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5 Vacation-Friendly Recipe Ideas to Make in Your Fully Equipped Kitchen

One of the many wonderful things about staying in a resort residence at The Bear’s Den Resort Orlando is that each home comes with a fully equipped kitchen, which allows you to easily make meals or grab snacks at your convenience. Sure, dining out can be fun, but after a full day of adventures, sometimes you just want to unwind in the privacy of your vacation home. Here are some delicious, easy-to-make recipes that are perfect for a Florida vacation.

1 Stir-fried Shrimp, Corn, and Black Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces medium shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 cup raw corn kernels
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained

This three-ingredient recipe from Self magazine is a simple way to enjoy the tropical flavors of Florida. For directions on how to prepare, see the full recipe here.

2 Cajun Mahi Mahi with Mango Pineapple Salsa

Ingredients

Cajun Mahi Mahi

  • 1.5 lbs. of fresh Mahi Mahi filets
  • 1 tablespoon of cajun spice seasoning
  • ½ tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons of grape seed oil

Mango Pineapple Salsa

  • 1 cup of fresh diced pineapple
  • 1 mango, finely diced
  • ¼ cup of finely diced red onion
  • ¼ cup of chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime (about 1 to 2 tablespoons)
  • Salt to season

Most of the recipes on the Joyful Healthy Eats blog, where this recipe is featured, take 30 minutes or less to prepare. Owner and cook Krista says, “This Cajun Mahi Mahi was pan seared because I really like the crispy exterior you can get on fish when you pan sear it instead of baking or grilling it. The Mango Pineapple Salsa is slightly sweet from the fruit with a hint of tang from the lime juice, combined with the spicy Mahi Mahi the flavors are out of this world good.”

3 Hawaiian Ham ’n’ Cheese Sliders

Ingredients

Sliders

  • 24 kings Hawaiian sweet rolls (2 packages)
  • 24 slices of honey ham
  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 1/3 cup Miracle Whip
  • 24 slices of swiss or provolone cheese

Poppy Seed Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon poppy seed
  • 1½ tablespoon yellow mustard
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Cookpad offers the recipe for this yummy finger-food that is perfect for kids and adults alike — and the prep couldn’t be easier! Add chips and fruit, and everyone will be asking for seconds.

4 Chopped Salad in a Cup

Ingredients

  • Celery
  • Radishes
  • Onion
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Chopped broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Snow peas
  • Red and green bell peppers
  • Cheese, crumbled, or shredded
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumbers
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Bacon bits
  • Jicama
  • Bean sprouts
  • Pickles
  • Jarred peppers
  • Ham cubes
This portable meal is perfect to put in a cooler and take on your day’s adventures — or just enjoy by the pool at your resort residence. Each salad cup can be made to each person’s preferences. “Chopped veggie salads hold up to the summer heat better than lettuce based salads,” says author Lisa Marshall on the 24/7 Low Carb Diner blog. “It is easy to put any number together at once, assembly line fashion. I pack the dressing separately. Vinaigrette dressings work really well too. Because they are thinner, the dressing is easier to get to the bottom of the cup.”

5 Peach Cobbler Dump Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 can of peaches
  • 1 box of cake mix
  • 1 stick of butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)

Brought to you by the Six Sister Stuff blog, this dessert is so simple even kids can make it! Peach Cobbler Dump Cake is delicious served warm with vanilla ice cream. Check out the blog for directions and other delicious variations, such as Pumpkin Dump Cake, Apple Cider Dump Cake, and Apple Raspberry Dump Cake.

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