I’m home from our surprise getaway and although I’m still twitching from sudden Internet withdrawal, I have been assured it is harmless and will eventually stop.
So, what does one do when they find themselves with a vacation that has not been budgeted for? Well, if there is a refrigerator, bring along the crockpot. Seriously folks, I used Meredith as my inspiration and searched my cupboards and freezer for meals that were minimal work. Sandwiches were used to fill in the gaps. Six people ate for five days and four nights without breaking the bank. We did eat out a couple times*, but we planned for those meals.
I used the in room microwave to heat vegetables to round out the meals and we had cold cereal* for breakfast several days.
- pot roast with onion, celery, carrots, and potatoes (cut with a butter knife because I forgot to pack my chef knife)
- chicken burritos
- Faux sloppy joes (ground beef cooked in the crockpot, drained, crumbled with a spatula and heated with BBQ sauce)
Looking back, if I had more time to plan, I would have brought some of the ingredients in storage containers, baggies, or twists of plastic wrap rather than in their full containers. If the fridge in our room had been any more compact, we would have had to resort to utilizing the cooler. For those concerned that I spent my vacation slaving away over the crockpot, let me assure you that I’d rather fill a slowcooker with ingredients than be responsible for slathering sunscreen on the squirming baby before trekking out to the beach. Really, it was a fair trade-off.
If you brought your crockpot, what would you plan on cooking?
*As an aside I must note that there was an hour’s wait at the seafood restaurant on a Monday night; some people must still be spending money hand over fist. While I am sure a few of those in line were of the frugal sort who had saved up for the treat, the overall mood of the place was jaded and reminescent of shuffling cattle through gates. I don’t think we’ll be visiting another calabash a long, long time, much to my crableg loving stepdaughter’s dismay.