Simple, healthy recipes for a picnic
Picnics are all the rage. Forget about basic sandwiches and plan a meal with quick-and-easy, fresh dishes for a sunny day on the beach. Uncomplicated finger food you can eat at room temperature and a cold soup are two great ideas for a beach picnic. Just make sure you don’t get sand everywhere!
Cold pumpkin-and-orange soup
A burst of vitamins that you’ll need to keep cool with ice in a thermos flask. You can make any kind of cold soup, but we suggest this original mix of vegetables and fruit. For four people: 1 kg pumpkin, 4 oranges, 200 g fresh cheese, half a glass of extra-virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook the pumpkin and then whisk it in a blender with the orange juice and other ingredients.
Or any other filling you fancy! You can even make these quick-and-easy pasties the day before—they’re just as delicious cold! We suggest filling them with minced beef sautéed with onion and smoked bacon and seasoned with a pinch of cumin. Once the beef mixture is ready, let it stand for a few minutes while you cook the mushrooms. Strain well before adding them to the beef mixture or the filling will be too watery.
Just as lovely hot or cold, quiches are another great idea for picnics. And this filling is a hit with young and old alike. It’s made with shortcrust pastry, which only needs 5 minutes in the oven. Meanwhile, you can be mixing 3 eggs with 200 ml cream and add 200 g cubed ham, 175 g grated cheese, and salt and white pepper to taste. Pour the mixture over the precooked base and bake for about 20 minutes at 185 ºC.