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10 Awesome Picnic Recipes

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10 Awesome Picnic Recipes

Okay, I promise I maybe might stop talking about picnics for a few days after this. But seriously, you guys, they’re the best. We have a very small apartment and no dining table, so our local beach park is where we do most of our entertaining. It’s always awesome. Here are ten recipes that are either easily portable or can be cooked outdoors. And did I mention they’re all completely awesome?

Passion Fruit Green Tea from Awesome on 20

Of course, I prefer to drink sparkling wine or cider at a picnic, but that’s not technically legal in some parks. Passion Fruit Green Tea is super refreshing and can be enjoyed by everybody. Don’t have a sealable pitcher? Just rinse out and reuse a two liter soda bottle. And if you wanted to add a little vodka or rum to your tea, I won’t tell.

Fancy Pants Sausage Rolls with Ham and Cheddar | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Open up a container of Fancy Pants Sausage Rolls with ham and cheddar at your next picnic. Check your watch. See how long it takes for them to disappear. If it takes more than 5 minutes, your guests are just being excessively polite.

Easy Peanut Butter Hummus from Awesome on 20

A bag of chips and a bowl of Easy Peanut Butter Hummus is going to be so awesome at your next picnic. You can pretend to be healthy for a minute before you eat a juicy cheeseburger while also eating something ever so tasty.

Jalapeno Deviled Eggs from Awesome on 20 Put a container of Jalapeno Deviled Eggs in your cooler. I think it’s what my mom would do. I just can’t think of one good reason to not have deviled eggs at a party. Like, how do you even know you’re having a party without them?

Mini Pork Pies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Mini Pork Pies are basically made to travel. We’re always trying to add a bit of English flare to all of our occasions, and I’m told pork pies are sort of the equivalent of deviled eggs in the UK. I don’t think you can have a party without them. Since you can’t just pick them up at every store here in the states, you can now make your own. 

Cuban Burgers from Awesome on 20

Okay, you’re going to need to bring a roll of foil with you to cook these Cuban Burgers on the grill, but seriously, that’s not too much to ask. You should also add pickles if you like them. I happen to think pickles are gross, but I love everything else about this burger, especially the spicy spread that gets slathered on the ciabatta. 

Jalapeno Cream Cheese Stuffed Burgers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Another amazing burger option is this Jalapeno Cream Cheese Stuffed Burger. Cheese on the inside, cheese on the outside, all your favorite toppings, a bit of a spicy kick. I’m in love.

Southwest Pasta Salad Southwest Pasta Salad is one of my very favorite picnic side dishes. You can make this well ahead of time and then throw it in your cooler before you head to your picnic. The more the spicy vinaigrette soaks into the pasta, the more flavorful it becomes. 

Dill Potato Salad by Awesome on 20

You could go to the store and pick up a tub of mushy, processed potato salad. Or you could make your own Dill Potato Salad from scratch. Fresh herbs, Yukon Gold potatoes, creamy dressing, and crunchy green onions are going to be so much better. Again, you can make it the day before, and it will just keep getting better. Do everyone a favor. Make this.

White Chocolate Chip Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I cannot possibly hope to find the words to adequately express how amazingly buttery/fudgy these White Chocolate Chip Brownies actually are. All I can say is, you might as well not bother putting the lid back on the box. Just keep eating.

Happy picnicking, friends. See you at the beach!

 

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m still thinking about summer picnics, lying on a blanket under a tree, sipping pink sparkly wine, shoes off, cookie bars waiting to be eaten. It all sounds so splendid. And it’s all so bittersweet as I’m currently stuck in bed with a mysterious chest pain. Don’t panic. I’ve been to the doctor, and it’s nothing serious, but it is seriously annoying. As long as I don’t move my upper body or breathe too heavily, I’m fine. So you know, no picnics.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

So you’ll have to go without me, and you’ll have to bring dessert. I always feel like a meal is not quite complete until you’ve had something sweet. Choosing a great dessert for a picnic can be somewhat limiting. You don’t want to take anything that needs to be refrigerated up to the time of serving, and you also don’t want to take something with a lot of frosting that can melt all over the place. Cookies, brownies, and bars are the perfect option. They’re easily transportable, can be eaten without silverware, and they’re just completely delicious.

These Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are a mash up of chocolate chip cookies and Rice Krispie treats. Folded into the cookie dough is a ribbon of marshmallow fluff and crunchy crisp rice pieces that add a bit of sweet crunch. Plus, you just smash all the dough into one pan and bake it, so no scooping in multiple batches. Easy breezy.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Get on it, kids. Make yourself some Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, head outside, and eat up. 

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are a mash up of chocolate chip cookie and Rice Krispie treat. Also, they're totally awesome!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1-1/2 sticks (6 ounces) butter, melted and slightly cooled
  5. 1 cup brown sugar
  6. 1/2 cup sugar
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1 egg yolk
  9. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  10. 1 cup chocolate chips
  11. 3/4 cup marshmallow fluff
  12. 1/2 cup crisp rice cereal
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and butter and flour a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a small mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  4. Turn your mixer all the way down to low and slowly mix in the flour mixture.
  5. Step away from the electric mixer and get out your spatula to fold in the chocolate chips, then the marshmallow fluff, and finally the cereal. You want to see a ribbon of marshmallow, so don't worry about incorporating it completely. You also don't want your cereal to be smashed, so work gently.
  6. Press your dough into your waiting pan and spread as evenly as possible. Bake for about 30 minutes. The top will be golden brown. Allow to cool completely before cutting. I actually put mine in the fridge. Pack into an airtight container for picnics or other outdoor festivities.
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
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Picnic Cheese Plate

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Picnic Cheese Plate | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Monday is Memorial Day, and I know this will sound completely cliche, but I can’t even handle it. How can summer be here already? Wasn’t it just Spring Break like five minutes ago? I think I’ve been working too much. 

Now that summer is unofficially almost here, that means we get to start eating all of our food outside. Picnics and cookouts and barbecues and beach parties and more dining al fresco than you even knew was possible. I’m so ready. Truth be told, we do that all the time in Hawaii, but I’m ready for everybody else to join in. It’s time to get yourself a cute new hat, kids. We’re going outside.

Picnic Cheese Plate | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

There’s no recipe today, per se, but I have something just as awesome! Cheese!!! Constructing a cheese plate can get really expensive. My initial plan was to try to make one for $20 or less, but sadly, I failed. We may have snuck in under the radar if we had left out Geoff’s bacon cheddar spread, but we love him, so we’ll let it slide. I think if I didn’t live in the middle of the ocean where a bag of grapes costs $9, I could really make it happen. Here are a few tips for making an awesome Picnic Cheese Plate.

  • My first tip for creating a low cost cheese plate is to raid your fridge. I frequently will buy a certain type of cheese for a recipe, but not use all of it up. Put out your remnants for snacking at your next picnic. I used a creamy Havarti for this cheese plate. And don’t forget to check your half empty jam jars. One of them will likely work nicely with a small wedge of brie or other double cream cheese.
  • Skip the expensive fancy meats like proscuitto and embrace summer sausage. I picked up a small turkey summer sausage which had way less calories than the beef version, and it was only $4. 
  • I pretty much only eat grapes if they’re on a cheese plate. Hopefully you live in a place where you can pick some up for cheap.
  • Go with the cheap crackers. If you’re trying to save money, you want the cheese to be the star of the show anyway, so direct your money to Ritz or Town House Crackers. They’re buttery and awesome, but also neutral and cheap.
  • If it were up to me, I would have swapped out that bacon cheddar spread for an herbed goat cheese, but the right cheeses for your plate are just the cheeses you love. Think about having different textures and flavor profiles. Take your time at the cheese case to find the cheaper versions of the cheeses you love, or buy a smaller portion. 
  • Finally, if you’re going to be taking your cheese outside, I recommend pre-slicing as much as you can. I arranged the sausage and Havarti on the board before we left the house, wrapped it all tightly in plastic wrap, and stored it in the fridge until we were ready to go. I’d also recommend pre-cutting your grape vine into smaller stems so you can easily fill up empty spaces on your board once you’ve added the crackers, jam, and other cheeses.

Picnic Cheese Plate | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Those were a lot of words about cheese. I just need you to know that you don’t need to be a bajillionaire to serve a perfectly lovely cheese plate at your next get together. You’ll be able to find plenty of stuff within your price range. And you don’t have to do any cooking, so you can take it easy and hang out at your own party. And you also get to eat cheese. Awesome!

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