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Best Lunch for a Summer Picnic

While summer’s official arrival isn’t until June 21, the weather is finally shaping up for outdoor activities. Playing in the park, swimming in the pool and enjoying a picnic with loved ones are a few of the many fun ways to spend your time this summer.

If you’re looking for a new delicious meal to pack for your next picnic, consider the following primarily raw, plant-based options:

1. Portobello BLT Sandwich
This delicious sandwich is bursting with nutrients and flavor! Make it the main entree for an outdoor get-together with friends and family.

Ingredients:

For the Portobello “bacon”:

2 Portobello mushroom caps – thinly sliced at a 45 degree angle 4 tablespoons grape seed oil 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/2 teaspoon sea salt Dash of ground cayenne Fresh cracked black pepper to taste

For the sandwich:

Sliced spelt or other whole grain bread Romaine or baby lettuce leaves 1 avocado – mashed 1 tomato – sliced Vegan mayonnaise Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Directions:

Leaving out the mushrooms, whisk together all Portobello bacon ingredients in a large bowl. Place mushroom slices in a bowl and add completed marinating mixture, tossing to coat. Set aside for 15 minutes.

Prepare a PFOA-free, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Place sliced mushrooms in pan, searing each side until golden brown – this should take 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside.

To assemble the sandwich, toast the bread and spread each slice with vegan

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