

    If you’re not into DIY, there’s still time to organize catering for Halloween! At Catering Central, we do everything from event catering in Redwood City (94602), to all kinds of catering services in Palo Alto (94303). Find out how our catering services are set apart from our competition, by seeing first hand, what we do best. Expect fresh, healthy food coupled with staff committed to excellence. Call us today on (650) 961-3300!

Latino Heritage Menu

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When you’re in the mood for a Latino feast, you want three things – fresh, traditional, and tasty food. You’ll be happy to know that at Catering Central, we cover all of the above! Our Latino Heritage Menu is bursting with flavor, and will have your guests lining up for more. Starting with the clean flavors of mixed greens, tomatoes, corn, and shrimp ceviche, you’ll have plenty of space left for the heavier eats.

What would a Latino menu be without tacos? We have beef and chicken tacos on offer, as well as vegetarian quesadillas and pupusas for your meat-free guests. Rice and beans are staple sides for Latino meals, so pile your plate high and yell, “Con Sabor!”

If you’d like to know more about the recipes we prepare at Catering Central, call us today on (650) 961-3300. Your first step towards planning an event starts here – discussing budgets, numbers, and the vision you have for the event. Let’s work together on creating professional corporate catering in Silicon Valley (94301), and memorable private party catering in San Mateo 94402.