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Enjoying Cooking When You’re on Vacation: what we ate

We ate like royalty on our vacation. As promised, a run down. The kids ate everything! The marathon-training-husband needed lots of calories so we ate and ate and ate. It was so easy to cook and clean up with another adult around to play and be with the kids. Rocket science, right?

When I devised our grocery list before going on the trip, I wanted foods that could do double duty and that I knew the kids would eat. They’re good eaters and eat just about everything we do so that wasn’t too terrible. When in doubt, oatmeal and yogurt and blueberries, right?


I had to fuel up with chai every day because the baby took to sleeping like a newborn, literally. He had been sleeping through the night for over a month and night weaned. #regression.

ground turkey and pasta salad

Ground turkey, organic pasta, chopped carrots, basil (ended up doing a lemon juice//sour cream//greek yogurt//diced garlic sauce).

peach salad

Mixed greens, pear, peach, salted & roasted sunflower seeds with a homemade vinaigrette.

avocado salad

Mixed greens with hard boiled eggs, avocado, dried cherries, and pistachios with a homemade french dressing.


Ground turkey, black beans, white rice, flour tortilla, topped with avocado, garden heirloom tomatoes, shredded colby, and a dollop of sour cream.

hot dogs

All pork hot dogs, the avocado salad, my new fav dill cabbage dish, corn chips, and CORN on the cob!

eggs & tomatoes

Snack: hardboiled eggs, garden fresh tomatoes, cottage cheese, and pepper.

roasted chicken

Big roasted chicken that still had a toe nail, much to the kids’ delight and horror.

chicken pasta salad

Roasted chicken leftovers tossed into pasta salad with garden fresh heirlooms, basil, and mozzarella chunks. Topped with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.

soup and yogurt

Chicken white bean soup with yogurt (plain whole milk yogurt, grapes, strawberries, and pistachios). I nursed a chai every single day in the same mug!

cheesy scrambled eggs

Slow cooked cheesy eggs, smoothie, whole wheat toast with creamed honey from the farmer’s market.


Spiced Italian ground beef, homemade tomato sauce, on a bed o’ angel hair pasta!

apple crisp

Shea’s Apple Crisp with oatmeal & loads of butter. Apples from a tree out at the Lodge!


Whew. Now I’m hungry. I tried to ensure some of the food could overlap for two meals: the salad greens, the pasta, the ground turkey, the roasted chicken, the yogurt. We really just loved the joy of food! At home it’s still homemade mostly but less joyful for me because I’m cooking under the pressure of witching hour and less enjoyable for him because he’s eating while walking round with the kids who have eaten long before he comes home.

Take delight in sharing food with those you love!



  1. AnneMarie Miller on September 3, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Those look like awesome meals! The salads particularly look wonderful; usually I’m a pretty boring when it comes to salads, and just toss together tomatoes, carrots, and lettuce. But I should branch out, because those look superb!

    Also, roasted chicken=one of the best meals ever.

    Thanks for taking the time to show us your cooking adventures on vacation!!

    • Natural Mama Nell on September 4, 2015 at 11:40 am

      I love to cook–it was so much fun!

  2. Laurel on September 3, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Love this, Nell! You certainly did feast like royalty!
    What great dishes!

    • Natural Mama Nell on September 4, 2015 at 11:40 am

      I felt so spoiled that I got to cook in peace and quiet!

  3. Rachel on September 3, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    This all looks and sounds so good! Now I want to go grocery shopping and cook cook cook!

    • Natural Mama Nell on September 4, 2015 at 11:40 am

      I know! YUM!

  4. Emily on September 3, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    I am impressed by that kind of cooking on vacation! But I guess moms never truly get a vacation do they?

    • Natural Mama Nell on September 4, 2015 at 11:41 am

      It was actually a big break for me because I had hands-free cooking!! And I love to do it.

  5. Sandy on September 4, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Great dishes! It looks like you had a great vacation ! Thanks for sharing:)

  6. Michele on September 5, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    How do you make your chai?! It looks wonderful! Mine never taste quite right.

    • Natural Mama Nell on September 9, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      Tzao liquid mix (hahaha) with more like 1/3 tea to 2/3 milk!