I Eat Plants: Prepping a Picnic


What do you think of as picnic food?

I never did a lot of true picnicking, but I’ve definitely packed up meals to go to the beach, and they have tended to involve sandwiches, chips, fruit and maybe potato salad.  And cheese.

You could easily make those options vegan.  Even the cheese- I’ve recently been a huge fan of Kite Hill White Alder.  Very much like I remember brie (though more expensive).  I think you should go to Whole Foods ASAP and try that- but there are plenty of other options for a picnic.

But, there are better options for a picnic!

To me, the difference between a picnic and a barbecue or cookout is that you bring already prepared (or very easy to prepare) foods to a picnic, whereas you may have some of those kinds of foods at a cookout, but the main idea is that you do the cooking there.  If you are someone who brings a grill to a picnic, by all means, feel free to serve the food hot.

So, back to picnics.  This was my latest one, and I think I’ll be bringing these dishes to more throughout the summer!




This I’ve shared before, and it’s one of my favorite dishes to bring anywhere.  It’s also great for lunches!  Black Bean and Quinoa Salad.



This is a new one- sugar free lavender lemonade.  Delicious.



Another one I’ve shared in the past- Smoked BBQ Tempeh.  Served cold here.  You’ll like it this way, too!




Raw walnut tacos with cashew cheese sauce.  Not my recipe, but you should absolutely check it out.  These were phenomenal, served with cilantro, red onion, guacamole and salsa.  Of course, you can always have fruit as in the background.  In fact, I highly recommend it.

Being a plant based eater at a picnic definitely does not have to be a drag.  These dishes are all flavorful, made with whole foods and really good to eat.  In case it’s your thing, they all happen to be gluten free, as well (I use tamari in the tacos, not soy sauce, in case you’re wondering).

So when’s your next picnic, and what plant based food are you bringing?


About Author

I Eat Plants columnist Jodie Deignan went vegetarian in 2004 and fully committed to veganism in 2007. By day she’s a psychiatric nurse practitioner and by night she spends a lot of time cooking delicious vegan food for herself and her friends. She’s a bit of a picky eater, with a special distaste for mushrooms, seaweed, raw tomatoes, and eggplant, though she’s discovered along the way she’s a little more open-minded than she once thought. She blogs at The Picky Vegan.

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