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What can I make for a nice father's day picnic? The challenge is that we need to hike to the picnic place for abour 40 min- so it should be packable and not to heavy.
Thank you!

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  1. I'm off to a family picnic this upcoming weekend. I'm bringing a tried and true Thai noodle salad. Its delicious, travels well, and the longer it sits, the better it tastes. I've brought it to MANY family get togethers and it is always eaten up very quickly with lots of recipe requests. I do everything in the recipe to taste:

    Main ingredients are:
    Cooked whole wheat spaghetti....strange but true...and the best noodle to use! The
    whole wheat gives it added texture
    Grated carrots
    Grated cabbage....red and green
    Lots of chopped cilantro and green onions
    Green peas or peapods
    Julienned red and yellow peppers
    Toasted sesame seeds

    Dressing to taste:
    Vegetable oil
    Sesame oil
    Low sodium soya sauce
    Rice wine vinegar
    Lots of fresh garlic and fresh ginger....grated fine
    Brown sugar
    Lime juice
    Red pepper flakes
    Pinch or two of Chinese 5 spice powder if desired (i've had it with and without, both ways deelish!)

    Mix all together, pack in tupperware, and enjoy! Remember that the spaghetti noodles will absorb a lot of the dressing, so I always bring a little extra to mix in right before eating.

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    1. re: HannahBanana

      that looks yummy hannah! thanks - i'm always looking for summer healthy sides. - would be awesome with an asian marinated flank steak and asparagus on the grill and fruit salad. i may have this weekend's dinner.... :)

      1. re: AMFM

        my mom loved this recipe and wants to try for a potluck tomorrow - do you have estimate amounts on the dressing?

        1. re: AMFM

          glad to hear you like the recipe!
          I do add a decent amount of the veg oil to the dressing, as it prevents the noodles from sticking and really carries all the other flavors well....so its not very lowfat (but gee you gotta live once in a while!! :-)
          The sesame oil is more just a tsp or two, as its just for flavoring. Go crazy with the spices, all to taste.
          Basically you want to make a vinigrette....so its twice as much oil as acids.....
          SO deelish....now I'm hungry!

        2. re: AMFM

          Also really nice served with cooled grilled prawn and scallop skewers...marinated in a little oil, lime, sake, and garlic!

        3. re: HannahBanana

          This sounds a lot like my favourite Asian noodle salad, only I use soba (buckwheat) noodles, and add julienned cucumber.

          As a side dish for picnics, fresh cucumber pickles are my absolute favourite at the moment. So crunchy, so refreshing...

            1. re: AMFM

              Mmmmm.. julienned cucumber is a great addition! Specially if added right before serving....would stay nice and crunchy!

              I've also topped this salad with toasted cashews....really nice

        4. Oh...here is another picnic FAV. Its called a Muffeleta. Super easy to transport and perfect for outdoor picnics:

          One large sour dough or foccacia bread sliced length wise.
          Drizzle one side with a nice olive oil, spread the other side with pesto sauce.
          In layers start to add roasted red peppers, pitted olives, favorite cheeses (we use provolone and smoked gouda), grilled zucchini and eggplant, arugula leaves.....and sliced favorite meats if desired. Wrap TIGHTLY together in plastic wrap like one giant sandwich. Slice in wedges when you get to your picnic site. All the flavors will have blended together and created an AMAZING sandwich! The secret really is to wrap it tightly.

          1. The all-time classic picnic food, fried chicken. Just wrap it up in waxed paper and go.

            I also like fruit kebabs on picnics, as fresh fruit helps quench thirst and gives you enegry for hiking.