When preparing a children’s feast, many nuances should be taken into account, because an immature organism can not digest some dishes. Also, babies often have allergic reactions, the presence of which is better to check with their parents in advance..
Do not mix a lot of different products. Kids like simple, familiar tastes, in addition, some combinations can cause problems with the gastrointestinal tract. Also at a birthday party, it is not recommended to serve food that is too sharp or salty, fried or heavy for the stomach..
Put the salad bowls and other dishes at a safe distance from children’s games, filling them with only what they really want to eat now, in small quantities..
In addition to general recommendations, there are also separate “age” rules that should be followed to avoid negative health effects..
1-3 years old
Be sure to exclude from the menu all the ingredients that often cause allergies, even if your child does not have it. This list includes citrus fruits, honey, exotic fruits and bright berries. Avoid heavy meals – it is better not to put mushrooms, smoked meats and cereals on the table.
Children from 4 to 6 years
After four years, babies can be served boiled sausage and sausages of the highest grade. Fish is not recommended yet. Still not worth the risk with the addition of difficult to absorb and fatty foods. Avoid exotic and off-season fruits. Most often they are treated with harmful chemicals..
After seven years
From this age on, young guests can be offered bright juices, beetroot salads and berry desserts. Otherwise there is a risk of dirtying festive clothes. The same applies to dishes that are difficult to eat. Cut snacks as far as possible, remove excess ingredients.
What dishes to choose and cook for children’s birthday?
As a snack, parents often choose canapés. The original decorated sandwiches on skewers like children, besides, they are very easy to prepare. As components, you can choose cherry tomatoes, small wieners, ham, cheese or cheese. Sometimes canapes are cooked even without bread, limited to a combination of meat, cheese and vegetables. There are other recipes that make it easy to organize the best birthday..
It’s not easy for kids to eat hot meals. For holidays it is not customary to put liquid hot soups on the table, but no one will refuse the small chicken skewers on skewers or nuggets with sauces.
Many kids love McDonald’s, but parents rarely want to risk and spend money on dubious food. It is much easier to cook such dishes yourself. Then you will be sure that the stomachs of the children will be in order, in addition, you can play with the components of the sauces. So, to get the nuggets at home, take these products:
- Cream (fat content not more than 15%) – 250 ml;
- Salt and pepper – to taste, but do not abuse;
- Sesame seeds and crackers (for breading) – 70 g;
- Chicken fillet – 550 g;
- Frying oil.
Marinate meat in advance. To do this, cut the fillets in small pieces, pepper and salt, pour the cream. Send it all cold for four hours.
When the meat is marinated, proceed to the breading. Roll each slice in breadcrumbs and sesame seed, then fry in vegetable oil on each side. You can prepare a meal in just half an hour, which is very convenient for working parents..
As a dressing, you can use homemade mayonnaise, sweet-sour or cheese sauce. Some cooks prepare gravy from berries or fruits, but they can be allergenic, so it’s better to get by with proven recipes..
This Italian dish is loved by adults and toddlers around the world. Despite the fact that in Russian-speaking countries pizza has long been prepared on yeast dough, turning it into a kind of cake, the taste of this absolutely does not get worse, and children’s love confirms this. For the youngest guests, you can prepare a vegetarian version of the dish on thin dough. If older children are present, they can serve pizza with chicken and mushrooms. For the version without meat, you need the following components:
- Sifted flour – 2 cups;
- Warm (but not hot) milk – 0.5 cups;
- Chicken eggs – 2 pcs .;
- Salt – a teaspoon;
- Vegetable oil – 2 tbsp. L .;
- Olives or olives – 400 g;
- Tomatoes – 450 g;
- Bulgarian pepper – 3 pods;
- High-quality hard cheese – 250 g;
- Ketchup or tomato paste to taste.
In addition, thanks to this recipe, you can entrust the preparation of pizza to a husband or older children, while at the same time doing other things. You can make it even easier and buy ready-made dough. If you did not have time to do this, follow the instructions:
- Pour the flour into the bowl, leaving a small depression in the middle, add salt there, mix well;
- Stir the eggs with milk and vegetable oil until smooth, but do not shake;
- Add the milk-egg mixture to the flour, mix gradually so that the liquid is completely absorbed;
- Start kneading dough, it usually takes up to ten minutes. Remember that it is very sticky, so preliminarily grease your hands with plenty of oil;
- Wrap the dough with a damp towel, leave for 15 minutes;
- At this time, make the preparation of the filling: rub the cheese, cut into cubes and slices of olives, tomatoes and peppers;
- Roll out the dough on a baking sheet, brush with tomato sauce on top, put the stuffing. Sprinkle abundantly with grated cheese on top so that it does not burn, you can once again smear the sauce;
- Put the dish in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for fifteen minutes. Usually this amount of dough is enough for two of the thinnest tasty pizzas of medium size..
There are many options for decorating pizza. The photo shows some of them. You can also attract guests to decorate by giving them aprons and colorful vegetables. Kids will happily lay out sliced dice and dice on the dough, all that remains is to bake the pizza.
Mayonnaise for salads is better to cook yourself. It is easy to make in a blender by mixing sunflower oil, egg, mustard and lemon juice. To prepare a simple and very tasty children’s salad “Hedgehog”, take the following ingredients:
- Hard cheese – 300 g;
- Potatoes – 3 pcs .;
- Eggs – 4 pcs .;
- Several olives (or olives) for decoration;
- Salad dressing (homemade mayonnaise, sour cream or other sauce that you traditionally use for children’s dishes);
- Korean carrot (better prepare it yourself, adding a minimum of pepper) – 200 g;
- Roasted or marinated mushrooms – 100 g.
Boil potatoes and eggs in advance..
Grate them and chop the cheese, chop the carrots and mushrooms finely..
Then lay out the ingredients in layers in this order: potatoes, mushrooms, eggs, hard cheese.
Lightly coat each layer with the sauce. On top, draw a needle hedgehog with Korean carrots, black olives make a stylized nose and eyes.
If you do not have time to arrange the salad in the form of an animal, a flower or a character in the animated series, you can simply put it in tartlets, sand baskets or even cut in half cucumbers. From above, insert an umbrella or a skewer – and cute boats are ready!
Drink for babies
On the table should not be carbonated drinks. They are not too useful for adults, but children are strictly contraindicated to use this, it is fraught with sad consequences for health. Limit yourself to juices, fruit drinks and compotes. You can also make milk or chocolate shakes..
And homemade lemonade seems especially tasty to children. For the preparation of six servings of this wonderful drink, take the following ingredients:
- Sugar – 1 cup;
- Purified (or bottled) water – 2 l;
- Large lemons – 7 pieces;
- A few sprigs of mint and slices of lemons for decoration.
To begin, carefully rinse the lemons under warm water, it is better to use a brush. Remove the zest from each of them. Then squeeze the juice into a separate container..
In a saucepan, pour water, bring to a boil. After that, remove from heat, add the zest, juice and sugar. Next, put in the refrigerator for 7 hours. After this time, strain the drink, pour into a carafe with ice. Garnish with lemon slices and mint sprigs..
Concentrated real lemonade will also appeal to adults, so you should cook at least a few liters in reserve. You can immediately pour the drink in glasses, decorated with umbrellas or cherries for cocktails.
Most babies love sweets, so you should consider several options for dessert. To make the dish not only tasty, but also useful, focus on fruit and dairy ingredients. Avoid allergens..
In order not to overload the stomach of your child, choose an easy version of dessert. After a hearty holiday dinner, baking will be inappropriate, so serve pudding, sweet canapes on skewers or a standard fruit plate, interestingly decorated..
An interesting option is the supply of jelly, which causes a smile on the eyes of each child. To do this, take any fruit or berry of a round shape (apples, oranges, watermelon will do), cut in half, cut the flesh. Then pour jelly in there – and wait for it to set..
After that, cut each “mold” into small slices. Slices of fruit with a shaking substance inside look very impressive.
Virtually any dish can be called children’s, if it is properly decorated and decorated. But for completeness, it is also worth decorating the table. It is best to choose a specific theme of the party and stick to it clearly..
Kids are entranced by the plates and cups with drawings of characters from popular cartoons or games. Supplement it with bright napkins, invitation caps and garlands. In some cases, parents also put candles or live flowers on the table, but for children under ten years old it is inappropriate and even dangerous..
The organization of children’s birthday is a very troublesome, but pleasant experience. Some parents buy ready-made dishes and themed sets for decoration, but a lot more fun is delivered by a cooked salad..
- 1 What you should pay attention to when compiling a children’s birthday menu?
- 2 Recommendations for the development of children’s menu
- 3 What dishes to choose and cook for children’s birthday?
- 4 Table decoration