It’s all About the Food
A picnic will never be as good as it could be if you don’t plan ahead. There’s nothing particularly enjoyable about opening your picnic basket to pull out a few hastily bought sausage rolls, bags of crisps and a couple of sandwiches.
However, with just a little bit of planning, you can build a healthy picnic of great-tasting finger food that will be much more enjoyable when you open up your picnic basket the next time you venture out.
Whether it’s a trip to the beach or a nice long walk in the countryside, you’ll get much more satisfaction from packing some delicious and healthy picnic food you’ve made yourself.
Here are a few of our favourite picnic finger food ideas to inspire you. There are a couple of meaty options with vegetarian and vegan recipes too.
Tarts are great picnic finger food. Firstly, they’re full of flavour and filling enough to keep you going on your long walk, bike ride or day at the beach. Secondly, they’re also really easy to eat on the go if you pre-cut them into easy to hold slices.
An alternative to tarts is a frittata. Similar in creation, but without the pastry, a frittata is also filling and full of fresh ingredients. It’s also easy to let cool and cut up into nice sized chunks to have as finger food on the go.
3. Savoury Muffins
Savoury muffins are a great way to add something to the picnic basket that feels like a treat, but is also super healthy.
If you’re going to be enjoying a relaxing picnic lunch, dips will often be top of your list. You can pick up a simple pot of hummus in the supermarket, or really impress with some homemade dips of your own. What’s more, Tenderstem® broccoli can be eaten raw, so it’s a great alternative to crisps and carrot sticks when you’re dipping.
5. Falafels and Veggie Bites
Falafels and veggie bites are delicious on their own, or equally as good in a flat bread, pitta bread or tortilla wrap. Great for having as part of a filling and healthy picnic lunch.
Healthy Picnic Finger Food Recipes
Tenderstem® broccoli & Cambozola Tartlet
Cambozola, a very creamy, brie-like blue cheese, is a highly agreeable bedfellow to Tenderstem® broccoli in this tartlet recipe.
Tenderstem® Broccoli Smoked Salmon Tart
The length of Tenderstem® broccoli makes it ideal for a tart when arranged like the spokes of a bicycle wheel.
Tenderstem® broccoli & Chickpea Frittata
For a vegetarian frittata, adding chickpeas is a great way to add a healthy amount of the carbohydrates and protein you’ll need to keep going…
Potato, Ham & Cheddar Frittata
Adding Tenderstem® broccoli to this recipe just takes this simple, comforting frittata to the next level.
Savoury Tenderstem® broccoli, Cheddar Cheese & Chilli Muffins
Try these Tenderstem® broccoli, cheese and chilli muffins to change things up a little bit. Fun to eat, tasty and filling, you can eat these…
Beetroot Hummus Dip for Tenderstem® broccoli
Try this beautiful beetroot hummus dip that will not only taste amazing, but also look amazing with its bright pink colour. Perfect for dipping raw…
Tenderstem® broccoli and Mint Falafels with Harissa and Labneh Dip
Add Tenderstem® broccoli and mint to your falafel mix for a health charged Middle Eastern inspired picnic recipe. It’s the kind of recipe that’s great…
Tenderstem® Broccoli Chilli & Chickpea Bites
Perfect little patties – and when we say bite we don’t just mean the portion size! That chilli has a subtle heat you’ll love! Make…