June 28 to July 2, 2021: Park-Friendly Recipes to Enjoy This Week

One of the perks of summer is dining al fresco, and that includes during the week. Perhaps you’re currently working from home and enjoy spending your lunchtime at the park, or you’ve started to have the occasional picnic dinner as a family in the evenings. If this sounds like you, then these recipes will quickly become regulars throughout the summer.

Monday: Grilled Chicken Wraps

Sandwiches are standard picnic fare, given their portability. And these chicken wraps, featuring grilled mustard chicken, are simply mouth-watering. You can prepare them in advance and keep them in the fridge for lunch all week long. Just grab one and go!

Tuesday: Garlic, Lemon and Anchovy Pasta Salad

What’s an outdoor meal without pasta salad? It makes a great side dish or can even be enjoyed on its own if you prefer. With the brightness of the lemon and the saltiness of the anchovies, you can totally pretend you’re near the water. (Bonus if your nearest park has a lake component!)

Wednesday: Cold Avocado-Fennel Soup with Nordic Shrimp Salad

Recipes that require zero cooking are ideal for summer, particularly when it’s too hot to turn on the stove. This gorgeous and refreshing soup combines fennel and avocado, and for added protein, top it with a quick and easy shrimp salad. Be sure to pack it into a spill-proof container before heading out.

Thursday: Focaccia with Fresh Herbs

It’s Canada Day, so with your day off from work, it’s the perfect opportunity for lunch or dinner in the park. Prepare this fluffy focaccia at home before you go, and you can top it with mozzarella cream, a tomato salad and herbs when you get to your picnic spot. Fresh, bright and delicious!

Friday: Spicy Beef Skewers

It’s Friday night, so don’t forget to bring your portable grill to the park. After all, we anticipate this meal will be an hours-long affair! (Well, at least until the park closes, anyway.) Marinate and thread your meat cubes at home, and be sure to keep them cool (as well as separate from cooked foods) during your commute to the park. Grill and then serve with a green salad.

Dessert: Oatmeal Cookie Cups with Strawberry and Raspberry Jam

What’s a meal without dessert? Cookies are usually a great sweet option for a picnic, and we’ve upped the ante with these tasty cookie cups! Made with oats and filled with strawberry-raspberry jam (you can use store-bought or make your own now that berries are in season), these handy treats are sure to be a hit.

Drink: Raspberry and Grapefruit Pink Lemonade

Okay, one last recipe… You want to stay refreshed and hydrated during your day at the park, after all! Lemonade is a picnic staple, and we’ve revisited this classic taste by combining lemons with grapefruit, and then adding a sweet raspberry syrup. Pour into a portable drink container or individual bottles and enjoy!

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