Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Vacation Menu

Days away from heading to the beach, the feeling of excitement is being overshadowed by the need to prepare.  Just last week, we tried to go out to eat for the first time in a long while; we won't be heading out again for a while.  I will not be subjecting the vacationing crowds to my children; it is not worth the stress, the cost, or the looks.  So, I am preparing my meal plan for vacation-breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

This is a family vacation; I haven't been on a beach vacation with my family since I was in college.  My parents are planning to eat out pretty often, but I will be sharing cooking duties with my cousin's boyfriend.  Matt volunteered to grill.  Our breakfasts are easy; I will prep them the night before so that someone can throw it in the oven while I am out on my runs.  My lunch options are also easy; hopefully, someone in the party will decide to head back to the house for a bit with the kids while I enjoy reading or napping in the sun.

We will hit the grocery store Saturday night.  I plan to buy fruits, vegetables, meats, bread, and dairy products at the store.  I'll bring things like cereals, bars, snacks, and spices (I learned to do this from Joyce as I was paying $7 for chili powder while she had brought her cumin from home).  The last time my mom hit the grocery store on vacation, it was after a big dinner so she and her friends bought only Breyers ice cream and drink mixes.  I plan to be on hand with my list. Not sure I am as organized as Joyce who has even produced coupons for the things she needed from the stores at the beach, but I think we will be set.

Traveling day...we will eat what we can find.

Breakfast: Pancake Squares and blueberries (I will be cheating a bit and use bagged pancake mixes for this recipe)
Lunch: Grilled cheese with tomato slices
Dinner: Sausage, Spinach, Tomato Pasta

Breakfast: Egg in a Cup (my dad's specialty...he can make them for me)
Lunch: Macaroni & cheese and hot dogs
Dinner: Shrimp and veggies on the grill

Breakfast: French Toast Casserole
Lunch: Grilled chicken wraps
Dinner: Pulled BBQ Crescents

Breakfast: Cereal and fresh fruit
Lunch: Avocado Chicken Salad
Dinner: Italian Baked Chicken with broccoli and salad

Breakfast: Cereal bars and bananas
Lunch: PB&J wraps
Dinner: Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs with corn on the cob

Breakfast: scrambled eggs to get rid of all remaining eggs
Lunch: Grilled cheese and fruit
Dinner: Whatever I can do to use all remaining food-thinking grilling 

1 comment:

  1. Good Ideas! Thank you for posting! We're heading on a 10 day trip down the Baja Peninsula and don't want to eat out every meal. Some of these will be really helpful.