Quick meals for beach vacation

With a beach vacation on the horizon, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared with quick, easy meals that won’t leave you feeling like you’ve missed out on a relaxing vacation. The last thing you want is to spend all day in a kitchen when you could be outside soaking up the sun! Here are some ideas for easy meals that will keep you from feeling like you’re missing out:

Shrimp-and-Corn Succotash

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Shrimp-and-Corn Succotash

Recipe: Shrimp-and-Corn Succotash

This dish basically screams summertime, from the fresh corn succotash to the herby mayo mixture that coats shrimp. 

Steak-and-Potato Kebabs

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Steak-and-Potato Kebabs

Recipe: Steak-and-Potato Kebabs

Fire up the grill to make these perfect kebab skewers. All you need is a side salad and crusty bread to complete the meal. 

Lemon Vinaigrette Pasta Salad with Field Peas

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Lemon Vinaigrette Pasta Salad with Field Peas

Recipe: Lemon Vinaigrette Pasta Salad with Field Peas

This freshest-ever pasta salad is gearing up to be your go-to side with any meal. A lemony vinaigrette tops it off in the most refreshing way. 

Slow-Cooker Carnitas Tacos

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Slow-Cooker Carnitas Tacos

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Carnitas Tacos

If we can put it in the slow cooker and forget about any worries while having a stroll on the beach, we’re happy. These carnitas make taco night oh-so easy. 

Kardea Brown's Okra Soup with Shrimp

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Kardea Brown’s Okra Soup with Shrimp

Recipe: Kardea Brown’s Okra Soup with Shrimp

This Gullah-inspired family recipe features the most mouthwatering broth you’ll ever taste. Shrimp shells are a gold mine for flavor. 

Creamy Broccoli Slaw

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Creamy Broccoli Slaw

Recipe: Creamy Broccoli Slaw

This makes the most dependable sidekick for any casual lunch or dinner during the summertime. Pair with grilled fish or a classic turkey sandwich—your choice. 

Sheet Pan Fajitas

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Sheet Pan Fajitas

Recipe: Sheet Pan Fajitas

We’ve transformed more time-intensive fajitas into a family-friendly recipe you can pop in the oven and have ready in just 20 minutes. 

Creamy Avocado Dip

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Creamy Avocado Dip

Recipe: Creamy Avocado Dip

Like a creamier take on guacamole, this dip is the perfect snack to replenish tired beachgoers after a long day. 

Buttermilk Alfredo Pasta with Chicken and Spinach

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Buttermilk Alfredo Pasta with Chicken and Spinach

Recipe: Buttermilk Alfredo Pasta with Chicken and Spinach

Fact of the matter: Everyone loves this easy one-pot supper (made with rotisserie chicken for ultimate ease), adults and kids alike. Whip it up on any hungry but lazy night. 

Hot Crab-and-Artichoke Dip

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Hot Crab-and-Artichoke Dip

Recipe: Hot Crab-and-Artichoke Dip

There is always a place for creamy crab dip on the snack spread during the summer—or any season, really. Beach trip notwithstanding. 

Fried Chicken Sliders with Pimiento Cheese

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Fried Chicken Sliders with Pimiento Cheese

Recipe: Fried Chicken Sliders with Pimiento Cheese

If these don’t become an instant family favorite, we’re not sure what tree they’re barking up. It calls for store-bought chicken tenders, which means you can assemble them in seconds. 

Bacon-Ranch Pasta Salad

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Bacon-Ranch Pasta Salad

Recipe: Bacon-Ranch Pasta Salad

Bacon and ranch always make a dynamic flavor duo—including in this hearty pasta salad that is begging to be paired with your burgers. 

Maque Choux with Sausage

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Maque Choux with Sausage

Recipe: Maque Choux with Sausage

This classic Louisiana dish makes the most of all of the summer veggies like corn, okra, and tomatoes. Sausage is just an extra perk. 

Southern Fried Corn

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Southern Fried Corn

Recipe: Southern Fried Corn

Introducing the newest all-star side dish to make year-round. It’s skillet-fried and packed with buttery flavor.

Egg Salad Sandwiches

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Egg Salad Sandwiches

Recipe: Egg Salad Sandwiches

We couldn’t forget this classic sandwich spread you can make ahead and snack on all week. 

Tuna Pasta Salad

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Tuna Pasta Salad

Recipe: Tuna Pasta Salad

A marriage of two of our most favorite portable things: tuna salad and pasta salad. This will cover your lunch bases all week long. 

Slow-Cooked Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches

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Slow-Cooked Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches

Recipe: Slow-Cooked Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches

A little brown sugar, Coca-Cola, and bourbon (optional) are the secrets to this slow-cooked chicken that can be served over cornbread, like seen here, or on sandwich buns whenever hunger strikes. 

Chicken Salad-Stuffed Tomatoes

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Chicken Salad-Stuffed Tomatoes

Recipe: Chicken Salad-Stuffed Tomatoes

Summer tomatoes have never looked so delicious. Serve on a slice of bread for the kiddos who haven’t gotten on the ‘mater train yet. 

Creole Burger

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Creole Burger

Recipe: Creole Burger

We upped the ante on everyone’s basic burger by adding the bold flavors of Creole seasonings (hello, Zatarain’s) and a tangy sauce.

Shrimp-Tomatillo Tacos

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Shrimp-Tomatillo Tacos

Recipe: Shrimp-Tomatillo Tacos

Tasty shrimp tacos in just 20 minutes? Yeah, that’ll do. 

Shrimp-Okra-and-Sausage Kebabs

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Shrimp-Okra-and-Sausage Kebabs

Recipe: Shrimp-Okra-and-Sausage Kebabs

This recipe is basically jambalaya on grilled skewers, which we never knew we needed—but totally do. 

Easy Creamy Chicken Spaghetti

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Easy Creamy Chicken Spaghetti

Recipe: Easy Creamy Chicken Spaghetti

It’s hard to beat this family-friendly casserole that you can make ahead to take on vacation. It makes your life way easier from the get-go. 

Potato Salad with Dijon and Scallions

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Potato Salad with Dijon and Scallions

Recipe: Potato Salad with Dijon and Scallions

Classic potato salad gets a major upgrade with fingerling potatoes, tangy Dijon mustard, and scallions.

Sweet-and-Spicy Salmon Rice Bowl

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Sweet-and-Spicy Salmon Rice Bowl

Recipe: Sweet-and-Spicy Salmon Rice Bowl

Just a half hour is all that’s needed to turn out this hearty one-bowl meal. Salmon is topped in a super delicious honey-Sriracha sauce. 

Greek Grilled Chicken Pita

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Greek Grilled Chicken Pita

Recipe: Greek Grilled Chicken Pita

These hand-held pitas are the ideal travel lunch for days spent on the beach. Throw in a bag of Zapp’s potato chips for good measure.

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