Summer Picnic Menu + Vegan Nutella | Healthy Lunch Recipes – Mind Over Munch

Summer Picnic Menu + Vegan Nutella | Healthy Lunch Recipes – Mind Over Munch

Hey munchies summer is just around the
corner and this time of year I get a lot of requests for potluck ideas, cookout
recipes, on-the-go lunches, and so on. So I thought it would be fun to share a
variety of dishes that are very versatile in the form of a picnic menu.
Of course you don’t need to use them for a picnic but I thought it was a fun way to
present the recipes. All of these items are intended to be eaten cold or at room
temperature so you don’t need to worry about heating them up which makes them
perfect for a picnic or potluck. The first picnic basket item is going to be my caprese skewers.
For this recipe you will need heirloom or cherry tomatoes, mozzarella
balls, and basil leaves. Grab a wooden skewer and load it up with your
ingredients as you’d like. Look how beautiful and delicious. It
looks just like summer on a stick. Transfer your skewers into a mason jar and
then seal it up to take it on the go. And it wouldn’t be a complete caprese
without some balsamic, so I am packing mine in a little to go container to
drizzle on top or dip at the time of eating. Next let’s make my rainbow
macaroni salad. For this recipe you will need cooked elbow noodles; red, green, and orange
bell peppers or whatever you’d like; mini cucumbers; corn; green onion; parsley;
jalapeno seeded if desired; yogurt you can use Greek for added protein and
creaminess or you can use dairy free like soy or coconut yogurt if you
prefer Vegan just make sure that you get a plain flavored one and if you
aren’t a yogurt fan then sour cream or mayonnaise will work just fine; Dijon mustard; lemon juice; and salt and
pep. So you’ll see a lot of veggies are listed as ingredients that’s because
whenever I make a pasta dish whether it’s warm or cold I love to volumize.
I pretty much add equal parts or more veggies to the pasta. This bulks up the dish
and we can enjoy carb filled dishes knowing there’s more nutrition to them
than just pasta thanks to the beautiful colorful veggies. In a large mixing bowl add your yogurt,
mustard, lemon juice, and salt and pep. Mix to combine. Then you simply add all
the rest of your ingredients and toss to coat. Transfer to a large mason jar or
whatever you want to store your picnic items, in seal it up, and it’s ready to go.
Next let’s make my creamy avocado chicken salad. For this recipe you will
need pulled or chopped chicken, avocado, yogurt again Greek, dairy-free, or sour
cream are fine, celery, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, garlic powder, and salt and pep. In a
large mixing bowl adding in your avocado and mash it on up. Then you could add
your yogurt, lime juice, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Mix well to combine. Then
simply add the rest of your ingredients and toss to coat. Transfer to a mason jar,
steal it up, and you’re good to go. Every picnic needs a little bit of fruit
and this is an easy one, frozen grapes. Take some washed grapes
pick them from their stems and place them into a freezer bag. Then you can
transfer to the freezer overnight. When it’s time to go take out those bad boys
and enjoy. Frozen grapes are such a delicious and refreshing summer treat. It’s also
fun to do this with blueberries. Lastly we cannot forget about dessert, my
nutella stuffed strawberries using homemade vegan Nutella. For my homemade
Nutella you will need hazelnuts, cocoa powder, maple syrup, almond milk,
coconut oil, vanilla, and salt. First we gotta toast up our hazelnuts. I
transfer them onto a baking sheet and place them into the oven preheated to 400
degrees Fahrenheit for about six to eight minutes. Allow to cool slightly
and then into your food processor you can add in those toasted hazelnuts along with
your other ingredients. Blend it up well until combined. You may need to add a little bit of
extra almond milk depending on how thick or thin you want your homemade Nutella to be. Let it run
for about five minutes scraping down the sides along the way. Next, it is time to stuff the
strawberries. Now you could of course just spoon the Nutella in but I am
getting a little bit fancy here for our picnic. Grab a piping bag clip the end off and place
in icing tip inside. Fold it over and place the bag into a glass-like so to
hold up straight and then you can fill it with your homemade Nutella. Next you
grab your strawberry pick off the leaves and I I’m using this nifty little strawberry
holer to pull out the center but of course a paring knife would work just as
well. Use your piping bag to load your strawberry up with Nutella by putting pressure
on the back end of the bag and then releasing at the top. To take these on
the go grab an old egg carton and place in each strawberry. Isn’t that so cool? Thank you
pinterest. Close it up and it’s ready to go easy peasy. So that is my summer picnic
menu for today. You’ve got a well-rounded healthy meal that is refreshing easy to
pack on the goal and it can all be served cold so you don’t have to stress
about warm food. Can I get a thumbs up for that? Don’t forget to comment below and
let me know which of these recipes you are most excited to try and tag me on
social if you try out these or any of my recipes. If you want to learn more about
prepping and storing food efficiently and effectively I encourage you to check
out my meal prep a beginner’s guide ebook and if you use the code PICNIC at you can get 10% off any ebook or package of your choice for the next 48
hours. Also all of these recipes are available in the PDF download in the
description below so you can download it for your convenience I hope you enjoy. Have a
wonderful week I will see you next Thursday and remember it’s all a matter
of Mind Over Munch.

100 thoughts on “Summer Picnic Menu + Vegan Nutella | Healthy Lunch Recipes – Mind Over Munch

  1. Waiting for you to tap into a little bit of your Asian heritage and make some cool Mind Over Munch version of something Indian. ?. Hugs from Metro-Detroit! 🙂

  2. this is tempting me to pack a picnic for Memorial Day weekend omg. everything looks sooo good!!

  3. Most excited for the avocado chicken salad!! I know I'm late, but I just joined the avocado fan club?Also love "summer on a stick" ?

  4. Loved all of the great recipes Alyssia! But I had a question, is there a possible risk of cross contamination with the strawberries and the old egg carton? If not, I will definitely be making and storing those like that!

  5. not sure how things are in america, but in germany eggs are transferred directly from the chicken stalls to the egg carton, often without being washed in between. so there might still be dirt, feathers or chicken excrement on the eggs and in the carton (which can not really be cleaned thoroughly) and thus increases the risk of tranferring salmonellae bacteria onto your ready-to-eat strawberries. so i would recommend using another transporting method for the strawberries 😉

  6. I love all of these! And it's nice that all are easily vegan. Even the chicken salad — just using vegan "chicken" would be delicious! I really hope you do more of these picnic/potluck ones for summer!

  7. Did you get that strawberry huller from QVC?? LoL. That's where I got mine!! You gave me a great idea with the vegan nutella. I've only done whipped cream. D'oh! What was I thinking?? Have a great weekend!!

  8. we are in the car a ton….and I always try to promote healthy choice with the 6 year old that happens to be with us 🙂 these ideas are awesome! I will be giving them a whirl!

  9. I tried to make homemade Nutella before and it literally tasted like dirt. I don't know what I did wrong ?

  10. love you, man! Awesome videos. You have been extremely successful in your mission to redefine health. God bless you.

  11. Wowww cool ideas!!! I don't think my nutella would last to put inside the strawberries hahaha it looks so delicious!!!

  12. Even though I'm not vegan, i love that she's trying to make recipes for everyone to try. I love this channel.

  13. I am super hungry now!! I love the macaroni salad and the vegan nutella filled strawberries is all that and more! Terrific ideas and thanks for sharing!!!

  14. That macaroni salad looks delicious, and the homemade Nutella (super creative)!
    Thanks for the great recipes! : )

  15. I really like that wooden bowl, lool i know random. Where did you purchase this please? thanks in advance

  16. Thank you for including vegan recipes in nearly all of your videos! Major love from Wales, U.K. ❤️✌?️

  17. I love the picnic idea with all the mason jars!! I'm going to try the Nutella with strawberries with my kids!! have a great weekend???

  18. Id like to see a video comparing different pastas. Like veggie pasta, protein pasta, black bean pasta etc

  19. Are you planning on making "Ramadan recipes" for those fasting in the coming weeks?? Love from all your muslim viewers!

  20. love the chicken salad recipe! I've made something similar before, I really hate mayo so alternatives have always been my business. my friends has been urging my me to try veganaise cuz he loves it. one thing I will say though is I love frozen grapes but they aren't really that good after they thaw. they will be soggy and all that jazz.

    that being said I'm most excited to try to caprese skewer things. they look so fresh and delicious!!

  21. Can you do a video on flour? I have heard enriched bleached flour is not good for you- I know it's in bread, tortillas, baked treats (cookies, cakes, etc) just wanted to hear your perspective.

  22. your channel is fantastic! good job!! keep healthy! look my instagram "zinzi_boia" i try to do many healthy ricipes too! 😀

  23. That pasta salad looks SO good! I don't eat pasta too often so I love all the veggies in there! 🙂

  24. i have a question that might be kinda confusing.

    so i watched these two videos "forks over knives" and "earthlings" they really scared me, and made me feel bad for the animals. i have anorexia and i kinda want to go vegan for the animals. but half of it i know its dissordered because i think its "healthier" or its a easier way to "eat less". can you give me some examples of vegan foods and some good sources of protien? also what shoulf i do before i go vegan is there anything i should know or is important?.

  25. I love the video but I'm pretty sure that outer layer of the eggs is the most dangerous and that means the carton is not sanitized enough for strawberries to be eaten off of it. Anyway, keep them coming love you!

  26. I just made the macaroni salad for dinner tomorrow. In a hurry (forgot to do it earlier), I just pulled the recipe from the pdf. I didn't think it really looked as "rainbowy" as I thought it should, and was going to use an orange pepper in place of the jalapeño, but couldn't find it in the fridge and settled for a green one. Anyway, it's made, cleaned up, thought I'd check the video.

    Uh, yeah, I think you left the regular peppers off the pdf. (Oops!) It's late so I checked it multiple times in case I made a mistake, but I'm not seeing them there. My rainbow only has green and yellow. Not red and orange! Please doublecheck that recipe on the pdf. If my family likes it and I make it again, I'll know better next time, but others might not realize it and could end up with a poor disfunctional rainbow salad as well.

    Thanks! 🙂

  27. Long time lurker who just wanted to comment that I love the 'do! Oh, and I've got too many food sensitivities to count, so thanks for the great content!

  28. Do you have a good recommendation on washing canning jar seals and rings? I am seeing mine get rusty when I wash them and don't dry them well. Any thoughts?

  29. I'm soooo going to try the macaroni salad ! It looks simply delicious ! Thanks for sharing your recipes 🙂

  30. All of your picnic items look so good! I especially like the nutella stuffed strawberries, they are SO CUTE!!! And I'm sure they are SUPER delicious!

  31. I really like the idea of your macaroni salad because I really don't like mayo or miracle whip! Thanks for sharing.

  32. You are a GENIUS!!!! I tried the avocado chicken recipe from here (without red onions lol) and the raw vegan ice cream sandwich and they were both soooo easy and way too delicious lol. All my clean eating recipes are yours and I use them to plan all my meals. 1 week of complete clean, homemade food so far. I don't even miss junk food. The kale soup recipe was good too. Thank you for all your easy but delicious recipes! I have 3 of your ebooks and a Mind Over Munch shirt lol. I'm always so excited when I come across recipes I actually enjoy eating.

  33. I'm going to make the macaroni salad as I can't eat mayonnaise and would be good to have in packed lunches for work. I will defiantly try the vegan Nutella, as who doesn't like Nutella?

  34. I just made the avocado chicken salad. No lime handy, so I used a lemon from the back yard. Yum!
    Next time I'll try regular yogurt (I used Greek) and maybe a lime. I'd like it a little tangy-er instead of so smooth and mellow.

  35. Alyssia, I tried the Nutella recipe & it went wrong somewhere. It came out very sandy-textured & the mouth-feel is not good. When I added more almond milk thinking it might smooth out, it got pretty loose (more like hummus instead of nut butter) so I stopped at 3/4 cup almond milk. Still grainy.
    I used "organic" hazelnuts and roasted them plain for about 9 minutes. Is it possible to over-roast them? Maybe the skin on them was a little too roasted?
    It's not a total loss because I'll slip it into smoothies or something, but Nutella is one of those things I really miss! If you have advice, I'll take it!
    And thank you for all you do!

  36. I love your videos! Learning a lot about food and all the wonderful things you can do with food! It's nice to know you can enjoy healthy and delicious meals filled with good macros and nutrition. Thanks!

  37. Wow, thank you! I want to try them!! Only one thing…
    Egg shells harbour bacteria, so strawberries on layers such as food wrap

  38. I bought shelled hazelnuts and I had to de shell them so are we supposed to soak them first? And if so, what are the instuctions to do so?

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