As the temperature rises and sunny days get longer, there is no better time for a summer getaway away to feed the soul. Whether you’re heading off to a cabin in the woods, a lakefront cottage, camping, or simply enjoying longer days outdoors, we get it can be a challenge to find meals to prep that will keep your family fuelled, energized, AND happy. Don’t fret! We’ve rounded up a mix of prep-ahead and easy to throw together recipes (and bonus tips) for your summer getaway. Without further ado, here’s 8 quick meals for your summer getaway.
Meals to Prep for a Summer Getaway
1. Overnight Oats
Ever find your digestion gets out of wack on vacation? Then this breakfast option is a life saver! These Cookie Dough Overnight Oats are kid-approved (really, who doesn’t love chocolate chips at breakfast) and packed with gut-friendly fiber to keep things moving.
Tip: Make a batch of these in mason jars before your trip for easy breakfasts on the go all weekend.
2. Egg Bites
Egg bites make a great breakfast booster or grab and go snack for anytime you need a little burst of energy. We recommend trying out these Veggie Packed Egg Bites to sneak in extra veggies, but feel free to customize them with your favourite cheeses, veggies, and other fillings.
Tip: Enjoy these with a slice of whole grain toast or fruit salad for a complete breakfast, or on their own for a satisfying snack to keep you energized thoughout the day.
3. Freezer Friendly Breakfast Sandwiches
Starting your day off right with a balanced meal fuels you for activities ahead. Not only are these Sheetpan Breakfast Sandwiches freezer-friendly to keep things quick, but they come together in just a few simple steps. Feel free to use whatever veggies you have on hand to mix into the eggs, and pile on your favourite toppings.
Tip: Does your family wake up at different times on vacation? Make these breakfast sandwiches ahead and freeze individually so everyone can simply heat and eat them at their preferred breakfast time.
4. Pizza Party
Forget the takeout pizza because these unbeatable Taco Pizzas are the perfect combination of two classic
Tip: Make these into a build-your-own pizza bar with naan bread or pitas in place of pizza crust for a single serve option, with a variety of taco-themed pizza toppings for a customizable family-style meal.
5. Better Burgers
Nothing screams summer holiday like the smokey aroma of grilling burgers. Bored with regular beef burgers? These Teriyaki Chicken Burgers add a little something different. Utilizing the grill on summer getaways helps keep the cottage cool and adds delicious grilled flavour to your meal.
Tip: Grill any remaining leftover pineapple for a delicious addition to yogurt or on ice cream for a tasty treat.
6. Time Saver Lasagna
Lasagna doesn’t have to be a lengthy meal to prepare. Our Deconstructed Lasagna comes together in 30 minutes and will definitely be a family favourite. Serve with a side salad or a veggie plate for extra nutrition. If you’d prefer a prep ahead meal try this Rustic Italian Lasagna or these Spinach Lasagna Rollups.
Tip: Got extra veggies like half a zucchini or carrot on hand? Grate it up and throw it into your tomato sauce while cooking for an extra boost of nutrients.
7. Elevated Sandwiches
Sandwiches don’t have to be boring! Homemade honey mustard levels up simple sandwich ingredients in these Honey Mustard Turkey Sandwiches. This recipe is perfect to pack for a fun filled day at the beach, just don’t forget your cooler blocks!
Tip: Make extra honey mustard for a tasty dip or dressing for the entire weekend.
8. Pasta Salad
Pasta salad is a summer picnic favourite for a good reason, it’s so easy to prepare ahead for easy meals or as a side dish on vacation. Bring along this Greek Pasta Salad if you’re getting together with family or friends for a barbeque on your trip. It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Tip: Pasta salad tastes even better the longer it sits (for up to 4 days), so make an extra big batch for the fridge for a quick side dish, snack, or easy lunch.
1. Hydration Station
Nothing ruins a vacation more than heat stroke from too much sun. Find fun ways to keep your kiddos hydrated with a mini hydration station. Keep extra cutup fruit and flavoured fizzy waters in the fridge for mix and match low-sugar concoctions they can call their own.
2. Big Batch Salads
You may not be surprised we had to include a nod to our Big Batch Salads. Summer getaways are no exception to our recommendation to keep a salad in the fridge for extra veggies all weekend long. Use up whatever leftover veggies you have, and pair with your families’ favourite dressings.
With these simple meals and tips in hand, take back time out of the kitchen while fueling your body for an adventure packed weekend of fun and relaxation. Enjoy these recipes (and hundreds more!) all summer long: you can find them all on Fraîche Table.