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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Chicken, spinach, feta and pasta bake

This is super easy, light, healthy and yummy!!! Lucy ate it up!

Here is what you need:
2-3 cooked chicken breast cut in bite size pieces.
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/2 chopped onion
8 oz crumbled feta cheese
3 ripe medium tomatoes
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1-2 cups of fresh spinach
About 3/4 box of pasta of choice (use whole wheat to make this healthier)

Here is what to do:
Cook pasta according to the directions

To cook the chicken:
Cut chicken into bite size pieces and place in a pan with olive oil and onion
Season the chicken with garlic salt and pepper
Sautéed until cooked all the way thru.
Set aside

In a baking dish combine: spinach, tomatoes, and feta. Add chicken and pasta top with shredded mozzarella.

Bake at 475 about 15 minutes.

Enjoy!!

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A little Italian on my mind..

Well Italian with a little Mexican that is… Here is our week!

Here is the menu:

Breakfast:

Granola bars

Mini Quiche

Lunches:
Turkey and cheese sandwich– I premake about 5-7 sandwiches with turkey, cheese, lettuce and tomato. Leave the dressing off so it does not get soggy! Put them in baggies and they are ready to go for the week!
Old fashion PB&J– put in the freezer and by the time they are ready to eat, it is still cold but thawed!
Avocado & cranberry salad

Dinners:
Green chili burritos
Turkey meatball sandwiches
Baked ziti
A fun snack:

Corn chips

Grocery list:

Dairy:

butter

eggs

half and half

cottage cheese

Deli:

shredded cheddar cheese

crumbled goat cheese

crumbled feta cheese

lunch meat

sliced cheese

1 package shredded mozzarella cheese

parmesan cheese (fresh is the best)

Produce:

1 potato

basil

parsley

1 bag of spinach

1 yellow onion

1 small tomato

2 avocados

5 garlic cloves (I buy a jar of minced garlic so it does not go to waste)

dried cranberries

pine nuts

fresh fruit–always easy to cut up and add to each meal

Frozen:

Box:

bread crumbs

1 penne pasta

Can:

1 green enchilada sauce

1 Ortega chilies diced

1 refried beans

2 tomato sauce

1 diced tomatoes

Sauce:

salsa

ranch

peanut butter

jelly

honey

Meat:

1 package breakfast sausage

1 pork shoulder

1 pound ground turkey

1 italian sausage

chicken breast (if wanted for salad)

Baking:

flaxseed

oatmeal

vanilla

chocolate chips

sugar

cornstarch

Spices:

Olive oil

salt

garlic powder

pepper

red pepper

oregano

Bakery:

corn tortillas

flour tortillas

hoagie buns

Off to cook!

Lucy herself… She seems to be bored with cooking. Reading will do!

Enjoy!

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