Roasted Corn Guacamole
As the weather changes from downright cold to perhaps cool and almost warm, families often start to venture out and practice the venerable tradition of picnicking. Depending on the climate you live in will determine the month that this will start in your area but one thing for sure is that everyone looks forward to the food, time with family, and getting the cobwebs of winter out of our heads.
Here is a recipe that takes a classic dish served in many styles of restaurants, and get-togethers in homes and parks but adds a healthy dose of fresh vegetable. Guacamole is a fairly simple dish with nicely ripe avocados mashed and mixed with fresh lime juice, a little salt and pepper, cilantro, and then a little heat if desired from a chili pepper of some kind usually jalapeno. For this recipe we take the taste of summer in the form of fresh sweet corn, tomato, and the lowly zucchini to give additional vegetable content and a slightly lighter version of the traditional by balancing the rich texture of avocado with the vegetables.
By serving this with skewers of cooked shrimp the dish becomes a complete meal or a great start to a picnic with the other traditional foods such as burgers, grilled chicken, and the like. This guacamole can be made early in the day and packed up for transport to the picnic to be enjoyed while the family is getting all the games, tables, and other foods unpacked for the day. For food safety be sure to use good sanitation practices at home while making the dish and then keep it cold in a cooler during transportation and until ready to serve.
The finished dish of roasted corn guacamole with shrimp skewers and corn chips.
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Chopped Salad with Steak and Fresh Herbs
One of the best things about going on a picnic or taking to the woods is having a meal to match the environment and this dish can do that and more.
By having a cool salad that can be made up ahead of time with the dressing already on it makes for a quick and easy meal on the go. Also this salad takes advantage of using any left-overs you may have on hand in the fridge. Those little bits of steak, a small bite of cheese, or any number of raw vegetables can be added to the basic study Romaine lettuce and still hold up for travel. Even the croutons are made from day old or stale bread so new life is given to those hidden treasures in your kitchen for this popular salad.
Many restaurants have offered a version of a chopped salad over the years and it gets a make-over every now and then but the popularity stays high among picnickers since it is a durable and easy to prepare salad. So as you look at the ingredients feel free to adjust and substitute as you need to make best use of what you have on hand. This is not necessarily one of those recipes you will carry to the grocery store looking for ingredients rather look at what you have and more than likely you have everything you need already.
A little extra dressing does not hurt.
Here are the ingredients for the salad and the basic notion is to use a good sturdy item that has not been cut too small so as to hold up to the dressing and to some time in travel or storage.
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Spicy Kathi Roll
Summertime is the perfect time to plan for a picnic– especially if you need a vacation but just can’t get away. A picnic is like the perfect little 1-day holiday, taking you away from it all so you can really relax and enjoy with family and friends. Picnics create happy, sun-drenched moments and delightful memories to treasure forever. Just thinking back on a picnic when you’re old and gray will warm you with fondness and melt way stress, bringing a smile to your face. Read the rest of this entry »
Chickpea Veggie Crepe
A picnic is the best way to spend some quality time with your family and friends. For couples, a picnic can be a romantic encounter. For friends, it can be a fun and casual way to pass the day. For families with children, it’s a great opportunity for quality time and bonding. A lot of my friends and family like to take a picnic a couple of times per month, weather permitting. It’s a great way to get outdoors, unwind, get some exercise and let go of all the tension from the busy work week.
When you go out for picnic, it’s important to choose foods that don’t spoil easily. Even when you take the proper precautions with a cooler, picnic food needs to keep well if you want to ensure your diners will be entirely safe when they enjoy the spread you set out on that blanket for them.
Here’s a great recipe that is not only perfect for picnics because it keeps well, but is delicious and fun to eat: veggie chickpea crepe. These crepes will keep for a long time, depending on the filling. The filling I provide the recipe here for is best, though, and can be prepared with any kind of veggies like zucchini, colorful bell peppers, mushroom and many more. These crepes can be best served with tomato sauce or with simple parsley and chilly condiment. It is basically made with garbanzo flour and fully loaded with buttery, crunchy veggies.
This recipe is so easy, you can prepare it in no time. Just keep ingredients on hand for any time you want to make it and you can whip it up in a jiffy.
Serving: 2 people
To Make Veggie Filling
- Green bell pepper – 1 medium
- Carrot – 1 small
- Tomato – 1 small
- Black pepper powder – ¼ tsp
- Red chilly powder – ¼ tsp
- Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
- Salt to taste
- Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
- Butter – 1 tbsp
Chickpea Veggie Crepe Filling
To Make the Filling
- Clean the veggies and chop them very finely. Remove the seeds from the tomatoes and dice the flesh.
- Place a pan on medium flame and add 1 tbsp of butter into the pan.
- When the butter melts, add cumin seeds and fry for 1 minute.
- Add chopped bell pepper and carrot. Sauté for 2 minutes on the same medium flame.
- Add chopped tomato, red chilly powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder and salt. Mix well and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Turn off the flame and allow the filling to cool down for a while. While it rests you can start the crepe batter.
To Make Chickpea Crepes
- Chickpea flour – ½ cup
- Red chilly powder – ½ tsp
- Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
- Salt to taste – ¼ tsp
- Water – as required
- Oil – for frying
- Sieve the chickpea flour using the strainer to avoid any lumps in the flour.
- In the wide bowl, add sieved flour, red chilly powder, turmeric powder and salt.
- Mix well and make a semi thick consistency paste batter using required amount of water. This crepe comes out good when it has right consistency of batter, so add water little by little to check the batter consistency.
- Place a non stick pan on medium flame .When pan heats up, spread the oil all over the pan.
- Add spoonful of batter and spread it into round circle crepe using the spatula.
- Smear more oil all around the sides of the crepe if required. Let the crepe fry on medium flame for 2 minutes on each side.
- Place the filling over the crepe and roll it as shown in the images. Another option you can try is making small coin shape crepe topped with filling. This is the best option to impress your children during picnic.
- Now wrap each roll in the foil as an individual serving. Doing this your dish will remain fresh and there will be no mess during eating.
Here we go! Chickpea veggie crepes are ready to enjoy.
Chickpea Veggie Crepes for Kids!
Chickpea Veggie Crepes
No matter what you’re serving, if you want to truly offer your guests a delightful picnic spread you have to stock up on the condiments! Condiments allow your guests to tweak their food to their tastes and add a new dimension of flavor that makes a picnic meal even more scrumptious. Go with old stand-by toppers that everyone loves– or get exotic and creative with unusual gourmet creations.
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