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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!

Catering Central Lunch Wraps

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Searching for a “lighter” lunch for your next company luncheon? We have menus dedicated to this lighter affair. Take a look at some of the wraps that we make (see below);

Wraps Selection
-Carved “Beef Roast” Wrap: Roast Beef, Caramelized Onions, Jack Cheese and Spring Mix. Horseradish Aioli

-California Turkey Wrap: Oven Roasted Turkey, Baby Kale, Romaine Lettuce, Shredded Carrots and Cabbage, Sun Dried Cranberries. Herb Dressing

-Grilled Veggie Wrap: Asparagus Spears, Grilled Zucchini, Eggplant, Spring Mix, Herb Dressing

-Mediterranean Tuna Wrap: Albacore Tuna, Mayonnaise, Red Onions, Celery, Tomatoes, Lemon Juice

We offer sides with the wraps also;

-Fresh Pasta Rotini with Cucumbers, Pesto, Cucumbers, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese

-Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

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.

Healthy Start to Your Day – Stanford Cancer Center

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We recently had the pleasure of serving breakfast to the hard working staff of the Stanford Cancer Center in the South Bay. Recognized globally for advanced clinical care, the Stanford Cancer Center combines state-of-the-art equipment, quality care, and a beautifully calm environment in one package. The center’s expert staff tirelessly give their best to patients, so it was only fitting that their breakfast would be one of health and vitality.

As you can see from the attached pictures, we served fresh berries alongside a yogurt and granola bar. In addition, we brought the protein with sausages and eggs, to keep the staff of the Cancer Center on their toes. We love doing our part to support these fantastic men and women as they fight against such a relentlessly unforgiving disease.

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! We’d like to offer a special thank you to Martha Cruz, and the rest of the staff for the opportunity.

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Chow Mein Recipe

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Chow Mein is a popular noodle dish throughout the USA, and is widely known as American Chinese food. Though it is usually served as a side, with added protein, Chow Mein can be a meal in its own right. At Catering Central, we love a good Chow Mein, and we’re excited to share some of our signature recipe with you.

First, it is important to prep your vegetables before you start cooking – this means green cabbage, carrots, and green onions. For the sauce, Chow Mein is made with a mixture of light soy sauce, and dark soy – using a ratio of two parts light to one part dark. Making sure we have plenty of space on a flat top grill, we fry the egg noodles in canola oil before adding veggies and seasoning with the soy mixture. At the end, we add the all-important sesame oil, as well as salt and pepper.

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

Easy Portion Control

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Understanding how much to eat, is sometimes as important as knowing what to eat. Portion control can be a hassle, but healthy living is well worth the effort. The best part about portion control is realizing the vast amount of healthful foods you can eat, compared to a small amount of nutritionally challenged foods. Since we’re not looking to reinvent the wheel, we have some links to other sites with more in-depth information on portion control.

  • Everyday Health
    Ten excellent tips for controlling your portions, including; measuring accurately, observing labels, and avoiding regular family-style serving methods.
  • BodyBuilding.com
    You don’t need to be pumping iron for these tips to remain relevant! Website name aside, this site has a myriad of nutritious recipes and tips for healthy living. Portion control is key to the fitness lifestyle.
  • Health.com
    Did you know that not skipping meals is one step towards managing portion control? These eight tips for controlling portion sizes are sensible, realistic, and super helpful.

Here at Catering Central, we love making 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, 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.

Guide to Sugar Substitutes

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When it comes to sugar, we all know that we should eat less. Faced with a myriad of other sweetening options, it can be extremely confusing to choose something that is better for us in the long run. While some substitutes tout calorie-free benefits, the long term effects are known carcinogens, which is certainly not what we’re aiming for. Here are five sugar substitutes that may not save calories, but offer other nutritional benefits.

  • Stevia
    A potent plant-based sweetener, stevia extract comes in either liquid or powder form. Stevia is naturally calorie-free, but it does have an odd flavor if too much is used. A great alternative for people watching their weight, or managing sweet cravings.
  • Honey
    Sweeter and denser than table sugar, honey offers antioxidants and allergen protection with which sugar is unable to compete. Honey also boasts a healthier glycemic index than sugar, making its energy more slowly released in the body.
  • Agave Nectar
    Sweeter than honey still, agave has a significantly lower glycemic index than regular table sugar. Made from the agave plant, agave nectar holds its own in baked goods – behaving a lot like sugar.
  • Maple Syrup
    Maple boasts minerals and antioxidants, where table sugar falls flat. Make sure you buy the real stuff for nutritional benefits – maple flavored corn syrup is just sugar in disguise.
  • Blackstrap Molasses
    While it’s not for excessive use, this sweetener is full of minerals like calcium, iron, copper, and manganese. Certainly a better nutritional profile than sugar!

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!

Greener Kitchens at Home

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Your kitchen provides all kinds of opportunities for harsh chemicals and waste, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We have some ideas to keep your kitchen running sustainably – saving you money and improving your health in the meantime.

  • Green Cleaning Products
    It’s easy to not really care about what kinds of cleaning products you’re using, especially if they get the job done. By using more natural supplies, you’re improving your air quality by reducing the harsh chemical toxins in the air. In addition, you’re preventing dangerous chemicals from entering our waterways. Also, safer if you have pets and young children around the house!
  • Limiting Paper Towel Use
    Could this problem be solved by a reusable towel? Sometimes we need paper towel, other times, we could probably do without it.
  • Glass Food Storage Containers
    Avoid BPA or chemical leaching by storing leftovers in glass containers. Salads (or small meals) can also be taken on-the-go in glass containers, eliminating the waste associated with takeout, or plastic disposable containers and bags.
  • Rotate Produce in Fridge
    Remember: First in, first out! Avoid the “surprise” of finding a moldy science experiment in the back of your fridge, and eat what you buy. Take note of what you have, before you buy more produce.  

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!

Back to School Lunch Ideas

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With Back to School fast approaching, we thought we’d help you out with planning a few nutritious, kid-approved lunch box ideas. Since most schools ban nuts, we’ll be keeping the menu items peanut and tree nut free for your convenience. Also, reusable, segmented lunch boxes like Planet Box, or Lunch Bots really come in handy for daily use. (Make sure you check out this Friday’s post on Back to School Breakfast Ideas!)

  • Wraps
    Less bread-heavy than a sandwich, wraps are also more attractive to kids. By rolling a wrap, you can fit all kinds of nutritious fillings that may not work well with traditional bread. Try any combination of; turkey, ham, cream cheese, sunflower seed butter, thinly sliced cucumber, grated (and paper towel dried) carrot, or hummus.
  • Seaweed Snacks
    Whether you pack large sheets of sushi nori, or the pre-packaged snack size, seaweed is a surprising kid-favorite. Packed with protein, minerals, a hefty amount of vitamin C, and anti-inflammatory properties, seaweed is a lunch box winner.
  • Savory Muffins
    For a fun, hand-held way to disguise veggies, try savory muffins like these ones from Cut Out the Crap.
  • Fruit/Veggies with Dip
    Sliced cucumber, baby carrots, and mini tomatoes go well with hummus or ranch in small containers like Dressing to Go by Sistema. Sliced apple, pear, or peaches go well with yogurt dips or sunflower seed butter.
  • Cheese
    String cheese, Laughing Cow, and Babybel are all lunchbox favorites! Kids love cheese, and so will their teeth and bones, considering the calcium boost.

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.

DIY Health-Packed Meal

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When faced with the convenience of microwaveable mac and cheese, or the effort of a healthy, balanced meal – which will you choose? It’s easy (and cheap) to shop for, and prepare processed foods, but your body won’t thank you for it. Over time, the lack of nutrients, abundance of sodium, and fake ingredients will take their toll. It might be easier to eat fast food now, but in the long run, the complications aren’t worth the time saved.

A healthy meal is made of protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and fresh produce. Your body needs vitamins and minerals to run smoothly, so you can experience your best life. Here some some sites to inspire you to eat well – no excuses!

  1. Cooking for one? Greatist has some fantastic single-serving meals for you.
  2. Be inspired by the Food Network’s Healthy Recipe pages.
  3. All Recipes has HUNDREDS of easy, healthy meals – ready for you to make.

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!