A healthy entertaining platter that is bound to wow at any celebration
Sascha Farley has put together a delicious and yummy Healthy Mummy platter board for entertaining. She tells us how she put it together and what recipes she used.
“It really goes to show The Healthy Mummy has all the bases covered, you don’t have to miss out! It was easy, cheap and delicious,” she says.
Just look at the end result it’s colourful, appetising and healthy!
Delicious and healthy entertaining platter is bound to wow guests
For under $30, Sascha made a beautiful, healthy spread using pantry staples and some fresh store-bought ingredients!
Here is what she made:
Bliss Balls can never go astray and are a definite must on a food platter as they are a definite win with most people!
Plus, The Healthy Mummy has so many healthy Bliss Ball recipes to choose from you will definitely find something to please everyone.
Almond and Date Protein Balls
Chocolate Cake Bites
Mint Bubble Crunch
Sascha opted to use vanilla essence instead of mint but they taste just as good.
Chocolate Nutty Strawberries
These delicious chocolate covered strawberries are available in the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub.
Dips are very often put into the ‘unhealthy’ basket, however, dips can actually be deemed healthy it just depends on the ingredients you use.
With the right mix of ingredients and dippers, you can enjoy these snacks knowing you are doing your body good and with the range of Healthy Mummy dip recipes, there is something for every taste.
“I thought making the dips from scratch would be time-consuming but both only took 5 minutes!” Sascha explains.
Here are the dips she made:
You can grab this delicious recipe here.
Olive and Cream Cheese Dip
You can find this recipe in the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge app.
To finish off her platter Sascha knew she had to have a couple of extra touches especially a cheese, saying “You can’t have a board without Brie on it, a drizzle of honey is absolutely delicious with this cheese!”
“I also added some assorted pretzels, water crackers, and veg sticks! A perfect combination to spark taste buds and hit the savoury and sweet spots!” she explains.
Cucumber Cream Cheese Pinwheels
This recipe is available as part of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
The 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is designed for busy mums and Sascha offers the advice of “even if something looks timely, give it a go you’ll be surprised how quickly everything comes together.”
“I got the kids involved rolling the Bliss balls, chopping ingredients, stirring, pouring etc. Make a plan and make it fun!” Sascha says.
Thanks Sascha, this all looks amazing will definitely be making some of this up for our next gathering!
How to prepare a budget platter to entertain a crowd
The basics of making an entertaining grazing platter that works year-round
The idea of a grazing platter like this is that it displays a lovely mix of little bites of food, like cheeses, dips, fruit, crackers and meat, all laid out that look so inviting you’re not sure what to try first!
You don’t need to go out and buy lots of expensive meats and cheeses either! To make an impressive platter, you just need the right mix of colours, textures and tastes presented in the right way.
Here are some tips on how to pull it all together.
1. What platter to use?
Don’t despair if you don’t have a super long wooden board just for entertaining! There are plenty of other things you can use as a platter.
A large breadboard or chopping board work well, or even a cookie or baking tray. Trays with sides are particularly good if you want to pre-assemble your platter to take to a party.
2. Include bowls for dips and things
Not only do little bowls break up the healthy grazing board, but they also offer a practical way to store dips and things. They don’t need to be matching either. Just use a mix of bowls or ramekins or even small glasses.
3. What to include on the platter
The key is getting the right mix of things to include. This platter from the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge will comfortably serve 10 and comes in at around 400 calories per person.
What food to put on a grazing board
- 4 medium Carrots cut into sticks
- 1 large Cucumber cut into sticks
- 6 x Gherkins 180g
- 200 grams Tasty cheese, cubed
- 1 tub Hummus
- 450g green Grapes
- Half a packet of Water Crackers
- Half a packet of rice crackers
- 75g Pitted Olives
- 1 x punnet of Strawberries – (melt 1/3 block dark choc and do half dipped in choc.
- 50g Pretzels
- 100 grams of Ham sliced and rolled
- 250g Cherry tomatoes
- 4 x Celery sticks
- 1/2 block dark chocolate
- 8g plain salted popcorn
- 250g blueberries
- 6 choc protein balls
4. How to Assemble the Platter
This is the fun bit! Once you have all of the prepared items on your kitchen bench and you have chosen the appropriately sized platter:-
- Start by laying your cubed cheese across the bench.
- Then space out your bowls and fill them with hummus, gherkins and olives.
- Lay down the bigger items like grapes and tomatoes.
- Next, add the rolled-up ham and veggie sticks.
- Add the crackers in groups, spacing them out.
- Fill in the gaps on your board with the little bits of fruit, chocolate, popcorn and pretzels.
5. Make a list, and check it twice!
With so many items included on this platter, it’s not a bad idea to have a list of all your ingredients so you don’t miss something or leave it in the fridge.
6. Last little bits
Seeing as you’ve already cubed the cheese for your guests, you won’t need to supply an array of cheese knives, but it’s a good idea to have some toothpicks or cocktail forks for some of the smaller items.
You should also provide a couple of little bowls for things like the strawberry tops And last but not least, don’t forget the serviettes.
Now, relax and have a great time!
For more healthy GRAZING PLATE ideas – have a look here