Eating at new restaurants on vacation is fun. However, going out to eat isn’t always what we would call “relaxing” when you have kids in tow. If your home away from home has a kitchen, you can cut down on stress and save money by planning to prepare some family vacation meals yourself.
We put together a week’s worth of easy family vacation meal ideas that you can make on your next trip.
Vacation breakfast ideas for every destination
No need to stress if your hotel or vacation home doesn’t provide breakfast: we have plenty of ideas for this family vacation meal.
Cereal, toast, or oatmeal are great vacation breakfast ideas if your family likes to sleep in, or get to the beach as early as possible. Serve cereal and oatmeal with fresh fruit, or spread toast with nut butter or avocado for a quick and healthy breakfast for kids that will keep them full until lunch.
If you’re headed for hot weather, a quick but cool vacation breakfast idea is ideal. Make yogurt parfaits with low fat Greek yogurt, granola, and berries. If your vacation home is stocked with a blender, whip up a refreshing smoothie with fresh or frozen fruit, yogurt, optional greens, and ice. We love this idea especially when we’re on the go.
If you like a more filling family vacation meal to start the day off, scramble some eggs with optional chopped veggies. For an egg-based vacation breakfast idea that lets you have even more time to kick back and relax, try our Savory Egg & Cheese Omelet. This protein-packed meal has slightly melted cheddar cheese and is paired with our signature shredded hash browns for a delicious and quick morning meal that fuels the rest of the day – whatever that entails.
Family vacation meal ideas for lunch
Whether your family is hitting the beach or setting off on another type adventure, they will need a quick break for lunch.
Deli meat sandwiches are easy to put together and travel well in a cooler. To make your sandwiches more exciting, try using a pita or croissant instead of sandwich bread. Or, top your sandwich with veggies like red pepper or spinach for an extra crunch of freshness.
Use extra deli meat on a cobb salad, and add hard boiled eggs for extra protein. Taco salad is another family vacation meal idea that is perfect for lunch. We recommend making a big batch at the beginning of the week, so it will last a couple of days. Or, you can opt for our Taco Bowl, which is a no-cooking-required meal of hormone-free, antibiotic-free, grass-fed beef simmered in our homemade blend of spices. Simply heat it up and serve for a quick family vacation meal that lets you get back to enjoying your time off as quickly as possible.
Another family vacation meal idea for lunch that can be prepped ahead of time is quesadillas. Simply cook and slice chicken or steak at the beginning of the week (or use leftovers from dinner) and mix it up with some veggies and cheese for the quesadilla filling.
And let’s be honest: we can’t avoid the love we have for a simple PB&J. This tried and true family vacation meal is a great lunch option if your retreat involves a lot of driving, camping, and hiking – or if you just can’t pry your kids away from the beach for lunch.
Quick and easy vacation dinner ideas the family will love
Cooking dinner on vacation doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time. If your accommodation is equipped with a grill, use it! Grilling chicken, steak, fish, or even veggies are quick and delicious vacation dinner ideas. If grilling isn’t an option, use a stovetop or oven instead.
Once your meat and veggies are cooked, your options for vacation dinner ideas are endless. Serve up a chicken sandwich with veggies on the side. Or, prepare a chicken caesar salad. Steak or shrimp with veggies are delicious when cooked with fajita seasoning and served on tortillas. Use leftover chicken or steak to prepare nachos for lunch or dinner later in the week.
Spaghetti, barbecue chicken, macaroni and cheese, and tacos are family vacation meal ideas that will satisfy even the picky eaters in your family. If you need to, simplify the ingredients you might use to make these at home to shorten your grocery list. The easiest option, though, involves no cooking at all. Family vacation meals like our Multigrain Mac & Cheese and Wholesome Cheesy Rigatoni are familiar favorites with a nutritional twist.
If cooking family meals during vacation doesn’t sound much like a vacation, we can help
Yumble meals can go wherever you go and make the perfect family vacation meals! Simply change your address on your account to your vacation home, and meals will come to you.
From breakfast options like our Pepperoni Pizza Bagel to Turkey Cheddar Pinwheels for lunch, these are the types of meals that require no fuss but will fuel your kids for a busy day. Meanwhile, our Classic Cheese Ravioli and Chicken Nuggets will fill them up in a healthy way after a day of adventuring. All you have to do is open and serve; that’s what we call a vacation.
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