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Boost Your Veggie Intake

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Parents have been hiding vegetables in their children’s food for decades, but you’ve probably never considered hiding veggies in your own food – right? Even though you know they’re there, vegetables can be “hidden” in all kinds of foods that would be otherwise nutritionally challenged. Even if the food you’re cramming with vegetables isn’t technically healthy, boosting the nutrient level is still worth something. Here are some ways to get your five a day!

 

  • Black Bean Brownies – by Chocolate Covered Katie
    You might be skeptical about the texture of black beans inside of something as decadent as a brownie, but these fiber-filled beans eliminate your need for flour and you can’t even taste them. These are something you need to make to believe!
  • Frittata/Omelette
    Do you have leftover veggies from the night before, or some vegetables hanging out in the fridge closing in on their expiration date? Mix them into some eggs and bake. Alternatively, use them as stuffing in an omelette. Yes, you’ll be able to taste these vegetables, but you’ll also pack in far more vegetables than you would in any other breakfast.
  • Pasta Sauce
    A grate way to boost pasta and meatballs is to grate a ton of vegetables then add them to the sauce. Onions, zucchini, red bell pepper, and carrots can all be sauteed in some olive oil a few minutes before pouring a jar of sauce on top. Use spaghetti squash instead of pasta for even MORE vegetables.
  • Muffins
    Again with the grater – you can add all kinds of things to a muffin recipe.

 

You can enjoy all foods in moderation, as long as they’re 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!

DIY Salad Dressing

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Modified corn starch, monosodium glutamate, and xanthan gum are just a short list of additives in commercial salad dressings that really don’t need to be there. With a few simple pantry ingredients, you can make your own salad dressings that taste great and cut out the junk.

Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette
If you read nothing else today, remember this recipe! You need only five ingredients – ½ cup olive oil, 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, salt and pepper. Shake it up in a mason jar and suddenly your salad is awesome.

50 DIY Salad Dressings by
Food Network
Any salad dressing you can buy, you can make. Use this list as inspiration, or a guide when you’re needing some dressing.

8 Easy DIY Salad Dressings by Greatist
Check out this infographic – anything from almond, miso-orange, and smoky tahihi can be made from this list!

While there’s no such thing as “good” and “bad” food, let’s work together on spending the majority of our lives filling our bodies with nutritious fuel instead of unnecessary additives. 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!

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!

“No Takeout” Challenge!

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How many times a week do you order in food? By frequently eating takeout, you are not only spending more of your hard-earned cash, but you are also potentially compromising your health. Do you think you could spend a month without takeout? Granted, eating out is similar, but usually reserved for connecting with others. We have some tips for challenging you to “No-Takeout September.”

  • Plan
    Sit down and spend some time working out which nights you’re home for dinner, and decide in advance what you’re going to eat. If you regularly buy lunch, decide what kinds of lunches you like, and buy those foods at the grocery store. Weekend grocery shopping makes for a well-planned week.
     
  • Prepare Food in Bulk
    Eating leftovers is an easy way to avoid food waste, save money, and regularly eat home-cooked food. Why not make leftovers on purpose? With a few food storage containers, you can make a big batch of a few foods and keep them in the fridge or freezer.  
  • Have Quick Options
    Don’t reach for the microwave meal or boxed mac ‘n cheese just yet – think of some quick meals you can make without the processed junk. Wholewheat pasta and pesto takes less than ten minutes! Steaming a few veggies takes about five minutes. Think outside the box.  

You can enjoy all foods in moderation, as long as they’re 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!

Enjoying Treats in Moderation

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Despite what you may think, no food is inherently bad. When we stop categorizing food into “good” or “bad,” we can start considering it as fuel. Which fuel does your body need most? Obviously we run optimally on nutritionally dense food, but that doesn’t completely rule out food with less nutrition to offer. We have three tips for enjoying “treats” in moderation:

  • Allow treats on occasion
    Even when you’re actively trying to lose weight, allowing yourself the occasional treat is one way to make sure you’re less likely to fall completely off the wagon when cravings strike. Learn how to limit, and enjoy in moderation.
  • Don’t regularly keep treats at home
    When you have a fridge and pantry stocked with nutritious food, it’s more difficult to overindulge in treats. Avoid keeping your vice at home, and you’ll be able to enjoy your treat out and about with friends and family.
  • Enjoy high quality treats
    You’ll savor and appreciate an artisan chocolate or a wood fired pizza, compared to simply buying the fast food versions. Not only will you eat less, you’ll have a more “whole” (closer to natural) food to enjoy.

You can enjoy all foods in moderation, as long as they’re 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!

August Market Update

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August is a bountiful month for produce! As we begin to wrap up the summer months, we prepare to say goodbye to Bloomsdale spinach, shishito peppers, red pearl onions, morels, artichokes and castle rock potatoes. But fear not, there is so much in store for this month, as the attached report shows.

In summary, August in the Bay Area means Mediterranean month. Heirloom varietals are out in full force – squashes, eggplants, tomatoes – Bellissimo! August produce lends itself to handmade pasta sauces, delicious healthy pizza toppings, bruschetta, and Greek salads. Take the opportunity to use fewer, but fresher, ingredients. Appreciate menu minimalism!

Fruit wise, August is all about melons, stonefruit, figs, and berries. Why not take advantage of  the nutritional powerhouse of figs, by making your own Fig Newtons at home? They help lower high cholesterol, are an excellent source of dietary fiber, and protect against macular degeneration. Of course, you can just eat them fresh, too, for a delicious afternoon snack.

If you’d like to know more about the seasonal 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.

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Order the Water!

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Next time you’re eating at a cafe or restaurant, order water. There’s that tempting moment when the server asks what you’d like to drink, and chances are, you’re probably interested in a soda, juice, or something a little more alcoholic. We have four reasons why water (the seemingly boring option) is the very best choice for you:

  • Don’t drink your calories
    You only get around 2000 a day – why spend them on drinks? Twelve ounces of cola will set you back 140 calories, and the same amount of orange juice (while more nutritionally dense) costs a whopping 168 calories. Beer? 200+ calories per twelve ounces.
  • You need more than you’re having
    The exact amount of water you need per day varies due to your size, location, and activity level. As a general rule of thumb, you should be getting at least 8 glasses (2 liters) per day. Very few people get this amount – and your body needs it!
  • Hydrate before late-night beverages
    If you’re heading to bars after dinner, get a late start on the alcohol, and start with water. You’ll thank yourself the next morning, when your headache isn’t as bad as everyone else’s. Try alternating your beverages – one cup of water for every alcoholic drink. You’ll drink less alcohol, spend less money, and feel better for it.
  • It’s free
    You’ll be surprised how much money you can save when you begin to order water. If you eat out three times a week, and spend an average of $4 on a beverage – that’s $624 a year! Even if you’re ordering soda for $2, switching to water will still save you hundreds of dollars.

Have a healthy second half of 2016 with 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!

Sneaky Vegetables

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If your kids are picky eaters, it’s time for you to get creative with your cooking. Parents have been hiding fruits and vegetables in their children’s food for decades, and it seems to get easier every day with cookbooks like Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld. We have a few tricks to help you become stealth about health:

 

  • Start Right
    The ship may have already sailed on this one… but as soon as your baby is ready for solids, start them on something that isn’t sweet. Beginning with banana might seem harmless, but be ready for them to think everything that isn’t sweet is gross.

 

  • Grate!
    Grate, puree, or finely process vegetables to sneak into recipes. If they can’t see it, they won’t know it’s there. Pasta sauce is a great way to disguise carrot, zucchini, peppers – even spinach!

 

  • Replace
    Why not make healthier versions of unhealthy eating-out recipes at home? Find yourself saying YES to donuts and waffles, while controlling the ingredients you choose to include.

 

  • Loaded Desserts
    Black Bean Brownies sound disgusting, but taste amazing. Green smoothies look green, but taste fruity. There are all kinds of muffins, cakes, and sweet treats that you can load with vegetables – and your kids are none the wiser.

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.

Beware of “Health” Food

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We’ve all been there – hungry and grocery shopping. While we know the two are a terrible match, we still find ourselves scaling the aisles with rumbling tummies; usually looking for something healthy to fill the void. You can be fooled by natural-looking packages, rustic text, or the color green… but the only way to tell if your “health food” is really healthy, is by reading nutritional information.

Your first port of call is to look for sugar and salt. So-called “healthy” foods shouldn’t be teeming with these things, although a little is usually needed for flavor. This is where it gets tricky – products with real fruit aren’t labelled with added vs. naturally occurring sugar. Your job is to be super sleuth to all the code names for sugar in the ingredients list – turns out there are 61 different names for sugar! Too hungry for research? Grab a banana; you already know what it’s made of.

Salt is used as a preservative for many packaged foods, hence the astronomical levels of sodium in certain longer-life products. Also, your health food won’t do you any favors if it’s lacking in dietary fiber, and packing a giant stash of carbohydrates. When in doubt, go as natural as possible. Plain Greek yogurt with fruit and nuts will nourish your body better than a processed energy bar.

Make July less of a health-kick and more of a permanent lifestyle change. While there’s no such thing as “good” and “bad” food, let’s work together on spending the majority of our lives filling our bodies with nutritious fuel instead of empty calories. 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!

Time to Plant Your Kale Garden

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If you’re looking for a way to grow your own salad greens, look no further than kale. Relatively easy to grow, kale is a nutritional powerhouse – boasting huge amounts of vitamins A, C, and K. Plant your kale in mid-July and you can expect a harvest in the fall. We have a few tips for creating space for your kale patch.

  1. Prepare a bed of light, nutrient-rich soil. If the soil in your backyard leaves a lot to be desired, go to your local hardware store and pick up a bag. Use natural fertilizers to build in extra nutrients, which in turn gives your garden better chances of growing.
  2. Plant kale seeds in small biodegradable pots, so the seedlings don’t have extra stress while being transferred. These Peat Pots can be planted directly in the ground.
  3. When it’s time to put them in the ground, space the pots 8-12 inches apart so that each kale bunch has space to grow.
  4. Water the plants regularly, with a moderate amount of water. Make sure you don’t overwater!

Here at Catering Central, we love making fresh food taste great. We’d be happy to hear about the vision you have for your party, and work with you to make it happen. We do Private Party catering in the San Francisco Bay Area (94110), Corporate Catering in Silicon Valley, and events all the way from Mountain View to San Francisco. If you’re looking for catering when it comes to parties, events and gatherings – call us today on (650) 961-3300.