Happy Healthy Picnic & Recipe


It doesn't quite feel like summer without a mandatory picnic. Eating out in the fresh air whilst sitting on crisp grass is a feeling like no other. I for one sure do enjoy it just as much as eating in a fancy cafe. Nothing can replace nature, and eating under the shade of trees does give a sense of a feeling alive that can't be experienced in an enclosed space.




I was lucky enough to experience a picnic with a few of the members of  Karimahs Cuisina, a healthy holistic well-being organization that aims to bring mindfulness to our food. As well as helping feed the homeless in central London with healthy halal and vegan food to the poor and needy.

We went on our happy healthy picnic on the same day as our lavender farm trip which you can read here.
The Oaks Park is a beautiful park opposite the lavender farm, we decided to have our picnic there. The park is a walking distance from the farm and makes the perfect backdrop for some fresh air and just taking in a moment to breathe and take in nature without the city life and your phone. I made sure to keep my phone in the car and just reflect. The park was a perfect size for walking and we made sure to do that after our picnic.

Karimahs Cuisina is all about mindful eating so we were sure to plan what we will eat. It was important to eat foods that not only nourish our body but was perfect in this heat, we wanted to avoid feeling lethargic after eating. I made two of salads which I will share the recipe,  a fruit salad, and chicken salad.
Karimah made summer rolls, with rice paper and prawns, and peanut sauce, you can find the recipe for them on her blog here.


I can't imagine summer without a fruit salad. It is a great starter to any meal, and fruits should be eaten on an empty stomach before your meal. My fruit salad hand a mixture of some of my favourite summer fruits. 

Ingredients:

  • Watermelon
  • melon
  • blueberries 
  • chopped kiwi
  • pomegranate
  • mint leaves for that fresh taste
Chop up all the fruits apart from the blueberries and pomegranate into your desired sizes, then place in a place bowl with fresh mint leaves.


I also made the Mediterranean inspired chicken salad. This salad is so easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious. Once you try it it will be your go-to chicken salad for almost any occasion. It is so simple that you will only make the salad dressing which will also be used as the marinade for the chicken.

Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • freshly chopped coriander
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • sea salt- to taste
  • black pepper- to taste
  • 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon juice
Salad:
  •  2 pieces of Chicken breast
  • I used a readily mixed leaf  salad pack but you can use any lettuce of your choice
  • cucumber
  • tomatoes
Mix your marinade and marainate your chicken, make sure to leave some marinade as your salad dressing. Refrigerate the chicken after marinating for at least an hour. Then shallow fry your chicken breast. Once your chicken has cooled finely cut up your chicken breast into strips.

For the salad chop up your salad, cucumber, and tomatoes and toss them into your bowl, add your salad dressing to the mix, then place your chicken strips on top of the salad. And voila you have your self a very tasty healthy chicken salad.
Karimah made the delicious summer rolls, with rice paper and prawns. And the best tasting peanut sauce, I couldn't get enough of it so I took some home. You can find the recipe for them on her blog here. These Summer rolls were the perfect addition to the picnic. They were light and filling and the best part healthy. Also extremely easy to assemble. Karimah actually made them while we were setting up the picnic.

1 comment

  1. maashallah a fresh chirpy piece of writing that matches the lovely food we had, we were blessed with fine weather and good company , alhmdulilah

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