40 Perfect Side Dishes for Summer Picnics

A few weeks ago I shared a collection of Over 30 Delicious Recipes for Easy Picnic Food with you, just in time for National Picnic Day.

With summer warming up, we’re already in summer picnic mode and couldn’t be happier about that! Not only are picnics a great way to enjoy the outdoors, they are a fun way to enjoy family time most months out of the year. Which means the more picnic food options we have, the better! So today I figured you could use 40 Perfect Picnic Sides to add to your picnic menu options. Enjoy!

 Quick Dips and Spreads for Crackers and Fruits and Veggies, Oh my!

  1. Pesto Bruschetta Spread
  2. Sun Dried Tomato Artichoke Hummus
  3. White Bean and Garlic Hummus
  4. Roasted Garlic Hummus
  5. 7 Layer Dip (In little jars)
  6. Guacamole for Chips
  7. Homemade Salsa
  8. Fusion Dip for Veggies
  9. Tomato Basil Dip for Crackers
  10. Honey Peanut Butter dip
  11. Cream Cheese Trio Appetizers for crackers

Appetizers & Snacks & Tasty Little Treats

  1. Hard Boiled Eggs
  2. Huli Huli Bacon Chicken Bites
  3. Almost Homemade Pickles
  4. Kale Chips
  5. Sweet Heat Slow Cooker Chex Mix
  6. Country Bob’s Tangy Chex Mix

A few More Traditional Picnic Favorites

  1. Chicken Salad
  2. Potato Salad
  3. Baked Beans

Pasta & Grain Salads for Light Summer Dining

  1. Perfect Pasta Salad + Tips and Tricks
  2. Another version of Pasta Salad
  3. Broccoli Tomato Tortellini Salad
  4. Bacon Tomato Ranch Pasta Salad
  5. Wild Rice Salad

Veggies Salads for those who prefer Healthy Picnicking

  1. Asian Broccoli Salad
  2. Ranch Veggie Salad
  3. Tomato Artichoke Heart Salad
  4. Summer Corn Salad
  5. Orange Red Onion Salad
  6. Cucumbers and Onions
  7. Cucumber Tomato Salad
  8. Green bean and Tomato Salad
  9. Creamy Italian Herb Cucumbers & Tomatoes

Slaws for Days

  1. Hawaiian Coleslaw
  2. Quick Coleslaw
  3. Tomato Jalapeno Slaw

Fruit Salads as sweet as dessert

  1. Easy Apple Salad
  2. Easy Fruit Salad
  3. Sliced Apples (with a no-browning trick!)
  4. Wild Watermelon

So how about you? Do you have a favorite side dish that you always have to make for picnics? I would love to hear what it is in the comments below. And in the meantime … Happy Picnicking!

More Picnicking Resources

 

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Menu, Grocery List, Recipes Year 3 Week 36

I spent last week at the beach with my family and took a little blogging break.  We had a great time together enjoying the ocean and eating.  I’ve shared before how my mom makes and freezes almost all of our food, then packs it on dry ice.

The amount of food that 12 people can eat in a week is astounding.  I guess we were all hungry from the sun and water play.  In addition to all the dinner foods mom made, we also ate 2 cakes, 3 batches of cookies and 10 (yes, 10!) 1.5 qt. containers of ice cream.

In defense of the family, we do have 3 teenage boys.  And my husband managed to get 100 miles of bike riding in during the week too, so there were lots of calories that needed replenished.

This week’s menu:

I think you’re going to like this menu.  It includes several slow cooker meals and a few meals that are quick to make.  I’m loving the slow cooker beans.  They are great to have in the freezer ready to go for fast lunches or dinners.

As always, you get 6 dinners and 1 dessert.  Serving suggestions are included in bold on the recipes and in curly brackets {} on the grocery list.

Here’s what is on the menu this week:

Slow Cooker Beans for the Freezer (Refried w/out the Refry), tortillas and fixings

Chicken Florentine Pizza, salad

Bowties with Italian Sausage and Bell Peppers, salad

Pork Chops topped with Pineapple, Green Pepper and Onion, baked sweet potatoes, favorite green veggie

Baked Chicken and Summer Vegetables in the Slow Cooker, angel hair pasta, salad

Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker, sliced tomatoes, corn on the cob, watermelon

No-Bake Cappuccino Pie

To print, click here:  menu year 3 week 36

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23 Grill Recipes for Weeknight Dinners

Grill recipes for weeknight dinners

I love using grill recipes to get dinner on the table.  It’s quick.  There are no pans to clean.  And it doesn’t heat up the kitchen.

Although I like to grill chicken legs or other cuts of meat with bones, I usually stick with quicker-to-cook foods for our weeknight fare.  I’m a lazy griller.  I like to throw the meat on, walk away to finish the side dishes and come back to flip the meat to the other side.  I know this isn’t the way the experts do it, but it works for getting dinner on the table fast.

(I do have a fantastic BBQ Rib recipe that requires a bit more babysitting.  It is so worth it though!)

One of my favorite time savers is to grill a lot of boneless chicken and store it in the freezer for quick meals.

freezing barbecue chicken

And recently, I stumbled on this super, simple way to marinate chicken for grilling.

easy freezer marinades

Let’s get to some quick weeknight recipes:  [Read more…]

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