Picnic with kids is fun but it can also quickly turn into something unanticipated. If you love picnic and would like to have them frequently then I advice that you try to keep them simple, simple in the context of food means limiting choices and finger foods.
Kids are often happy and contented when they’re involved in the preparation of a meal, however simple. And it’s amazing how quickly picnic prep goes if family members make their own sandwiches. While you’re at it, have them fill a bottle for a drink. Throw in some fruit and veggies and a bag of chips. And you’re ready to go.
If your kids are too little to pack their own, but big enough to have opinions, speed your exit from the house by making sandwiches on site. Bring a bag of rolls and only one or two favorite sandwich fillings.
Sandwiches assembled on site are more likely to be consumed without special requests. The choices are limited, plus kids are just too busy to care. But if given the choice at home, they’ll have a lot more opinions.
Supermarket Stop Picnic
For super simple picnic prep, grab your picnic basket then stop at grocery for everything else. If you have time, you may want to pick up stuff up earlier in the day. But kids don’t usually mind a very targeted trip to the grocery, especially if the payoff is a picnic.
Along these same lines would be getting take-out pizza, subs or fast food. Doesn’t matter where the food came from; it’s still a picnic if you eat it outside! We do a “supermarket stop picnic” at the pool frequently. Since it’s at the pool where there are tables, chairs and bathrooms, don’t even bother with the picnic bag.
Things to buy.
* Deli fried chicken
* Juice boxes/water
* Paper towels
And, maybe, French bread, chips or pretzels
Kids love to dip stuff, and this picnic is really easy for mom. (The dipping picnic is a good candidate to also be a supermarket stop picnic.) Buy a selection of dips and things to dip such as fruits and veggies, bread, chips, pretzels, cookies and crackers.
A sweet dip for dessert and dips with a little protein, like hummus, add variety to ranch or blew cheese favorites. You may also what to bring along cheese sticks, cubed cheese, summer sausage or another protein source.
I know grilling sounds complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Go to a park that provides grills. Choose something to grill that doesn’t require a lot of different condiments and can be eaten with fingers or on bread.
Sausages, marinated chicken or pork chops are good choices. (Burgers are probably not the easiest choice since people may expect condiments, cheese, pickles, tomatoes, etc.) Make your sides simple finger foods like fruit, chopped veggies and chips.
If you are going to grill, you will need more stuff. Bring:
* Charcoal, lighter fluid
* Lighter or matches
* Grilling utensils
* Aluminum foil
* Paper plates
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