Summer is here! Yes, for a whole two weeks!
Ha! Joking. We have been getting a couple of extra sunny, gorgeous days lately, so it's time to spice up your office lunches and make them picnic, outdoor worthy. If you have us as your caterer, we got you sorted, but if you are making lunch at home, we bring you a few ideas to try.
Say hello to vibrant salads, mouthwatering wraps, and fresh fruits that will keep your taste buds dancing all season long. Here are a few dishes to help you get through even the hottest office days.
Summer Salads: Embrace the freshness of summer with colourful, nutrient-packed salads that go beyond the ordinary. The beauty of salads lies in their versatility. You can create a simple side salad, a hearty main dish, or vibrant fruit-infused salads bursting with flavours.
Here are a few tips for creating sensational summer salads:
Choose a variety of vegetables: Combine different textures and colours to add visual appeal and diverse flavours to your salad. Think crisp lettuce, juicy cherry tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and sweet corn.
Add a protein source: Boost the nutritional value of your salad by adding protein-rich ingredients like grilled chicken, shrimp, tofu, or chickpeas. These additions provide a satisfying and filling element to your salad.
Experiment with dressings: Elevate the flavours of your salad with homemade dressings. From tangy vinaigrettes to creamy avocado-based dressings, there's a world of possibilities to explore. Feel free to get creative and find the perfect dressing to complement your salad ingredients.
Incorporate herbs and spices: Fresh herbs like basil, mint, coriander, or dill add an aromatic touch to your salad. Sprinkle spices like paprika, cumin, or chilli flakes to add flavour and depth.
Wrap it up: When it comes to handheld delights, wraps take centre stage.
Whether you prefer a light and refreshing option or something heartier, wraps provide the ideal canvas.
Consider filling your wrap with grilled chicken or shrimp, tangy feta cheese, creamy avocado slices, and a zesty lemon-dill dressing. Alternatively, embrace the vegetarian route with roasted vegetables, hummus, mixed greens, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. The possibilities are endless.
These portable treats are perfect for on-the-go munching during those busy workdays.
Bountiful Buddha Bowls: Looking for an Instagram-worthy lunch? Buddha bowls are as aesthetically pleasing as they are delicious. Packed with vegetables, grains, and proteins, Buddha bowls provide all the energy you need to tackle your workday. So dive into a teriyaki tofu bowl with roasted veggies or a Moroccan-spiced chickpea bowl.
On-trend Charcuterie Boards: Who says charcuterie boards are only for social gatherings? Bring the party to the office with a mini charcuterie board filled with cheeses, cured meats, crackers, and mouthwatering condiments. This trending lunch option adds a touch of sophistication to your midday break. It encourages sharing and camaraderie among colleagues - if you want to share your lunch, that is.
Plant-Based Delights: Who said that eating plant-based is boring? There are many plant-based options nowadays, from delicious bean burgers to jackfruit tacos, cauliflower buffalo wings, and excellent additions to anyone's lunchtime. The best part is that you don't have to be a committed vegan to add more veggies to your diet. Anyone can enjoy a plant-based meal.
Catering in the workplace is a game-changer:
Yes, we know, of course, we are biased. But hear us out for a minute... Having a workplace caterer/cafeteria can be a game-changer. Providing delicious, nutritious meals in the office can boost mood, reduce stress, and improve overall mental health. Happy bellies equal happy minds!
Workplace catering saves valuable time and enhances productivity by eliminating the need for employees to spend time planning and preparing meals. When you're well-nourished with a tasty lunch, you can refuel and focus on your tasks without the mid-afternoon energy slump.
Workplace Catering can also enhance collaboration. Sharing a meal together fosters community and encourages collaboration among colleagues. It provides an opportunity to connect, bond, and generate new ideas while enjoying a meal.
Win, win! Right?
Email us if you want to hear more about the Cleverchefs offering for the workplace, or watch the video below about our client OrangeBox and listen to what they say about working with us.