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How to Pack a Perfect Summer Picnic

The summer months are approaching fast and soon kids will be out of school.You can keep your kids active and away from the video games by treating them to a day in the park with a picnic lunch.

Picnics do not have to be limited to the park. You can also have your picnic in other locations, such as, the pool, baseball field, soccer field and many other places depending on your plan for that day.

How to pack a picnic lunch

We made two recipes in our Rada Cutlery Test kitchen that will help you pack a perfect picnic for you and your children. Both recipes are fun finger food so the silverware can be left at home.

The first recipe is a refreshingly, sweet apple berry salsa that can be made in minutes. It is the perfect companion to a picnic lunch and can be served with cinnamon pita chips or cinnamon tortilla chips.

Ingredients for fruit salsa

What you will need…

  • 2 medium apples
  • 2 kiwi
  • 1 orange
  • 2 C. fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • 2 T. orange juice
  • 2 T. apple jelly
  • Measuring utensils, paring knife, mixing spoon, food chopper, measuring cup and spoons.

Cooking instructions…

  1. First dice apples.
  2. Then use chopper to chop the rest of it. *Note: Your salsa thickness preference will decide how much you chop the salsa. The more you chop the thinner the salsa will be.
  3. Finally mix all together and serve with chips.

Apple Berry Fruit Salsa

The second recipe is a turkey ranch wrap that is easy to make and your kids can help assemble the wraps. The recipe can be easily modified with ingredients of your choosing. The recipe we used makes four wraps.

Turkey Ranch Wrap Ingredients

What you will need…

Turkey Ranch Wraps

  • 8 turkey deli slices
  • 4 flour tortillas (7 in)
  • 1 large tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium green pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup Ranch salad dressing
  • Knife (Rada’s tomato slicer is perfect for cutting tomatoes without squishing them)

Cooking instructions…

  1. Place two slices of turkey on each tortilla.
  2. Layer with tomato, green pepper, lettuce and cheese.
  3. Drizzle with salad dressing.
  4. Roll up tightly.
  5. Refrigerate or keep in a cooler until you are ready for your picnic or serve immediately.

Along with your picnic lunch pack a craft or activity for your kids to make outside. If you are looking for some ideas here are 60 different summer activities your kids will love. This list includes everything from making homemade stamps to activities like creating a fun obstacle course.

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