Roasted Vegetable Orzo by Sprouted Kitchen
With the weather changing and the nights growing longer, take family dinner outside to a nearby park. Try a collection of engaging, real food — skip the predictable sandwiches and juice boxes — to give them fuel to run around in the dwindling evening sun.
When picking out the menu for a healthful picnic, stick with simple things that can be made in advance.
Bring a few of their favorite whole foods to snack on, like mandarin oranges or baby carrots, mixed in with some new recipes. Keep place settings simple, too; choose plain paper plates, compostable cutlery and paper napkins when packing up your supper stash.
Throw in a paper grocery bag alongside your meal for the dirty dishes; toss it in your compost bin before heading inside with the sleepy kids.
Scroll through the arrows above for some delicious recipe ideas for a kid-friendly summer picnic.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2018, and updated in May 2019.