We’ve all seen the lists of “superfoods to eat to avoid getting a cold this winter” and we can already imagine the “how to lose the winter weight” ones, but sometimes in life you need to give into those cravings and just indulge in a few winter warmers, right? The chilly season is the perfect time to nourish the soul with your favourite comfort foods.
What food do you reach for after you’ve just had possibly the worst day of all time and just need that quick, (possibly carb loaded) pick me up? That’s probably your go-to comfort food. Whether nothing can beat that big bowl of classic spaghetti made by mum, or a stack of steamy pancakes, comfort foods are what we crave when we just need cheering up.
They often do more than satisfy a craving; they could remind you of home, of happy times, and give you those warm and fuzzy feelings. According to research, the simple act of eating our favourite dishes can make us feel less lonesome, give a sense of belonging and even improve mental well-being. Sounds pretty good, right?
There’s a few reasons behind this. Firstly, the connection between our stomach and brain is an important one, with 90% of our serotonin receptors located in the gut. There are plenty of studies that show what we eat can affect our mood; whether this is connected to how our brains respond to certain foods, or it’s an evolutionary thing, there’s no denying eating food we love is important.
The benefits of comfort food become especially important during the colder months for some, as people can suffer from something called seasonal affective disorder. Season affective disorder, or aptly abbreviated into SAD, are low moods associated with certain times of year. SAD usually develops around autumn and winter, and often results in lack of energy, sleeping too much, losing interest in normal activities or finding it hard to get out of bed. Even if this isn’t something you deal with, there’s no denying that our moods can sometimes just be a little lower as the months get colder. Even if you’re feeling fine, research says people are naturally inclined to eat roughly 86% more calories per day in winter months.
Although it is tempting to spend the coldest days of the year tucked away in bed, unfortunately we have to brave the icy winds and head into the office.
Treating your staff to a delicious, hearty and warm meal is the perfect way to boost morale in winter, while still making sure everyone is feeling appreciated. Whether it’s time for a pizza party, or a line-up of cupcakes, we have it covered.
Bringing comfort food into the office is easier than you’d expect. Corporate catering services like Order-In have made developing the best menu to keep your staff satisfied and feeling happy an easy task. From burgers and pasta, to nachos and burritos, comfort food has never been so dangerously easy.
Browse our ultimate comfort food menu options below, that you can seamlessly order online anytime with Order-In!
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If you have a favourite food you can almost guarantee there’s a healthy, vegan, gluten free or altered recipe somewhere on the internet! These special diets have seen a massive increase in Australia, with over 11% of the population eating this way. This means ideas of comfort food are shifting alongside these new trends.
Good for you or vegan options are now just as common as the usual tasty suspects. Deliciously hearty and warm salads, zoodles with meat-free ‘meatballs’, or a steamy bowl of dairy free mac and cheese are deliciously healthy, without skimping on comfort.
What’s even better is that it can all be delivered right to your office! It’s important to remember all the special dietary requirements in your workplace when ordering food.
Some healthy (but still comforting) options:
Feeling like you need just a touch more inspiration for your next corporate catering or staff lunch? Take a browse of these tasty soul food recipes from across the globe.
Cha Siu Bao (steamed pork buns): A deliciously fluffy steamed bun filled with tender and flavourful barbecued pork, with that bright pink colouring we all know and love.
Fried rice: well-loved around the world, this delicious and flavourful dish is a quintessential comfort food. While many love getting the classic takeaway shop fried rice, it’s hard to beat the classic.
Poutine: A delicious serve of french fries topped with gravy and melted cheese curds. Unfortunately we can’t get this in Australia, but it’s almost worth the trip to Canada just for this dish packed with potatoes and cheese.
Pierogi: A Polish dumpling that can be filled with eggplant or potato, onion, cheese, mushrooms, spinach and sauerkraut.
Moussaka: A signature Mediterranean dish featuring layered succulent lamb mince and eggplant topped with creamy béchamel sauce.
Pão de queijo (cheese bread): Light and fluffy cheese puffs that are naturally gluten free. Fluffy bread with melted cheese? Sounds pretty good to us.
Pani puri: a beloved street food snack that features spices, peas and potatoes inside pillowy pockets of fried dough.
Oden (hot pot): A broth-based meal, topped with traditional Japanese foods like konnyaku noodles, fish cakes and daikon.
Tempura: Lightly battered and deep friend pieces of seafood and vegetables, tempura has developed into a popular Japanese dish. Served alongside many other dishes or on its own for dipping into soy sauce.
Chilaquiles: This traditional dish can be found throughout Mexico. At its most basic it consists of fried tortilla strips, simmered in red or green salsa and topped with cheese. Sometimes a fried egg is put on top, if it is being eaten at breakfast time.
Mac and cheese: Melted cheese, tender pasta and topped with crispy breadcrumbs… can’t get much better than that.
New York city hot dog: Classic Frankfurt on a soft long white bun, drizzled with ketchup (tomato sauce for us Aussies) and American mustard.
Fish and chips: Battered and crispy fish and chips, a salty dish served doused in vinegar.
If you like the look of our comfort food menu or you’re just after a tasty treat for your staff, we have it covered. Browse from hundreds of the best local office caterers in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne or Canberra, select your tasty corporate catering online and get delicious and fresh food delivered right to your door. It’s seriously that easy!
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