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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!

DIY Freezer Meals

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There’s no hiding the fact that supermarket freezer meals leave a lot to be desired. For a start, they rarely look like the picture on the box, and they’re also usually such tiny portions that they leave you feeling unsatisfied. With some glass or aluminum containers, you can pack your freezer with healthier, homemade freezer meals that you can heat and eat when you’re in a hurry. Here are some classic food ideas for your freezer stockpile:

 

  • Lasagne
    Make your own lasagne using regular beef, or lighten it up with turkey. Assemble the lasagne according to your favorite recipe, but don’t bake it just yet. For best results, thaw the lasagne on the day you’ll be eating it, and bake it fresh.
  • Enchiladas
    Just like the lasagne idea, make your favorite enchilada recipe up until the point of baking. Freeze in an ovenproof dish, covered with a lid or foil, and bake on the day. You’ll love the results, and be impressed with how much better it tastes compared to frozen enchiladas from the store.
  • Pizza
    Why suffer through thin, sparsely topped frozen pizzas that taste like cardboard? You can make your own from scratch, or hack a store bought frozen pizza by adding a whole host of extra ingredients. Make your pizza your way!

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!

Clean Versions of Takeout

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Sometimes it’s hard to kick a craving for takeout, especially for comfort food. What if you didn’t have to deny your cravings, but you could simply alter the ingredients to make your “takeout” healthier? We have some ideas for you, when it comes to the classics.

Burgers
Make your own lean patties, use lower fat cheese, and stack some fresh veggies on your bun. For even better burgers, use good quality organic, grass-fed beef.

Fries

To serve with your burgers, or by themselves, bake yourself some fries from scratch. Cut potatoes to your desired thickness, spray or toss with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. For something extra, add some fresh rosemary.

General Tso

This recipe from Damn Delicious is a lighter take on the Chinese-American favorite. Who knew cornflakes could add something to a baked General Tso’s Chicken dish?

Burritos

Redefined Mom gives us a delicious healthier burrito recipe, using chicken and all your favorite Mexican ingredients. Try it at home!

Pizza

Lavash bread makes a perfect thin and crispy pizza crust, especially when you bake it for ten minutes before putting on the toppings. Stack the pizza with veggies, lean meats, and low fat cheese. You’ll meet your pizza need without the excess calories.

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.

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!

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!

DIY Wine Tasting at Home

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Hosting a wine tasting at home isn’t as difficult as it sounds. With a bit of help selecting the wines, and some background knowledge about each one, your DIY wine tasting party can be an event to remember! We’ve compiled some tips, and links to sites, that will inspire you to make the most of your event.

  1. How to Host a Wine Tasting Party – by Real Simple
    This article covers everything from wine choice, to creating atmosphere with appropriate music and decorations. They also offer a variety of snack ideas to pair well with the wines, such as charcuterie boards, olives, and new potatoes with pesto.
  2. DIY Easy and Cheap Wine Tasting – by The Comfort of Cooking
    Complete with snack hacks, this article offers ways to cut down on the cost of the party, without compromising on quality or flavor. Remember – not all the food needs to be homemade!
  3. Top 10 DIY Tasting Themes – by Wine Country
    Why not try a themed party, instead of choosing randomly? Themed parties always pack more of a punch, because people know what to expect. Streamline your planning by limiting to a location, year, or style.

If you’re planning an upcoming event, let Catering Central take care of the food. We believe that food can transcend simple nourishment, harnessing the power to connect people. We provide corporate catering in San Mateo (94403), private party catering in Mountain View (94041), the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond! Call us today on (650) 961-3300.