Today is National Picnic Day! Are you ready to get outside, soak up the sun, and enjoy some delicious vegetarian picnic foods? These tasty recipes make us want to do just that! The best part is they appeal to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, which everyone will appreciate.
We immediately fell in love with this recipe for vegetarian-style sloppy joes on Ashley’s blog, Cookie Monster Cooking. A new take on a classic kid-friendly sandwich, these no-meat sloppy joes are made with a nutrient-dense super grain by the name of farro. This whole-grain is chewy and tender, and lends a great texture to complement a rich blend of spices and seasoning like chili and tomato paste. Whip up this recipe, grab your burger buns, and you’ll be ready for a satisfying meal.
No picnic is complete without a dish of homemade macaroni and cheese! This vegan mac and cheese from the CHOW Test Kitchen has been approved by both vegans and non-vegans alike. The sauce gets its rich, creamy texture from coconut milk and delicious cheesy flavor from nutritional yeast. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper and paprika for a little spice, and toss the sauce with elbow macaroni. Everyone will want a hearty helping of this crowd-pleaser!
Turn your picnic into a fiesta with these black bean fiesta burgers from Kathy of Happy. Healthy. Life. These tasty veggie burgers are made from (you guessed it!) black beans, bread crumbs, sweet potatoes, onions, seasonings, and spices. Serve the delicious patties on burger buns with a generous helping of cole slaw, and you’re all set! You’ll love eating them outside while soaking up some sunshine, and they make a great BBQ food, as well!
This wholesome and delicious salad from Kiersten of Oh My Veggies is made from a unique super grain with an interesting name: freekeh. Freekeh is easy-to-cook and is rich in protein and fiber for a satisfying dish. Kiersten tosses the freekeh with fresh zucchini and crunchy roasted pistachios to add a variety of textures and even more nutrients. Salads make great side dishes at picnics and outdoor parties, and we love that this one is light and refreshing – a great vegetarian picnic food!
What’s for dessert? How about one that’s easy to serve and anyone can enjoy. These oatmeal cookies from Two Peas & Their Pod are made with almond milk and almond butter for a 100% vegan treat. Rolled oats gives these cookies their classic oatmeal touch, while chocolate chips and dried cranberries add a delightful combination of chocolate-fruity goodness. These treats are the perfect sweet ending to a delicious vegetarian picnic!
Which of these vegetarian picnic foods look best to you?