Pack the kids up and the family pet, we're heading to the park for a picnic

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To make it easier, we’ve put together a selection of 12 recipes that are quick and easy to make, plus ideal for munching on the move (or fully static on the picnic rug, if you prefer!)


1. Falafel salad pittas

A great alternative to your bog standard sandwich, these are so handy as you can make them the night before, store overnight in the fridge and they still taste great. See recipe for Falafel salad pittas


2. Ham & cheese pinwheels

A brilliant space-saver in a lunchbox, this clever idea makes a ham, cheese and spinach wrap instantly bite-sized and shareable. See recipe for ham & cheese pinwheels


3. Cheese & ham muffins

A filling and tasty treat, you can make these savoury wonders in advance and then keep them chilled for three days. See recipe for cheese & ham muffins


4. Picnic loaf

Someone had the genius idea of scooping out the dough of a baguette and filling up the extra space with picnicky goodness. Picnic loaf inventor: we salute you. See recipe for picnic loaf


5. Courgette fritters

These crispy fritters are a scrummy yet sneaky way to get the kids to eat their vegetables. Don’t forget hummus or a selection of dips for a variation of taste and to up the ante. See recipe for courgette fritters


6. Scotch eggs

A long-established staple of fine picnic dining, but have you ever considered making your own? These Scotch eggs are worth the effort


7. Cucumber pitta pockets

Who’s for a spot of afternoon tea? These are a nice variation on the elegant cucumber sandwich. Be sure to raise that pinky as you munch! See recipe for cucumber pitta pockets


8. Cheddar pinwheels

As with the ham & cheese version, these minis pack a tasty punch. See recipe for Cheddar pinwheels


9. Tuna quesadillas

This is finger food at its best and these yummy little snacks are so easy to make. Happy tummies guaranteed all round. See recipe for tuna quesadillas


10. Goat's cheese and tomato frittata

Suitable for those of the veggie persuasion as well as those with an appreciation for cheese (that's everyone, then), simply cut into thick wedges for a convenient packed lunch. See recipe for goat's cheese and tomato frittata


11. Chicken nuggets with dip and avocado salad

Cook up a batch of these tasty chicken goujons for dinner and save the leftovers for a picnic treat. Just make sure that you make plenty as they’ll be gone in no time otherwise. See recipe for chicken nuggets


12. Spinach and cheese omelette wraps

A little bit of heaven in the cunning guise of a spinach, cheese and omelette wrap. These wraps are a great way of introducing spinach into the diet of otherwise fussy eaters too. See recipe for  spinach and cheese omelette wraps