A Taste of Catering

Lucy’s diner branched out today! My dream job would be an event planner/ catering. I would love to cook for people on their special events… So I figured why can’t I? I simply reached out to friends and family to do small events to gain experience, and here is my first one!

My mother in law is a real estate agent and was having a luncheon for some clients. I was honored when she asked me! So my Lucy and I were put to the test today! I was up at 5AM worried and making sure everything was set to leave the house by 8. Lucy in tow we headed out to deliver our first event. I managed to forget one thing, but we made it and reports are saying clients are coming back for seconds!

We made:
Carnitas (pulled pork tacos with green chili sauce)
Homemade refried beans
Berry salad with fresh mint
Pico
Mini cheese cake
Raspberry iced tea

It sure looked good!!

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Granola bites– again!

I have made these before, well I actually make them about once a week. A very healthy homemade snack!

What you need:
1 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup honey
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cup flaxseed
1-2 tsp vanilla
pinch salt
1 cup add-ins (optional– chocolate chips, dried cranberries, nuts etc..)

What to do:
Mix it all together, lay out as thin as you desire on a flat pan and place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
Once they have hardened, flip the pan upside down and remove the mixture.

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Cut mixture into bite size bars.
Store in the refrigerator.

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I had a helper 🙂

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Enjoy!

Easy homemade salsa

Who doesn’t love chips and salsa?! It is one of my favorites! Again, store bought is full of preservatives that our bodies do not need… So I make it myself. Plus the amount of money you save is pretty unreal! It cost me less than $5 to make a huge bowl, probably 1/3 of it would fill a normal store bought jar of salsa which is about $3-$5 depending on the brand!

What you need:
6 Roma tomatoes
1 onion
8 cloves of garlic
1 bunch of cilantro
1 jalapeño
1 Anaheim chili
1 can diced tomatoes
1 pinch of salt

What to do:
Mix it all together! I used a chopper and chopped each item and then combined it all together in a large bowl.

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Fresh spinach and three cheese pizza on whole wheat flat bread

I am not a huge pizza fan but this is yummy and so healthy! I use a whole wheat flat bread instead of a fattening, carb filled crust. No fun, right? This is the one I usually get, or the whole wheat with flaxseed.

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What you need:
2-3 Whole wheat flat bread pieces (I make 2-3 small pizzas)
About 2 cups of spinach
1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup of crumpled goat cheese
1/4 cup (if that) crumbled blue cheese, this can be strong so put as much as you desire
1 cup of spaghetti sauce (I used store bought tonight– shame on me!)

What to do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Lay the pieces of flat bread out on a cookie sheet, and place in oven to get crispy (this prevents the middle pieces from being soggy)
Layer: sauce, spinach and cheese
Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until it has reached your desired crispness!

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Apple and banana cupcakes with Greek yogurt frosting

This was from valentines day.. Little treats for her little party. My Lucy did approve, after all she is the taste tester!

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Frosting:
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup powder sugars
1 tsp vanilla

Cupcakes:
1 cup all purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
2 ripe bananas
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs
½ tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt

What to do:
Mix up frosting and put aside in the refrigerator to keep cool.
In a mixer blend all other ingredients.
Pour into lined muffin tins. (I used mini tins)
Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes or until done.
After cooling frost and top with fresh strawberries or blueberries!

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Cheesy potato soup

Perfect dinner for a snow day! This is what it looked like outside:

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So what better than soup!

What you need:
4-6 large russet potatoes
32 ounces of low sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 small onion diced
1 package shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4 pieces of cooked turkey bacon

What to do:
Peel and cut potatoes into chunks, place in a large cooking pot.
Cover potatoes with chicken broth, add garlic and onion.
Boil until potatoes are soft.
Mash potatoes in same pot, leaving some chunks. Add cheese and continue cooking.
Simmer until it reaches the consistency you desire. Top with bacon pieces.

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