Today, my boyfriend, Matt, and I (Sam) decided to be spontaneous and take advantage of the beautiful winter weather we’ve been having here in California. We have been wanting to have a picnic for some time now and I’m so happy we finally did it! (Yay us!)
I think the reason we have not done this sooner is because having a picnic seems like so much work. First, you have to plan what you are going to make. Then, you have to cook it. After that, you have to scrounge around for containers and pack it all into something that allows you to transport it to your destination of choice…It just seems daunting when you have so much homework and other obligations to do.
However, I’m happy to report that it was not hard at all. Seriously, it was so simple and I’ll tell you how to make sure your picnic is effortless and fun! Besides, taking the time to enjoy good (healthy) food, great company, and beautiful weather is incredibly rejuvenating.
1. Prepare simple food. We chose to make food that we enjoy. For our picnic, we made “Taco Turkey Bowls” which are incredibly easy to make and very satisfying. The base is made with sautéed veggies. We had zucchini, cauliflower, and peppers on hand so that’s what we used. Then, we topped them with extra-lean ground turkey, avocado, and tomatoes. Seriously so good! Then, I chopped up some fresh veggies which we dipped in hummus…okay, I know that is not Paleo but we aren’t strictly Paleo-just gluten and dairy-free. If you are, you can choose a dip that you like. For dessert, we had honey tangerines with dark chocolate (chocolate dipped strawberries would be nice too.) Finally, to make it extra special, we grabbed a cheap bottle of organic wine. We are college students so $6 wine is fine by us! (Recipes below.)
2. Transport your food in the container you will eat them in. We put our food into the bowls that we ate out of. This made it easy to eat when we got to our picnic location and it cut down on the amount of containers we had to bring. Also, we did not have a cooler so we used one of those crates that you get at Costco when you check out to transport our food. The containers fit perfectly and it was easy to carry. We topped with a zip lock bag filled with ice to keep our food safe.
3. Dress properly and bring only the necessities! If you are going to picnic near an ocean, like us, make sure to bring an extra jacket and blanket…the wind can be chilly! We went to Montana de Oro which is a National Park on the Central Coast. We knew we would be climbing and hiking after our picnic so we dressed in casual hiking clothes. If you take your location into consideration, your experience will be more enjoyable! We brought a large towel to sit on and a blanket to keep us warm. Matt let me bring wine glasses because I don’t like drinking out of plastic but he did nix my flowers and vase idea. (Now looking back I realize that was definitely NOT a necessity haha…thank goodness I’m dating a practical man…although they would have been pretty.)
As always, sending you PEACE and LOVE without the GREASE!
- ½ pound organic extra-lean ground turkey
- 1 Tbsp. white onion, minced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. cumin powder
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2-3 Tbsp. salsa
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 cups vegetables of choice (we used a combo of zucchini, peppers, and cauliflower)
- 1-2 tsp olive oil
- ½-1 avocado
- Cherry tomatoes, diced
- Optional: salsa, salad dressing, green onions.
- Chop all ingredients.
- Heat olive oil on medium in a med-large skillet. Mince onion and garlic, add to pan when heated. Sauté until translucent. Add meat and cook until no redness remains. Add seasonings. Set aside.
- Chop veggies into bite-size pieces.
- Heat a med-sized skillet with olive oil. When hot, add the veggies.
- Sauté until soft but still a tad crunchy. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
- To assemble:
- Place sautéed veggies on the bottom of your bowl, layer with meat, and top with toppings of choice 🙂
- Pack into containers, grab your wine, picnic blanket, snacks and sweaters and start your adventure..."Have food, will picnic!"