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If you’re planning a vacation, plan on making my Easy Vacation Meals while you’re away! These simple recipes are fun meals to make on a vacation, perfect for spending more time enjoying your trip with your family and less in lines at restaurants.
Easy Meals for Large Groups on Vacation
My family and I love to go on trips together, just to relax or to visit extended family out of state. One thing we love about taking a vacation is that we can still enjoy family meals while we’re away!
There is no need to wait in line at a restaurant or spend more on food while you’re on vacation when you can prepare delicious home-cooked meals that will last you the week.
These are my favorite easy meals for large groups on vacation – the same easy vacation meals I make whenever my family and I go on a trip. I guarantee you will love how simple and fun they are, and how easy it is to make the leftovers into entirely new dishes!
Easy Vacation Dinners FAQs
My advice for cooking while traveling is to first make sure you are staying somewhere with access to a kitchen or, if you’re driving to where you’ll be staying, bring a portable induction cooktop or electric skillet. Plan your meals ahead and cook in large batches, making meals that will last the week to be repurposed in leftovers. For example, pasta sauces are a great choice for vacation meals as pasta is easily available and easy to make on the fly!
If you’re driving and plan on bringing food with you to cook while you’re away, make sure to store it properly in a cooler. Any perishable products should be stored directly on top of ice. Bag everything and ensure it will stay cold for the duration of your drive. You can even use frozen water bottles to fill gaps in the ice and keep everything as cold as it needs to be.
Easy Vacation Meals
Breakfast Vacation Recipes
Lunch or Dinner Vacation Recipes
Vacation Dessert Recipes
Tips for Cooking on Vacation
- Make meatballs at home and freeze them. They will defrost in the cooler on the way, and when you arrive, you can prepare our meatball sauce to add them to!
- I always make sauce ahead of time, add it to gallon freezer bags, then freeze the bags. They will defrost on the way in the cooler so they’re ready to use when you arrive.
- If you want to make a fresh sauce, homemade bolognese is super quick and easy to make!
- Slow cooker pulled pork is the easiest meal in the world to make on vacation. What I love most about it is there are so many easy spins on it, like pulled pork fried rice or pulled pork tacos!
- I always bring a bag of rice to quickly make a big batch for rice bowls or for fried rice.
More Vacation Dinner Ideas
For more easy vacation dinner ideas, take a look at some of my favorite Sunday Dinner Ideas!
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