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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.

Panang Curry Recipe

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There’s nothing quite like a fresh, steaming hot plate of Panang Curry served over white rice. A favorite menu item at many Thai Restaurants, Panang Curry offers salty, sweet, and nutty flavor profiles that you can reproduce at home. During the month of September, we have been sharing some of our Asian-inspired recipes, so make sure you go back and see our previous posts on Kung Pao Chicken, Mongolian Beef, and Chow Mein.

Catering Central’s Signature Panang Curry

Ingredients:

  • Mae Ploy Red Curry
  • Fresh garlic
  • Fresh ginger
  • Fresh Thai basil
  • Fresh Kaffir lime leaf
  • Fish sauce
  • Coconut milk
  • Sugar
  • Salt

Method:

  1. Lightly fry ginger and garlic until aromatic (about 1 minute)
  2. Add Mae Ploy Panang Paste and lightly fry
  3. Add coconut milk and bring up to a light boil
  4. Add thinly sliced Kaffir lime leaf
  5. Season with fish sauce
  6. Add sugar to find balance between sweet and salty
  7. Once balanced, finish off with pinches of salt.
  8. Lastly, add your Thai Basil and you are complete

Notes: This dish can be made with pre-cut blanched chicken for Thai Chicken Coconut Curry or fried tofu and blanched vegetables for a Vegetarian Thai Coconut Curry. Omit fish sauce for strict vegetarians.
Catering for a party requires much more than just preparing food. We prepare, transport, heat, serve, and clean up after food. We’re sure you’d agree that your role as the host of an event would be better utilized mingling and directing, rather than worrying about the food. Let us take care of that for you! We do Private Party catering in the San Francisco Bay Area, Corporate Catering in Silicon Valley (94301), and events all the way from Mountain View to San Francisco – call us today on (650) 961-3300.

“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!

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!

Food as Fuel

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Food gives us vitality, a reason for coming together, and essential vitamins and minerals for life. For many people, food is seen as a ‘necessary evil’ – with health and taste being mutually exclusive. It can take a while for certain palates to become accustomed to clean flavors, but we assure you, healthy food can taste great! When we eat the right food, for the right reasons, our bodies function at their optimal state.

When we think of food as a comfortable place after a rough day, a reward for something we did well, or a replacement for dealing with emotions, it’s easy to stop taking care of ourselves. The idea of ‘Food as Fuel’ encourages us to eat for sustenance rather than pleasure. That doesn’t mean healthy food is boring, instead, it teaches us to enjoy each bite. We eat together to bond with others, and we eat to give our bodies the energy to live well.

Take note of how your body functions when you eat certain foods. Do you feel tired afterwards? Are you hungry an hour later? How does your digestive system handle the food? 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 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!

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!