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Simple Food Easy to take on a Picnic or Great to eat Anytime

Updated on July 8, 2012

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Picnics - what does the mind conjure up for you, long lazy afternoons in the sun, gourmet baskets laden with food and wine, a rustic lunch set under a tree, family, friends, relaxation, romance, games, time. A picnic can be all of these but with busy lives the thought of organizing a picnic can often be daunting. Food that is easy to make and easy to transport are ideal foods to take on a picnic keeping it stress less. These are some food ideas that are tasty, easy to prepare and are inexpensive to make.

Zucchini Slice

This recipe has been around for a long time and has most likely been made many different ways with different ingredients but this is the recipe that our family enjoys the most and every time we make it there is never any left.


3/4 Zucchini depending on size but should be enough for a cup and a half

4 large eggs

1 cup of grated cheese

1/2 cup of oil

1 large onion

3/4 to 1 cup of Self Raising flour

4 slices of Bacon/ Prosciutto or Ham

Salt and Pepper to taste


Turn oven to about 180 degrees electric and grease a 20 centre metre square tin or baking dish

Grate Cheese

Cut and dice onions

Cut and Dice bacon/prosciutto/ham

Beat eggs

Measure Flour

Beat eggs and oil together, then add grated zucchini and mix well

Add meat, cheese and onion one at a time

And lastly add flour and salt and pepper to taste.

Baked in the middle of the oven for about 25/30 minutes

We prefer this slice when its moist so be careful not to over cook it and because we also like it warm we rest it for five minutes when it comes out of the oven then slice it and wrap it in several layers of foil to keep it warm. It can be served as a whole meal with a salad or eaten for breakfast as an alternative to breakfast eggs.

Avocado Dip


2 Ripe Avocado's

400 grams of Sour Cream

2 cloves of Garlic

The Juice of a Lemon

Sweet Chilli Sauce


Mash avocado's

Chop and dice garlic cloves finely

Combine avocado's with sour cream

Stir in chopped garlic

Add lemon juice and chilli sauce to taste and serve with any type of crackers.

Or take a Bagette and sprinkle with oil, cut a garlic clove in half and rub over bread, sprinke with sea salt and pop under the grill until brown. Parmesan cheese can replace the garlic if preferred or simply butter and sea salt is a delicious alternative with the dip.

Passion Fruit Tarts

This is an easy quick and delicious sweet treat that are prepared in no time for a dinner party, and are easy to prepare and transport for picnics. The sourness of the cream seems to balance out the sweetness of the chocolate perfectly.


Small individual short crust pastry cases found in most supermarkets

200 grams of a good White Chocolate

200 grams of Sour Cream

2/4 Passion fruit depending on size and according to desired tartness


Melt White Chocolate

Stir in Sour Cream

Add pulp from Passion Fruit

Place in pastry cases and refrigerate for 30 minutes

Pack in tins ready for picnic



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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      So glad I could inspire you for your picnic La doesn't have to be insanely complex to take on a picnic but it does have to be easy to make and transport, oh and it does help if it is delicious as well:)

      Hope you have fantastic day...cheers

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Just in time for the picnic this coming weekend! Depending on the weather, it will be either indoor or outdoor. But your suggestions will be good where ever it may be? I specially like the zucchini slices and the passion fruit tarts. Thanks Carter, voting up and awesome....

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thank you so much for dropping by & voting Au fait & hope you enjoy the it sounds like a sizzling summer over there best to stay indoors for sure...have a great day...cheers

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      These recipes look so yummy! I love avocados and zucchini -- the tarts sound so delicious too. They look easy and fast. Wish I had some right this minute.

      I think I would sit in my air conditioning to eat though, instead of a picnic. ;) Even as I write this it is 99 degrees Fahrenheit (37.2C) here where I am, and expected to rise to 108.

      Voted you up, useful, and sharing!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thank you for dropping by dwachira & for your kind comments & votes...

      The recipes are a very economical & easy way to enjoy a picnic especially with a large family...hope you enjoy them...cheers

      So glad dinkan 53 that you find the recipes easy & stress free & thanks so much for your comment...there really is nothing like enjoying simple delicious food in lovely surrounds with good company on a picnic is there...cheers

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      I love picnic beautiful scenery, fresh air and delicious food is a must. These ideas are perfect to make the picnic easy, stress free and tasty. Thanks.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      You have very useful tips here and your suggestions can be very economical especially if you are travelling with a large family group. I will remember these tips. Great article, Voted up, useful and shared.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks Unknown & Olde you are both very sweet to drop by...

      The slice is yummy & the little tarts are delicious and so easy to make...I do hope you enjoy them...cheers

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing these recipes carter06, these look delicious. I really like the Passion fruit tarts and will have to give them a try soon. Voted up, awesome, useful, and interesting.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      zucchini slice recipe sound exotic to me. Never heard of this recipe before, thanks for sharing. Looks delicious!

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      Bobby 5 years ago

      Another great recipe from your fantastic kitchen !

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks so much for dropping by Perspycacious and so glad you find it useful. How blessed are you with so many grandchildren!! Cheers

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Picnics, a family favorite, especially when many of the 16 grandchildren want outdoors/quick foods/and fun. Up and useful.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi there Lilleyth, you are welcome. It has been around for a long time and does tick all the right boxes for a healthy meal and is a quick & easy. Hope you enjoy it too.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Never heard of the zucchini slice recipe, thanks for sharing.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks Susan for stopping by, I hope you like it, every time I make it in my house they can't get enough of it, have even had fights over the last piece!


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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Zucchini Slice sounds like something I would really like. Will try this recipe soon and come back and let you know how I made out. Thanks for the recipe.