When we move our cows to summer range every June, I pack a picnic lunch for our family to enjoy afterwards. Itâ€™s made the annual cow-moving trek a family tradition.
Sadly, we rarely have picnics, which I need to change. When our kids were younger, the thought of food (mostly a can of pop and a candy bar) at the end of the trail was incentive to keep them going when the last quarter of the ride got wearisome for them.
Itâ€™s usually mid afternoon by the time we reach our destination with the cows and everybodyâ€™s ready to find out what I packed for lunch. We try to find a comfortable, shady spot to eat while we watch and listen to the herd get paired up and settle down.
When I pack our family picnic lunch, the kids especially, want a pop since I rarely buy it. I have to have some kind of sweet treat in our picnic lunch for everyone alsoâ€”usually candy bars. I try to include easy-to-eat finger foods like carrot sticks, jerky, granola bars, homemade trail mix and apples or oranges, but sometimes I throw in leftovers that require silverware.
Since I bake my own bread, Iâ€™ve found that the sandwiches I make with homemade bread usually donâ€™t survive the journey very well so I make sandwich â€œwrapsâ€ using tortillas instead. Theyâ€™re easy to eat and all the fixinâ€™s stay put better. My favorite wraps are made with steak.
Note: Keep in mind that I photographed our family picnic lunch in haste due to a last-minute thought to blog about my favorite steak wraps as I was hurriedly making our picnic lunch right before we set out. This was not a well-thought out blog post, so I am leaving some of my recipe ingredients to your imagination since I didnâ€™t have them available at the time of my â€œphoto shootâ€ (drawbacks to living far from town).
Imagine if you will, the following missing ingredients in my steak wraps recipe: dry coleslaw mix from a bag, onions, green pepper or jalapeÃ±o peppers, freshly chopped cilantro, shredded Colby Jack cheese (my favorite) or any other ingredients that may appeal to you should you be interested in trying the recipe.
My guys like mayonnaise or salad dressing so I spread one or the other onto a tortilla; layer leftover sliced steak, their favorite cheeseâ€”American cheese slices,
dry coleslaw mix from a bag, and a sprinkling of seasoning salt.
Depending on what I have available I may add other ingredients like lettuce for them but their sandwich preference is usually pretty basic.
Iâ€™m not fond of the taste of mayonnaise or salad dressing but Iâ€™ve created a tasty alternative using either ranch dressing or avocado. Avocado is my favorite if I have a choice but ranch dressing tastes good with steak also. I mash a ripened avocado to cover the tortilla.
I add leftover steak strips, onions, dry coleslaw mix, and/or chopped fresh cilantro, shredded Colby Jack cheese or mozzarella cheese, and a little garlic salt. If adding a tomato, I prefer Romas because theyâ€™re firmer; otherwise it depends on the tomato. Once the wraps are made, I wrap them up in tinfoil
and place neatly in an organized fashion as you can see by my tidiness in packing our picnic lunch right before heading out.
I use several ice packs to help keep everything tightly packed and cold and the picnic lunch gets dispersed among saddle bags if weâ€™re all horseback. If not, I place everything in a cooler of some sort that rides on the four-wheeler.
Having family picnics just because arenâ€™t as popular as they used to be but our family has enjoyed the tradition of picnicking while giving our cows time to pair up. I love our family picnics and hope our kids will cherish them as much I do.