Friday, May 18, 2012
Ten Summer Picnic "Grab-n-Go" Ideas | Family Economics
It’s that time again: Summer picnic season is upon us!
Every so often, I find myself in a situation where I didn’t get dinner started on time or I forgot to start the slow cooker, which means I end up scrambling come 5 p.m. when it’s time to get dinner cooking. I then remember that we could do a quick picnic out in the backyard with nothing to heat up the house, minimal mess and little clean-up.
Here are a couple of “grab-n-go” ideas for the next time you find yourself in a “what’s for dinner” predicament this summer, or for when you plan your weekly summer menus. These take just a few minutes to put together, giving you plenty of time to enjoy your picnic in the backyard or nearby park.
1. Chicken Pesto Wraps: Spread pesto on a tortilla and add shredded or sliced chicken with some cheese. Roll up and enjoy!
2. Fruit Kebabs: Skewer your favorite fruits as a delicious dessert or side.
3. Cucumber Tomato Salad: Toss together sliced cucumbers with quartered tomatoes and some Italian dressing.
4. Chips & Salsa: Grab your favorites for a quick and easy picnic appetizer or side.
5. Crackers & Cheese: You most likely have these lying around for your kids’ lunches so this is the perfect time to repurpose them.
6. Boiled Corn Cobs: Shuck the corn and boil it for five minutes while you’re gathering the rest of your picnic goodies.
7. Ants on a Log: Mix it up with some cream cheese instead of peanut butter.
8. Egg Salad Sandwiches: Cut up hard boiled eggs and mix with Sandwich Spread dressing for a quick and flavorful egg salad.
9. Pantry Trail Mix: Combine miscellaneous crackers, nuts and berries filling up your pantry for the perfect spur-of-the-moment trail mix. Exact instructions can be found here.
10. Bean and Cheese Tacos: Spread refried beans onto tortillas and add some shredded cheese. Roll, warm in the microwave, or wrap in foil and warm in the oven.
What did I miss? What are the must haves in your family’s summer picnic basket?