One of the main plus-points of a self-catering holiday is the lack of having to keep to a schedule to make sure you and your family enjoy a tasty evening meal. If you are having a great day on the beach or lots of fun on the fair, the last thing you want to do is cut it short so you can make it back to your hotel or holiday camp in time for dinner. Instead you want to make the most of your holiday and worry about food when your tummy starts rumbling.
At the same time, the last thing you want to do is spend so much time preparing and cooking food that you feel as though you are still at home and stuck in the same routine.
For some, the only time to consider a non self-catering holiday is when travelling abroad. And it’s no surprise as shopping for food and preparing meals can be quite stressful when you don’t speak the language and have to guess the contents of tins and jars. On the other side of the fence, UK breaks are great for self-catering as familiar supermarkets are dotted around the country, and if you want to, you could do the food shopping at your local store and take it with you. If you don’t have enough space in your car or time to shop, order your food online and arrange for delivery to your accommodation.
Keep it Simple
When it comes to choosing meals for a self-catering holiday it’s best to keep things simple and light. A Sunday roast isn’t a great meal for a short summer break as it takes hours to prepare and cook and it can leave everyone feeling rather sleepy!
Salads are great though. They may be a bit old hat, but with some imagination, a few herbs such as basil, lemon balm and chives, and a delicious dressing, which you could buy or make yourself, you could prepare a really tasty meal in just a few short minutes.
Salads are perfect for getting your kids involved too. They’re easy to make and they don’t involve using a cooker or going anywhere near an oven.
If you have a hard time getting your kids to eat green stuff, you might instead consider the versatility of pasta. There are plenty of options– tuna and mayo pasta ticks all the boxes for a quick and easy meal while on holiday, so does pasta and pesto. Both of these dishes are very easy to make and very little can go wrong.
The point of a holiday is to relax and have fun. Cooking, preparing and eating food can become part of that as long as you keep things simple and healthy.