When travelling, my husband and I try to always book accommodation with a kitchen. We really enjoy cooking a majority of the meals ourselves rather than eating out all the time for several reasons. Firstly, it saves a lot of money. I’d rather spend that money on clothes and activities to be honest. Secondly, I like to be in control of what I’m eating so I know it’s healthy, not cooked in inflammatory vegetable oils, and is gluten free. Thirdly, after a big day filled with adventures, we often don’t feel like heading out again at night for dinner, especially because a lot of our holidays are in the snow. It’s nice to get back indoors, have a hot shower, put your cosy trackies and uggies on and stay indoors for the night. (I know. We’re going to make good ‘old people’ some day!)
When cooking on holidays, you need meals which take very little time to make, require few ingredients and are as healthy as possible. Just about every meal I make needs coconut oil and Himalayan salt, so I always either bring this with me from home, or buy it from the supermarket during my first food shop.
I hope you find this list helpful next time you’re on holidays!
1. Steak, potato and frozen veggies steamed
- Remove the steak from fridge half an hour before cooking so it changes to room temperature.
- Thoroughly wash and dry the potatoes. Poke them all over with a fork. Place them in the microwave for 5-8 minutes (depending on how big they are and how many you put in). Turn them over and cook for another 5-8 minutes.
- Fill a medium saucepan a quarter full with water. Cover and bring to the boil.
- Preheat a frypan on high so it gets nice and hot. Rub a little coconut oil into both sides of the steak and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes each side for medium. Remove and put on a plate, cover with foil to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
- Place frozen vegetables into boiling water and cook for 5 minutes, stirring once.
- Top the potatoes with sour cream and grated cheese.
These are very economical because they use the leftover sour cream and cheese from the meal the night before. To save you buying lots of spices, substitute the spices in this recipe with a packet of taco seasoning.
3. Fried fish or scallops with roast pumpkin and mixed leafy greens
- Dice the pumpkin, coat with coconut oil and Himalayan salt. Cook in a preheated oven at 190C for 25-35 minutes.
- Fry a piece of fish or a handful of scallops for 2-3 minutes on each side.
- Drizzle with lemon juice and sprinkle with himalayan salt. Serve with leafy greens.
4. Scrambled eggs with veggies and bacon, and a side of fried corn
- Fry the corn in coconut oil on medium-high heat for 8 minutes, turning occasionally.
- Meanwhile cook the scrambled eggs, veggies and bacon.
5. Pan-fried fish, Sweet potato with butter and cinnamon and salad
- Microwave the sweet potato for 6-8 minutes until soft. Serve with butter and cinnamon.
- Heat a tbs of butter or coconut oil in a pan on medium heat. Fry a piece of fish for 2-3 minutes each side. Squeeze some lemon and sprinkle salt on top.
- Chop up a few veggies and serve over a handful of mixed leaves.
I hope this list gives you a few ideas of what to cook on your next holiday, so you can stay healthy whilst spending a minimum amount of time in the kitchen!