I’ve said many times in my posts what we look for when vacationing and looking for a rental. One of the main things we look for is a kitchen. Having a kitchen saves greatly on our expenses which is from cooking our own meals.
However, on vacation, we don’t really want to cook so I stick to super simple meals, mainly crock pot. I’ve got my list of go-to crock pot meals that are keto friendly for my family.
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The idea is to save time, money, effort and spend little time in the kitchen. The list of recipes I’ve compiled will help you stay on budget and keep kitchen time to a minimum.
Simple, Budget-Friendly Vacation Meals
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Obviously, we want to eat delicious meals while on vacation but don’t want to break the bank nor spend the day in the kitchen. If you’re like me, you”ll want your toes in the sand and wine in your hand and not cooped up at the stove.
On our recent Spring Break trip to Indian Shores, we stayed in a wonderful Florida Lifestyles rental with a stunning balcony overlooking the ocean. Basically… we never wanted to leave. Between us, there were three kids between the ages of 2 and 7, and three adults, so being able to wake up and make an easy breakfast, plus lunch and snacks and early dinners made it the best and most relaxed vacation.
Beach Vacation Meal Planning
This should be a joint effort from agreeing to what meals you’ll have to who cooks what and who cleans up. Even if it is a crock pot meal, you don’t want to be the one continually stuck preparing all the vacation meals.
You can take a crock pot but I simply ask if our unit has one. I’ve even purchased an inexpensive one while there (many under $20 which will still keep you way under budget compared to eating out). Having prepared your list of meals, recipes and grocery list beforehand make for an easy trip to the store. The plan that works for me: When we get to the condo, priority is unpacking and putting everything where you need it. By the time you’ve traveled and put your things away, then shopped for the week, you’ll be tired. That first night, head to a good local restaurant for your first meal.
When To Cook The Meal
To determine when to start your crock pot, check your recipe. Some can be put in the am before you leave while some others may only need 2 hours. If you are lucky enough to have a timered crock pot, that will also help.
Crockpot Keto Meals Perfect For Vacation
- Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Gyros
- Mexican Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos
- Crockpot Shrimp Scampi
- Ranch Chicken
- Balsalmic Chicken Thighs
- Cheese Stuffed Turkey Meatballs
- BBQ Pulled Pork
- Lime & Lemon Chili Chicken for the Crock Pot
- Crock Pot Cuban Beef Recipe
- Mediterranean-Style Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
- Cheese Stuffed Turkey Meatballs
- Low Carb Smothered Jalapeno Popper Chicken
- Slow Cooker Cheesy Adobo Chicken
- Crockpot Jerk Chicken
- Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef
- Keto Lime Pork Chops
- 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Coconut Cilantro Curry Shrimp
- Crockpot Turkey Smash with Bell Peppers
- Crockpot Peanut Lime Chicken
- Low Carb Green Chile Pork Taco Bowl
Make breakfast where you stay. It can be as simple as cereal. Most vacation rentals come complete with all you’ll need. Even the crock pot! You can have sandwiches for lunch if you stay at the beach or pool.
Look for plenty of closet space, drawer storage for each person, bathroom storage, etc.
Once you get checked in, wherever that may be, immediately unpack your things where you want them.
Have the right stuff at your fingertips. Make a list of what you need.
If you want all my tips, check out my Top Traveling Tips post!
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