New and Exciting Picnic Recipes

These 15 creative recipes offer fun variations on perennial outdoor favorites.

| April 25, 2008

Now that you’re in an Earth Day frame of mind, why not get outdoors and continue to celebrate Mother Nature with sunny day picnics? The following recipes offer bright new twists on good old fashioned picnic favorites. Why not retire that boring hamburger for a tasty homemade lentil burger or free-range lamburger instead? Or snack on freshly made tortilla chips and zesty salsa instead of the usual packaged fare?

Besides adding exciting and nutritious new flavors to your life, these recipes will help you take advantage of the bounty you’ll find at farmers markets in the coming months. The cookbooks referenced below will give you even more ideas: They aim to feature the best of whole, organic, natural and seasonal cuisine. All of the following recipes serve about four to six picnickers, and would be fine to prepare the evening before your venture out.

Chips & Dip

Instead of overly greasy and salty chips served with store-bought sour cream dip, try this refreshing and addictive combination.

Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Adapted from Farmer John's Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables (Gibbs Smith, 2006).

2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 to 2 tsp dried red pepper flakes or Cajun spice mix
1/2 tsp sea salt

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