02 Aug 2016

The dog days of summer are definitely here. However, there is no need to let the heat wave keep you from enjoying some time outdoors. Why not grab your favorite friends, find a shady spot, and dig into these delicious gluten free ready meals for a cool picnic. Guaranteed to help you chill on those long summer days.

Gluten Free Ready Meals for Your Next Picnic

Gluten Free BLT with Avocado

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Any picnic is better with a BLT, right? Use your leftover breakfast bacon,  add lettuce, tomato and avocado and you have a delicious summer sandwich. Don’t want soggy bread? Package the veggies separately, then add them just before serving.

  • Your favorite Three Bakers gluten free bread, such as 7 Ancient Grains or Rye Style
  • 1 to pound of bacon, pork or turkey, cooked until crisp
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 avocados
  • lettuce, such as romaine or a mix of greens gluten
  • dairy free mayonnaise, to taste
  • gluten free mustard, to taste

Slice tomatoes. Peel and slice avocados.  Spread with mayo and mustard on bread as desired. Top one slice of bread with bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado slices. Add second slice and enjoy!

Watermelon Salad with Mint, Feta and Blueberries

gluten-free-ready-meals-compressorWatermelon is one of those foods that “speak summer.” Just saying the word makes you cool down. This watermelon salad is a fresh way to enjoy the cool deliciousness and is a great base for all the other flavors.

  • 1 medium watermelon, cubed
  • 1 – 4 oz package Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Dash fine pink sea salt
  • Dash of pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries

Gently toss watermelon, mint, lime juice, feta cheese, blueberries, olive oil,  salt, and black pepper together in a large bowl. Serve.

Hummus and Vegetables

vegetable-plate-1179401_640Keep it simple on your picnic and pack some hummus and pre-sliced vegetables. Slice up some carrots and celery or grab a bag of snap peas and mini peppers. You can buy hummus at the store or whip together this easy recipe. Just combine all the recipes in a food processor.

  • 1 can chilled garbanzo beans
  • 2 tbsp of sesame tahini
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled
  • Juice from one fresh lemon
  • 1/3 cup of roasted red peppers
  • 3 tbsp of  extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of basil
  • Sea salt to taste

Quinoa Salad

salad-1250016_640With colorful veggies, herbs and olive oil you can’t go wrong with this salad. Tip: add bacon for a flavor boost.

  • 1 cup organic quinoa cooked per directions
  • 1 pinch of sea salt
  • 2 cups of your choice of veggies such as organic baby spinach, bell peppers, onion, and tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of chilled garbanzo beans, drained
  • 2 tbsp of fresh parsley chopped
  • 4 strips of bacon (optional) cooked to your liking
  • A handful or pecans toasted and salted

Dressing

  • 4 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp of golden balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of  pure maple syrup

Add all salad ingredients together and toss. Mix dressing in a blender then pour the dressing over the salad.

Now that you have three tasty recipes to try all you need to do is find the perfect picnic spot and enjoy!

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