7 Kid-Friendly Foods to Pack for Your Next Shabbat Picnic

When the weather warms up and the days are longer, it’s a perfect excuse for a picnic. On Friday nights, instead of staying in, venture outside with your family for a special Shabbat picnic. Spread a blanket out in the backyard, meet up with friends at a local park, or watch the sunset at the beach. Grab some take-out or challah and already prepped chicken for your picnic, or use one of the fast, kid-approved, and best of all, healthy recipes below. Each of these sides, salads, or snacks can be made in advance and taste delicious when served as part of a picnic spread. Mix and match a few, pair one with a grocery store rotisserie chicken, or bring one along to your next potluck.

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You’ll need something sweet to wrap up your picnic, so be sure to pack these delicious apple cookie pops. These naturally sweet cookies are a snap to make and are actually full of healthy fiber and grains. Print the Recipe Card for the Apple Cookie Pops.


Bean Salad

Looking for a recipe you can memorize with ease? Try this delicious bean salad full of protein and fiber. This yummy take on a classic three bean salad is also allergen-friendly and a wonderful make-ahead dish. Get the recipe for the bean salad.


Not sure what to do with your leftover matzo meal from Passover? Put it to use in these yummy, protein packed, and portable snacks. No matzo meal? No problem! You can substitute puffed rice cereal or bread crumbs, or simply add extra coconut and make a gluten-free version. Get the recipe for charoset balls.


Your kids will have a blast prepping these parfaits with you. The recipe is flexible and easy to customize, so everyone in the family can have one adapted to their favorite flavors. If you’re taking these along for a picnic, be sure to make them the morning of, or keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to pack the cooler and head out. Get the recipe for fruit and yogurt parfaits.


What’s a picnic without sandwiches or wraps? If you have left-over veggies from dinner, take inspiration from this recipe and turn them into a tasty wrap, or get out the sheet pan and roast a batch for these delicious seasonal roll-ups. Get the recipe for Harvest Veggie Roll Ups. Print the Recipe Card for Harvest Veggie Roll Ups.


Who doesn’t love hummus? Spread it on challah, dip veggies in it, or, if you’re like some two-year-old PJ Library subscribers, eat it straight with a spoon. If you don’t already have a family hummus recipe, be sure to try PJ Library’s favorite basic hummus.


Are you looking for a delicious and healthy one-pot meal that your entire family will enjoy? Try this bright take on the classic Israeli dish tabouleh -- made complete with the addition of quinoa. Get the recipe for quinoa tabouleh.


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