What Are Some Good Simple Meals for a Family Vacation?

Good Questions

Q: I'm going on vacation with my family next week and each couple has been given one night to cook dinner for everyone. My husband and I love to cook, but we want to prepare a simple, no-nonsense kind of a meal. We will be dining al fresco overlooking a lake and have access to rudimentary kitchen utensils, a gas stove/oven and a charcoal grill. We would like to avoid any pasta dishes.

Sent by Meghan

Editor: Meghan, we don't know how big your party is, but one of the simplest summer meals for vacation is a good grilled steak, sliced up so it serves a crowd, alongside a tomato salad and loaf of bread. Here are some other tips and recipes, too, for grilling (including the chicken pictured above):

Tangy, Spicy Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
Fish and Shrimp on the Grill: 8 Quick Recipes for Summer
Grill Out! 21 Good Grilling Tips, Recipes, and Ideas

Readers, what would you suggest?

Related: Summer Vacation Tip: Freeze Pre-Baked Scones and Muffins

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