Attention, beach travelers! Here are some easy meals for you to take on the high seas. Enjoy your vacation!Vacations are fun: laying on the beach, exploring a new city, riding roller coasters and visiting amusement parks. Now I know that sounds fun but eating out can be expensive so it does help to bring some food with you or buy something quick.
Sunbathing is fun, but it isn’t always easy to find something healthy. As anyone that’s ever eaten a greasy burger at a beachside stand will tell you, easy meals on the beach aren’t always vegetable and salad based. There are ways around this problem, such as sandwiches made with nutritious breads and tasty spreads, as well as other healthy snacks that taste like junk but really are good for you.Want to make yourself stand out as the best Soul food restaurant in your area? Of course you do. Cooking food with love is the greatest way to show your customers how much you care.
Easy Meals Beach Vacation
Beach Condo Meal Ideas
Anyone else counting down the days to summer vacation? I don’t know about you, but I LOVE heading to the beach for summer vacation. We usually stay at a hotel, but this year we are going to rent a house or condo. Since we will have a kitchen, we are going to do a little cooking while we are there. Today I am sharing 25 Quick & Easy Beach Vacation Meals. I have breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes that are perfect for your upcoming trip!
What to Bring to Your Beach Rental
Most rental houses and condos come equipped with the basics, but we’ve listed a few of our favorite things that it may not have. You can either bring these things with you or order it ahead of time and have shipped to your destination so it’s there waiting for you.
- Disposable Half-Sheet Baking Pans with Lids: I use these all the time at home and when traveling with food. These are a MUST!
- Slow Cooker: Your rental may have a slow cooker, if not, this one is good. You can make several recipes in this. I love to throw the potato casserole or Smothered Green Beans in here.
- Gallon Freezer Bags: gallon freezer bags are another must for me. I use them for everything. I precook ground beef, sausage, and bacon and place them in the bags. The bags are also perfect to marinate pork, steaks, and chicken.
- Large Cooler: if you are going to do some meal prep before you head down, you will need a large cooler to store everything in. I pack the cooker with frozen casseroles, burgers, and marinades.
Beach Vacation Meals for Large Groups
Most of these recipes can be made in advance and frozen for the trip. All of the recipes are easy to double or triple for a crowd.
- For burger night, I make the burgers ahead of time and freeze them before we go down. I store them in our cooler.
- For grilled meats, you can place the meat in the freezer bag, add the marinade and freeze the bag. Alternately, you can whisk up the marinade and store it in a mason jar.
- Casseroles – all of the casseroles can be made in advance and frozen unbaked. When ready to bake, thaw and bake as directed. Write the time and temperature on the baking pan lid or aluminum foil.
Favorite Gulf Coast Beaches
The Florida Panhandle is our go-to destination. Our favorite beach is Destin, FL. We go down several times a year. You can check out all of our recommendations here: https://www.plainchicken.com/category/travel/usa/destin-fl/
We recently checked out the Alabama beaches in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. We stayed in a condo at Turquoise Place. It is the nicest place we’ve ever stayed on a trip. We want to move it in!
Check out all of our Gulf Shores/Orange Beach favorites here: https://www.plainchicken.com/category/travel/usa/gulf-shores-orange-beach/
Depending on where you go on vacation and how much your eating out budget is, you will likely want some easy meals to make yourself. (But if you’re just looking for snack ideas for a day at the beach, head over to our Beach Food Ideas post!)
Whether you are in an VRBO, AirBnb, a townhouse, or a hotel with a kitchenette, you usually will have a few key appliances and ingredients to make these vacation meals.
I’m focusing this post on recipes that don’t require tons of spices, specialty appliances, or less common herbs you simply won’t have on hand.
Watch How to Make Ham and Cheese Casserole
Here’s an easy ham casserole that won’t drag you down with carbs. It’s keto and great for a vacation meal. This dish works well for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
Keto Ham and Cheese CasserolePlay Video
Easy dinners to make on vacation
When you’re out of town and want to feed our family without having to go out to eat every night (and without sticking them with peanut butter sandwiches) try these easy vacation dinners. They are simple enough and you don’t need tons of ingredients. You also don’t lots of spices or tricky cookware you don’t have.
They’re simple, inexpensive, and satisfying. Of course, while you’re on vacation you’ll want to eat some meals out in restaurants. But for the other nights, try these dishes.
Easy vacation meals for a group. These easy meals to cook on vacation include multi-family meal planning tips, make ahead meals for vacation, and much more.
Headed off to a long-weekend or week-long vacation with several families or friends, and need some easy vacation meals for a group?
I’ve got you covered.
For several years running, my husband’s side of the family all went in together on a beach house in the Galveston, Texas area. This was a long weekend getaway, just an hour and a half from where we lived, in beach houses that were gorgeous.
Part of the reason we didn’t skimp on house size, location, and overall awesomeness? Because we split the cost between several families.
Each time, my sister-in-law did a fantastic job of picking out a gorgeous beach house that was either on the beach, or just a few rows back.
And the total cost for this long weekend in a luxurious beach rental? One year, it came out to $224 (plus the cost of food) for three nights and four days (we arrived early, and since it was only an hour car ride home, we stayed late).
What a steal!
House-splitting a large place can be quite affordable, not to mention tons of fun. If nothing else, it’s always memorable.
When organizing or taking part in one of these group vacations, you’ll also want to figure out how to feed a crowd. Let’s talk about how to divvy up meal times – there are several options – and then some easy vacation meals that will feed a group, while keeping everyone out of the kitchen as much as possible.
Multi-Family Vacation Meal Planning – How to Divvy Up Mealtimes on a Group Vacation
One of the fun parts of a group vacation is getting to share mealtimes with everyone. At least, I enjoyed this part a lot!
Not only does it make everyone come together in the same place at the same time – an anchoring point for the day – but you also get to test out other people’s food. You might even ask for a recipe or two!
There are several ways you can organize mealtimes, as well as ways to divvy up responsibility so that no ONE family, or ONE person is taking care of the majority of them.
In the end, divvying up mealtime responsibilities also saves everyone both money, and TIME. Time that you can then use to exploring or relaxing!
Option #1: Shared Dinners, Only
The first option is the one our family chose, which was this: every family was on their own for breakfasts and lunches, and then each family rotated a turn to plan, buy ingredients, and make dinner for the group.
One nice thing for us: since Galveston was only an hour and a half to get to by car, we just planned out our food ahead of time, and then stopped at a grocery store on our way into the beach house.
Option #2: Shared Everything
Your group could decide on a huge list of meals for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks all together, and then one or several of you guys goes grocery shopping for all ingredients. You would then divide the receipt up among the different groups of people there, and everyone pays their share of the costs.
Hint: one issue that could come up from this is how to divvy up the leftover/unused ingredients. These could go to the person who is driving home and/or has a cooler, in cases where some people fly in and wouldn’t want to take leftovers/food on the plane.
Option #3: Each Family/Group Cooks for Themselves
If you do this option…then you don’t really need easy vacation meals for a group. Not to mention, you’ll all be crowding around the kitchen around the same time to try to make lots of meals at once for your own family.
But, thought I’d put it out there, because it IS an option (just maybe not the best one, unless families have lots of specific dietary needs, or are pickier eaters than most).
Now, let’s get to the fun part – easy recipes to feed a crowd. I’ll divide them up into the following categories:
- Hot and Cold Sandwiches for a Crowd
- One-Sheet-Pan Meals for a Crowd
- Homemade Pizzas for a Crowd
- Slow Cooker Recipes for a Crowd
- Freezer make ahead meals for vacation