MY TOP 5 BEACH PICNIC RECIPES
For those of us that don't live steps from the water, going to the beach means lugging around a lot of stuff (and just forget it if you have kids!). The last thing you want when you are remembering 3 different sunscreens, beach blankets, chairs and towels is to get too complicated on the food side of things. So I thought I would share some of my favorite beach picnic recipes to keep it simple and delicious.
You have to stay hydrated while at the beach, and this is delicious with or without the vodka. Blueberries, mint, lemon and hibiscus tea - It's tart, lightly sweet and super thirst-quenching.
LOVE these red lentil dumplings from 101 Cookbooks. The lentils are blended with roasted tomatoes, smoked paprika and garlic and wrapped up in potsticker wrappers. These are protein-packed but not too bulky for beach-eating, and I love that they taste great (and keep) at room temperature.
The key to a great beach salad is one that can stand up to the warm weather and doesn't get all wilty. This salad is great because the fennel adds that perfect bite, basil and lemon give it brightness, and the couscous adds a bit of bulk to keep you satisfied.
Whether it's for the car ride or while you're lazing, something salty and crunchy is always in order, and I happen to love this recipe for baked sweet potato chips. You basically slice up sweet potatoes, and all the work happens while they dehydrate in the oven...
At the end of the day after no one can see or care about your bloat, indulge in these amazing cookies. These are my most treasured, favorite cookie recipe ever and a go-to whenever I'm craving chocolate chip cookies. Crispy edges, chewy, oatmeal-y bite inside, bitter dark chocolate offset with a hint of cinnamon - the best!