The current pandemic is taking away some of our favorite things about the summer: picnics in the park. Unfortunately, staying safe means that you have to be smart about avoiding large crowds of individuals. You can be sure that the summer heat is driving everyone outdoor. When you don’t have a garden to throw a cozy and safe picnic on the lawn, you have no other option than canceling your plans.
Can you sort out a picnic party for your family without turning your home into a furnace? The answer is yes, but you need to be creative about it. The best thing about picnics is the combination of simple foods and being social. Put on your prettiest flowing maxi dress and invite the kids to a meal that nobody will forget!
Impress with a chilled soup for your picnic
It’s easy to prepare hot food when you’re going to eat outside. There’s plenty of fresh air that can cool you down, so you don’t have to worry about being too hot. Yet, when you are staying at home, you need to make the most of your kitchen to bring some super chilled starters to the picnic table. Chilled soups, such as gazpacho, are a favorite in summer. They are full of flavors and refreshing, so you get the best of both worlds! They’re also quick to prepare and can be drunk directly out of a mug!
Keep the temperature down by focusing on salads
You want to add a hearty salad to the meal. A salad can replace your carbs. Did you know that digesting carbs increases the body heat? A cold southern potato salad can be the solution to your problem. It’s healthy, refreshing, and packed with simple ingredients. In other words, you can skip the need for bread and chip packs when you have a wonderful salad. Besides, you don’t have to worry about it going bad in the sun when you’re throwing a picnic party in the living room!
Reduce grilling time
Most picnic-goers love to bring a portable grill to prepare food on the go. When you’re staying at home, your options are limited. Ideally, you could grill meat in your oven or a pan. But, it’s a long process that will increase the temperature of your kitchen. Instead, it’s a good idea to opt for quick grills, such as grilled shrimps on skewers which require only a few minutes to be done. It’s quick, fresh, and tasty! What’s not to like?
Share tasks to stay cool
Last but not least, you want to share tasks when you’re preparing a picnic party. Trying to do everything yourself is likely to be stressful, and you’ll be a hot mess by the time the food is ready. Picnic food is typically easy to prepare, so why not ask your family to throw together a yummy dessert while you prepare the salad? Best sweet treats for an at-home picnic are fresh fruity salads with plenty of fragrant mint or homemade milkshakes!
Planning a picnic party at home is the safest way to avoid the crowds in summer. Unfortunately, it can be too hot to cook at home! But if you’re smart about your preparations and pick simple, quick, and effective dishes, you can throw a fun picnic in no time!
Do you like to go on picnics? How do you plan for them? Did I miss any steps? Let me know in the comments below and remember if you are heading outdoors to social distance while wearing a mask! Of course, the mask is when you aren’t eating. Be safe!
Until our next rendezvous…
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