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Easy Picnic-Inspired Dinner

Picnic with Fruit, Pasta Salad and Rotisserie Chicken

The following recipes and photography are courtesy of blogger Carolyn Hodges from The Dinner Shift. For more recipes and weeknight dinner inspiration, visit her website

Take dinner outdoors with a simple picnic-inspired supper that calls for less than 10 ingredients! This family-friendly meal comes together in about 20 minutes and can easily be prepared in advance. Need more reason to get inspired? Everything here is delicious both cold or warm, making it the perfect picnic spread!


The Menu:

  • Chilled Rotisserie Chicken Pieces
  • Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad
  • Balsamic Green Beans
  • Sliced Peaches and Blueberries

The Shopping List:

  • 1 Pint grape tomatoes
  • 1 Pound fresh green beans
  • 2 Peaches
  • 1 Pint blueberries
  • Buitoni Three Cheese Tortellini
  • Heinen’s Pesto Sauce
  • Heinen’s Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Shaved Parmesan Cheese
  • Cold Rotisserie Chicken Pieces

The Recipes

Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Buitoni Three Cheese Tortellini according to package directions.
  2. Drain and rinse under cold running water.
  3. Toss with 1/3 cup Heinen’s Pesto Sauce and 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Balsamic Parmesan Green Beans Instructions:

  1. Trim green beans.
  2. Place in a microwave safe casserole dish and add just enough water to cover the bottom.
  3. Seal tightly with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 3 to 4 minutes, or until just crisp-tender.
  4. Carefully remove plastic wrap (steam will be hot!) and drain.
  5. Rinse beans under cold running water and pat dry, then toss dish with 3 to 4 tablespoons of Heinen’s organic balsamic vinaigrette and 1 ounce shaved Parmesan cheese.
  6. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serving Instructions

  1. Slice the peaches and gently toss with the blueberries.
  2. Divide the cold rotisserie chicken pieces among 4 plates and serve with a side of tortellini pasta salad, green beans and fruit.


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By Carolyn Hodges
Carolyn is a boy mom and culinary dietitian in Cleveland, Ohio. The Dinner Shift is dedicated to helping busy moms get dinner on the table after the weekday grind, however that is defined for you and yours.

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