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7 Fun and Affordable Picnic Lunches

Breads and Spreads


Easy to make and fun to eat, spreads can be served with crackers, bread, or even veggie sticks! Ranch totally works, or you can try these recipes for Homemade Hummus or “Yummiest” Artichoke Dip.


Homemade Hummus

Recipe link: https://www.taste.com.au/recipes/5103/hummus


“Yummiest” Artichoke Dip


16oz can (not marinated) artichokes

1  small can diced green chilies

1  cup nonfat mayonnaise

1  cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (not from the can)


Drain and cut artichokes.  Stir in all ingredients.

Bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or microwave until hot.  Serve with Fritos “Scoops” or other corn chips desired.


A “cornier” and more satisfying salsa

Instead of the same old spicy tomato salsa out of a jar, this fresh corn salsa recipe turns the old standby on its head. Just check out this surprising combination of ingredients!


2 cups corn kernels (cooked and cut off the cob, thawed, or canned)

8 oz sliced black olives

1 small sweet red pepper, seeded and chopped

1 small onion, chopped

3 to 5 garlic cloves, minced

1/3 cup of olive oil

¼ cup of fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons cider or white wine vinegar

1 teaspoon dried oregano

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

2 medium, ripe avocados, cubed

Tortilla chips



Step 1: Combine corn, olives, red pepper, and onion in a small bowl.

Step 2: Combine garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper and mix well.

Step 3: Pour mixture from Step 2 over mixture from Step 1; toss to coat well throughout.

Step 4: Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.

Step 5: Peel and chop avocados. Combine gently – don’t overstir.

Step 6: Now get your tortilla chips and go at it!


Speak of the Deviled Eggs…

Easter may have come and gone, but the egg hunt’s not over yet! Made with curry powder, these deviled eggs will add an egg-xotic touch to your basket.

Recipe link: https://www.delish.com/recipefinder/curried-deviled-eggs-recipe


Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets

Unlike the kind you’ll find in your local grocery store, these natural nuggets are made from real chicken and simple ingredients that’ll satisfy your tiniest tasters.

Recipe link: https://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/04/healthy-baked-chicken-nuggets.html


Portable Wraps

These can be mess-free if you don’t overfill and allow for snug folding. As for what you put in them, may we recommend these vegetarian Wrap-and-Roll sandwiches? You can switch out the goat cheese for Monterey Jack to cut the cost.

Recipe link: https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/wrap-and-roll-sandwiches-10000001875523/


Homemade Chocolate Sauce with Fresh Fruit

Forget boring brownies and bagging baked goods! Drizzle this luscious dark chocolate over chunks of fresh fruits and berries for a spectacular combination of color and taste.  A grand finale to a grand day out!



2 squares baking chocolate

1 cup cream

1 cup sugar

¼ cup flour

¼ teaspoon salt



Melt chocolate in a quart saucepan on low temp. Stir in cream.

Stir together (in a separate bowl) sugar, flour, and salt.

Gradually whisk contents of bowl into cream and chocolate. Slowly bring to a boil while stirring. Good hot or cold.

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