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Fall Season Produce

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While all seasons boast their specific produce bounty, we are undoubtedly upon the most plentiful! Fall is the season of the harvest, bursting with apples and pumpkins – and of course, pumpkin spice. The California Cookbook shows which produce is ready, what has been, and what is to come – you can find the guide here. What do we have to look forward to this Fall: 

 

  • Apples – time to bake!
  • Artichokes – bright side to a roasted chicken
  • Asian Pears – sweet afternoon snack with some nuts
  • Bell Peppers – raw with hummus, or cooked in a stir fry
  • Herbs – roasted vegetables with olive oil, sea salt, and rosemary, anyone? YES!
  • So much more! Check out the list, and don’t forget to go to You-Pick farms while you can.

This fall 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.

 

Easy Dinners To Impress Guests

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You don’t need to be a culinary genius to impress a few dinner guests! The links below are to countless recipes that look complicated, taste amazing, and are actually a cinch to make.

  1. 19 Easy Dinners That Will Impress The Heck Out Of Your Date by Buzzfeed
    This list kicks off with coconut-crusted tilapia adorned in pomegranate salsa, so you can see that these recipes aren’t messing around. Make the seared scallops in brown butter, dream of the cosy chicken piccata, or try your hand at a perfectly cooked steak.

  2. Simple Dinner Party Ideas That Will Impress Guests by Business Insider
    Antipasto and proscuitto-wrapped anything tend to impress people. Sometimes minimalist ingredients used well pack a bigger punch than all the complicated recipes in the world.

  3. 10 Gourmet Recipes to Impress (Plus 10 Easy Shortcuts for Weeknights) by Real Simple
    Who doesn’t love a good shortcut – especially when you’re ending up with a similar product! Cutting corners doesn’t have to mean cutting taste. Check out the Salt-Baked Leg of Lamb and potatoes!

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, private party catering in Mountain View, the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond! 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!

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!