Although we still can’t have afternoon tea in the park or raise a glass in the sunshine with the people we love, at Sinplástico we are committed to getting as much as we can out of the arrival of spring.

Therefore, with each and everyone safe and sound in their own house and of course when the schedule allows, we are trying to enjoy the change of the seasons like we used to: setting up a campsite in the living room, taking the toys out onto the sunny balcony and, of course, hosting a picnic at home with plastic-free ingredients we can easily get our hands on at the local shops of in the organic supermarket nearby.

So, if you like the sound of this plan, get your picnic rug ready and dig out your camping plates and cutlery, we are going on an excursion to your balcony, your terrace or to the window (you know the one we’re talking about) where the sun shines in and warms that spot in the middle of the day.

Could there be a better plan?

Four delicious and healthy plastic-free recipes perfect for a picnic at your place

 

  1. Entrée: Homemade hummus

 What you need (for 4 people):

  • 1 large jar of chickpeas or 700g of bulk dried chickpeas.
  • 1 small spoonful of Tahini (sold in glass jars in organic shops or supermarkets).
  • 1 small spoonful of sweet paprika.
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds.
  • Salt, pepper and organic extra virgin olive oil.

 Method:

  • Soak the chickpeas in plenty of water overnight (if bought dried in bulk) or wash the chickpeas if you have bought them in a jar or tin.
  • Mix together the chickpeas, the tahini, the salt and pepper with a dash of water and olive oil and combine them well with a blender until they are well blended into a smooth paste (without lumps).
  • Put the dip in a serving bowl and give it the finishing touch with a little paprika, the sesame seeds and a drizzle of olive oil on top.

 

  1.  First Course: Fresh Greek Salad

 What you need (for 4 people):

  • 6-8 large lettuce leaves.
  • 1 large tomato.
  • 1 cucumber.
  • 150g goat’s cheese: use whatever goat’s cheese is locally produced, it doesn’t have to be a certain goat’s cheese or feta, whatever is made nearby is perfect. If you are vegan, you can make your own goat’s cheese following this recipe from GoDairyFree.
  • ½ a lemon.
  • Salt, pepper and organic extra virgin olive oil.

 Method:

  • Wash and chop the lettuce, tomato and cucumber into small pieces.
  • Cut the goats cheese into small cubes too.
  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Add a pinch of salt and pepper, hand squeeze the juice of half lemon over the mix and finish with a good drizzle of olive oil.

 

  1.  Second Course: Wholemeal couscous with Manchego Ratatouille

 What you need (for 4 people):

  • 1 cup of wholemeal couscous.
  • 1 onion.
  • 2 cloves of garlic.
  • 1 zucchini.
  • 2 ripe tomatoes.
  • 1 red capsicum.
  • Salt, pepper and organic extra virgin olive oil.

 Method:

  • Chop the onion, garlic and the vegetables into small pieces.
  • Gently sauté the onion and the garlic on a medium heat in an iron frypan or a stainless steel version.
  • When they are lightly browned, add the other vegetables and continue to cook on a medium heat for around 20 minutes.
  • Whilst the veggies are cooking, put 2 cups of water with a pinch of salt on the heat and bring to the boil. Once it reaches boiling point take it off the heat and add the couscous.
  • Leave it to once side for 5 minutes as the couscous soaks up the water and then stir it with a fork so that it doesn’t stick together.
  • Once the vegetables are cooked, remove them from the heat, then add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve the couscous and the vegetables whilst hot.

 

  1.  Dessert: Banana pancakes with fruit of the forest

What you need (for 4 people):

  • 1 cup of flour.
  • 4 eggs.
  • 2 ripe bananas just about to go bad (we freeze our bananas that are not going to get eaten in time to use them for this recipe).
  • 1 handful of seasonal fruit of the forest, like strawberries or cherries.
  • Organic extra virgin olive oil.

 Method:

  • Mix together the flour, eggs and the bananas and blend them until they become a smooth even batter.
  • Pour a drizzle of olive oil into an iron based pan or a stainless steel alternative and wait for it to get hot on a medium heat.
  • When the oil is hot, pour a ladleful of batter gently and evenly into the pan and once the bottom side looks cooked and starts to brown, flip the pancake with the spoon and let the other side cook. Once done place on a plate.
  • Repeat the steps until you have used up all the batter.
  • Wash and chop the fruit of the forest of your choice into small pieces and serve them with the pancakes.

Why not share your plastic-free recipes with Sinplástico?

What did you think of our plastic-free recipes for your picnic at home? Want to tell us what you like to make in the comments?

We would love to expand our recipe collection…

P.S. And if you get motivated and have a picnic at your place, please let us know by using the hashtag #picnicsinplástico #plasticfreepicnic . We would love to see it.