What's For Dinner: Punch, Zucchini Sandwich And Tea Cookies

Pack a picnic for a midsummer's outing

Not feeling inspired by your usual dishes? Here's what's for dinner.

With high temperatures and even higher humidity, summer can be oppressing. One way to combat that is by simply stepping away from your overheated kitchen and outside to embrace cooler late evenings. So pack your dinner in a picnic basket, take a stroll to a nearby park and don't forget a blanket for impromptu stargazing.

① Drink: Rib Tickler Cocktail

Take a full pitcher—or pour the punch into individual thermoses—either way, this refreshing, low-alcohol cocktail will keep you cool no matter the triple-digit temps.

② Main Course: Zucchini Sandwich with Pesto and Potato

Sliced potatoes, sautéed zucchini and fresh melty mozzarella already sound like a meal in and of themselves. So when stuffed between two slices of fluffy focaccia and topped with vibrant pesto, the three come together for one easy portable main—no fork required.

③ Dessert: Tea Cookies with Rooibos Sugar

These tea-infused slice-and-bake cookies are a no-brainer when it comes to grab-and-go desserts. And with no chocolate involved, you can linger over a relaxing meal in the summer heat without fear of a melted mess.