I love summer. Everything is green and blooming. We see a large variety of birds and butterflies, all attracted by our flowerbed and surrounding berry patches. This special occasion menu celebrates the beginning of summer.
The first day of summer falls on a Friday this year, so you may need to honor this event a day or two later. This picnic menu will help you launch the glorious days of summer and will work in your backyard or at your favorite park.
Wraps (O, V or LV)
Black Bean and Corn Salad (V)
Chips (O, V or LV)
Chocolate Scotchies (LV)
Ice cold watermelon (V)
Your favorite beverages
First decide what stuffings you want for the Wraps. If you are going to purchase them at the store, then just add them to your list. If you are going to make some of them, then decide which ones you can make the night before. Garlicky Hummus, Salsa and Tahini Sauce are all good night-before recipes.
Make the Black Bean and Corn Salad the night before. Not only will this save you time on picnic day, it will give the flavors time to blend. The Chocolate Scotchies are also a good night-before recipe. This leaves just Herbed Tofu Scramble and sautéing tempeh and vegetables for picnic day.
The Wraps are a great choice for a picnic. Not only are they easy to transport, each person can customize his Wrap with exactly what he wants. Make them at home, put the assembled wraps in foil or plastic bags and put names on them.
Be sure to pack a large knife to cut the watermelon (yes, this is the voice of experience). Also carry lots of napkins and water. Find a shady spot with enough room nearby for T-ball, baseball, croquet or your favorite outdoor game, then just enjoy!
Until next time,
Lisa, aka Veggie Gal