Warm weather + outdoor eats = picnic
It’s as easy as that.
Well, after you’ve planned the picnic fare that is. Don’t stress out here, it’s all in the planning. You might think that picking up some grab and go options is good enough, but you can easily whip up some incredible, crowd-pleasing offerings that won’t break the bank or your brain. You might have some of the ingredients in the recipes below, but feel free to substitute to make it easy. Swap any of the veggies for your favourites and keep one in there that’s not a crowd-pleaser, just so you can try it out in a different form.
If you’re stumped with what to serve, remember that picnicking means you can eat with your hands, dive into the salad bowl with forks, graze through a cheese platter and think more snacky foods than what you’d eat at home.
You may not want to make all the picnic items, so don’t get overwhelmed, better to delegate! Whoever is joining you, ask them to make one of the above and let the picnic collaboration begin!
Show us some of your picnic photos on social media and tag @liannephillipson!
Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Nut and Wheat Free. Vegan and Vegetarian.
Makes about 1½ cups (375 mL)
This is a very versatile spread that can be eaten straight up or spread over Finger Food Pancakes or rice cakes. For toddlers, serve it as a dip with raw veggies and crackers. This also makes a great sandwich spread that the whole family will enjoy.
Carrots are an excellent source of antioxidant compounds and the richest vegetable source of the pro-vitamin A carotenes.
Egg, Gluten, Nut, and Wheat-Free. Vegetarian.
Makes 3 to 4 quesadillas
These are a crowd pleaser! Make a large batch to take to a picnic or stash some in your bag on a day out. They taste great cold. Feel free to substitute any of your toddler’s favourite veggies. All measurements are estimated—add more of whatever you like.
Tip: Substitute whole-grain wraps or corn tortillas for the kamut wraps to bring different flavours to the dish.
These quesadillas contain fibre, vitamin C, calcium, protein, and beta carotene.
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