Cooking With Kids: Recipes for a Picnic

Make Your Own Sandwiches

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Grace and Alex get ready to make their mini sub sandwiches.Plate of assorted lunch meats and cheeses.The kids are enjoying creating their own sandwiches.Alex adds some mayo to his creation!Grace's monster sandwich!
Grace and Alex get ready to make their mini sub sandwiches.
Grace and Alex get ready to make their mini sub sandwiches. | Source
Plate of assorted lunch meats and cheeses.
Plate of assorted lunch meats and cheeses. | Source
The kids are enjoying creating their own sandwiches.
The kids are enjoying creating their own sandwiches. | Source
Alex adds some mayo to his creation!
Alex adds some mayo to his creation! | Source
Grace's monster sandwich!
Grace's monster sandwich! | Source

Making Your Own Sub Sandwich

For this week's kids cooking activity, we decided that we would prepare some fun and kid friendly picnic recipes for the summer months. One of the easiest things to make for a picnic are sandwiches. We decided that giving the kids the chance to make their own mini sub sandwiches would give them ownership in making the sandwiches and ultimately they would want to eat them! My kids love to eat at Subway so they thought that making their own subs was super cool and fun!

I placed a plate of assorted lunch meats and cheeses on a plate. The nice thing about making your own sandwiches is that you can control the quality of meat and cheese that is used. I like to use meats that are nitrate and nitrite free (Applegate Farms is a great choice for this). I also set out lettuce, tomatoes, and other vegetables that the kids might want to put on their sandwiches. Then they went to work making their sandwiches. They finished off their sandwiches by putting their salad dressing or mayonnaise on the bread. They were very proud of their sandwiches.

Easy Vinaigrette

  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup of oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of finely diced garlic
  • 1/8 tsp of salt and of pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Italian Seasonings

Mix all ingredients well so that the oil and lemon juice are blended and pour over the green bean salad.

Green Bean Salad with Blue Cheese and Vinaigrette

Another great side for a picnic is a green bean salad. This salad is very easy and tasty. It is perfect for a picnic because if you choose to leave the blue cheese off, it doesn't have to be kept as cold. If you decide to use the blue cheese (and it's worth it), just be sure that you store the salad container inside a cooler with ice.


Making the Green Bean Salad

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Place the steamed beans into an ice bath to stop the cooking.  Leave it in for just a few seconds and remove.Grace adds the green beans to a bowl.Next come the tomatoes.Finally add the blue cheese and vinaigrette.Mix completely.Pack your green bean salad for your picnic!
Place the steamed beans into an ice bath to stop the cooking.  Leave it in for just a few seconds and remove.
Place the steamed beans into an ice bath to stop the cooking. Leave it in for just a few seconds and remove. | Source
Grace adds the green beans to a bowl.
Grace adds the green beans to a bowl. | Source
Next come the tomatoes.
Next come the tomatoes. | Source
Finally add the blue cheese and vinaigrette.
Finally add the blue cheese and vinaigrette. | Source
Mix completely.
Mix completely. | Source
Pack your green bean salad for your picnic!
Pack your green bean salad for your picnic! | Source

Green Bean Salad Ingredients

  • 3 cups of fresh green beans
  • 1/4 cup of halved cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/8 cup of blue cheese
  • Approximately 2-3 Tablespoons of Vinaigrette

Green Bean Salad Directions

  1. Cut or snap the ends off of the washed green beans. This is a perfect task for kids to do!
  2. Steam or blanch the beans until they turn bright green.
  3. Remove them from the hot water and place them in an ice bath to stop the cooking.
  4. Pat the beans dry and put in a serving dish.
  5. Add the tomatoes, blue cheese, and dressing and toss together.

Making Fruit Skewers

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Alex is excited to get his first strawberry on his stick!He concentrates very hard on his cooking!He is very proud of his work!
Alex is excited to get his first strawberry on his stick!
Alex is excited to get his first strawberry on his stick! | Source
He concentrates very hard on his cooking!
He concentrates very hard on his cooking! | Source
He is very proud of his work!
He is very proud of his work! | Source

Kid Friendly Fruit Kebobs

These fruit skewers are very easy to make and fun too! I simply cut up a variety of fruits (watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries, etc.) and put them in a bowl. Each child took a Popsicle stick and chose the fruits that he or she wanted to eat. It was great fun for them to make their fruit sticks and watch them devour them!

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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

The picnic dinner is wonderful. My kids would LOVE the fruit kabobs, and I really want to try the green bean salad. We're always looking for great ways to cook vegetables. Wonderful recipes, Cara! Grace and Alex are extra adorable in this one, too!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Wow you're fast! LOL, I realized I forgot to add the kids cook pic and by the time I was done editing you had already commented! We had lots of fun with this one too but unfortunately we ran out of nice weather! We'll do this again as the weather improves and take pics to add of our 'real' picnic. The green bean salad is very tasty and was a big hit with the kids. Thanks for your comments. :)


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

I saw it pop up on my sidebar and wanted to comment before it got buried - I really love summer weather and picnic food. I'm saving this one for our weekend trips to the playgrounds. Lunch on the go!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Your kid recipe hubs are great! This is such a fun, simple idea that kids will love. Thanks for the great recipes and photos.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Wow, those are big strawberries on that stick! I love your hub recipes and enjoy reading them. Great green bean dish and will try to make it soon.


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

The.green bean salad looks especially tempting. The fruit kebabs would go over extremely well with my boys. Great hub, Cara.


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algarveview 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

Hello, Cardelean, great recipes for a picnic... My kids love picnics, usually we just have them in the backyard, so... we don't go far... But it's always nice. Sure going to try your recipes next time we have a picnic. Voted up, useful and sharing!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Glad to hear that you'll be using the recipes. Picnic lunches are so much fun!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Rose. Cooking doesn't have to be complicated, that's for sure! Glad you enjoyed it.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

They are teaches12345! My son is a strawberry monster! Let me know how the green bean dish turns out.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

Great hub.. thank you for sharing, Cara! Hubby and I are going to take our little one on a picnic soon.. thank you for the great recipes :) LOVE the fruit stick idea!


klarawieck 4 years ago

Cara, are those your kids? They look so cute! You need to share that whole nitrate and nitrite info with us. I had never heard of this and now I'm curious... maybe the theme for another related hub? Yay!!! The idea of having children prepare their own lunch is great. They will eat anything they had input in creating. Great hub!


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

Good idea for quick picnic lunches. I used to serve fruit kabobs at dinner for the kids using bamboo skewers. It's a great way to get kids to eat their fruit. Voted up


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Love the ease of this meal. I remember doing this a couple of times-so simple. I don't recall the green bean recipe and I'm eager to try it! Boy, that Grace sure is posing for the camera this time, haha.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Glad you found something that your family would enjoy Teresa. Let me know how you like the green bean salad.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

We have them all the time in our backyard too algarview! Sometimes we head out to the park or have a picnic while on vacation. Hope your kids enjoy the recipes.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Jamie. Fruit on a stick is a favorite in my house! Hope that your family has a great time on your picnic!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Yes Klara those are my kids! I'll keep that in mind for a hub for another time. :) My kids love cooking with me and sometimes I actually have to shoe them out of the kitchen sometimes!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

It is a great way to get them to eat fruit but I don't really have that problem with mine, thank goodness!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

The green bean recipe is very easy. We'll have to make it when you guys come up for a visit this summer. Yes, she's really a camera hog these days! :)


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hi friend 4 years ago from India

informative and nice


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks hi friend!


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ChaplinSpeaks 4 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

This hub makes me excited for summer days to come! Great ideas for picnic foods that kids can help make. Nice pictures of your cooking stars!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks ChaplinSpeaks. We are very excited for those summer days as well. Glad you enjoyed the recipes.

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