Potluck Picnic in the Park

Take an actual lunch break (for once!) with these recipes and ideas from the co-founders of Huckle & Goose.

From Anca & Christine:
If you're like us, shortly after getting cozy in your office chair you start thinking about lunch. But then as the hour approaches, "just one more email" or "just going to wrap this up" turns into five more tasks until you're left eating a mediocre salad that cost $11.95, glancing longingly out the window and imagining how glorious the sun would feel as the AC beats down from the vent above your desk. Why do we do this? It ends here, ladies. Email your office girlfriends (like, right now) and delegate these recipes for the potluck picnic in the park you've always daydreamed about. Stop by the farmers' market or grocery store on your way home, whip up your dish tonight and bring it in tomorrow. Extra points for a glass container, so your fellow commuters rethink their lunch plans, too. Leave the office promptly at lunchtime, spread your blanket on the grass and soak in the amazing feeling of not multi-tasking. Eat, drink, laugh and do not talk about memos or meetings. Check out our ultimate guide to packing a picnic and see our favorite containers for packing these recipes below.

Summer Asian Noodles with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Summer Asian Noodles with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Serves 4-6

Feel free to leave out the serrano pepper if you don’t care for the heat.

Ingredients:
8 oz. soba noodles
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. ginger root, grated
6 tbsp. soy sauce
1 serrano chili, seeded and minced
1½ tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. sesame oil
1½ tbps. rice wine vinegar
¼ cup peanut butter
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1½ cup red cabbage,  shredded
1 cup bean sprouts
3 green onions, thinly sliced
2 carrots, shredded or julienned
½ bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tsp. black sesame seeds


Directions
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add soba noodles and cook according to package instructions (it took only 4 minutes for ours to cook). Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water. Set aside.
2. In a bowl whisk together garlic, ginger, soy sauce, serrano pepper, honey, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, peanut butter and olive oil.
In a large bowl, mix noodles, veggies, cilantro and half the dressing. Give it a taste test and add more dressing if needed or serve it on the side. Garnish with sesame seeds and enjoy.

 

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Watermelon Basil Cooler

Watermelon Basil Cooler

Serves 4

We can't get enough of watermelon when it's in season. While we usually prefer it sliced and served cold, we always have a pitcher of this in our fridge. It never lasts longer than a few hours. If the drink is too thick, you can add a ¼ cup water.
 
Ingredients:
  • 6 cups watermelon, cut into cubes and chilled
  • ½ cup fresh basil ¼ cup fresh lime juice

Directions:
1. In a blender, add half the watermelon, half the lime juice and half the basil. Puree until smooth. Pour into a pitcher and store in the fridge.
2. Repeat with remaining ingredients, add to the pitcher and taste test it. If you want it extra sweet, add a little honey. Garnish with a few basil sprigs and serve over ice.

 

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Health Nut Truffles

Health Nut Truffles

Serves 6

You know what the best feeling in the world is? Biting into something and thinking, "Greeeeeat, I'm supposed to be on a diet," and then an angel telling you, "Actually those are vegan, sugar-free and totally healthy so have another one." And by an angel we mean us. For an extra kick, add a ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper.
 
Ingredients:
  • ½ cup pistachios
  • ½ cup hazelnuts
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • 3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ cup medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil

Directions:
1. Pulse all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor until the mixture starts to clump together. You can check by squeezing the mixture together to see if it holds the shape.
Roll into 1-inch balls. You can put a little coconut oil on your hands if needed to prevent them from sticking.

 

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Your Potluck Picnic in the Park Grocery List

 

Essentials:

  • Extra virgin olive oil (3 tbsp.)
  • Garlic (2 cloves.)
  • Honey (1/2 tbsp.)
  • Sea salt (1/4 tsp.)

Produce:

  • Bean sprouts (1 cup)
  • Carrots (2)
  • Fresh basil (1/2 cup)
  • Fresh cilantro (1/2 bunch)
  • Ginger root (1 tsp.)
  • Green onions (3)
  • Lime juice (1/4 cup)
  • Red bell pepper (1)
  • Red cabbage (1 1/2 cups)
  • Serrano chili (1)
  • Watermelon (6 cups)

Pantry:

  • Black sesame seeds (2 tsp.)
  • Coconut oil (1 tbsp.)
  • Hazelnuts (1/2 cup)
  • Medjool dates (1 1/2 cups)
  • Peanut butter (1/4 cup)
  • Pistachios (1/2 cup)
  • Rice wine vinegar (1 1/2 tbsp.)
  • Sesame oil (1 tbsp.)
  • Slivered almonds (1/2 cup)
  • Soba noodles (8 oz.)
  • Soy sauce (6 tbsp.)
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder (3 tbsp.)
     

 

 

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Potluck Picnic in the Park
 Individual leak-proof jars for the cocktail

 

Potluck Picnic in the Park
Stainless steel containers for the truffles (or to pack the noodle salad individually)

 

 


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