Easy Beach Vacation Meals

Beach vacations are fun, but can be tricky when you have to plan the food. Not everyone thinks about the types of meals you can prepare for a beach vacation. Yet, most people will be better able to enjoy their time on a beach if they know what foods they’ll be eating. This article contains tips and ideas that will help you make your beach vacation as easy as possible when it comes to eating.It‘s that time again. Summer, the beach, and a chance of sunburn. I can’t help with the sunburn part, but at least you won’t be starving while trying to save a tan. These easy beach vacation meals will keep you well fed wherever your travels take you this summer.

Whether you’re leaving town for a few days or just need a meal plan that works with your busy schedule, these easy beach vacation meals will be sure to please!If you’re going to be vacationing on the beach this summer, you know it’s a jam-packed schedule. There are beaches to visit, tennis rackets to hit, volleyballs to volley — not to mention all the countless friends and family members you haven’t seen in months. And that’s not even taking into consideration planning out those meals at home, work or otherwise!

Easy Beach Vacation Meals

he more I dreamed about it, the more I realized that you really can’t beat the safety of renting a beach condo for your family vacation. Especially if you plan to cook a week of meals right in your very own beach house kitchen.

We loved the break in our routine and the ability to continue our annual summer tradition of a family beach trip. This meal plan made that happen!Jump to:

WHY A BEACH CONDO IS A SAFE OPTION

If you’re looking for a safe way to squeeze in your annual family beach vacation, there are few better options than renting an oceanfront beach condo in Myrtle Beach, NC.

  • You get your own clean, private space for the trip.
  • You can easily walk down to the beach early in the morning and later in the evening.
  • You can enjoy the ocean views right from your balcony during the crowded times during the day.
  • And perhaps most importantly, you have your own kitchen where you can safely prepare your meals for the week or comfortably enjoy take-out from a local restaurant.

There are so many beach condo options to pick from for all sizes of families and budgets. You can easily sort through the features you want most on the Condo-World web site.

They have the best stock of beach rental options from luxury oceanfront condos to budget-friendly family beach houses with a competitive price guarantee. 

We have our family vacation already booked and we’re counting down the days till we can enjoy those ocean blues again. 

WHY YOU SHOULD COOK ON A BEACH VACATION

One of my favorite parts about vacation is dining out at local restaurants but for that trip we planned to cook all of our meals right in the condo kitchen so we could have better peace of mind.

Since I didn’t want to spend the entire beach trip in the kitchen, I created a super-simple meal plan for a week’s worth of dinners and an assortment of easy breakfast and lunch ideas we kept stocked in our fridge.

Now that the world is opening back up, it is still a great idea to cook some of your meals at your beach rental because:

  • Saves a Lot of Money: Even for a family of just 4, we were looking at $70+ for most dinners at a restaurant. Alternatively, we enjoy going out for a more affordable lunch and then just cooking dinner at home.
  • Less Time Waiting: By the end of a busy day swimming, sometimes kids are too exhausted to even enjoy the meal out. It is so nice to just relax around a quiet dinner and have a restful evening not spent waiting in line for a table at a restaurant.

HOW TO GET GROCERIES EASILY

The last thing I wanted to do is head to a crowded grocery store on vacation, so I was thrilled to discover that Instacart serves the part of North Myrtle Beach where we stayed.

I pre-ordered all of our groceries for the entire week and had them delivered right to our condo door shortly after check-in on the first day of our trip. 

The only decision that was left was which recipes to make and then knowing what to order!

HOW TO COOK A WEEK OF EASY VACATION RECIPES

  1. Order Your Groceries Ahead of Time
  2. Use a Meal Plan that Maximizes Each Ingredient
  3. Use Leftovers on Purpose for a No-Waste Week
  4. Leave Room for Relaxing and Keep it Easy!

EASY DINNER RECIPES FOR SMALL RENTAL KITCHENS

We’re on vacation, cooking elaborate dinners is not the top of my wish list. These easy dinner ideas are perfect for cooking quickly in any beach house or beach condo kitchen. 

I created a simple meal plan with recipes that met these crucial requirements:

  • Involves a short list of ingredients
  • Uses minimal cooking tools and gear for easy clean-up
  • Uses similar ingredients over and over again to save you money
  • Minimizes waste by the end of the week
  • Are kid-friendly and totally customizable for picky eaters

I’ve included six dinners so there’s room for take-out or delivery one evening of the beach trip. If you don’t want to do take-out, you could always add a frozen pizza or two to your grocery list for an easy night.

The meal plan feeds 4 – 6 people, depending on your appetite. Each recipe is easily scalable for larger crowds, you just need to add larger quantities of each ingredient.

OFFICIAL BEACH VACATION MEAL PLAN FOR DINNERS

Below is the entire meal plan for your convenience, but if you’d like to have everything rounded up in a neat and organized recipe book, be sure to check out my “Tasty Week at the Beach” ebook here!

When you buy the digital book, you not only get the entire meal plan and recipes listed below gathered together in one spot to bring along on your trip, but you get all my best tips for feeding your family for an entire week at the beach.

I included everything you need to plan for an easy-peasy breakfast, lunch, and dinner plan for the entire week.

GET THE COOKBOOK

DINNER #1: PASTA WITH SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS

This is the perfect meal for the first night of vacation. Pasta is satisfying comfort food for the end of the long day getting settled and it comes together in a pinch. 

Get the pasta with sausage and peppers recipe here.

DINNER #2: CAESAR SALAD WITH SPICY SHRIMP (OR CHICKEN) AND FRESH GARLIC BREAD

Make a super-easy large bowl of salad with your family’s favorite protein on top.

Since the salad is so easy, tonight we’ll prep two loaves of fresh garlic bread. One will be used for this dinner and we’ll pop one in the freezer for later in the week. You can always substitute frozen garlic bread if you prefer.

Get the Caesar salad recipe here.

Get the garlic bread recipe here.

NOTE: The grocery list printable below mentions BOTH a rotisserie chicken and a bag of frozen shrimp for use in this salad. Pick one or the other and remove the unnecessary item from your list before you do your shopping.

DINNER #3: BAKED MEATBALL SUB SANDWICHES 

Using frozen meatballs will make this a super quick and easy dinner night. Round out the meal with chips and dip and any leftover salad from the night before. 

Get the baked meatball subs recipe here.

DINNER #4: SPICY TACO SKILLET WITH TORTILLA CHIPS

Kids love tacos, but no one wants to prep a ton of toppings on vacation. This taco skillet has everything you need all in one pan. Serve it with the chips on the side for scooping. It’s the perfect fun, interactive dinner for families on vacation.

Get the taco skillet recipe here.

DINNER #5: ROASTED SALMON WITH SAUTÉED PIEROGI AND SALSA CORN

We love salmon but you can substitute any fresh fish you love for this dish. Find a local fish shop or plan ahead and just order frozen fish during your grocery delivery at the start of the week.

The pierogis are an easy side dish that are prepped on the stove top while the fish bakes. If you don’t like them, you can substitute any stove-top side you prefer: rice, pasta, etc.  

The salsa corn is just a mix of frozen corn and fresh pico de gallo or salsa and chopped green onions.

Get the recipe for the roasted salmon here. I also included a variety of easy side dish ideas to go with it if you want to swap the pierogis and/or corn.

DINNER #6: FRESH TOMATO PASTA WITH ROASTED SHRIMP AND HOMEMADE GARLIC BREAD

This pasta dish is so easy, there’s no sauce to cook! Toss hot pasta with fresh tomatoes and a simple olive oil dressing. You can serve it with roasted shrimp (or a rotisserie chicken if you prefer). Tonight we’ll use up the second garlic bread we prepped earlier in the week.

Get the recipe for the fresh tomato pasta here.

Get the recipe for roasted shrimp here.

Get the garlic bread recipe here.

NOTE: The grocery list suggests a bag of frozen shrimp for this dish. Be sure to add chicken to your shopping cart to replace it if you prefer. (The second bag of shrimp on the list is intended for the Caesar salad above.)

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