Several weeks ago I did a poll on my Instagram story and on Facebook asking for your go to beach meals. So many people gave me the greatest ideas I thought I should share with everyone. It was enough suggestions that I decided it needed it’s own post.
My idea of a vacation does not include cooking. I am the main cook in our house so when we go on vacation I like to eat out. However it isn’t always practical or accessible depending on where you are going or staying so it is a great idea to have a few easy meals in your back pocket. Like most things I went to my social media family to ask what they make on a beach vacation.
The biggest responses were crock pot meals. Many people said they travel with their crock pot in case the condo does not have one. What are they making in those crock posts? Ideas varied from red beans and rice to pulled pork to roast. Most people who responded said the crock pot is easy and convenient plus you can cook something all day and people can eat when they are ready. The clean up is also easy as everything is contained in that one post.
A big tip I got from one follower, Casey, said that her family will make meals ahead of time in gallon ziplock bags and then all they have to do each morning is put the contents of the bag into the crock pot and go about their day. I love this idea because it saves you from having to bring a lot of supplies with you to the condo.
This suggestion was made by a few people who said they pick up frozen lasagna on their way to the beach and then heat and eat. Not one to miss an opportunity I thought I would share my lasagna recipe again because it will freeze and travel easily.
One Pan Meals
This will always be one of my favorite go to meals. I have an entire post about quick meals here. One pan meals are not only easy to make but they are so easy to clean up. The thing I like to do less than cooking on vacation is cleaning so this is perfect for us. Bonus is you can bring aluminum pans and throw them away when you are finished. One and done.
My personal favorite is a sheet pan with sausage, potatoes, carrots, asparagus, red onions, brussels sprouts and a little garlic. Put it in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes and serve.
This was probably the second most suggested meal on my post. Nothing wild. People suggested steaks, burgers, hot dogs, chicken and a variety of other things. I would suggest checking to see if your condo has a BBQ pit before committing to this. It is usually on the website when you are booking under amenities.
My friend Kristin made us some ham and cheese sliders the last time we went swimming at their pool and we all declared that they were ultimate summertime food. They were easy to make and everyone enjoyed them. I came across a post on Pinterest with a ton of different options for sliders. I am saving this post for when we go camping at the end of June.
Easy to Reheat
One suggestion I got from my friend Dave was to bring things like premade taco meat that is easy to reheat and make fast work of lunch or dinner. My kids love tacos so this would be a great option for us. Other items that would make easy work for a quick meal would be chicken salad, egg salad, pulled chicken (just use a rotissere chicken and shred) or salsa chicken.
Using Delivery or Pick Up
If the pandemic taught us anything it is that groceries are always at your fingertips. Think about using your Shipt account or a Walmart pickup for groceries or other items you need. Save yourself the trouble of dragging everything with you to the condo or Airbnb.