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Vacation Meal Plan of Attack 2016

Here’s our Plan of Attack for 2016 (2014, 2015 Vacay Meal Prep):

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TIP: LOOK OUT FOR SALES-Prep few months in advance:
Frozen Burger Patties
Pkgs. Hot Dogs (Freeze)
Chicken Legs
Other Meats (Ground Meats, Bacon, Roast, Chicken, whatever)
Buns (Buy close to, but Keep Eye Out for Coupons, etc. For Purchase)
Cheese Bricks
Miracle Whip (Sandwiches/Tuna or Bacon Salad)
Canned Items (Tomatoes, Corn, Beans, etc.)
DON’T FREEZE MEATS that have been Frozen then already Thawed!
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 A few BREAKFAST / LUNCH Ideas:
– Lunch Meat Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Canned Food, whatever…

Chicken Bacon Fiesta-Wiches
 – CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICHES
2 Frozen Chicken Breast (Boiled in water with few CRUSHED Chicken Broth Cubes)
3T-4T canned Southwestern Corn (Peppers/Onions kind)*
2T REAL Bacon Bits
Sauce:
1 TO 1.5T Mayo
1 TO 1.5T Miracle Whip
3/4tsp Lemon Juice (Fridge kind)

For Serving: A lil swipe Miracle Whip, Buns/Wraps

Boil in water with few CRUSHED chicken broth cubes. Remove chicken, shred. In bowl mix Sauce ingredients. Mix in rest. Place in tightly sealed container. KKEP COLD! Eat within week.

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 – Frozen Burritos (Any works, ours are tTt’s Sausage, Egg, Taters):
Potatoes, cubed small
Olive Oil + shake of Seasonal Salt
add to pan, add Potatoes, season with:
Dried Oregano, Basil, Pepper

1 lb Ground Pork Sausage, cooked with:
1/2 pkg. Frozen Sweet Bell Pepper/Onion Mix
4 Mushrooms, sliced or chopped

Scrambled Eggs+ Basil Oregano

Soft Shells
Mayo
Shredd. Cheese

PreCooking: Cube Potatoes. Mix Olive Oil with Seasoned Salt. Add to pan, add Potatoes. Cook and Season with Oregano, Basil, Pepper. In sep. pan cook Sausage with Pepper Mix and Mushrooms. On Soft Shell add All (Including Mayo, Shredd. Cheese). Butter Flavor Cooking Spray skillet. Brown all sides. Freeze single layer on plate sprayed with cooking spray (Don’t allow to touch, may stick). Wrap in Foil if using Crockpot Cooking Method (May need to Butter Cooking Spray Foils before wrapping!).
Cooking: Rub with wet finger. Microwave. Bake: Butter spray pan and tops. Bake. Or, place pre-prepped Burritos in foil that was SPRAYED WITH BUTTER FLAVOR COOKING SPRAY. Wrap. Freeze. Add to Crock and Cook on Low/Warm til warmed through. Rotate if needed.
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Using Leftover Potatoes (From Burger Foils) and having Frozen Pork Sausage at home, we made some tasty Breakfasts. Here’s one:
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Potatoes fried in Crisco (What we had for Fish fry, if we caught any), seasoned with Pepper, Basil, Oregano, and a lil Salt. Side Aside and top with Sandwich Cheese Slices and Onions (Onions Optional). Cover to melt.
Give light wipe of Pan with Paper Towel. Cook Sausage. In same pan, in Sausage Grease, fry up some Eggs.
Pork Sausage served under Eggs. Look at those about to Burst Yolks!
Toast on Side

********* MAIN (Supper) MEALS: *********

– Frozen premade store bought Burgers/Hot Dogs
Simple… You know how to cook.


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– CHILI DOGS
Hot Dogs/Brats (Keep Frozen til use)
Hormel Chili (Or Favorite)
Shredd. Chedd. Cheese
Buns, Ketchup, Mayo (Optional)
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– CHICKEN LEGS / TUNA (Or BACON) SALAD (Forgot Tuna, so made BACON Salad)

 – BBQ Chicken:
Family Size Pkg. Chicken Legs, skin removed
3T White Vinegar
1-1.5T McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning
1.5-2T McCormick’s BBQ Seasoning

Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey BBQ Sauce (Optional, some liked it plain, too)

PrePrep:
Buy Chicken NON FROZEN!!! REMOVE SKIN! Place Chicken and Vinegar into ziploc bag. Mix Around. Add in McCormick’s Seasonings. Toss evenly. Lay Flat, Freeze!
Cooking: Thaw, cook on Grill. Near end, brush with BBQ (Optional. Tasty plain, too).

 – BACON SALAD 
(Was gonna be  Tuna Salad, but forgot Tuna!):
Space Saver– I bought Miracle Whip. I kept a lil over 1/2 the jar. Rest I placed into separate container (For sandwiches on vacation). Then, I used Miracle Whip Jar to store the Salad SAUCE. In jar, I did:

I kept a lil more than 1/2 jar Miracle Whip (Leave in jar!)
1+1/4tsp Lawry’s Seasonal Salt
1/4-1/2tsp Paprika
1.5T Dill Pickle Juice from Pickle Container (USE A TASTY Dill Pickle!)
1/8 tsp Onion Powder
  -MIX ABOVE INGREDIENTS IN Miracle Whip container.
-Then, add to jar, on top of Sauce (Don’t mix in):

1.5c Shredd. Cheddar Cheese
1c Frozen Peas
  -Place on lid.
-1 hour Prior to Serving:

About 2c uncooked Macaroni Noodles, cooked
Baked Bacon, cut up (Kept in pkg. Cooked day of making)

PrePrep: I premade sauce morning of trip. For leak reinforcement: I placed some plastic over top of Miracle Whip jar (I used ripped sandwich bag. Reinforced seal), twisted on top. Keep cold til serving.
About 1 hour prior to serving: Cook Bacon. Cook noodles (I add pinch of Salt and a lil Oil to keep from sticking). Mix Sauce and Bacon together. Add Noodles into Sauce, to consistency desired. Toss rest. I always have it a little saucy, as it’ll sit and absorb some. Keep cold til serving.
OPTIONAL to top with Cherry Tomatoes for Serving. You can also keep the Miracle Whip unopened, and place pickle juice and Seasoning in a small container and place into Noodle Box, place in fridge on arrival. Mix as needed. Your choice.
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– HAMBURGER FOILS:
Frozen Burger Patties, 1 per foil
1 Potato per foil, diced
1 bag Baby Carrots, split up (1 bag lasted 6 foils)
Chopped Onions (We used 2 small for 4 people)
1 Onion Season Pkt. (A small sprinkle per foil. It goes a LONG way!)
1-2T Butter per packet, we forgot, and a smidge of Crisco worked well!

Prep: We buy a pkg. of Frozen Burger Patties, and KEEP FROZEN til use. Doubles as ice for cooler.
Cooking: I cut vegis at cooking. Dice potatoes and cut onions. Give each person foil. Kids love making their own! Add in desired vegis. Top with butter or crisco. Add one frozen burger to top. A small sprinkle of onion pkt. seasoning. Double or triple wrap. Add to hot fire pit coals. Ours cooked in about 45 minutes (Time varies). Rotate, we didn’t flip!
Rest of burgers we had for supper another night. We also ate leftover Tuna Salad with this meal.
Healthier options: Turkey Burger. Butter Spray/Olive Oil/Coconut Oil

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– FRITO TACO SALAD, a ritual for a while now.
1.5-2lb Beef
2 GOOD Taco Season Pkt.
1/2c Water
1/2 can Diced Tomatoes, undrained
3/4c Salsa
1/2can Refried Beans*
1 small onion, chopped (Added right before freezing)

Serving: Serve with tomatoes (Canned works), fritos, sour cream, shredd. cheese, lettuce, whatever other toppings of choice.

PreCooking: Cook beef. Add in taco seasons, beans, salsa, tomatoes with juice, shakes of: Garlic Powder, Chili Powder, Onion Powder.
Allow to cool. Place in freezer bag (I double bag), lay flat.
Cooking: Throw into crock. (I kept on warm, flipping.) Serve with toppings of choice.
*(If using, rest of cans we used for tacos, the night I premade meals) These are also optional. Point is, just premake and freeze.)

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 – SICILIAN DELUXE MEATBALL SUBS:
Sauce:
1tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 lb. Turkey Sweet Italian Sausage Links, remove from casings
2T Balsamic Vinegar
1.5T Red Wine Vinegar
1 Garlic Clove, minced
1/2c canned whole Olives, halved
1/2c Onions (I believe I did Sweet Red)
4T jarred whole Pepperoncini, minced
1/2c Sweet Mini Bell Peppers (Optional)

1 jar Tomato Onion Garlic Spaghetti Sauce
1 can Basil Oregano Tomatoes, drained
1 can Tomato Paste
1/2tsp Brown Sugar
1/8tsp Sea Salt
1/4 Dried Red Pepper Flakes
1/8tsp Pepper
1/4tsp Dried Rosemary

1lb. Meatballs (LATER ADDING-Keep frozen)
Provolone Brick (Later Adding-Freeze)
Hot Dog Buns (For Serving)

I cut my links into chunks (Can remove casings and cook as ground). Cook in Oil with Onions. Add in Garlic and Vinegars. Cook down some. Add Olives, Peppers, and Pepperoncinis. Cook down juices. Once juices are mostly gone, add in rest of ingredients. Simmer a lil bit.
ONCE COOLED… Add to Ziploc Bag, on it’s side. FREEZE. Cooking: Add Regular Beef Meatballs to Crock with Sauce. Cook on Low. Top with Cheese last 30min-1hour. Serve on Buns/Wraps/Hoagies with Cheese… We used Hot Dog Buns. Mayo/Miracle Whip is Optional.

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 – SLOPPIES
1.5lb – 2lb Ground Pork or Beef
Brown Meat, season with few good shakes of:
Basil
Oregano
Garlic Powder
1 can diced Basil Oregano Tomatoes, drained
1 can Manwich Sloppy Joe Mix
1 sm. Onion
Celery, minced

Cook all above. Once cooled. Add to ziploc bag, lay on it’s side, for flat storage. Freeze. Cooking: Add to Butter Flavor Cooking Sprayed Crock… Cook on Low or Warm til thawed and heated through. Eat on Bread or Buns.

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 – EASY PHILLY (Stems from This Recipe and This One) 
1-1.5 lb. Chili Style Ground Beef or Pork (I used 1/2lb. Beef 1lb. Turkey-What I had)
1tsp McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning
1/2tsp Garlic Powder
1/2T Soy Sauce
1tsp Worcestershire
1tsp Dried Oregano
1 Beef or Chicken Broth Cube, crushed
1/2T Grated Parmesan Cheese
1c (Packed) Kale or Spinach Mix
Up To 1/2c Green Peppers, sliced (Don’t Add, Yet)
1/4-1/2c Onions, to taste (Don’t Add, Yet!)

Provolone Cheese Brick (Freeze)

Cook in skillet all above, EXCEPT Peppers, Onions, and Provolone. Once cooled, add to ziploc bag. ADD IN Peppers and Onions. Lay on side (I folded mine in half). Freeze. Cooking: Cook on Low or Warm til heated through. Top with Cheese. Once Melted, serve on Buns of Choice with Miracle Whip/Mayo. Or try packing away a small container of Tay’s Balsamic Garlic Sauce.

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 – CARNE ASADA CHILI (Stems from This Recipe):
1.5-2 lb. Chuck Roast or Chicken Marinade:
1/2 Taco Pkt. (I used Fiesta Style)
2 1/2T White Vinegar
1/4c Soy Sauce
1T Cumin
1/2T Garlic Powder
1/2T Onion Powder
1/2T Dried Oregano
1tsp Chili Powder
1tsp Paprika

1/2 pkg. Sweet MINI Bell Pepper Mix (Orange Red Yellow)
Onions
Mushrooms (Optional)
1 Sweet Potatoes, diced
1 can (Mild) Black Beans with Jalapeno in LIME JUICE, drained
1 can Southwestern Corn (Bell Pepper/Onion kind), drained

RICE:
2c Rice (Instant)
2c Water
2 Chicken Broth Cubes, crushed

Add NON FROZEN Meat to Bag. Add in Marinade Ingredients. Mix Around. Lay as Flat as you can. Freeze. Cook Rice in Water with Broth Cubes (I cook in Microwave). Once Cooled to handle, place in Freezer Bag. I flattened and Folded. Freeze.
In A SEPARATE Freezer Bag, Add in Vegis. Lay flat and Freeze.
Cooking: Add all to Butter Flavor Cooking Sprayed Crock Pot. Cook on Low til all’s done. Shred up Meat. Last hour, I wrapped Rice in Foil and place RIGHT ON TOP of Chili to cook. Serve each bowl of Chili with a lil Rice, Sour Cream, Salsa, and Fritos/Tortillas.
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OTHER OPTIONS
Roast Wiches (Don’t Pre Cook. Add ingredients to freezer bag, MINUS Water that the Broth Cubes call for (Takes up too much room!). Write on Freezer Bag the amount of Water needed during cooking.
Black Bean Salad Tacos
– Root Beer Barbacoa
Tay’s Easy Chili
Soups
tTt’s Trailer Trash Legs (Buffalo)
*** Vacation Meals 2014
*** Vacation Meals 2015

 

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My Vacation Easy Meals

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With a vacation full of fun and relax, we wanted to do just that. Also, save space for packing vs. packing many ingredients for meals. Especially, being gone a week and a family our size! We premade/preassembled meals, then froze them. And brought the Crock Pot. This technique SAVES SPACE! SAVES TIME. Food lasts longer. DOUBLED AS ICE FOR COOLER! And, it HELPS FINANCIALLY! Because, you can buy the meats when on sale, ahead of time, make and freeze as you go vs. all at once at full price.
(Also, check out our Recipe Gallery and our post Get the Most of Your Roast … Freezer Friendly Meals!)
Here’s the meals we did (ALSO, CHECK OUT OUR 2015 MEAL PLAN HERE!):

Frito Taco Salad
– Frito Taco Salads, a ritual for a while now.
1.5-2lb Beef (Turkey can be used)
2 GOOD Taco Season Pkt.
1/2c Water
1/2 can Diced Tomatoes, drained (Reserve juice)
3/4c Salsa
1/2can Refried Beans*
Little less than 1/2 can Black Beans w/Jalapenos* Optional
1 small onion, chopped (Added right before freezing)

Cook beef. Add in taco seasons, beans, salsa, tomatoes with juice, shakes of: Garlic Powder, Chili Powder, Onion Powder.
Allow to cool. Place in freezer bag (I double bag), lay flat. Day of eating, either thaw or just throw into crock. (I just threw in and kept on warm, flipping.) Serve with FRESH tomato, fritos, sour cream, shredd. cheese, lettuce, whatever other toppings of choice.
*(Rest of cans we used for tacos, the night I premade meals) These are also optional. Point is, just premake and freeze.

bbqlegstunasalad
– BBQ Legs with Tuna Salad
Frozen Legs
Favorite BBQ Season Pkt. (Marinade- Grill Mates Texas BBQ kind!)
Favorite BBQ Sauce

Add legs to ziploc bag, add in seasoning, allow to thaw- Mixing around. Grill legs. Close to being done, smoother with BBQ sauce, flip and repeat on other side. Allow each side to thicken. Serve.

– Tuna Salad:
Space Saver- I bought Miracle Whip. I kept a lil over 1/2 the jar. Rest I placed into separate container (For sandwiches). Then, I used Miracle Whip Jar to store the Tuna Salad SAUCE. In jar, I did:

I kept a lil more than 1/2 jar Miracle Whip (Leave in jar!)
1tsp TO 1+1/4tsp Lawry’s Seasonal Salt
1/4tsp Paprika
1/2tsp Dill Weed *SEE NOTES
2tsp Vinegar *SEE NOTES
1/8 tsp Onion Powder
  -MIX ABOVE INGREDIENTS IN Miracle Whip container.
-Then, add to jar, on top of Sauce (Don’t mix in):

1.5c Shredd. Cheddar Cheese
1c Frozen Peas
  -Place on lid.
-1 hour Prior to Serving:

About 2c uncooked Macaroni Noodles, cooked
2 cans Tuna, drained (1 hr. prior to eating. KEEP IN CANS TIL THEN!)

I premade sauce morning of trip. For leak reinforcement: I placed some plastic over top of Miracle Whip jar (I used ripped sandwich bag), twisted on top. Keep cold til serving.
About 1 hour prior to serving: Cook noodles. Mix sauce and canned tuna together. Add noodles into sauce, to consistency desired. Toss rest. I always have it a little saucy, as it’ll sit and absorb some. Keep cold til serving.
*NOTES: I didn’t have pickle juice from the jar, what we usually use. So, improvised with vinegar and dill. Try it with dill pickle juice! I always eyeball it. About 1T to 1.5T… About. Skip Vinegar and Dill, then.

campingburgerfoils
– Hamburger Foils
Frozen Burger Patties, 1 per foil
1 Potato per foil, diced
1 bag Baby Carrots, split up (1 bag lasted 6 foils)
Chopped Onions (We used 2 small for 4 people)
1 Onion Season Pkt. (A small sprinkle per foil. It goes a LONG way!)
1-2T Butter per packet, we forgot, and a smidge of Crisco worked well!

Dice potatoes, cut onions. Give each person foil. Kids love making their own! Add in desired vegis. Top with butter or crisco. Add one frozen burger to top. A small sprinkle of onion pkt. seasoning. Double or triple wrap. Add to hot fire pit coals. Ours cooked in about 45 minutes (Time varies). Rotate, we didn’t flip!
Rest of burgers we had for supper another night. We also ate leftover Tuna Salad with this meal.
Healthier Option: Turkey Burger, Butter Spray/Olive Oil/Coconut Oil

– Pepperoncini Roast Beef Sandwiches (Updated Recipe. PLUS, More Roast Recipes!):
In a freezer bag place:
UNcooked Roast
1 Pkt. Au Jus *Optional
1 Pkt. Good Ranch Season
1 Jar Pepperoncinis, whole, tips cut, and drained
1 small Onion, sliced
3 Beef Broth Cubes
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
Fresh Cracked Pepper
Add later:
3.5c Water (Add to crock when cooking! 3, if skipping Au Jus)
Provolone Cheese (I buy and FREEZE complete pkg. – SEPARATE from roast. Throw into fridge at vacation destination, to thaw, then use.)

Eating time, just throw everything into crock, except cheese. (Tip: Add water into bag to get excess seasons, add to crock). Cook on low til done. Near end, add Provolone Cheese to top. Serve on buns once Provolone’s melted.

– Zesty BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Frozen Chicken
1 Zesty Italian Season Pkt.
1 bottle BBQ (We used Smoked Hickory. Your Pref.)
2T Worcestershire
1/4c Brown Sugar
1/4tsp TO 1/2tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1/4c Water
1 small Onion (Added right before freezing)

PREMAKE IN CROCK at home (On low, til chicken is done). Cool, add onion, then freeze, laying flat, in double freezer bags. Eating time throw into crock and warm til thawed, cook on low. Serve on buns.

– Sloppies
1.5lb Beef, cooked.
Season with few good shakes of: Basil, Oregano, Pepper, Garlic Powder
1 can Manwich Sloppy Sauce
1 can Stewed Tomatoes, drained
1 small Onion, chopped

Cook. Allow to cool completely. Double Freezer bag, lay flat. Freeze. Eating day, throw into crock. I did on warm til thawed, stirring. Serve on buns.

– Chicken Salad Burgers (Try this recipe, too)
1/4c White vinegar
Up to 1/4 tsp Sea Salt (I use 1/8+1/16tsp)
1/4 tsp Pepper
1c + 1/4c Mayo
1c Sour Cream
4 celery, cut small
1 bunch Green Onion
4-5 Chicken Breasts, cooked (Boiled in Water+1 Chicken Broth cube)
Optional* 1/8 tsp Sugar, or more to taste

Place frozen chicken into water with chicken broth cube. Turn on heat and cook til done. Drain and cut up. Mix all together. Pack in tightly concealed container. Keep refrigerated til serving. I premade morning of leaving. Ate for lunch within 3 days.

YOU CAN Pretty much make any of our recipes and prefreeze them for vacation meals. Then, just throw in Crock Pot and Forget About It! Check Out Our Soups, Roasts, Chili Recipes. Or, Our Crock Pot Recipes … Those are all GREAT to PrePrep/PreMake and Freeze… Making Easy Meals! Last year we did our Chillin Chili (Premade in crock, froze as flat as could in ziploc.). You can do this with any stew, roast, chili, even soups!
TIP: When Premaking Meals with Broth:
-If Pre-PREPping (Not cooking): I usually add the Broth Cubes to freezer meals, then, add water at time of cooking. Just Write on freezer bag how many cups of water needed for cooking!
-If Pre-COOKing: Add Water at time of cooking, of course.

Also, we had Lunch Meat Wiches with leftover Miracle Whip (I freeze Lunch Meat and thaw in fridge on arrival), Tuna+Pea Sandwiches, Easy Packable Breakfast (Cereal, Poptarts), Smores, Waffle Camping Cones: Waffle Cones, REPEAT layers with pieces: Chocolate, Bananas, Marshmallow. Wrap in foil 3 times. Place in small fire, or on coals, about 30sec. on 4 sides.

YOU CAN EVEN FREEZE Buns! Luckily we have a toaster where we go, for quick thaw/toasting. Or use foil in Fire Pit. Or, toast on Grill. Also, awesome if you see them ON SALE at the store! Be sure to keep frozen til use. Or, they will thaw and mold!!!

Tips I seen, and will try next year. Probably better if you’re scrambling eggs. Crack and add to mason jar, place plastic on top, twist on top. Pour out to use. Helps those pesky eggs from breaking in carts!
Premake pancake mix, add into cleaned out ketchup bottle. Shake and use.

Pack FREEZIES – Doubles as ice. Cheap Treat!

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