Outdoor Picnic Recipes – Family Picnic Food Ideas

Outdoor Picnic Food Recipes – Family Picnic Food Ideas

It's gorgeous outside. Time to plan a picnic! Adrien Sharp for the Kraft Kitchens shares some great ideas for what to serve and how to pack up a great meal that travels.

Are you looking for new ways to spend quality time with your family? One of my favorite things to do on a nice summer day to go on a picnic. Bring a football maybe a kite and everyone gets a chance to enjoy the outdoors and each other for an afternoon.

Hi I'm Adrien Sharp for the Kraft Kitchens here with some great ideas for what to serve and how to pack your next picnic.

Let's start with the food.

Sandwiches are the original here when it comes to food that travels but just because they're portable does not mean they have to be predictable. With just a few simple steps you can create your own masterpiece. This is the Kickn' Chicken Wrap. Perfect for eating outdoors. The kick comes from the chipotle flavored mayo and the jalapeƱo American cheese. All you need to do is spread your mayo on the bottom, add the cheese, next with the chicken, the lettuce and then the celery. That's all there is to it!

This ones the the Tuscan Club on a ciabatta roll. It's made with shaved oven turkey breast bacon lettuce tomato and here comes the Tuscan part: sun dried tomato and basil cream cheese on the top half of the ciabatta and some Italian dressing on the bottom half.

And to go with these great sandwiches I've made some terrific side salads. This one's coleslaw and it's extra crunchy with crispy crumbled bacon and chopped salted peanuts. And rounding things out we have a very easy pasta salad with rotini, vegetables, reduced-fat parmesan and to complete it, some Lighthouse Italian dressing.

For the desert, the ultimate packable, pudding snacks.

Now you want everything to be fresh tasting and safe to eat when you picnic so you will need a cooler. No need for a fancy one, this plastic one on wheels does the job just fine. It's all in how you pack it. You need to keep things cold but making sure things don't get all smushed together is pretty important to. Nobody likes a crushed club.

So let's back up and I'll show you exactly how I packed this picnic today. On the bottom I put all the heavy stuff. You have your bottles of water, the soda and 100% juice for the kids. I even freeze a few of the juice pouches and water ahead of time to melt slowly so even at the end of the day there is still something cold to drink. Then I lay down one of these ice blankets. These do double duty by keeping things cold and separated. Salads and pudding go in next. Followed by another ice blanket. And then last, but not least, the sandwiches. Then I put the third ice blanket on the top.

Now if you don't have ice blankets you can use gallon sized freezer bags and fill them with ice cubes. The key is to make sure they are sealed tightly and do not put them on top of the sandwiches.

So there you have it. The great American picnic.

Look for many more portable recipes and tips for Summer fun on Howdini.

I'm Adrien Sharp from the Kraft Kitchens for Howdini.