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So, how do we manage to make our meals on the road? With some patience, humor, and practice. Recently, I shared how we meal plan while traveling and as a follow-up, I’m sharing our go-to recipes.
Easy Recipes to Make While Traveling
You’ll notice that most of the recipes I’m featuring have a few things in common. Each recipe is:
- Easy to make (i.e. minimal prep work and/or bake time)
- Requires 5 or fewer ingredients found at most grocery stores
- Easy to reheat as leftovers or repurpose for another meal
- Fairly inexpensive to make (for this reason, we haven’t included a lot recipes with red meat because it’s usually expensive)
I’m also separating the recipes out into different categories based on which cooking options are available to you. As I mentioned in my meal planning post, vacation rentals don’t always have the cooking comforts found at home. Skip the section(s) that most apply to you:
Bonus: We’re also including a section at the end of this post with the five side dishes we make the most. All easy and most just need olive oil, salt and pepper.
- BBQ Turkey Burgers – If you don’t have a grill, these burgers are a delicious stove top alternative. Real Simple even suggests a cucumber salad to make along with the burgers – which we haven’t tried, but looks great too.
- Pan-Fried Fish – Chances are you’re going somewhere warm on vacation. We like to pick up local seafood and can normally find good fish fillets. This recipe covers how to easily make it on your stovetop. If you have flour or breadcrumbs, you could lightly coat each side with some before putting your fish in the pan for an added crispy texture.
- Best Baked Pork Tenderloin – We’ve tried several different pork tenderloin recipes over the years. This one is new to us and does require lots of spices, but is pretty easy to just mix and throw in the oven. If your vacation rental is equipment with a spice rack, give it a try.
- Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets – This dish is super easy to make and you can toss leftovers in a salad the next day. If you can’t find Panko, just sub using whatever kind of breadcrumbs you could find at the grocery store.
- Flatbread Pizza – You could also make this on a grill if you’d prefer. We usually buy marinara sauce because we don’t want to purchase the extra ingredients to make our own, but SkinnyTaste’s recipe for the homemade sauce is delicious.
- Lemon Chicken Breasts – The ingredients list looks long, but hopefully some of these staples should come in your airbnb’s kitchen. Also, if you can score a lemon from your neighbor’s lemon tree all the better!
- Easy Grilled Pork Chops – You can’t get much simpler than meat, salt, and pepper.
- BBQ Chicken – Hayley’s favorite easy recipes to make while traveling. Grab your favorite barbeque sauce and follow this recipe for grilled chicken perfection. If you don’t mind buying extra ingredients and making your own sauce, this recipe from Damn Delicious is a good option too.
- Grilled Cilantro Lime Shrimp Kebabs – Get to your local seafood shop and grab some shrimp. We love this recipe because it doesn’t take a lot of prep or cook time and the results are SO good.
- Crock Pot Pasta Sauce with Sausage – This smells so nummy cooking all day and it’s really easy to pull together in the morning. You could serve this over any kind of pasta you like and it reheats well for leftovers.
- Crock Pot Chicken Taco Recipe – Scott’s favorite easy recipes to make while traveling. Honestly some of the best chicken tacos we’ve had…and only three ingredients! Find some pre-done toppings like shredded cheese, lettuce, etc and you’re ready for taco night.
- Slow Cooker Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole – Have this for breakfast or have breakfast for dinner! This recipe reminds us of tater tot hotdish, a true Minnesota classic. We usually pair it with pancakes since those are just as easy to make if you have a mix.
Hint: every dish tastes even better if you can pick up your veggies at a local market.
- Simple Skillet Green Beans – These are so quick to make. If you like spicy, add a little extra dash of red pepper flakes.
- Glazed Snow Peas – One of our favorite sides of all time. I could probably just eat these for dinner…
- Roasted Carrots – Tastes so sweet and wonderful. We like to pair these carrots with chicken or pork dishes.
- Easy Potato Wedges – The great thing about this recipe is that you can switch out the spices to use whatever you have on hand. Can be a healthier alternative to fries with your burgers (in moderation 😜)
- Steamed Broccoli with Olive Oil, Garlic and Lemon – You can even do this with just salt and pepper if you don’t want to buy the other ingredients. We love fresh broccoli with our meals.
So there are some of our favorite easy recipes to make while traveling. Which recipe do you want to try first? Have your own favorite recipe you want to share? Leave us a comment – we always want to hear from you!