2 Delicious Bone-Smart Picnic Recipes To Share And Celebrate - Save Our Bones

Here in the U.S., Labor Day signals summer’s end. The weather is still quite warm, making it the perfect time to enjoy summer activities before the chill of autumn sets in.

Picnics with family and friends are a fun way to say goodbye to summer. But don’t think that picnics mean you have to break your commitment to pH-balanced nutrition. On the contrary, a picnic is the perfect “excuse” to share these recipes I’m bringing you today.

Both of these delicious dishes are portable, pH-balanced, and packed with bone-renewing nutrients. And they include kid-friendly, vegan “chicken” nuggets, so the whole family can enjoy them.

Let’s get started with the nuggets recipe, since they’re included in both dishes:

Baked Vegan “Chicken” Nuggets

Makes 16 nuggets


  • 2 cups lima beans, cooked
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon mild curry powder (optional)
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • salt to taste (I used about 1 1/2 tsp)
  • 3 garlic cloves, mashed
  • 3 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon avocado oil (or as needed to sauté onion)


  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • enough gluten-free breadcrumbs to coat nuggets
  • water
  • pinch of sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. In a pan, heat the oil to medium-high and sauté onion for a few minutes until soft. Add the spices and stir for a few seconds.
  3. Add the tomato sauce and garlic and continue heating for a few of minutes.
  4. Make sure the lima beans are very well drained, and stir into the mixture until coated.Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the batter in a bowl by mixing the flour and salt, and adding water until it turns into a smooth runny paste. Next, pour breadcrumbs on a plate.
  6. Remove the bean mixture from heat and roughly mash them with a potato masher or fork.
  7. Form each bite-size nugget with your hands, dip each nugget in the batter and then in the breadcrumbs. Place them on a  baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes or until it reaches desired crunch.

Picnic Recipes:

Colorful Concoction

Servings: 3

This salad is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. Enjoy!


  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 cup torn kale, or your favorite organic greens
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • cucumber, seeded and diced
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley,  finely chopped
  • 1 cup chickpeas, cooked
  • Vegan chicken nuggets
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced (optional)
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Cook quinoa per package directions. When ready, place in a large bowl and refrigerate to cool down.
  2. Once it cooled down, mix in the rest of the ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve cold with your favorite dressing.

Quinoa Crunch

Servings: 3

This is a pretty salad, too, and full of zesty crunch.


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup red cabbage, shredded
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • ½ sweet onion, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 cup green peas, cooked
  • Vegan chicken nuggets
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup almonds, slivered
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated (optional)


  1. Cook quinoa per package directions. When ready, place in a large bowl and refrigerate to cool down.
  2. Once it cooled down, mix in the rest of the ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve cold with your favorite dressing.

Don’t Forget Dessert!

One of the things I love about the Osteoporosis Reversal Program is that it shows how building bones nutritionally is not boring, dull, or overly restrictive. And I love it even more when something tastes “naughty,” but is actually good for your bones.

These bone-smart brownies are a good example of what I’m talking about. They’re rich, sweet, and delicious, but made of nutritious ingredients and free of sugar. They’re the perfect ending to a fun, healthy picnic.

Bone-Healthy Food Can Be Easy, Fun, And Sharable!

You’ll notice that these recipes are not overly complicated; they involve chopping or cooking a variety of simple ingredients and combining them, and the dishes are interesting and attractive in color, texture, and flavor.

But one of the best things about a bone-nourishing diet is that it can be shared. You don’t have to miss out on festivities and events just because there might be “unhealthy” foods involved. And with Bone Appétit, the Save Our Bones cookbook, you’ll never lack ideas or inspiration.

In the years since I first created the Program, I’ve received many requests for a comprehensive cookbook that would showcase the beautiful variety and practical knowledge of bone-smart foods. Bone Appétit is that cookbook.

With its full-color photos, clear language, and complete list of Foundation Foods, Bone Appétit gives you pH-balanced recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, making nutritional bone-building accessible for everyone.

To make it even easier, Bone Appétit includes Quick Picks at the end of each section, which features dishes that take 20 minutes or less to prepare – proving once again that eating for your bones does not mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen.

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And don’t forget – Bone Appétit includes three separate bonuses: Blender Magic, a collection of smoothie recipes; the 30 Day Meal Planner, which takes you step-by-step through a month of bone-healthy meals and snacks; and Calcilicious, which includes my favorite calcium-rich recipes for a delicious, organic source of this Foundation Supplement.

So as we prepare to usher in autumn, enjoy the last weeks of summer as you eat your way to younger, healthy bones!

Till next time,

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  1. Kathleen Riley

    Am I missing something or was there no dressing included with these salads?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Kathleen
      The dressing is up to you! You’ll notice that the recipes end with “serve cold with your favorite dressing.” 🙂

  2. Isobel Mc Donald

    I was interested in the book, but with the Australian dollar so low $66 is just too much for a pensioner.

    • Customer Support

      Isobel, please check your inbox for a message from us. 🙂

  3. Marlene Villar

    Good morning Vivian,
    I appreciates and enjoy the Bone Appetit Book which
    i received last year ( Aug. 22, 2014). I have not tried every
    recipes yet, but in due time, I will. Thank you very much
    for these recipes. I continue sharing it.
    Have a wonderful day. Marlene

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      That’s great to read, Marlene! I hope you’ll try some of the recipes soon. 🙂

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