Time for a garden picnic - 5 quick and fun recipe ideas

During lock-down, brighter days and sunshine have really helped me and my family stay sane and our garden has been a saviour for outdoor “lessons” and picnics. Getting into the garden is the new going out-out! And thankfully it looks as though the sunshine has returned after some much needed rain last week....

So here are a few ideas for garden picnics that we’ve tried and tested over the last few week.  They make a change from sandwiches or wraps, for a special mid-week or weekend picnic treat. And they all involve fruit or veg, so are pretty much guilt free too.

Sweet potato Tex-Mex salad

This hearty vegan salad is 4 of your 5-a-day which is a winner to start with, rich in folate, fibre and vitamin C, plus it has lots of interesting flavours and textures – and a good way to introduce younger children to new tastes perhaps.

One of our family lock-down challenges has been to try and eat a (fruit and vegetable) rainbow every day. Inspired by drawing rainbows for our windows but ultimately getting us all to eat loads of fruit and veg, the idea has helped our children to try new flavours. One good way to do this is to make fruit kebabs….so quick and easy but so much more fun than saying “it’s fruit for pudding, again!”.

Rainbow fruit skewers


Raspberries, strawberries, orange segments, pineapple, mango, grapes, blueberries.

Or if you want a really quick desert, watermelon chunks on lolly sticks are great. And a bit like having an ice-lolly!



Nutella and banana sushi

This one isn’t for me as I’m allergic to nuts but these yummy looking Nutella and banana fruity snacks were a bit hit with my family. They are so easy you can prepare them in five minutes. Simply spread Nutella on a tortilla wrap and place slices of banana on flat. Then roll up and slice. Voila – chocolate and banana sushi!

Healthy flapjacks

I started searching for a no-sugar flapjack recipe because the supermarket had run out. I’m not usually that healthy! But these turned out really well. The recipe uses dried fruit and honey to sweeten and you can substitute butter for coconut oil if you prefer .