Summer Picnic Foods Round-Up
Well here we are at the height of the summer picnic season. I don’t know about the rest of you but I rather dread having to go somewhere that I am expected to share a dish. This is largely because our food restrictions mean that I will have to also bring everything that my family eats, in addition to something that others can eat. It is rare for us to find much of anything that we can consume at a pot luck type affair that we didn’t bring ourselves. My other dread is the fact that after 3.5 years on GAPS and 2+ on the low oxalate diet (LOD) my taste buds have changed. I’m never quite sure if something that we like will taste good to a SAD (standard American diet) palate. The only thing worse than seeing your food overlooked at a pot luck, because it was too weird to try is seeing it in the trash because it wasn’t appreciated by those who did try it. Pastured meats, coconut flour, pastured eggs, organic veggies,and the like, our food isn’t cheap! It hurts to see it tossed out. I am happy to share it generously with my friends but it just hurts to see it in the trash.
Ok so enough complaining. You can always bring watermelon or a green salad to a picnic but if you want to get a little more creative I have some real winners here that I found on a few different blogs. These can be either for your own picnic fare or to share with your friends. Some of these recipes are mine and some are from others. I’ll let you know which ones fit GAPS and which ones fit LOD and if there are any easy fixes needed to make them compliant with either diet.
Crispy Wings with Honey Mustard Sauce (GAPS, LOD) These were a big hit with my kids.
Meatballs for Parties ny GAPS Diet Journey (GAPS)- This recipe makes a lot of meatballs for a party. It also has a version of the recipe for making a much smaller batch.
Salads and Cold Soups
GAPS Gazpacho (GAPS) This cold tomato soup is a favorite of mine. It even has some hidden GAPS goodness, broth and fermented vegetable juice! It is popular at picnics too and a great way to get a full serving of veggies.
Wilted Lettuce Salad with bacon (GAPS, LOD) This salad is a family favorite. My kids get super excited whenever I announce that I’m making it. It has broth and bacon fat. What could be better?
Savory Wilted Lettuce Salad (GAPS, LOD) this is a bacon free version of the wilted lettuce salad. I think we like the bacon version better but this was very good too and if you bring this to a picnic you don’t have to share your bacon. *smile*
Beet Salad By GAPS Diet Journey (GAPS) Sadly Beets are high oxalate but the rest of you can enjoy this twist on the potato salad.
Carrot and Cucumber Veggie Noodle Salad with Cilantro Hemp Pesto by Beyond the Peel (GAPS, LOD if you use arugula instead of spinach and don’t eat too much.) This really looks lovely with the spiralized veggies. I love another reason to use my spiralizer (affiliate link).
Roasted Cauliflower Mint Salad with Cashew Citrus Dressing by Beyond the Peel (GAPS) According to the recipe this is good at room temperature and so it would be great on a picnic table waiting to be eaten.
5 minute Avocado Gazpacho by Beyond The Peel (GAPS, LOD) I always think of Gazpacho as a tomato soup but apparently it can be any cold pureed veggie soup. This one looks quick and tasty.
Spicy Garlic Cabbage and Carrot Slaw with Probiotic Dressing By Delicious Obsessions (GAPS, LOD – replace most or all carrot with more cabbage) This looks like a great twist on coleslaw for sharing at a summer picnic.
Simple Summer Carrot Salad by Delicious Obsessions (GAPS-replace stevia with honey and use rasins since dried cranberries usually have sugar) This is another twist on cole slaw made using just carrots for the bulk of the salad.
Tangy Green Bean Salad with Toasted Walnuts by Delicious Obsessions (GAPS) This green bean salad looks great! All GAPS legal as written although sadly green beans are high oxalate so I won’t be able to try this.
Aunt Joanne’s Lacto-Fermented Watermelon Pickles (GAPS, LOD)-These sweet lacto-fermented pickles are easy to make from something you might think you should throw away. Plus they are a quick to make ferment so you won’t mind sharing them with your friends.
The Best Garden Fresh Salsa by whole New Mom(GAPS) Salsa is a great multi purpose kind of food. It can be a side dish or serve as a dip for chips for those who can have them. This one looks very quick to throw together from summer garden produce.
Banana Walnut Muffins by GAPS Diet Journey (GAPS, LOD -leave out the walnuts) I like to make up muffins and cup cakes and freeze them for future needs. These are sure to be popular with friends or you can save them for yourself as a treat at a picnic laden with junk food.
Don’t Miss Part 2 Desserts!
How do you feel about summer picnics? Do your food restrictions make you dread them like me or do you have a better perspective that you want to share.