Don’t want to spend too much time cooking on vacation but you don’t want to spend money every night to take the whole family out to dinner and dessert? Here are our ten best vacation rental recipes to make with your family on your next trip.

1. Soup

If you’re going on a cozy winter vacation such as spending a weekend in a quiet Vermont cottage, making homemade soup with the family is a great way to end a cold night. Divide up the tasks of chopping vegetables over fun conversation and a glass of wine. Check out this recipe for an idea.


2. Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs is always a family favorite. If you don’t feel like making meatballs, you could always buy them and then make homemade sauce. Don’t forget the garlic bread! We love this spaghetti and meatballs recipe.


3. Kebabs

Take advantage of the fact that your summer vacation rental has a fancy new grill! Kebabs are a great meal especially towards the end of the vacation week when you have a lot of random leftover meats and vegetables. Kebabs are a great way to get creative with your food and kids can have fun picking out which foods they want on each kebab. Try this kebab recipe for an easy and yummy meal.


4. Seafood Stew

If you’re staying by the coast, making a homemade seafood stew is a great way to enjoy the local seafood without paying the marked up restaurant menu prices! Save money while getting the freedom to add your favorite combination of seafood, whether it be clams, shrimp, or lobster. Head to a local farmer’s market or seafood shop and try making this delicious recipe.


5. Chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are the classic, simple dessert that people of all ages tend to have a soft spot for. Most chocolate chip cookie recipes are fairly easy since you essentially stir all of the ingredients in one bowl, don’t need a mixer, and don’t need any hard-to-find ingredients that you’ll only use once.

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6. Lasagna

Depending on the recipe, lasagna may take a little longer to make and generally requires a variety of ingredients. If it’s a rainy vacation day it could be a fun challenge to see how well your family can cook together! Try this lasagna recipe — the time it takes to make will be totally worth it, because you might have leftovers for days.


7. Grilled Chicken Tacos

Grilled Chicken Tacos are great because you can customize each one based on each family member’s taste preferences. If you plan ahead you can also prep the chicken the night before or even before you leave for vacation. We are big fans of this grilled chicken taco recipe.


8. Whoopie Pies

If you feel like baking something new, try making whoopie pies since they only take about 15 minutes to make! You can make homemade cookies for them or buy premade ones and just make the filling on vacation. This recipe will guide you through the process.


9. Chicken Salad

Salad is always a great option because it’s fast, healthy, and easy to customize. To make your salad a little more exciting, try putting the chicken and vegetables on top of a tortilla. This chicken tostada salad recipe is delicious and is a great option to take along for an afternoon picnic.


10. Brownies

Brownies are the ideal dessert for chocolate lovers. If you have little kids it’s probably easier to buy a brownie but mix but once they get older it can be more fun to make brownies from scratch with a brownie recipe like this one.

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