Here's a sample menu and my list of things you shouldn't leave the house without when planning a great picnic.
One of the most cherished foods in ancient ayurvedic holistic medicine practice, mung beans are a powerhouse of nutrients. Crunchy and nutty, they hold up wonderfully in salads and quickly soak up all the flavors of the dressing, which in this case is a powerful combo of cumin, caraway and fennel seeds.
This is quite possibly one of the easiest, tastiest meals you could make. Shrimp, pineapple, avocado and a whole lot of cilantro make this ceviche super bright and summery, while a trifecta of lemon, lime and orange juice for the marinade give it the perfect combination of sour and sweet.
Sweet roasted red peppers paired with crisp cucumber and spicy red onion are the perfect combo for this chewy naan flatbread. Roasted garlic hummus and a slightly spicy cilantro chutney add a creamy element and pack this wrap full of summery flavors that make it perfect for a weekend picnic or lunch.
Creamy, slightly sweet and tangy from the lime and coconut milk, this carrot and lentil soup is light, yet so filling and rich in protein. The curry powder adds just the right amount of spice for this dish, which can be served either warm or chilled for a summer lunch or dinner alongside a little green salad. Omit the yogurt garnish at the end to make this entirely vegan.
Perfect as a side for a summer barbecue or mounted on top of tacos, this slaw is fresh and crunchy, with a nutty and peppery touch from the cumin seeds and toasted sesame oil. It takes about 10 minutes to put together and can feed a big crowd. Feel free to use lots of lime juice to brighten it up.
These protein-packed, whole-grain pancakes are a mashup between your morning granola and savory-sweet pancake.
Salty, sweet, sour, spicy, tangy, crunchy — this chickpea chaat bowl hits all the right flavor and texture notes. My take on the classic Indian snack food, bhel puri, this version has chickpeas instead of puffed rice and extra greens and veggies to make it a healthy, satisfying snack or full meal all on its own.
Brunch for Mother's Day is overrated. How about a baked good, an ice cream and a lazy, sweet Sunday afternoon?
Fried avocado tacos are one of life's greatest pleasures, if you ask me. And they're easier to make than you might think.