Nature and food are two of my favorite things, so naturally – I love picnics. And while I enjoy attending them, I’ve always had a tough time planning my own. I usually run into packing issues, and in the frenzy of gathering food and paper products I always leave something out. But when I got my hands on Mr. Food’s latest eCookbook, Pack ‘n’ Go Picnic Food Ideas: 41 Easy Picnic Food Recipes, planning became a breeze.
Pack ‘n’ Go Picnic Food Ideas: 41 Easy Picnic Food Recipes has everything you need to plan the perfect picnic. It features 41 new and exciting recipes that are easy to make and bring anywhere, plus it gives some easy guidelines to help your recipe selection.
Appetizers and Sides
- DO: Choose dip-able and scoop-able recipes. For example, dips and spreads make great appetizers because they’re easy to pack and share. Pack the entire recipe into a plastic container and allow your guests to scoop a small portion onto their plate or dip your chips and veggies right in. The same goes for sides. Choose a wet salad (potato salad, broccoli salad, coleslaw, etc…). These types of recipes are easy to make and will add a little something extra to the main dish, making sure everyone gets their fill.
- DON’T: Choose mini or individual recipes. Single serving recipes will take up more space in your picnic basket, leaving less room for other yummy recipes.
- DO: Choose hand held recipes. This doesn’t mean you’re limited to ham and cheese sandwiches! There are tons of exciting possibilities like Chicken Taco Wraps and Pepperoni Garbage Bread. And since we’re minimizing space with the starter and sides, you can splurge on space here. Hand-helds are also a great way to reduce your need for extra paper products. Not to mention they’re easy to eat on an uneven surface (like a hillside!).
- DON’T: Choose knife and fork dishes. These recipes involve more components and if you aren’t at a table they can be very difficult to eat.This basically means, don’t bring whole chicken breasts or a juicy pork roast that needs to be cut and served.
- DO: Pre-cut your sweets. You can bring almost anything for dessert as long as it’s easy to serve. Cookie bars and ambrosia are great options, but you can also bring pie or cake slices that you pack into one container. If you choose a cake, go with a sheet or Bundt cake because the slices are easier to stack.
- DON’T: Bring frozen items. This one is pretty self-explanatory!
- Don’t forget to bring something to sip on! This is extra important since you don’t want anyone getting dehydrated. Make a pitcher of Country Lemonade or Secret Ingredient Iced Tea and bring some plastic cups. Just make sure to sit with the pitcher during car rides, ‘cause no one likes spilled lemonade. 🙂
These simple guidelines will make picnic planning a breeze, and it’ll be even easier with Pack ‘n’ Go Picnic Food Ideas: 41 Easy Picnic Food Recipes. You’ll be able to create a full menu that’s totally transportable, refreshing, and filling. Just remember…
- Space is Key
- Less Mess = More Fun
- Plan ahead for serving
Now all we need is a sunny day, a shady place, and some good company!
What is your favorite picnic recipe?