When you go on vacation, do you remember to pack a bunch of spices for your meals that you plan on cooking? I don’t plan what I am going to cook in advance and I almost always forget to bring a bunch of spices. It is so frustrating. I am also too cheap to buy spices that I only need a teaspoon of once I’m there.
I just got back from vacation and I cooked 4 easy meals while I was there with little or no seasoning. They were each under 30 minutes to prepare for 8 people and I did not need anything but salt and pepper. The flavor came from some store bought sauces/dressings.
Vacation Food Ideas
- Dinner salad with broiled salmon
- Ham steak with baked beans and salad
- Salsa verde chicken with rice, black beans and roasted asparagus
- Pork Tenderloin with tart cherry glaze, rice and snow peas
High Level Prep Instructions for Vacation Food:
1. Salad with broiled salmon – just sprinkle the salmon with salt and pepper, cook at 450 degrees for 8-12 minutes. With your favorite salad greens, toss with store bought salad dressing of your choice, tomatoes and croutons.
2. Ham steak with baked beans and salad – make a simple salad again with the remaining salad dressing, tomatoes, etc. Bake the baked beans for 30 minutes. Quickly sear two ham steaks (I buy Smithfield because they are soooooo good, one feeds 4 people). About 4 minutes per side on high heat in a dry pan (no need to add anything).
3. Salsa Verde Chicken with rice, black beans and roasted asparagus – Cook chicken according to the linked recipe. While the chicken is baking, start the rice (according to package directions) and heat the black beans. Then prepare your asparagus, then toss the prepared asparagus with salt, pepper and a little of the salsa verde. When ready to broil the chicken, broil the asparagus too. Five minutes and dinner is ready!
4. Pork Tenderloin with tart cherry glaze, rice and snow peas – Prepare the pork tenderloin according to the linked recipe. While the oven is preheating, start the water for the rice. After you put the pork in the oven, prepare your snow peas. Glaze the pork until done. After the pork is finished and is resting, heat the snow peas with a bit of the same glaze over medium high heat until crisp-tender. Slice the pork and serve it up!