Going on vacation
and looking for simple recipes to learn how to cook and save money while travelling? Look no further, because here are 5 wonderful simple recipes to cook on vacation. The best part about all of these dishes is that they are all pretty flexible, meaning they are easy recipes for anyone to change and adapt to their liking. And most of them use fresh and inexpensive ingredients, making them the ultimate
healthy and thrifty travel meal ideas.
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Sandwiches are made using really simple ingredients and are a great travel meal idea. Cooking while travelling can be a bit complicated because you’ll need to find some source of heat like a stove or oven. This is why sandwiches are perfect because most ingredients that go into a sandwich are either pre-cooked or raw. This also makes them pretty healthy. And you can customize them according to whatever you prefer, so you can pick whatever’s easily available and come up with simple recipes to cook on vacation. Below are a few tasty suggestions:
For Watercress Sandwiches:
6 slices whole wheat bread
6 tablespoons salted butter, softened to room temperature
1 1/2 cup watercress, rinsed and dry
For Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwiches:
6 slices white bread
6 tablespoons cream cheese
Leaves from 1 bunch mint, washed and dry
1 large cucumber, sliced paper-thin
For Salmon Sandwiches:
6 slices dark rye bread
6 tablespoons mayonnaise
8 ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon
- Lay out 3 pairs of white bread (6 slices).
- Using a butter knife, spread 1 tablespoon of butter (or cream cheese) on the exposed side of each slice of bread.
- Distribute the rest of the ingredients evenly on 3 of the buttered slices, layering one ingredient on top of the other.
- Place the remaining slices, buttered side down to close the sandwich.
- Slice each sandwich into 3 mini sandwiches for ease of eating.
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Pasta and noodles are another staples that you can easily find all around the world. They are also travel-friendly, all you need are a pair of chopsticks or a fork and you can eat them on-the-go. Just like the other recipes on this list, they are also pretty versatile when it comes to the ingredients/style. And again, use whatever’s available - fresh, inexpensive, and whatever that suits your taste buds.
If worse comes to worse, and you’re looking for how to cook and save money while travelling, a packet of instant noodles with a few fresh veggies makes an awesome travel meal idea too. There are so many simple recipes to cook on vacation when it comes to pasta and noodles; below is a simple stir-fry.
1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil
4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, diced
1 garlic clove, crushed or sliced
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
A small bunch spring onion, sliced
100g or 3 good handfuls bean sprouts
Carrots, thinly sliced
2 x 150g packs straight-to-wok noodles
3 tbsp oyster sauce
- Heat the oil in a frying pan, then stir-fry the chicken for about 3 minutes, until juicy and golden.
- Throw in the garlic and pepper and cook for about 2 minutes.
- Add the spring onions, bean sprouts, carrots, noodles, oyster sauce and about 5 tbsp water. Toss everything together and let it cook for a final 2 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
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Pizza is one easy recipe for anyone to make. And pretty cheap too! This is because all it needs is a base, a sauce, and a few toppings. If you really don’t have time to make the dough and prove it; make the sauce; prep the toppings, etc., no worries. What makes this an awesome travel meal idea is that you can find all the ingredients pre-made in most places; bottled pizza sauce, cheese, pre-made crust (or even bread, in a pinch) and last night’s leftover chicken will do just well!
Ingredients for pizza dough: (Or you can buy pre-made dough at the local store)
2 1⁄2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon fast rise yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
1 tablespoon oil
1⁄4 cup tomato sauce
1 teaspoon italian seasoning
1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
1 1⁄2 cups pepperoni slices
Shredded cheese of choice (mozzarella, Monterey jack, and parmesan work particularly well)
- In a large bowl, mix the first 4 ingredients of the pizza dough.
- Mix water and oil; add to flour mixture.
- Turn onto floured surface; knead for 2 minutes.
- Place in a greased bowl; turning to grease top. Cover and let rise for 20 minutes.
- Punch down; stretch onto a 12 inch, greased pizza pan.
- For toppings, mix the first 5 ingredients and spread over crust.
- Spread a few slices of pepperoni on top of sauce.
- Sprinkle with cheese and spread the remaining slices of pepperoni on to.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, or until crust is cooked (golden brown).
4) No-Bake Easy Energy Bars
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If you’re wondering how to make snacks within few minutes while travelling, look no further than this easy recipe for energy bars. Not only are they trouble-free to make (no bake means less equipment and less effort), they also travel great. An awesome tip for trips is to have a bunch of these homemade energy bars in your bag to grab whenever you feel that stomach rumble.
1 cup peanut butter
3 cups oatmeal (dry, uncooked)
5⁄8 cup honey
2 tablespoons whey protein
- Combine the peanut butter and honey in a large nonstick pot and warm over low heat until runny and mixed.
- Mix in the oatmeal and protein powder.
- Do not bake, but heat enough to mix nicely.
- Press into a 9x9 inch pan and let cool (to make cutting them easier, you could place the covered pan into the refrigerator for a few hours).
- Slice into 16 bars and package in sandwich baggies.
5) Fruit Smoothies
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If you’re wondering how to eat well while travelling, and save a bit of money while you’re at it, smoothies are an easy recipe for anyone to make. The awesome thing about fruit smoothies is that the world is your pickle. Although the types of fruit available in different parts of the world and the ones in season differ, you are guaranteed to find delicious, ripe, local fruits everywhere. And from there, you can add whatever you want into your smoothie. Below are just a few of the variations you can try.
For Super Berry Smoothie:
450g frozen berries
450g fat-free strawberry yoghurt
25g porridge oats
2 tsp honey (optional)
For Creamy Mango-Coconut Smoothie:
200ml (½ a tall glass) coconut milk
4 tbsp coconut milk yoghurt
1 tbsp ground flaxseed, sunflower and pumpkin seed (optional)
120g (¼ bag) frozen mango chunks
1 passion fruit, to finish (optional)
For Tropical Breakfast Smoothie:
The flesh of 3 passion fruits, scooped
1 banana, chopped
1 small mango, peeled, stoned and chopped
300ml orange juice
- Chuck all the ingredients in a blender and give them a good whiz.
- Pour into a glass, garnish with a wedge of fruit if you’re feeling fancy, and enjoy!