Healthy Catering Ideas For Your Next Event
When you’re planning an event, one of the most important parts is the food! At Eco Caters, we’re on a mission to offer organic catering that uses seasonal and local products.
There are so many advantages to healthy food catering with Eco Caters. Everything we serve focuses on wholesome, nutritious, real ingredients presented in a sophisticated and stylish way.
If you’re not sure what to serve at your next event, read on. Here are a handful of Eco Caterer’s top healthy catering ideas.
One of our favorite healthy catering ideas involves producing a vegetarian menu for your event. Often, people only consider vegetarian menus when catering specifically for a vegetarian crowd. But what vegetarian menus offer, even among a meat-loving crowd, is the opportunity to make vegetables and fresh produce the star.
When we take the focus away from making a fish, chicken, or meat-based entree the star, it welcomes a world of textures, flavors, and colors. As a bonus, vegetarian menus mean working with farmers to create dishes that go along with the seasons.
Many might turn away from healthier vegetarian alternatives because they believe healthy catering services are expensive; however, there is always a way of lowering the price. Eating seasonal produce comes with a bounty of positive results. It reduces your carbon footprint and contributes to sustainable food culture. It’s also a better choice for your health, as seasonal fruits and vegetables retain more of their nutrients than non-seasonal choices. Simply, seasonal food tastes better. From a sweet strawberry to a crunchy plate of broccoli, seasonal foods are superstars in vegetarian menus.
Here are some of our top ways we integrate vegetarian items when brainstorming yummy and healthy menu ideas.
Thoughtfully-selected hors d’oeuvres will start your event off in the right way, especially when they are vegetable and produce driven.
Chef’s Choice Cheese Display With Market Fruit and Preserves
Allow our chef to choose a variety of cheeses and market fruits. Pair them with preserves to create a spread that’s both elegant and hearty. When guests arrive and are sipping a beverage, fruit, cheese, and preserves offer the perfect ice breaker.
Hummus Trio With Cucumber Yogurt, Mixed Olives, and Grilled Flatbread
Hummus is a hearty yet light dish to serve. Paired with cucumber yogurt, mixed olives, and grilled flatbread, this is one of our healthy catering ideas we can’t get enough of. The olives add some healthy fats with their oils, while the cucumber adds a refreshing flair to the richness of wholesome yogurt.
Salads are a given when hosting a vegetarian spread at your event. They’re vibrant, packed with nutrients, and always delicious.
Mixed Greens With Cucumber, Tomato, Carrot, and Garlic Croutons With House Made Buttermilk Ranch
When it comes to healthy catering menu ideas, you don’t have to forego flavor to eat nutritiously. This dish takes a classic mixed green salad and gives it a produce-driven boost with cucumber, tomato, carrot, and garlic croutons. The house-made buttermilk ranch provides a bit of decadence and a whole lot of flavor.
Vegetarian main dishes are always fun to explore and experiment with. We find them to be a conversation starter for events, especially when made creatively and as an ode to the season.
Pan Sautéed Polenta With Carrot, Celery Root, and Fire Roasted Tomatoes
Polenta is originally served with sausage, but this dish can be altered to focus on vegetables instead. Carrot, celery root and fire-roasted tomatoes combine for a dish that is both surprising and sophisticated.
Grilled Garlic Rubbed Fennel With Roasted Spaghetti Squash
Instead of using traditional spaghetti noodles, this dish utilizes roasted spaghetti squash, paired with grilled garlic-rubbed fennel. This entree becomes a veggie-fueled dish sure to please both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.
Sides are always an important component of healthy catering ideas, and vegetarians inspired menus. We like to keep our menus fresh and innovative to please your crowd with style and flair.
Truffle Potato Puree
Potato puree tastes fantastic on its own, but pair it with the alluring truffle, and you’ve got a whole new dish. Our truffle potato puree combines the wholesome nature of potatoes with the elegance of one of our favorite edible fungi — the truffle.
Grilled Broccolini With Garlic and Lemon
The beautiful simplicity of grilled broccolini shines with garlic and lemon. We utilize garlic and lemon often, but we especially love doing so with fresh produce like broccolini. This side adds oomph to a vegetarian menu and fuels your guests with vitamins and nutrients.
A full vegetarian menu is just one of our many healthy catering ideas. We also offer vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and sugar-free selections.
Healthy catering often comes down to companies who are on a mission to provide high-quality ingredients, whether that’s a head of lettuce or a fillet of salmon. At Eco Caters, we’re on a mission to incorporate organic ingredients and sustainable practices into our business every day.
In addition to vegetarian dishes, here are some other ways we can incorporate healthy catering menu ideas into your event.
Grass-Fed Beef Meatballs With Arugula Pesto
We make our meatballs with grass-fed beef then pair them with arugula pesto for a nice surprise sure to get guests excited.
Roasted Chicken With Avocado Puree and Black Bean, Sweet Corn Salsa
Roasted chicken is always a healthy addition to your menu. With this uniquely elevated dish, we add an avocado puree and salsa made from black beans and sweet corn.
Seared Albacore With Orange Grapefruit Slaw
When it comes to healthy catering ideas, we’re all about experimentation. In this menu item, we pair albacore with two bright and flavor-filled types of citrus — oranges, and grapefruit.
When working with Eco Caters to craft your ideal event, we’ll work together to plan a menu based on your vision and personal tastes. We use certified organic ingredients that are locally grown and fresh, sustainable seafood. Everything is centered around what’s in season, so we can capture flavors at their peak.
Whether it is breakfast, lunch, or dinner, there is always a way to incorporate healthy catering options that are available to everyone for every meal. Regardless if we’re providing healthy catering at work or your next holiday party, Eco Caters will fuel your guests and create a satisfying experience. Everything we serve is focused on healthy ingredients with fantastic tastes.
If you’re looking for some delicious, healthy food ideas for your next event, feel free to reach out to Eco Caters. We’re passionate about what we do and look forward to sharing our bounty of healthy catering ideas.