Does this picture bring any memories of your family’s road trips? Besides the kids and luggage her are some Make ahead dishes that will limit the time you spend in your beach rental kitchen.
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August might suggest back to school for many but for us we have a full month left of summer and trying to squeeze in one more vacation. However, in my mind a true vacation is being no cooking, cleaning or laundry. Unfortunately traveling with the family usually means all of this. Don’t get me wrong I love renting a house in a beach/lake location and enjoying the change of scenery and activity. However, I don’t want to spend the whole week cooking 3 meals a day. I asked around Blogland for their suggestions of what make ahead dishes and recipes they make that are easily frozen and transported.
Make ahead dishes
Make any of your favorite pasta sauces and freeze them in the serving sizes that you need. I know I don’t want to spend hours simmering sauce while others are at the beach. Here are some Italian favorites from fellow bloggers that work well pre-made and frozen.
Erin from Simply Frugal Mom suggests this Italian favorite, Riccotta Gnocchi . I have never made gnocchi so I might have to try this when I get back.
Nicole from Some Call it Natural: suggests Alfredo Sauce that can be frozen in small bags flat in your freezer for easy transport.
Diane from Di Dooldlings likes making Spaghetti Pie. Her version is gluten free but you don’t have to make it that way.
Dede from Savings in Seconds suggests taking along a crock pot and just adding some canned goods for a delicious and inexpensive soup. Ham and Bean Soup
Cheryl from Moms and Munchkins suggests these turkey burgers in a tomato sauce. They look delicious and they freeze well. They taste even better when paired with potatoes.
Other easy entrees include putting chicken or pork tenderloin in a marinade in a ziploc bag and freeze. You can also make any type of meat patty and freeze them in ziploc bags, just separate the layers with parchment paper. Just make sure you have a good cooler to transport them in.
I love making any quick breads ahead of time and freezing them. You can just take them out the night before to defrost for a quick breakfast treat.
What are your favorite road trip make aheads?