Picnic Dinner

by Elissa

On most weeknight evenings, I need to get dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less. Obviously this rules out anything particularly elaborate. During our kitchen renovation I had to get creative with limited ability to cook, and on a few occasions I had great luck throwing together what I call a picnic dinner. It's basically a combination of various foods that requires little to no advance prep.

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On this occasion we had some prosciutto and salami hanging out in the deli drawer.  I made an apple and fennel salad, sliced a red pepper, and picked up a baguette and some Humboldt Fog cheese on our way home.  For some reason, it seems like the kids end up eating more vegetables with this type of dinner than they do with a typical meal, and most of the elements here got good marks for deliciousness.  Now that the weather is warming up I see lots of picnic dinners in our future, as they don't require turning on the stove or the oven.  Other good elements to consider including are hummus, the pita chips I wrote about here, cucumber rounds, olives, baby carrots--you get the idea!