Preparing for a kiddie party is no child’s play.

From invitations, games, prizes, and giveaways, children’s parties can be a challenge to prepare for. There are just too much to think about that we don’t give much thought on the menu anymore. Most of the time, we end up with the usual spaghetti, ice cream, and cake.

These kids’ favorites are tried and tested but there are also healthier alternatives that both kids and the kids at heart will love. And don’t worry, we won’t add any more stress to your party planning. These recipes are as easy as 1-2-3!

Starting off with a sweet treat to get the kids pumped up for the party, Andi prepared Fun Fruity Yoghurt Parfait. With the same creamy taste of ice cream that’s not as heavy, this healthy treat will give the kids the energy they need for the fun and games.

Surprise your guests with a hearty serving of Andi’s Secretly Veggie Lasagna instead of the usual ketchup spaghetti. As you saw on the episode, Andi added some veggies in the rich sauce that these kids will surely love! Even their parents will be amazed to see them eating these healthy dishes.

For dessert, Andi cooked up some Cute Cakes. With these sweet treats, you can even bring out the artists in your guests by asking them to decorate their own cupcakes!

RECIPES

Fun Fruity Yoghurt Parfait 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups chilled yoghurt
  • 1 cup fresh honey dew melon, scooped
  • 1 cup fresh cantaloupe, scooped
  • 1 cup apples, diced
  • 1 cup granola

Directions

In a parfait glass, layer 1/3 cup yoghurt into the bottom of each four glasses.

Add a layer of granola, then another layer of fruits and yoghurt. Repeat until almost full.

Serve immediately to keep granola crunchy.

Secretly Veggie Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 2 cups zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups eggplant, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1 cup button mushrooms
  • 1 diced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup red and green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 5 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup basil, choppped
  • 2 cups mozzarella
  • lasagna noodles
  • 1 liter milk
  • 4 tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese

 

Directions

Boil lasagna starting with salted boiling water (a pinch or 2 of salt would do), boil lasagna until “al dente” and set aside.

Sauté  onions with garlic, mushrooms, bell pepper, and carrots until translucent.

Add tomato paste and reduce acidity. Add all the remaining tomatoes. Simmer until thick, and then season with salt pepper and white sugar.

In a separate saucepan melt butter, add flour and cook until fully incorporated with the butter. Add cold milk and whisk until no more lumps.

Simmer for 30 mins while stirring occasionally to prevent it to burn.

Add 1 cup of Parmesan cheese,  and season with salt and pepper (careful with the salt the Parmesan is naturally salty).

Blanch zucchinis and eggplant in pasta water.

Grease lasagna pan and pour a thin layer of tomato sauce and top with bechamel.

Layer cooked lasagna sheets and blanched vegetables and pour another thin layer of tomato sauce and bechamel. Repeat until lasagna pan is almost full, making sure that the last layers consist of tomato sauce and bechamel.

Top with grated mozarella cheese.

Bake in 180c until cheese starts to brown.

Cute Cakes

Ingredients

  • 500 grams chocolate cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate flavored milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 300 grams chocolate chips for batter
  • 50 grams chocolate chips for toppings
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • assorted candy toppings
Directions

Preheat oven to 180 °C, and kine muffin tins with cupcake liners.

In a stand mixer combine cake mix, choco milk, oil, and eggs. Beat thge eggs at med speed until fully incorporated, and fold in chocolate chips into cake batter.

Scoop batter into paper liner until 2/3 full.

Bake until a toothpick comes out of the cupcake clean.

Whip the cream until hard has peaks, over an ice bath. Pipe icing unto the cupcakes and sprinkle with assorted toppings.

Prepping for a party is a big challenge and we know how some kids can be very picky eaters. But with a little creativity and these easy recipes, you’ll be able to come up with some party treats that are for sharing.

Next week, join Andi again as we get creative with different kinds of cheeses! Catch For Sharing on Sunday, 6:45 PM only on 2nd Avenue.

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