It's Time to Bring Out The Baskets! #LetsDoPicnic with Maple Leaf Foods

Its summer and that means bringing the fun outdoors! From playtime to mealtime nothing is better than enjoying the summer with good friends and good food! While backyard BBQs are fantastic we find extra joy in taking our adventures and our meals on the road.

Picnic badlands
This looks like a good place for a picnic

While travelling around Alberta during #NugsABRoadTrip this summer we had ample opportunity to enjoy food in the great outdoors. While we planned on eating our late day meals in restaurants, our mid day meals consisted of things we could find at local President’s choice retailers. In doing so we were able to save some money and really enjoy our surroundings.

picnic fixings

Our picnics on the road were thrown together meals consisting of our favourite products from Maple Leaf like Natural Selections Deli Meats, as well as Pepsi, Lays, Tostitos and Wonder Bread. Once we were back home I decided that we needed to do it all again, this time heading back in time to when picnicking would have pretty much been your only option when travelling.

Picnic

We packed everything up in our cooler and hit the road, with our destination Fort Edmonton Park. The feast I packed consisted of: Chicken salad lettuce wraps, cucumber sandwiches with salmon cream cheese, fresh veggies, Lays stacks, Tostitos, as well as  Pepsi and 7 Up to drink.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

To make the chicken salad wraps we enjoyed, you will need the following:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • 1 Celery stalk
  • 2 -3 radishes
  • Maple Leaf Flakes of Chicken
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard

Separate lettuce into individual leaves, wash them, and then pat dry with a paper towel. Chop off two inches at the base of each leaf to make wrapping easier.

Chop celery and radishes into small cubes.

Into a bowl place 1 can of flaked chicken, add one tablespoon mayonnaise and 1/2 tablespoon mustard. Mix together well*.

Add chopped celery. Mix well.

chicken lettuce wraps

Place 1-2 tablespoons of chicken mixture onto your lettuce leaf. Top with chopped radishes. Fold leaf like you would a taco leaving the stalk end unfolded.

Use a toothpick to secure wrap, and place into container for transporting. 

You can also bring your lettuce and chicken mixture in separate containers and serve on the go.

Whether it’s a romantic picnic for two, a picnic with friends or even an indoor rainy day meal, picnics are perfect for summer with these tasty partners.  For even more picnic inspiration, I encourage you to visit http://LetsDoPicnic.ca for more recipes, tips, and ideas. Follow @MapleLeafFoods@PepsiCanada@LaysCanada@TostitosCanada@PresChoice on twitter for more fun ways to make picnics magnificent.

During our #LetsDoPicnic challenge, fun was found, bellies were filled and memories were made. I can’t wait to take lunch on the road again.

What’s your favourite picnic fare?

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*Tip – Use a potato masher to break up chicken (or other) flakes. It also works well to break up whole eggs for egg salad.

*Tip – Reuse the sandwich bag for your finished sandwiches. It saves you from having to wash plastic tubs or from wasting plastic bags. If making more than one type of sandwich use wax paper to mark where one flavour ends and another begins.

Disclosure – This post has been generously sponsored by Maple Leaf. All opinions expressed are my own.

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