(Family characteristics) After a long period of social distancing, this year will be an opportunity to reunite with family and friends. Picnic gatherings filled with delicious food are one of the best ways to reunite with loved ones when you’re ready for those long overdue laughs.
While planning the perfect outdoor gathering can seem overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. With these simple tips, it can be easy to organize a memorable picnic reunion.
Have fun. Whether it’s a water balloon toss or a three-legged run, hosting a few games for your guests can be an easy way to reconnect and have some fun together. Outdoor games like ring tossing and potato sack races or arts and crafts are activities that all ages can enjoy.
Reach for pantry staples. No picnic is complete without good food. When planning your menu and packing your cooler, don’t stress yourself out. Before you take an extra trip to your local farmer’s market or grocery store, be sure to check your pantry. You probably already have enough to prepare simple but delicious meals and snacks. For example, canned fruits, vegetables, and protein – like wild tuna, salmon, and sardines – can help you create and enhance your picnic recipes.
Organize an ecological picnic. Great food and great weather help make a successful picnic, but it’s just as important to make sure you leave your space as you found it. To minimize waste, invest in reusable picnic utensils, like utensils and plates. Also consider swapping your paper towels for fabric versions. Not only are they more environmentally friendly, but they’ll also enhance the overall look of your picnic.
No grill, no problem. As more and more people search for red meat substitutes, change your menu and serve up seafood as a delicious alternative. For example, an Albacore Bliss bowl made with solid yellowfin tuna from sea chicken in water is a versatile choice that can be garnished with veggies like cabbage, cucumber, and carrot, then drizzled with a house dressing. . Since no cooking is required, you can easily prepare ahead or even on the spot. For those who participate in the day’s games and activities, try these salmon rolls which make perfect hand-held snacks.
For more recipe inspiration when planning your next picnic gathering, visit chickenofthesea.com.
Bowl Bliss Albacore
Total duration: 10 minutes
- 2 cans (5 ounces each) white tuna Solid sea chicken in water, drained and crumbled
- 2 cups of cooked quinoa
- 1/2 cup chopped purple cabbage
- 1/3 cup diced cucumber
- 1/3 cup grated carrots
- 1/3 cup diced red bell pepper
- 1/3 cup diced mango
- 1/3 cup chopped green onions
- 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds or black sesame seeds
- Divide the cooked quinoa among four bowls. Top each with tuna, cabbage, cucumber, carrots, red peppers, mango and green onions evenly distributed.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, honey, sesame oil, salt and pepper. Baste each bowl. Garnish with sesame seeds.
Total duration: 15 minutes
- 1 can (5 ounces) Sea chicken Pink salmon
- 1 pkg. (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup chunky thick salsa, plus extra for dipping (optional)
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1 cup corn chips, crushed
- 4 flour tortillas (8 inches)
- 4 large green leaf lettuce leaves, washed and patted dry
- In a bowl, combine the cream cheese and 1/2 cup of the salsa until light and fluffy. Stir in salmon, cheese and corn chips.
- Spread 1/4 of the filling up to 1/2 inch from each edge of tortilla. Arrange a lettuce leaf on the filling. Roll up the tortillas and wrap them in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 to 3 hours.
- To serve, remove the plastic wrap, cut off the ends of the rolls and cut each into 3-4 slices. Serve with additional salsa, if desired.
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