When the weather turns warm and sunny you want to be outside with the kids as much as possible and it’s easy entertainment to take them for a picnic. Snacking, outside, whilst playing football or something, what isn’t there to love from a kids point of view? And it doesn’t have to be unhealthy, stressful or expensive. With all the convenience food in supermarkets today, ideal for eating outdoors, we forget that making a picnic can be just as fun and probably much cheaper. Here are some of our best picnic food ideas.
Traditional cold finger foods
- Cold cocktails sausages cooked in honey and mustard
- Chicken drumsticks/wings
- Hard boiled eggs
- Scotch eggs, pork pies cornish pasties….
- Samosas – meat or vegetarian
Wraps/filled pitta with some of the following fillings (toddlers will love making these):
- Avocado (mashable)
- Sliced cucumber and tomato
- Grated cheese
- Grated carrot
- Shredded chicken/ham/beef/cold sausage
- Tinned tuna/poached salmon
- Slices of red/yellow pepper
- Lemon/lite mayo/creme fraich/tzatziki for seasoning
“Finger food salad” – Fill a tupperware box with the following for picking at:
- Chopped hard boiled egg (if no allergy/tested)
- Small chunks cheese, carrot, apple and cucumber
- Chopped peppers
- Sliced cold sausage (mini frankfurters?)
- Cherry tomato quarters
- Cooked French beans/sugar snap peas
- Cooked Asparagus tips
- Pasta shapes (fusilli or penne)
Dips and sticks
- Houmous, creme fraish and pesto, tzatziki
- Carrot and cucumber sticks, breadsticks and pitta strips.
- Fruit – bananas, papaya (good mashing, great for digestion), berries, nectarines, watermelon (either all whole or prepare in tupperware as fruit salad)
- Yogurt and stewed fruit – good sized tupperware box with plain yogurt and fruit puree – delicious for the whole family to tuck in. Don’t forget the spoons!
- Banana bread (see recipe)