- Beat the Heat with a Breakfast Picnic
- Ideas for breakfast picnic foods easy to pack & eat:
- Slow-Roasted Onion Dip
- Jammy Eggs with Paprika Aioli
- Classic Chickpea Hummus
- Easy Vegetarian Calzones
- Marinated Olives and Feta
- Peanut Butter Blondies
- Cold Miso-Sesame Noodles
- Winter Crunch Salad
- Antipasti Hand Salad
- Roasted Eggplant and Pickle Dip
- Make-Ahead Broccoli and Quinoa Salad
- Easy One-Bowl Upside-Down Cake
- Smoked Trout-Avocado Dip
- Blackberry-Pistachio Crumble Bars
- Cheesy Slice-and-Bake Crackers
Beat the Heat with a Breakfast Picnic
We’re planning quite a few breakfast picnics this summer. We’re in the middle of a streak of 100°+ days. I even saw 115° in our upcoming forecast – phew! While we love eating outside in the summer, it’s way too hot for a picnic by the time lunch rolls around. Just can’t stay outside for that long in that hot hot heat. We can get up and out of the house early, while the air is still slightly cool, and head to a favorite park for playing. Plus, eating breakfast outside is a nice change of pace! Changing things up is sometimes a good idea.
A plastic bucket is the perfect container for a summer breakfast picnic, don’t you think? My girls were pretty excited to see what goodies I packed inside. You can customize your breakfast picnic with whatever your kiddos like to eat. I kept ours pretty simple, including some convenience items that we don’t eat very often. It’s always fun to throw in a couple extra surprises. Don’t forget to pack things you will enjoy too.
Ideas for breakfast picnic foods easy to pack & eat:
- mini muffins or scones
- mini bagels with cream cheese
- cut-up fruit in small containers or on skewers
- yogurt tubes
- yogurt, granola, & fruit parfaits in jars
- egg muffins (make the night before)
- applesauce pouches
- granola bars/cereal bars
- string cheese
- little oranges
- juice boxes, smoothies, or milk cartons
I wrapped a variety of bakery treats (mini muffins, scones, and bagels) in cloth napkins. These napkins made the perfect personal tablecloth for each kid! If you don’t have cloth napkins, a square of fabric would work great, too. Aren’t these little packed breakfasts so cute? I love this fun idea and so do my kids!
Our first breakfast picnic of the summer was a big success! After a busy morning eating and playing at the park, we were ready to hunker down for games, reading, and play time during the hot afternoon. I hope you and your kiddos will venture out for a breakfast picnic adventure of your own! Hoping you and yours stay cool this summer.
This post is part of our Get Out and Play Summer Series! Be sure to see all posts in our series to help your family find something fun to get outdoors and play this summer!
What should you bring to your friend’s picnic? Or that barbecue you’re going to next weekend? Or Aunt Karen’s 64th birthday party? These are the questions we face constantly, because it is officially outdoor eating season.
You want to bring something low-maintenance, a dish that delivers on flavor without stressing you or the people hosting this outdoor function out. It should be able to be prepared in your own kitchen and transport pretty easily. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, sometimes it isn’t. But you don’t need to sweat this summer, because we put together this list of easy recipes that any and all will be quite pleased to eat on a picnic blanket. Here you go. Enjoy the sunshine.
Slow-Roasted Onion Dip
Like the one you make with the packet of soup mix, but with no weird chemicals and 1,000 percent tastier. While most dips like this require you to babysit caramelizing onions on the stovetop for what feels like forever, our (relatively) hands-off version lets the oven do most of the work. It’s kind of counterintuitive, but you want to keep the onions and garlic in a mound on the sheet pan rather than spreading them out; this allows them to steam and soften without browning too quickly. View Recipe
We firmly believe that a cookout is not really a cookout without some onion dip and a big bag of potato chips. This is an undeniable truth.
Jammy Eggs with Paprika Aioli
Like deviled eggs—but faster, easier, more delicious, and fancier-sounding. This recipe calls for peperoncini, but most pickle-y things (cornichons, olives, that jar of dilly beans you’ve had for years) will work just as well. View Recipe
These are essentially the deviled eggs you already love, without the annoying step of whipping up those yolks. It’s about convenience, folks.
Classic Chickpea Hummus
Za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice blend that usually contains a mix of dried thyme, sumac, and sesame seeds, is available at specialty stores or online. And while it’s terrific on hummus, it’s also totally optional—you can’t go wrong with a drizzle of good olive oil and a sprinkling of sesame seeds or just some flaky sea salt. Once you’ve got the base recipe down, here are four more ways to riff on it. View Recipe
Your friends don’t want the store-bought hummus. They want this hummus. Give it to them.
Easy Vegetarian Calzones
Starting with store-bought pizza dough makes the dream of weeknight calzones actually attainable. Most doughs are sold in 1-lb. bags, but certain brands give you more. Roll any extra dough into ropes, tie in knots, and brush with a little olive oil mixed with a grated garlic clove. Bake until golden brown to make the easiest garlic knots. View Recipe
Calzones are pizzas that you can carry! And they’re good room temp! Which means you can take them to a picnic! Wonderful!
Marinated Olives and Feta
This appetizer is so fast and easy, you can have it on the table within 10 minutes of walking in the door. Save any leftover oil, which has been flavored with the red pepper flakes and garlic, for another use like salad dressing. View Recipe
Good olives deliver a touch of class to any outdoor meal. Garlic and feta? They just make everything taste better. Both are important.
Peanut Butter Blondies
Like any good brownie or blondie, the key to this recipe is slightly under-baking the batter so it stays a little gooey in the middle. To know when they’re done, look for a tester to come out clean but with a glossy sheen. View Recipe
If your friends don’t want peanut butter blondies at their picnic, you should probably just find some new friends.
Cold Miso-Sesame Noodles
This recipe for cold miso-sesame noodles yields about 10 cups, which is…generous for four people. Fortunately, cold noodles like these make a killer next-day lunch, no reheating necessary. (Then again, if you eat noodles like we do, leftovers aren’t really an issue.) View Recipe
Cold noodle salads were invented for cookouts. Possibly. Actually, we’re not sure, but this cold miso dressing is so tangy, creamy, and refreshing we’ll accept that claim as truth.
Winter Crunch Salad
Didn’t think you could eat brussels sprouts raw? Well you can, especially when they’re thinly sliced and tossed in a tangy, mustardy vinaigrette. Add a mess of kale, salty cheese, sweet-tart apple, and crunchy seeds, and you get a borderline addictive salad. View Recipe
Yes, its called a “winter crunch salad.” And no, it doesn’t have to be winter to eat it. This is great year-round, and won’t get sad and soggy in the heat.
Antipasti Hand Salad
To the Hand Salad Haters out there: BYE! Go look at some other recipe! Get your own food website! For those of you still here: Doesn’t the idea of spooning a marinated mixture of meaty salami, salty cheese, olives, and juicy tomatoes into leaves of cold, crispy romaine sound, like, delicious?! That’s because it is. View Recipe
Hand Salad is a salad that you can eat with your hands. And we all know hand foods belong at picnics. Just do what feels right.
Roasted Eggplant and Pickle Dip
Plenty of creamy Greek yogurt keeps this baba ganoush-esque dip light and tangy. Briny half-sour pickle bits provide bright pops of contrast, but any chopped pickle-y thing—think spicy peperoncini, giardiniera, or full-sour cukes—would work great too. This recipe is presented to you by Samsung. View Recipe
An eggplant dip gives all the pita freaks out there something to dip their bread in. This is for the pita freaks in your life.
Make-Ahead Broccoli and Quinoa Salad
Leafy greens and watery vegetables like cucumbers can’t handle being dressed and held at room temperature, but broccoli holds up like a champ. The oil and lemon juice in this recipe soften the hard crunch of the broccoli, making it an ideal base for a make-ahead side dish. And the quinoa, almonds, dates, and cheddar round out the mix with an addictive balance of flavors and textures. View Recipe
You can make this broccoli and quinoa salad ahead of time, which gives you more time to do other things, like figure out which beer you’re bringing to the function.
Easy One-Bowl Upside-Down Cake
Because it calls for frozen fruit, one bowl for mixing, and minimum kitchen equipment, this cake is a breeze for bakers of all levels. But you do need a cake pan with high sides; otherwise, it’ll overflow. View Recipe
Summer fruit. Simple cake. And whipped cream. This is the picnic dessert MVP, no contest.
Smoked Trout-Avocado Dip
If you’re not the kind of person who keeps canned fish in your pantry at all times, this is the recipe that will convert you. While smoked trout is great in this dip, any canned fish (think sardines, mackerel, or tuna) will work—just make sure it’s packed in oil. View Recipe
There needs to be avocado at your cookout. And there might as well be some seafood too. This smoky trout dip is all the right kinds of creamy.
Blackberry-Pistachio Crumble Bars
These easy crumble bars are the ultimate bring-over dessert. They’re incredible when made with blackberries, but any other berries that look good—raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, or a even a combination—make a more than acceptable substitute. View Recipe
A blackberry bar is a dessert you can hold while playing badminton. That’s just good old-fashioned fun.
Cheesy Slice-and-Bake Crackers
Think of these like cheese and crackers all rolled into one snappy, tangy, toasty snack. Double the recipe and keep a log stashed in your freezer for when you need a quick dinner party appetizer or potluck dish. Just thaw, slice, and bake. View Recipe
All those dips need a cheesy cracker for dipping. Be the person who brings the crackers. Be the hero.