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Old 04-28-2006, 10:08 AM   #1
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Question Picnic lunch ideas?

Hi there,

Our friends and us are planning to have a picnic lunch on a lake near our house. All of us are vegetarians (no meat but we consume dairy products and milk) and I was hoping if any of you have any healthy quick & easy recipes/ideas that I can prepare for tomorrow.

I am thinking of making some cupcakes for dessert -- I always think of desserts first , and we're going to heat up some veggie burgers (morning star farms) on the grill.

Any other ideas?

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Old 04-28-2006, 10:21 AM   #2
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Since you are going to have a grill why don't you make

grilled vegetable sandwiches? I'm not a big fan of veggie burgers and think that a sandwich made from grilled eggplant, red pepper, onion with some basil and fresh mozzarella beats morning star every time.
This recipe from Foodtv's Sara Moulton is very good for a picnic also.
I cut way down on the chipotle chile and use about 1/2 of one. This way almost everyone can tolerate the heat.





2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo
3 fresh jalapeno chiles
1 medium onion
2 garlic cloves
3 medium vine-ripened tomatoes
4 cups drained canned chick-peas (2 19-ounce cans)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lime juice plus additional to taste
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Freshly ground black pepper

Rinse chipotles. Wearing rubber gloves, separately seed and mince chipotles and jalapenos. Mince onion and garlic. Peel, seed, and chop tomatoes. Rinse and drain chick-peas, and in a large bowl stir together all ingredients except additional lime juice.
Chill the salad, covered, at least 2 hours and up to 1 day. Season salad with salt and add additional lime juice. Serve salad at cool room temperature.
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Old 04-28-2006, 10:21 AM   #3
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My favorite picnic things are a bottle of wine, a loaf of good crusty bread and a couple of hunks of cheese.

Here is a great recipe though that is delicious and would work well at a picnic.


Cherry Almond Couscous
4 scallions, chopped (save the green part for garnish)
3 cups couscous
2 tbsp evoo
1/3 cup dried cherries
1/3 cup toasted almond slices or slivers
3 cups boiling water
salt and pepper to taste

Mix scallion whites, couscous, olive oil, and cherries. Boil water and add exactly 3 cups to the bowl and quickly stir together. Cover immediately with plastic wrap. Let stand for 30 minutes. Fluff with a fork then add almonds and greens of the scallions and check for seasoning.
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Old 04-28-2006, 10:34 AM   #4
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I am a fairly new cook.... how do you peel and seed tomatoes?
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To peel then what you will want to do is cut a small X on the bottom. Then put them in boiling water for about 60 seconds or so. Immediately put them into a bowl of ice water (this will stop them from cooking). Let them sit in the ice water for the same amount of time they were in the boiling water. You should then notice that where you cut that little X the skin is peeling away a bit. Take a paring knife and use that to help peel the rest of the skin off. If the skin is not really peeling then leave it in the boiling water a little longer.

To seed them, slice in half and just kind of mush them around. The seed should all come out. Sometimes I will take my finger and just dig them out too.
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The easiest way to peel a tomato is to drop it in boiling

water for about 10 seconds. It the tomato isn't quite ripe then it may take a few more seconds. The skin will peel right off. To get the seeds out cut them half crosswise and either squeeze them out or you can scoop them out with your finger or a small spoon.
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Old 04-28-2006, 12:03 PM   #7
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Here's a recipe from a friend of mine that you may find tasty:

Gran’s Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich

2 med roasted red peppers (or jarred)
5 whole wheat buns
5 pieces boston letuce
5 slices provolone cheese
5 slice raddichio or red leaf lettuce

top with baisil vinaigretti:
l/2 cup chopped fresh basil
6 table. olive oil
2 table. red wine vinegar
l clove garlic minced

Whirl together in a blender or mix with hand held blender

Cut peppers into strip and build the sandwich in what ever order you like.
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If you are going to grill, why don't you do some portobello mushrooms and sliced tomatoes? Either alone or together, they make a great sandwich on grilled French bread.
Here's a good recipe for the shrooms, that includes peppers and onions:
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/re...ws/views/4426/

And here's one for the tomatoes:
http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,1750,...243195,00.html

A nice pasta or grain salad would be a good accompaniment for your sandwiches.

This is one of my favorite cakes...would make a great dessert for your picnic:
Zucchini Cake

Or you could just with fruit, wine and cheese...That's always an elegant dessert.
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Thanks all.
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Old 04-28-2006, 12:06 PM   #9
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Good picknick items include fresh, chilled fruit, especially cherries, grapes, grape tomatoes, whole fruits like plumbs, peaches, apples, anything that doesn't involve peeling. Great veggies for this event could be brocolli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, juliened jicama, cabbage, etc. The jicama and cabbage could be made into a slaw, with the dressing made at the picnick site. For variety, add rasins to the slaw. You might also have some good cheese along with whole grain crackers. I'm a dairy nut so that would be my beverage choice. But fruit smoothies would be great at a picnick. And then there are the mellons. I would personally prefer cantaloupe, but watermellon is always good as well. Oh, and don't forget black olives and cucumber, the long, skin-on kind.

Hope this helps.

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Constance, thanks for the zucchini cake recipe. I think I'll make this instead of muffins/cup cakes, as I planned. I am planning to bake it tonight. Do I have to keep it in the refrigerator until lunch tomorrow or can I just wrap it after letting it cool and leave it outside?

Grilled pepers sound good too. Hubby doesn't like mushroom so I am going to skip that. Thanks.
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