When our family goes on vacation, I always make a meal plan. We love to eat out, but it isn’t very relaxing with little ones. Plus it gets expensive!
In 2011, I pulled together a fast and easy vacation meal plan. Last summer when we went on a beach vacation, I decided to document our meals so I could share them with you all again. I hope it inspires you as you plan for your next vacation.
What We (2 adults, a preschooler, and a toddler) Ate On Vacation
- Breakfast – peanut butter toast at home
- Lunch – chicken salad sandwiches, chips, and yogurt in the car
- Supper – chicken tenders, green beans, grapes – This meal was suppose to have rice, but I forgot it at home. I made the chicken tenders with an Italian Parmesan cheese and breadcrumb mix you can find in the refrigerator section of the grocery store.
- Breakfast – baked oatmeal – I made (and froze ahead of time) one large pan of baked oatmeal and we ate it all week.
- Lunch – chicken salad, chips, carrots & dip, and apples – I bought a few easy pre-made things for easy lunches all week.
- Supper – pizza tot casserole, peas – I made the casserole ahead of time and froze it. It is nearly impossible to take an appetizing picture of pizza tot casserole, so this is one isn’t from vacation.
- Breakfast – baked oatmeal
- Lunch – chicken salad, macaroni salad, peaches / kids – peanut butter sandwiches, chips, peaches
- Supper – chef salads with homemade dressing – Normally I add hard boiled eggs to my chef salads, but I skipped them to simplify the meal. The dressing I made ahead of time.
- Breakfast – pancakes, eggs, bacon – We like to go out to eat for breakfast even more than we like doing it for supper. It is cheaper, less busy, and the kids are usually better behaved first thing in the morning.
- Lunch – cheese sticks, granola bars, bananas – This was a simple, snacky type lunch because of our big breakfast.
- Supper – enchiladas, spanish rice, peas – The enchiladas were made ahead of time and frozen.
- Breakfast – peanut butter toast
- Lunch – On a last minute whim, we grabbed lunch on the boardwalk.
- Supper – leftovers
Snacks for the week included: fruit, cheese sticks, energy bites, granola bars, and this heavenly chocolate butterscotch chex mix.
My biggest tips for fast and easy vacation meal planning:
- Figure out how many meals you’ll eat in and how many you’ll eat out.
- Make as many meals ahead of time as you can and freeze them.
- Don’t forget about fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Keep breakfast and lunch simple.
- Make food you are excited to eat. It is vacation after all! If you are excited about the food you are making, you’ll be less likely to skip it and eat out.
- Plan at least one meal for leftovers.
For more vacation meal planning inspiration, check out what we ate on vacation in 2011.
What are your favorite dishes to make on vacation? Do you make freezer meals ahead of time?