As the flowers bloom (and your allergies kick in) many people take to the great outdoors to reconnect with nature. You know what that means: picnic time! Yes, grab your blankets and your pretty tote bags, and head outside to enjoy your lunch! Sometimes it can a little hard to figure out what to bring.
What’s the easiest to pack and transfer? Our bloggers have your answers! They have the best recipes that are easily able to be packed and taken with you anywhere. The best part is, all of these recipes and many more can be found on our Food Monster App!
Pack some napkins or towels and dip your fingers into some food! These Asian-Inspired Cauliflower Wings by Gabrielle St. Claire are awesome. This dish is effortless, fresh, slightly sweet, slightly spicy, and the breading maintains itself even though it’s only baked. The sauce is also versatile and can be used for a variety of dishes! The fewer utensils you have, the lighter your load.
You can also sink your teeth into these Avocado Jalapeño Poppers by Wendy Irene. The creamy avocado, the crunchy fried wonton wrapper, and the kick from the jalapeño are to die for. Serve these with any kind of creamy dip to balance out the spiciness!
These Easy Rosemary Garlic Knots by Sam Wiley are also a great option. They’re pretty much deconstructed pizza without the cheese. These are just like regular knots – fluffy, savory, delicious – except they also have a touch of rosemary. Don’t forget the marinara sauce!
Yes, the classic and easily portable sandwich. Of course, this is an amazing choice, but have you thought about what you are going to put on your sandwich? Annabelle Randles has an answer for you. Picture a Mediterranean platter with all the fix-ins: chickpeas, olives, roasted peppers, garlic, and yumminess. This is that platter in a sandwich! This Mediterranean-flavored sandwich ticks all the boxes. Light yet hearty, packed with protein and iron, low in fat, easy to make, and delicious!
You can also try making this High-Protein Mushroom Sandwich with a kickin’ spicy aioli by Rachel Carr. Roasted mushrooms add a meatiness to this dish and have a succulent, earthy flavor. The spicy and slightly creamy aioli that goes on it is honestly what ties this whole thing together! Plus, this sandwich packs in 30 grams of protein per serving!
While the black bean burgers and the veggie kabobs get all the attention, it’s the side salads, appetizers, dips, and chips that really steal the show. Dora Daily shows you how to make super easy and totally creamy Macaroni Salad. Pasta is tossed with crisp vegetables like bell pepper, celery, and onion with pickles providing a tangy, salty punch that will leave everybody coming back for a second helping.
You can also make these Homemade Pita Chips by Mireille Aikman! Instead of regular chips, you can decide to make these homemade pita chips. Combine with your favorite dips and you have a delicious but responsible snack!
Don’t forget your greens with this Bright Beet Salad by Dana Sandanato. Ruby red beets are shredded, then tossed in a citrusy vinaigrette along with creamy chunks of avocado, carrots, edamame, hearty quinoa, and toasty pumpkin seeds. Then, the whole thing is drizzled with a tangy, lemony dressing that will rock your socks.
The star of your picnic will definitely be this super refreshing Grapefruit Peach Sangria, crafted by Liz Martone. Along with this delicious white wine is fresh grapefruit juice, sliced grapefruit, peaches, mint, and lots of lemons and limes, topped off with a cup of bubbly seltzer. Give it a big stir and this will be the best sangria you’ve ever had! This light, refreshing sangria is perfect, especially on a hot summer day.
You can also stick your straw into these Rosy Rosé Spritzers by Hannah Sunderani! Aren’t they pretty in pink!? You will not believe how easy it is to toss these spritzers together, and how delicious the rose infuses with the wine to make a beautiful and delicious summer spritzer. Adding rose to water or wine is an absolute delight. It’s fresh and floral, and gives such a calming sensation with every sip and swallow.
For a probiotic kick, you can try making these Lychee and Kombucha Spritz drinks by Jessica Sepel. Sweet lychees mixed with fresh mint and sparkling kombucha- what a refreshing treat! Lychee is a unique summer fruit that is filled with antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin B, and folate. Plus kombucha is amazing for gut health and improving digestion.
You know how to end your awesome picnic? Creamy dreamy frosting plus crunchy, spicy crust plus F-I-V-E layers of goodness equals TRIPLE THREAT for your taste buds. These amazing Carrot Cake Bars by Taylor Kiser have all the flavors you crave in a carrot cake but in a healthier bar version of this classic dessert. The crispy crust packed with spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, then topped with a rich carrot cake, and finished with toasty nuts and a creamy frosting.
You can also have this decadent Tres Leche Cake by Gretchen Price at your next outing. Made with simple ingredients such as aquafaba, coconut cream, and coconut milk, you’ll have this delicious caramel delight whipped up in no time.
If you have more of a chocolate tooth, go for this Fudgy and Decadent Chocolate Avocado Zucchini Cake. Sneak in some extra veggies with this moist and flavorful chocolate cake! Perfect for an indulgent snack or healthy dessert!
What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get to picnicking!
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Lead Image Source: Simple Summer Macaroni Salad