There are few things that feel as wonderfully summery as a picnic – they’re the epitome of light, carefree camaraderie in the sun. Or at least, they should be. It’s easy to forget that if you don’t shell out to buy picnic supplies from the nearest grocery store, you have to deal with the hassle of making food that can withstand being carried around without spoiling or getting crushed. But never fear – the next time you’re invited to a picnic, just take along one of these simply made but entirely delicious treats.
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Easy Picnic Foods:
1) Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
Heat three tablespoons of skimmed milk, a 1/3rd cup of sugar, and 1 tablespoon in a saucepan over high heat until they’re boiling – keep stirring all the while. After that, take the pan off the heat and stir in one and a half tablespoons of vanilla and a 1/3rd cup of crunchy peanut butter until the peanut butter has melted completely. Next, stir in a heaped 1/8th cup of wheatgerm and one cup of oatmeal. Then divide up the mixture by scooping up spoonfuls and dropping them onto wax paper. Let them cool and you’re ready to go!
2) Pasta Salad
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Everyone has different tastes when it comes to pasta salad, but this is my personal favourite and seems to be appreciated whenever I bring it along to picnics! Simply cook your preferred type of pasta and rinse it in cool water – though you don’t have to worry about chilling it. Then throw in some chopped tomatoes, cubed fresh mozzarella, olives, chopped basil, olive oil, salt, and pepper. It’s a great, light addition to any spread and won’t leave you feeling bloated.
3) Curried Egg Salad
This is great for anyone who likes their salad – specifically, their egg salad – with a little more kick. Take some hard-boiled eggs and mix them with mayo (possibly redundant but definitely delicious), curry powder, onions, apples Dijon mustard, lime juice, salt, pepper, and parsley – just go with your instincts and tastes. Sounds bizarre, but goes down a treat. Just don’t forget to bring some water!
4) Cornflake Chicken Bites
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These require a little more advance preparation, but they’re easy to pack and take along with you, which makes them fuss-free in my book. Cut some boneless chicken breasts into small pieces, dip them in milk (or buttermilk, if you’d prefer), then roll them around in crushed cornflake crumbs or cornmeal until they’re thoroughly coated – though don’t forget to season the cornflakes first! Pan-fry them in oil, then drain and let them cool. You can eat them cold with whatever dip you’d prefer – I’d recommend ranch or blue-cheese dressing. And make a big batch – these tend to get snatched up from the picnic tables!
5) Pesto Chicken Rolls
If you’ve got more boneless chicken breasts to spare, cut them into pieces and grill them. Then brush some wrap bread with pesto and place the chicken on them. Add sun-dried tomatoes and rocket, then roll them up and cut into smaller pieces for easy sharing.
6) Blueberry Mix
Take fresh blueberries and mix them with cornbread cubes, lemon juice, olive oil, and hazelnuts. Toss well. Then sit back on one of the wooden picnic benches and enjoy this sweet treat.