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Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

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This month on our blog, we’re sharing a few recipes of our signature Asian-American dishes. (Click here for Tuesday’s Chow Mein recipe!) Today we are highlighting Chinese Kung Pao Chicken; a beloved meal for all who enjoy Asian-inspired cuisine.

Chinese Kung Pao Chicken

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Thigh Meat
  • Eggs
  • Corn Starch
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Canola Oil
  • Dry Chilies de Arbol, or Chinese Chili
  • Bell Pepper
  • Yellow Onion
  • Peanuts
  • Chicken Stock
  • Chili Paste or Fermented Bean and Chili Paste
  • Dark Soy Sauce and Regular Soy Sauce Mix – 10/90

Method:

  1. Clean and cut chicken thighs into cubes. Marinate in whole beaten eggs, cornstarch and salt. Par Fry in canola oil – blanch chicken only (don’t let it take color).
  2. Prep bell peppers and onions by cutting them into cubes.
  3. Use canola oil to fry chillies, and add bean/chili paste, as well as the chicken stock and soy mix.
  4. Next, add pre-cooked chicken and peanuts, sauteeing the mixture until it’s almost dry. Try not to leave any liquid, as this will negatively affect the flavor.
  5. To finalize the dish, add salt/pepper to taste, and sesame oil as seasoning.

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!

Pacific Produce Newsletter

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Pacific Produce is a local, women-owned family business dedicated to providing fresh produce and relevant information to the Bay Area. Each month, the company releases a seasonal produce report, with market updates, as well as a newsletter. Attached, you’ll find a super cute seasonal produce guide from their website, to use as an extra resource. For the full newsletter, click here to go to the website.

In summary, the newsletter includes updates from the owners’ daily conversations with local farmers – helping you to have the most accurate and up-to-date information. Now is a great time to buy inexpensive, great quality leafy greens – especially if you’re in the position to be ordering in bulk for your company. In addition, the Pacific Produce newsletter outlines cost saving suggestions that are relevant to all people, not only those making orders from their business.

At Catering Central we think highly of the people at Pacific Produce. 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!

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Back to School Breakfast Ideas

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Breakfast is undoubtedly the most important meal of the day – especially important for growing bodies and minds. Today we have a few ideas on providing a delicious, kid-friendly breakfast that won’t take you too long to prepare. This week we’re focusing on Back to School nutrition, so make sure you read Tuesday’s post on Lunchbox Ideas!

  • Eggs
    They might be the most obvious breakfast food that ever existed, but a clear winner for a school day breakfast. They don’t take long to make – boiled eggs can be made ahead of time, scrambled and fried eggs take mere minutes. Serve with a side of toast, mini tomatoes, or baby bell peppers.
  • Loaded Crockpot Oatmeal
    Use your slow cooker to make a family-sized batch of steel-cut or rolled oats overnight – with little to no effort. In the morning, mix in items like; ground flaxseed, chia seeds, grated apple, maple syrup, blackstrap molasses, almond butter, trail mix, or blueberries.
  • Homemade Baked Goods
    These do take time, but you can make them on the weekend and freeze. Savory muffins, banana bread, even cooked and cooled pancakes can be made ahead of time! Anything to provide a tasty, wholesome, and quick weekday breakfast.
  • Fruit and Toast
    If time is not your friend, a piece of whole grain toast with natural nut butter will do the trick. Add a side of sliced fruit, and you’ve got a balanced breakfast.

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!

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.

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!

Stuffed Tomato Ideas

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Stuffed tomatoes can be a great starter, but why not pump them up and make them an entree? Summer is the perfect time for big, juicy heirloom tomatoes – so why not find a few at your local market and scoop them out for stuffing?

At Catering Central, we make a mean stuffed tomato for a vegetarian meal. Packed with quinoa and other roasted vegetables, our stuffed toms come in both starter and entree size. For a change, sometimes we even stuff them with orzo pasta.

If you’re looking for something a little more… beefed up… you can always add ground meat to the quinoa and veggies. Just like a stuffed pepper, a stuffed tomato can also house the same kinds of nutritious and delicious fillings. Why not add some cheese while you’re at it? The possibilities are endless.

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 Soup at Home

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While opening a can of soup is easy, there’s always something “canned” about the flavor. It’s also widely known that canned soup has an exorbitant sodium content – but did you know all that salt is keeping the soup from spoiling? Homemade soup can be as salty or plain as you make it, giving you a delicious meal without compromising your health. Also, if there’s too much – great! Freeze in individual portions for that ‘heat and serve’ convenience you’re looking for.  

Here are three soups we make at Catering Central, that you can replicate at home:

  1. Butternut Squash
    Simply roast and puree, add chicken broth, mirepoix, thyme, salt, and pepper. 
  2. Bean Soup
    Any 2-3 types of beans you desire, mixed with broth, seasonings, and a leafy green (e.g. kale, spinach etc.) will produce a delicious bowl of healthy, wholesome soup.
  3. Hearty Minestrone
    Tomato, broth, diced vegetables, and pasta – a recipe for a filling, nutritious meal.

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!

Restaurant Health Hacks

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Are your restaurant choices throwing you off the health wagon? Eating out doesn’t have to break your nutrition goals, as long as you’re equipped with some strong willpower, pre-decided boundaries, and you’re willing to lose the FOMO (fear of missing out).

  1. Have you already “cheated” this week? If you’re indulging more than three times a week, you’re going to have trouble progressing with weight-loss goals. Decide what kinds of compromises you’re willing to make, for example; people on a low-carb plan might “cheat” with some rice, but decide not to go all the way to fries-town.

  2. Custom build your meal – if that’s appropriate for the restaurant. Prioritize lean proteins, and always add something fresh. Brunch is a breeze, with a veggie omelette! You can add meat if you like, but by ordering the veggie version, you’re packing in extra health. Cut the hash or home fries, and add a salad. You’ll be jealous of other plates at the time, but thankful when you’re not sluggish later on.

  3. Limit sugar – don’t drink your calories! Save your calorie budget for the awesome food you’re about to devour, rather than blowing them on a soda. If you’re wanting some dessert, factor it in, by reducing the calories of your main meal. It’s not about deprivation, it’s about balance!

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!