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Easy Vacation Meals That You Can Make At Your Rental

What is a meal you can make your family at your Airbnb or short term vacation rental home? I have a bunch of them! These are some easy vacation meals that you can make when you rent a home.

The best thing about renting a vacation home for your family is that you can save money by cooking your own meals. When you are on vacation, the last thing you want to do is spend all day in the kitchen!

Easy Vacation Meals to Make at a Rental

I compiled a list of the easiest family meals. These have few ingredients, are healthy, will feed your entire family, and don’t require special kitchen appliances. Bookmark this post or pin it to Pinterest. You’ll definitely want to make a few of these when you are traveling with your family.

26 Easy Vacation meals For Your Entire Family

If you love having tons of options to choose from, then this list is for you! I have more than three weeks worth of recipes that are all completely different from each other. Browse this list and pick out your favorites.

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1. Lasagna Stuffed Chicken breasts

Lasagna stuffed chicken breasts

These easy lasagna stuffed chicken breasts are a delicious dinner that your family will love! Breaded chicken is stuffed with four types of cheese, then baked until warm and gooey!

2. One Pot Chicken Chorizo Bake

ONE POT MEAL: Chicken Chorizo Bake is quick to prepare, hearty, & healthy. It's an easy weeknight meal solution that the whole family will love.

This one-pot dinner: Chicken Chorizo Bake is quick to prepare, hearty and healthy. It’s an easy weeknight meal solution that the whole family will love.

3. BBQ Chicken Stuffed sweet potatoes

Baked sweet potato stuffed with chicken topped with cheese & green onions on a white plate.

The mouthwatering combination of savory bites of smoky barbecue chicken and a fluffy sweet potato make Baked BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes a delicious yet simple vacation meal.

4. Pepperoni Pizza sliders

Pepperoni Pizza Sliders by Trish Sutton

A warm pan of pepperoni pizza sliders is the simple answer for a family meal on vacation. You can customize the sliders and put your family’s favorite pizza toppings on it.

5. Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Parmesan crusted chicken dinner

This easy Parmesan Crusted Chicken is a melt in your mouth meal that will become your go-to vacation chicken dinner recipe! With a tangy Parmesan crust and tender juicy chicken, this recipe is one of the best!

6. Cheesy Chili Noodles

cheesy chili noodles

Cheesy Chili Noodles are a one-pan dinner that is an easy go-to meal and can be made in less than 30 minutes! Using many pantry staples, you will have dinner on the table fast with this meal!

7. Chicken Taco Soup

This chicken taco soup is lighter on calories but still full of flavor! Packed with chicken, veggies, and beans, it's a great recipe to keep you on track.

This chicken taco soup is lighter on calories but still full of flavor! Packed with chicken, veggies, and beans, it’s a great recipe to keep you on track.

8. Classic Fried Rice

A blow of fried rice

Make a large pot of white rice as a side dish for a meal and then save half the rice in the refrigerator so you can make easy fried rice the next day.

9. Doritos Chicken

Doritos Chicken on a plate next to a few bags of Doritos

There are just 3 ingredients in these crunchy and flavorful Doritos chicken tenders. Serve them with some french fries and roasted veggies for a complete meal.

10. Chorizo Spaghetti

A plate of chorizo spaghetti

Everyone loves spaghetti, but sometimes it’s fun to mix things up. This chorizo spaghetti is just as easy to make but tastes completely different!

11. Sesame Garlic Shrimp

A bowl of sesame garlic shrimp

This meal tastes just like takeout but you can make it with ingredients from the local grocery store. Everyone will love this sesame garlic shrimp recipe.

12. Roasted Salmon Sheet Pan

Roasted salmon sheet pan with fingerling potatoes

Your family will be blown away by how these salmon and potatoes taste! This roasted salmon sheet pan dinner takes 45 minutes to make from start to finish.

13. baked Potato Bar

A baked potato with sour cream and sliced peppers

All you need for a fun baked potato bar is some potatoes, an oven, and a skillet. Heat all the ingredients up and then let people create their own baked potato.

14. Tater Tot Casserole

A plate of tater tot casserole

Casseroles are really easy to make, use very few dishes, and feed a crowd for pennies! This tater tot casserole is a recipe from the midwest that’s filling and cheap.

15. Easy Nourish Bowls

Three Nourish Bowls

Have you heard of nourish bowls? What about Buddha bowls? These trendy lunch or dinner ideas are a filling version of a salad and Maple and Mango shows you how to create endless varieties. These are really easy to make while on vacation.

16. Easy Seafood Stew

A spoonful of seafood stew.

Cioppino seafood stew is a hearty soup with seafood in a spicy tomato broth. It’s filling and you can make it in one pot. This pairs well with drop biscuits.

17. Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

Skillet chicken pot pie and drop biscuits

What’s more comforting than chicken pot pie and homemade biscuits? Nothing! When you are feeling tired from running around on vacation, make some of this and you’ll gain all your energy back.

18. Low-Carb Pizza Chicken

Low-carb pizza chicken

Eat healthy even when on vacation. All of these ingredients are affordable and easy to find, too! This pizza chicken tastes great as either a lunch or a dinner.

19. Ritz Cracker Cornbread casserole

Ritz cracker cornbread and beef casserole

This is another really easy casserole that feeds your family on a budget. This Ritz cracker beef cornbread casserole tastes unbelievable.

20. Easy Sheet Pan Beef Teriyaki

Easy sheet pan beef teriyaki

Chances are you won’t have access to a wok when you are on vacation. No worries, you can make beef teriyaki in a sheet pan!

21. Chili Dog Casserole

Chili Dog Casserole In A Skillet

Chili dogs are a fun vacation food too, but this chili dog casserole is a fresh new way to eat them!

22. Sheet Pan Honey Soy Chicken Dinner

Sheet Pan Honey Soy Chicken Recipe

Sheet pan dinners are the best for vacation and this honey soy chicken recipe tastes like you are eating out. The best thing is you can roast all of your favorite veggies on the side.

23. Grilled Chicken Wraps

grilled chicken wraps

Sometimes you just want something light for dinner. In those cases, these grilled chicken wraps hit the spot.

24. Grilled Chicken Thighs in Honey Bourbon Sauce

Grilled chicken thighs

If your vacation rental has a BBQ grill, then this is the recipe you should make on it. The sweet and salty honey bourbon barbecue sauce is unmistakable!

25. Easy Burrito Bowls

Easy burrito bowls

Put a fun twist on taco night. Make some easy burrito bowls that everyone can customize. Serve it with some chips and queso for a fun dinner that feels like a party.

26. Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Cheesy Chicken Parmessan Casserole

Cheesy pasta dishes are so comforting and everyone loves them. One casserole dish of this chicken parmesan casserole will feed your entire family.

What to Bring with you:

Most rental homes 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.

  • Slow cooker – This can be a time saver after a day at the beach. Throw in your ingredients in the morning and your dinner will be ready by the time you get home.
  • Casserole dish – What’s great about this one is that it has a lid. You could make your meal ahead of time and bring it on vacation in this handy dish. Just throw it in the oven and dinner is served!
  • Sheet pan – Don’t want a ton of clean up after you’re done making your meal? Sheet pan meals are the perfect option!
  • Cast iron skillet – It is so versatile and helpful in whipping up a quick one pan meal.
  • Waffle Maker – Make breakfast a special vacation breakfast treat with homemade waffles. This waffle maker is so inexpensive you can easily get two to make it a breeze.
The Best Vacation Meals to Make at Your Airbnb

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