The weather out there is perfect for a lovely picnic in the park. We absolutely love the whole fall crispy vibe and, of course, picnics too! If you’re thinking about enjoying the fabulous Fall weather outdoors, we want to go over some of the reasons why we need to eat healthy, even when preparing the perfect fall picnic.
Easy to Prepare
Vegan recipes are mainly based on fruits and vegetables (unless you opt for tofu, tempeh, or other more elaborated ingredients). It is actually very easy to whip up super quick, healthy, plant-based recipes with these ingredients. Simply carry along a couple of healthy veggies, some Ezequiel bread slices, and you could whip up a crunchy salad or a delicious sandwich in no time.
Watch What You Eat
Even though you are picnicking out there hiking or at the park, it’s always great to watch what you eat. In no way, this means that we cannot have fun food – of course, we can! The beauty of plant-based food is that it’s simple to prepare, delicious, and very healthy, so get the best of all worlds!
Avoid Food Poisoning
Even though we left behind the worst part of the hot weather, we still have to be aware of heavy foods as they can be a dangerous combination. The probability of falling prey to food poisoning is extremely high, which is why we need to consume carefully. Avoiding heavy foods such as creams and eggs is one way. Keeping it light, simple, and easy on the tummy is what we need to do during our fall picnic.
Update summer slaw recipes with rich greens and ripe fall fruits. Try substituting shredded Brussels sprouts for cabbage or combining them with standard slaw mix to boost nutrition and flavor. Mix up maple-cider vinaigrette in place of mayonnaise-based dressing and add a taste of the season with slices of crisp, fresh apple and a sprinkle of dried cranberries.
Pasta Salad with Roasted Seasonal Vegetables
Pasta Salad with roast butternut squash. You can also add other vegetables like Swiss chard or kale. Choose a legume-based pasta like farfalle, rotini, or even orzo to give it an autumn color. Make a simple dressing out of a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, chopped or dried herbs, salt, and pepper. Toss the cooked pasta and vegetables together, add the dressing to coat, and top with toasted pecans and nutritional yeast right before serving.
A hot chili can be a fantastic addition to a picnic in cooler weather. Everyone has their own favorite recipe for this comfort food. You might also want to get a bag of vegan shredded cheese or containers filled with all of your favorite toppings like chopped onions, tomatoes, or jalapenos. Looking for a different kind of bean soup? Check this one out!
Another hot option for a picnic on a fall day is pumpkin soup. Roasted butternut squash puree, and simmer with broth and spices. Finish with coconut milk to make this soup full-bodied and delicious. A thermos full of this soup can capture one of the most characteristic flavors of the season and warm up guests at an outdoor fall feast. Want a recipe? Try this one!
Don’t forget the apples and apple cider; they are the icing on the cake of every fall picnic!
Whether at the park picnic or at home, having fun while eating healthy should always be our priority. So stay tuned for the fall recipes to come!