Meal Planning Monday ~ It’s Picnic Time!

This week’s post is by Kim Bergeron of Extreme Coupon Professors.

It’s Picnic Time! Summer starts with a bang – heading to friends’ houses for BBQs, congregations lining up church picnic outings, and my husband’s company puts several picnic outings together over the summer. What do all these have in common? Yummy food, of course, with good friends.

Certainly, you know almost every picnic will have your traditional burgers, chips, salads and watermelon, but I wanted to come up with a few different and memorable dishes you can bring along with you!

Now, my first picnic dish is our Black Bean Salsa. It’s a simple recipe that is so tasty with chips, over chicken, or for a side. We’re asked at every outing for the recipe, so now we bring recipe cards for friends to take with them.

Does anyone bring brownies and cookies to picnics? Well, here we have a recipe that is a brownie cupcake with a cookie surprise. Every kid loves these at picnics! Top them with frosting and a cherry for a sweeter look.

My new favorite outing dessert is our pies in a jar. Yep, make individual pies in  canning jars. I stock up on pie filling so everyone has their favorite pie. These are so cute, easy and everyone will be impressed!

We have a large family and when we go off for the day I pack our food most of the time. One thing we purchased secondhand was a tailgating grill. This past weekend we went to the mountains one day and the ocean the next. There’s nothing like a Tailgating Picnic- eating hot BBQ chicken and steak by the beach, especially when the people next to us are having PB&J.

Here’s a twist on chocolate covered strawberries, another picnic dessert that will vanish before your eyes. I simply melt the chocolate in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until it’s all melted. Then I roll my strawberries in the melted chocolate, then in crushed toffee. (You can find crushed Heath bar in a bag in the aisle with the chocolate chips.)   I make an extra batch and leave them at home-this makes my family very happy!

The fun thing about picnics and BBQs are that you don’t have to limit yourself to the boring basics. Be creative and have fun!  Watch for more delicious picnic recipes in my Picnic Series.

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  1. I love the bakes pies in the little jars! That is a very cute idea, and great picnic sweet treat.