Healthy picnic ideas: red potato, shiitake, and nuts-berry bars

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Posted by Mira | Posted in healthy recipes | Posted on 15-10-2010

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The set of three healthy picnic ideas we have prepared for you this time are an interesting variation of common products. Add special flavor, combine the ingredients properly and what you have is a picnic meal good both for taste and health. The picnic recipes may be called quick ones as none of them take more than half an hour. Enjoy!

Soy Bacon and Red Potatoes.

Soy Bacon and Red Potatoes.

Soy Bacon, Red Potatoes, and Herbs
This quick picnic recipe takes 25 minutes and yields for 4 portions. What is especially healthy in this picnic idea is that potato is rich in potassium which is central in cell, muscle and overall organism proper functionality. Lean protein contained in one soy bacon slice has only 23 Cal.

Ingredients:
2 pounds (or 900 g) red potatoes (small)
8 slices of soy bacon
0.25 cup of minced red onion
0.25 cup of fat-free mayonnaise
2 tbsp of red wine vinegar
0.5 cup of chopped fresh parsley
0.25 cup of chopped fresh basil
1 tbsp of chopped fresh rosemary
0.5 tsp salt
0.25 tsp of black pepper

Note: Wash and pat dry the potatoes then quarter them. Use freshly ground black pepper.

Instructions:
Put the potato wedges in a saucepan; pour in water till covered. Bring the water to boil over high heat. Then let the potatoes simmer for some 10 minutes over a medium-low heat. With a fork you may try if the potatoes are softened. When done, take out potatoes, drain and place into a bowl.

Dry-fry soy bacon slices in a frying pan until golden and crisp. Do not over fry. Break the crispy bacon in smaller pieces and add to the potatoes in the bowl. Add minced onion. In a small bowl combine all ingredients (as per the list provided above), season with salt and pepper and stir until well combined. Then, as a coating add the dressing to potatoes.

Nutrition scale per portion: 322 calories, 5 percent fat (2 g; Og saturated), 81 percent carbs. (66 g), 14 percent protein (11 g), 44 mg calcium, 6 g fiber, 4 mg iron, and 884 mg sodium.

Mushrooms, Beef and Broccoli.

Mushrooms, Beef and Broccoli.

Snow Peas Topping for Beef and Shiitake
The quick picnic recipe takes half an hour to make, yields for 4 portions. If you do not eat very spicy food do not use or use minimally the chili-garlic sauce. You may use steamed broccoli and reduce hoisin sauce.

Ingredients:
1 1 lb. of top sirloin steak
1 tbsp of sesame oil
1 tbsp of fresh ginger (peeled and minced)
12 oz. fresh shiitake mushrooms
8 oz. snow peas
1 bunch of green onions
1 cup of fresh cilantro leaves
5 tbsp of hoisin sauce
2 tsp of chili-garlic sauce (or less)
0.25 tsp of Chinese five-spice powder

Note: Cut top sirloin steak into 0.25″ thick, 2″ long slices, stem and thickly cut the mushrooms, sliced and divided the onions and cilantro leaves.

Instructions:
Wash and pat dry the meat; cut in small pieces and season with salt and black pepper. Place a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat, pour in the oil. Add mushrooms and minced ginger in the pan; fry stirring for some 3 minutes till mushrooms are softened.

Place beef steaks into the pan; stir while frying. Let the meat fry no more than 1 minute, the browned meat wedges should remain pink in the middle. Add to the pan: snow peas, green onions and cilantro (half each). Combine and allow frying for another minute. Add seasoning: hoisin, five-spice powder, and chili-garlic sauce; stir until well combined. Simmer upto a couple of minutes till snow peas become crisp-tender.

Serve in a large bowl with the picnic meal sprinkled with salt, black pepper, cilantro and green onions.

Nuts, Dried Berries, Chopped PecansBars.

Nuts, Dried Berries, Chopped Pecans bars.

Berry and Nuts Bars
This is a perfect healthy dessert for any occasion be it an indoor family get-together, dinner, breakfast, or a picnic. The recipe takes a bit more than half an hour and yields 10 tasty bars. To have it more nutrients you may use flaxseed instead of the sesame seeds. Believe me this bar is much healthier that a regular chocolate bar and gives a lot of positive energy to the whole organism.

Ingredients:
¾ cup of whole-wheat flour
1 cup of quick-cooking oats
1 tbsp of sesame (or flaxseeds) seeds
0.25 cup honey (or agave nectar)
0.25 cup applesauce
3 free-range eggs
⅓ cup of vegetable oil
⅔ cup of dried blueberries
¾ cup of chopped pecans
0.25 tsp nutmeg
0.25 tsp cinnamon
0.25 tsp salt
cooking spray

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350° F (150 C, Gas 2). Combine flour, oats, sesame, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Whisk eggs, honey, oil, applesauce in another bowl. Pour in the first bowl, stir until oatmeal mixture is well coated; add dried blueberries and pecans.

Sprinkle an 8 x 8″ baking dish with cooking spray. Spread the mixture in the pan; bake for 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool, cut into equal bars.

We hope these picnic ideas come to your taste!

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