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Now that the sun is shining, put your sunglasses on, head outside, and have a great time. One of the most relaxing things to do while soaking up the summer sun is to go to the park and have a picnic. Grab a blanket, choose a few snacks, and you’ll be ready to enjoy the warm weather. Picnics are ideal for romantic outings, as a way to relax with friends, and for family get-togethers.
When you’re setting up your picnic date with friends, family, or your significant other, the most important part of the day is the food that you’re going to bring. It’s not a picnic without food, right? And I don’t mean chips, cookies, and cake — we’re talking about meals you can take to a picnic that will actually fill you up.
Picnic meal planning is tricky: you don’t want your food to spoil, and you want to have a little something for everyone. Sandwiches make the perfect picnic food — they’re easy to assemble and require as few as four ingredients: bread, cheese, deli meat, and a condiment. Go classic with turkey and cheese on white bread, make pinwheels with any wrap you like, or create a sandwich with the leftover barbecue chicken from the cookout you attended a few days ago.
Your options for sandwiches are endless, but there a few essential things to remember. If you’re going to take a sandwich that mayonnaise or other similar condiments, be sure to keep it cool so that it won’t get spoiled in the sweltering heat. Don’t toast your bread, because by the time you get to the park, it will just end up being soggy. And, lastly, cut the sandwiches in half or quarters before you leave the house to make serving a breeze while you’re at the park.
Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches
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If you have leftover barbecue chicken at home from a recent dinner or cookout, why not turn it into a sandwich? Grab a hamburger bun and load up the bread with barbecue chicken, onions, and celery. The lack of cheese makes it perfect for your next picnic.
You don’t have to get too fancy for your picnic — if you’re out of sandwich ideas, make a classic. A club sandwich with turkey, ham, Swiss, lettuce, and tomatoes will make all of your friends happy.