Picnic Musings

It’s Memorial Day weekend and Andrew and I are heading “up north” to go camping. No matter what your plans are, I hope they include a picnic – I loooove cookout food! If you’re looking for some ideas on new things to make and bring along to a get together this weekend, look no further!

I’ll be doing a lot of this:

I’ll also be cooking over our camp stove and an open fire, so some of these aren’t options for me. I like to plan ahead for camping and tend bring things I’ve made at home – cold salads, pre-cooked ground beef (for taco pockets!), desserts. The options I’m providing here are more suited to picnics, cookouts, and simple summer dinners than they are to camping.

Olive Broils are a tasty appetizer with just five ingredients (some of which you probably have on hand!) that are a hit at every gathering. The best part is that they require no baking, just a quick broil, so the oven doesn’t need to stay on for any length of time.

Gorgonzola Spinach Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries are a healthy alternative to beef that don’t require you to sacrifice flavor. Top the burgers with caramelized onions and you’ll have a new cookout favorite!

Cold Curry Peanut Noodles are a fun spin on pasta salad and incredibly delicious, even as leftovers!

Tabbouleh is a non-traditional salad that is cool and refreshing. Such a great way to add some much-needed GREEN to a typical cookout menu. Make it the day before to allow the flavors to marry.

S’mores Bars are a sweet ode to a childhood campsite favorite! Super chocolatey and so simple to make that you can throw them together for a last-minute cookout without breaking a sweat!

***Do you have exciting Memorial Day weekend plans? Gardening, camping, hitting the beach? Share your plans (for fun AND food) with me in the comments!***

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