Food Matters

Three golden rules for meal planning.

Want to get the most out of your meal times with your family? Decrease your stress around preparing and cooking food? And save yourself time and money? Meal planning is the answer! Whether for a week or a month ahead, planning your meals will change the way you approach preparing your family’s food for the better.

Planning your meals ahead of time means you can provide yourself and your family with a balanced spread with enough variety to keep everyone happy and interested, without wasting precious time or ingredients. You can read more about the reasons why meal planning is so useful and important in our previous blog post here. Ready to start? Let us share our top three guidelines for successful meal planning.

Three golden rules for meal planning:

1. Keep it straight and simple. Plan out four or five meals for the week, leaving a night for leftovers or frozen meals or even take-out (you can serve it up to look its best). Make sure that you choose to make meals that the whole family can enjoy and that you make enough so that you can use for your leftovers night. Simple doesn’t have to be boring and, with a little creativity, you can switch up leftovers with different ingredients to make a different meal.

2. Double up, triple up. Take a favourite recipe and make more of it. Eat a portion for dinner this week and then freeze the rest for use at a later date. Meatballs, lasagne (with a few twists come serving time), and soups are good options and they’re easy to store and thaw well.

3. Be fine with being flexible. While you might have your meal plan in place, not every day is going to go as planned. You might be running late at work or have a sick child or forget to thaw a vital ingredient. Don’t panic – simply swop out your intended meal for a different one on the meal planner. Having some basic staples in stock (such as eggs or pasta sauce) can make for the perfect back up plan when things go awry on the food front.

Planning right, splitting meals and making a decision to go with frozen meals are the keys to successful meal planning. Need a frozen food option you can trust? Something that’s quick and easy but still nutritious and delicious? Your favourite catering company has the answer! If you love a Food Matters meal, you’ll be happy to hear that we’ve recently launched our very own range of frozen meals – FOMO. Simply order online and take home a range of yummy meals for your freezer or tomorrow’s supper. When you don’t feel like cooking but still want to eat well, try a FOMO meal!

Meal planning can make all the difference when it comes to serving your family well-balanced meals. Use our handy planner to help you do it right.

Corporate Catering: Breakfast

Let us help you “eat breakfast like a king.” Sit down for a few minutes and imagine the smell of bacon and eggs permeating your office. Now picture a crepe filled with spinach, chunky tomato sauce, creamy scrambled eggs, topped with a light cheese sauce, crispy bacon, roasted rosa tomatoes with basil & balsamic glaze. If you think that someone may still be hungry after that they can feast from a table overflowing with croissants, brioche, Danish pastries and cinnamon buns.

Corporate breakfast
Corporate breakfast
Corporate breakfast catering

Corporate Catering: Men

We believe in the old adage “the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Indulge your men in true South African tradition with a gourmet braai – sizzling steaks, prawn tails on skewers, lamb chops with lemon and chilli, cheesy braai pap and colourful salads. No South African celebration can be complete without koeksisters and milk tart to finish off with.  Try a cocktail party with a difference, keep it casual and relaxed, everyone is standing around chatting and eating from mini bowls filled with curry and rice, Moroccan harissa lamb with date couscous, chicken and mushroom pies, soup served in enamel  cups. Why not spoil the men for a change!  Imagine their surprise when a beautiful birthday cake be it caramel, chocolate and peppermint crisp or carrot cake dripping with lemon zest butter icing arrives at the office.

Corporate Catering: What is it?

We have a large base of corporate clients who we work closely with to make their functions unique and special according to their requirements. We offer a variety of different eating experiences including beautiful harvest tables, market day style food stands where you can choose options such as gourmet burgers/hotdog bar, Sheesa Inyama Grill stations, sandwich buffet with an array of assorted fillings, a taste of the sea, paella, stir fry, various curries and/or casseroles, salad bars for the more health conscious and lots of sweet treats including pancakes, delicious finger desserts or sweetie jars filled with all sorts of things to indulge in. We will also do buffets, finger snacks or 3-course plated meals for any number of guests ranging from 25 to 1200. Jacqui is driven by challenge, and the excitement and detail of planning personalized occasions. Below are a few snap shots from Corporate events that we have done.

Corporate Catering
Corporate Catering
Corporate Catering
Corporate Catering