Roadtripping? Stop for a picnic!
Take a break during long drives by stopping at a roadside rest area for a light lunch or snack. While big picnic meals work for set destinations, road trips rely on easy, on-the-go eating. Mason jars make a great travel vessel for little servings of meals such as layered salad or a dip, small sandwich squares, and different easy pastas. If you didn’t bring your own food, make do with the best vegan options from a nearby convenience store, food truck or local market. Make it enjoyable by sitting at a picnic table or laying out a blanket on a patch of grass nearby
On a quiet weekend mornings, bring out a picnic blanket in your backyard. The idea of picnicking seems to make meal time magical, especially for children. Pour your coffee or tea into a thermos, and make a simple breakfast. Something like oats with berries and nuts, scrambled tofu breakfast wraps, or easy grab and go items like muffins and fresh fruit. Serve breakfast on a tray and enjoy the summer mornings before they’re gone.
Impress that someone special with a secluded sunset picnic.
It's a bit cliché, but everyone can appreciate a good ol’ picnic in the park. Make a midweek evening memorable with a spontaneous night out to watch the sunset. Find a comfortable place with a view of the sky and plan to set up shop around dusk. Stop by the market for snacks on your way. You don’t need much—crackers and vegan cheese, fruit, some sweets and wine, plus a large blanket and bug spray (Most important). Remember to bring candles or a flashlight so you can continue to enjoy your picnic (and each other's company) once the sun goes down.
Take a lunch break outside during the workweek.
Picnics aren’t just for weekends and holidays. One of my favorite easy lunch ideas during the workweek is to just go outside with a simple brown-bag lunch. Map out the closest picnic table, public park, or random patch of grass near your office. Bring along portable meal options that don’t need reheating such as different salads, sandwiches, raw veggies and dip, and fresh fruit. Bring along a small blanket and some reading material if you’re eating solo, or ask a colleague to join in on the fun and make it a potluck picnic.
Throw an indoor picnic party.
If you've got one of those nights when the weather just isn’t good to eat outside, cozy up with some blankets and candles on the living room floor. Invite a crowd or just your significant other, and have fun with food since your kitchen won't be far away. Watch movies and play board games while you eat whatever you've got on hand.