Friday, July 15, 2016

Six summer recipes perfect for your next picnic

Here is a collection of summery, wholesome and fresh recipes.
Perfect for a picnic on the sand, a barbecue at the park, or your next outdoor party. 

I've handpicked these recipes just for you. All healthy, laughably easy, and ridiculously quick to prepare. 
And that's not all. You can make these dishes ahead of time. I simply love recipes that work on MY schedule. From a crispy and fun appetizer to homemade focaccia. From a pasta, rice or couscous salads to a must-have yummy dessert.
Who wants to spend too much time in a hot kitchen whipping up some complicated concoction when it's this warm and sunny outside?! Now, you don't have to.
You can drop the apron, kick off your shoes, put your feet up, and relax. That's what summer is all about :)

Artichokes and Pancetta Puff Pastry Cups
Crispy and cheesy puff pastry cups filled with the perfect combination of delicate artichokes and savory pancetta. Using frozen puff pastry makes the job super easy and fast. Just thaw the pastry sheets, prepare the stuffing in only a few minutes and throw in the oven.

Freshly Baked Focaccia Bread with Green Olives
This homemade bread is at least as soft as it looks, and for sure as delicious as one that you'd find in a bakery in Italy. Trust me!
You can take a few piece along with you, eat just like this or serve with a platter of Italian prosciutto and fresh mozzarella. 

Pasta Salad
Made with colorful grilled peppers, savory capers and tasty green olives. All you need to do to make this incredible combination of Italian flavors, is cook the pasta, grill the peppers, and toss all the ingredients together. It's that easy :)

What I like about this recipe is that you can change it up, add your favorite ingredients or what you have in your refrigerator. And make it fun. 
I've prepared it with mixed pickled veggies, marinated artichoke hearts, olives, fresh mozzarella and hard boiled eggs. And of course, you need a drizzle of tasty olive oil and a sprinkle of chopped fresh basil. Sounds perfect, right?

Couscous Salad
Made with organic tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh mozzarella cheese and your favorite olives. This is so perfect for hot sunny days, that it might be your new favorite summer recipe :)

And wait, there is more! ... Dessert of course :)
Nutella and Coconut Pralines
This deliciously nutty and chocolaty, no-bake dessert is a great solution for a last  minute sweet-tooth satisfaction. And look at the list of ingredients... only 4!!

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