What Are Some Good Simple Meals for a Family Vacation?

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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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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.