With so many choosing to travel to vacation rentals instead of hotels these days, there are many factors to consider. In addition to bringing cleaning supplies and your own linens, it can be helpful to plan vacation meals ahead of time. This allows families to enjoy their time away from home with limited trips for groceries. These are easy meals to cook on vacation that everyone in the family will love.
Easy Meals to Cook in a Vacation Rental
If you decide to travel to a vacation rental, it can be helpful to have a meal game plan in advance. We searched to find the easiest meals to make on vacation so you can relax, even when everyone is hungry.
So get out your shopping lists, we're going to show you how to make simple meals the whole family will enjoy!
Easy to Fix Breakfast on Vacation
Breakfast at the beach house might be one of my favorite things to do on summer vacation. Use these breakfast ideas, to get everyone out of bed and ready to start the day.
These Overnight Cinnamon Sticky Buns, adapted from the The Land of Nod Cinnamon Buns, use frozen dinner rolls and are prepped the night before. They are baked in the morning so they are a quick and easy breakfast the next day. They are perfect for bringing along to your vacation rental!
These Sheet Pan Eggs are like eating healthy nachos for breakfast! Baked eggs cooked on a baking sheet (sunny side up eggs in the oven) are paired with Mexican nacho flavors like salsa, black olive, green onion, jalapeno and low-fat cheese for a quick and easy to make weekday morning breakfast. This breakfast can also be made ahead, as it keeps for a few days in the fridge. For those that like it less spicy, just skip the jalapenos. This recipe is also vegetarian and gluten-free and perfect for feeding a crowd!
Loaded with fresh vegetables and herbs, this gourmet hot dog is the perfect way to get your Banh Mi sandwich (Vietnamese sub) fix in a quick, economical and healthy way. Using Turkey Hot dogs, it's only 5 Weight Watchers points on the blue plan!
Made from few basic ingredients like eggs, onions and warming spices like turmeric and chili, this savory masala toast recipe is ready in under 10 mins and makes a perfect meal to enjoy any time of the day!
An easy chicken wrap you can throw together in just 15 minutes for a quick & healthy dinner or lunch. Featuring simple ingredients like shredded chicken, hummus, chopped fresh veggies, a homemade red wine vinaigrette, and crumbled cheese all piled onto a piece of soft & chewy naan bread (Indian flatbread). Other salad dressings could be used, such as a balsalmic vinaigrette or ranch.
This Cacio e Pepe recipe may sound impressive but it’s a super simple dinner recipe that you only need a few ingredients for. It’s always a crowd please and simple enough that the kids will love it too.
When on vacation, we always make this simple one pan dish. Chicken Parmesan, uses jarred sauce, makes a lot or a little. It's fabulous for dinner AND tastes great for leftovers the next day! Oh and it's ready in 30 minutes!
Roasting a whole chicken will not only serve up a fabulous dinner, but you can make chicken salad or a pot of chicken soup with the leftovers. This is an easy and super delicious recipe everyone will love.
One Pot Taco Beef and Rice is a taco skillet recipe that’s quick, easy and delicious will soon become a family favorite taco alternative. With all the flavors of a taco, you can eat this easy taco rice recipe on it’s own or in taco shells.
Need some easy comfort food made with simple ingredients? Fix this Creamy One-Pot Spaghetti in only 45 minutes with onion, sweet bell pepper, garlic, ground Italian sausage, canned tomatoes, broth, canned coconut milk (or heavy cream) + dry spices.
I love making Chile Relleno Casserole when traveling, it works for breakfast, lunch or dinner and leftovers are delish! Easy to assemble with just a few ingredients and the chile's are mild enough kids love it too!
Creamy, delicious, healthy, satisfying vegan pesto pasta is the perfect marriage of comfort food and culinary art that comes together quickly and simply. This dairy-free pesto pasta dinner is flavorful and fast, making it the ideal family meal when on vacation.
Philly Cheesesteak Burgers are the perfect year round burger that will stand out from the crowd. All of the classic cheese steak flavors of green pepper, onion, and melted cheese are combined in this juicy quarter pound burger.
One Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs is an easy recipe that cooks pasta and homemade meatballs together in a delicious tomato sauce. Ground beef meatballs simmer in a quick homemade sauce and then uncooked spaghetti is added. Skillet spaghetti and meatballs finishes cooking together in one pot for a saucy pasta dinner!
Requiring little more than a cutting board and knife to put together, this Kale Quinoa Watermelon Salad makes a delicious light dinner and is easy to make when you don't know which kitchen tools you'll have access to. It's easy to omit ingredients for picky eaters, but we've found this one to be a family favorite!
All you need is 20 minutes and a love of Italian food with this vegan Bolognese. Gently simmered with classic Italian herbs, fragrant garlic, and roasted tempeh “meat” this is sure to become your favorite vegan spaghetti sauce!
This authentic dish from Lisbon can be served as a rice side dish, or as a base for a fish and seafood main dish. Expect a burst of flavor in every spoonful of Portuguese Tomato Rice (Arroz de Tomate) -- and it's ready in 30 minutes!
Hands up in the air for a 5-ingredient pantry staple meal! These roasted potato nachos only require a handful of ingredients and are ready in 40 minutes or less! Perfect for when on vacation or traveling!
Pizza Potato Packs are the ultimate easy travel recipe with a wholesome potato base and topped with pizza flavours you won’t be able to resist. Grab this almost effortless foil pack meal that will become a new family favourite.
Creamy Pesto and Goat Cheese Pasta is a quick vegetarian weeknight dinner recipe, done in less than 30 minutes. This is an easy and quick pantry pasta dinner recipe. A delicious creamy goat cheese and pesto sauce with no cream!
Desserts to Eat on Vacation
Of course these awesome vacation rental meals have to be followed up my something equally impressive, dessert!
These super simple, no-bake Easy Cheerios Treat are based on nut butter and agave syrup—a much more wholesome version than typical cereal treats. You could even make it ahead of time and just bring it along.
Chances are you'll need cereal and nut butter on vacation, so why not make Chocolate Peanut Butter Scotcharoos?!? This decadent dessert is a delicious marriage of peanut butter rice krispie treat, topped with a blend of melted chocolate and butterscotch chips.
This 4 ingredient ice cream will knock your socks off. You don’t even need a machine to make this creamy homemade ice cream. Ready in less than 15 mins all you need to do at this point is to decide if you want it soft serve or frozen.
Nachos just reached a new level. These vegan apple pie nachos are a healthier (and tastier!) spin on traditional apple pie. Wow your guests with a fun, innovative dessert.
Meal planning before heading out on your family vacation will save you time and money. By cooking your own meals at your rental house, not only will you be able to enjoy tasty meals in your rental home, you will be able to sit down and enjoy some of your family’s favorites and try some new easy dinner ideas too.