Healthy & Delicious Picnic Food Recipes

There is something so magical about a picnic.

Packing a basket of lovely scrummies and heading into nature.
Basking under the sun's rays.
Breathing in that fresh air.
 Kids laughing.
 Everybody slowing down for awhile and enjoying the sights and sounds of nature.
It is a joyful escape from our busy schedules, a really great way to have some downtime together as a family and with friends.
To me at the heart of a picnic is also the glorious food.
I love food and I love making food so the idea of picnic is always an exciting opportunity to me to bring some lovely recipes, ingredients and food creations together and share them with loved ones, even better is when we can all bring some food creations we have made to share and bond over our food together.

Here are some of my favourite picnic food ideas X

Spelt TomatoTartAs seen in Holistic Bliss Magazine HERE
Carrot & Zucchini Rolls RECIPE (super easy)
Perfect Kids in the Kitchen recipe
 Healthy Cacao and Maca Bliss Balls RECIPE
 Sundried tomato & marinated feta savoury muffins RECIPE 
Tasty Tempeh chickpea bites RECIPE
No added sugar - choccyliscious muffins RECIPE
All the yummiest of chocolate indulgenec without the refined sugar!
 Pineapple & Sweet Corn Mini Quiches RECIPE (Super Easy)
Great Kids in the Kitchen recipe!
Smoked Trout, Avocado & Pomegranate Salad RECIPE
Mushroom and Brie Cheese Strudel RECIPE
Chocolate zucchini and chia seed cake RECIPE
Spinach, Pesto and Feta Savoury Scrolls with Quinoa and Avocado Oil RECIPE
Moist Carrot and Ginger Cake RECIPE
And by popular request from FACEBOOK
My Mushroom and Quinoa mini pasties
  • 200 grams fresh mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup Quinoa flakes
  • 1 leek, finely chopped
  • 4 teaspoons garlic (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • Himalayan salt to taste
  • 2 sheets puff pastry or your own homemade puff pastry alternative
  • 1 free range egg
  • 1 free range egg yolk
  • Pre heat oven to 180'c.
  • Line two baking trays with baking paper.
  • De - frost pastry just slightly. 
  • In a frying pan saute the leek and garlic together until lightly transparent.
  • Add in the turmeric, stir through.
  • Add all the mushrooms, stir together over a medium heat until all the mushrooms are lightly collapsed.
  • Remove from heat, mix mushrooms mixture with the quinoa flakes and whole egg until all well combined.
  • Lay a sheet of puff pastry out on a bench. Cut into 16 small squares.
  • Place a small amount of the mixture in the middle of a pastry square.
  • Pick up two opposite corners and bring together, then do this with the other two and you should have a little square parcel. Pinch the edges together.
  • Continue with all the pastry squares, placing them onto the trays with baking paper.
  • Lightly whisk the egg yolk and use a pastry brush to brush the little pasties.
  • Bake in the oven until they are golden brown.
  • Cool on a wire rack.
  • Serve.
  • These are really quick and easy, tasty and perfect for picnics and lunch boxes.
  • You can really increase the garlic in these to give them a great, rich flavour and cold fighting power!
  • You can use normal quinoa, pre cooked and cold if flakes are unavailable.
  • Use bigger squares to make bigger pasties.
Toddler Tips
  • These are excellent for toddlers due to the great little hand friendly sizing.
  • Add some cheese to make them extra tasty.
Happy Picnicking!!

Rebecca xx

Recipes, photography and text by Rebecca Mugridge
(c) RebeccaMugridge 2013


  1. Next time you go picnicking can I please come, these look delish! Emily

  2. I love your ideas for picnic food! Nothing ordinary or common for you! I'm sure the surprises you pull out of your picnic basket just add to the fun! My daughter, some friends and I attend annual Shakespeare in the Park performances every summer at one of the local colleges. I may have to try a couple of your recipes for our next picnic dinner!

    1. Thanks Sheri!
      That sounds fantastic - Shakespeare in the Park!
      If you do try some let me know how you go XX

  3. I feel hungry now! I'm really not a fan of 'standard' picnics. Your ideas are great & would make a picnic much more appetising. The chocolate seed cake looks AMAZING!

    1. Thanks so much Sophie!!!
      Oh for me a very large part of it is the great food :D xx

  4. Bek,
    These ideas are definitely "HIGH picnic," no low-picnic food like peanut butter and jelly sammages and such. Please invite me along, too. I know it would be such fun!

    1. Thanks AmyG we will have to picnic together sometime for sure! X

  5. Thanks for sharing! Food for thought!

  6. Wonderful collection of recipes, you grabbed me with trout, avocado and pomegranate salad but they all look great. You have a very nice site. The pictures alone are worth the visit, then to have recipes with them, that makes my day

    1. Thanks so much Chef William!!
      You made my day!
      That trout salad is one of my faves - it is so fresh and yum!

  7. The corn and pineapple combination was intriguing. Haven't run into that before. It does sound yummy. Ditto for the carrot and zucchini rolls, although not sure I've ever seen low fat puff pastry in our markets in the United States. I'm sure there is a good substitute somewhere.

    1. Hi bookworm!
      Whenever I make these quiches everyone is surprised at the combination and delighted with the flavour! They are so quick and easy to make and kids and adults alike love them.
      Any puff pastry works! Even homemade pastry :)xx

  8. Umm - yum! Great ideas, thanks for sharing! I"ll come along to your picnics anytime :)

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