One of the benefits of booking a vacation rental is having a full kitchen so that you can provide meals for your family. We’re sharing the best vacation lunch ideas that won’t have you spending your entire vacation in the kitchen. This lunch guide is great for big families or families with children. We will tell you exactly what to serve for lunch on family vacation so that you can relax.
Key to Success #1 – Provide Plenty of Options for Lunch
Variety is the spice of life and it’s imperative when you are planning meals for a large family.
Planning a week’s worth of meals for a family does not have to be intimidating.
It all comes down to choosing meals where people can customize their own plate, serving several options, and having plenty of leftovers.
We have quite a lot of experience cooking for large families and one of our best tips is to serve small rolls, breads, etc., so that guests can grab a little bit of several things.
And also serve plenty of sides to go along with the main meal.
If you’re having sub sandwiches, you can serve a fruit plate, veggie tray, or a side salad along with them.
If you are serving tacos, try adding a nice selection of toppings so that everyone can make the meal their own.
Key to Success #2 – Minimal Cooking So That You Can Get On With Your Day
Most of the ideas on our list are zero cooking, but we included a few things that need to be heated up in the oven or the microwave.
A vacation lunch should not be a long, drawn out meal.
You want something you can eat in a relatively short amount of time and then get back to vacationing.
And little clean-up is an absolute must! Nobody wants to sit around scrubbing dishes when they should be relaxing.
We like to drag a good selection of items out of the fridge and pantry and then let each person construct their own lunch.
And I can’t stress enough the importance of designing dinner meals that make great leftovers.
You can make fried chicken tenders for dinner one night and then people can have chicken sandwiches or fried chicken on their salad or a chicken taco with very little additional work.
Key to Success #3 – Schedule a Grocery Pick Up To Save Time
Before you depart for your trip, make a list of all the meals that you will have on your trip.
If you already have certain restaurant dinners planned or other plans that will keep you away from your vacation rental at meal times, mark those meals on your list.
Make a note of all the other meals that you will need to provide at your vacation rental and fill in any meals that you already know you want to prepare.