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How To Cook A Weekend’s Worth Of Meals In Your Vacation Rental

August 24th, 2017

I’m a little late to the game, but I stayed in my first vacation rentals earlier this year, and it feels like a whole new world of travel has opened up to me. Especially when traveling with friends and kids, the ability to spread out in different rooms, hang out in our own outdoor space, and most of all, cook meals at the house simplifies a trip and often adds a whole new element of fun.

On last week’s trip to Malibu, we stayed in an awesome HomeAway rental with a massive deck right on the beach, so basically… we never wanted to leave. Between our family and the friends we were traveling with, there were four kids between the ages of 2 and 7, so being able to wake up and make breakfast for the gang, plus whip up snacks and early dinners for the babes, made things so relaxed. Since meal prep at a vacation rental does take some planning, I thought it would be helpful to share a weekend menu with breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas for feeding a crowd. And yes, we’re providing a master shopping list, too, ’cause we know you guys love those.

Keep scrolling for a peek at my favorite night of the trip when we grilled a steak and summer vegetable feast for dinner, plus all my tips for stocking a vacation rental with everything you need for a weekend’s worth of delicious meals.

photos: Claire Huntsberger

Grilled Steak & Summer Veggies

malibu beach house

Serves 4


  • 2 large New York strip steaks
  • steak seasoning (just buy a high-quality blend with ingredients like salt, coarsely ground pepper, garlic, and other spices)
  • summer vegetables (I like eggplant, zucchini, asparagus, sweet onions, and bell peppers)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat your grill. For a gas grill, 15 minutes on high is sufficient. You want it to a consistent 350.
  2. Prepare the vegetables: slice the eggplant and zucchini into thick slices on the diagonal, slice the onion into thick rings, trim the tough ends from the asparagus, and slice the peppers in half, removing ribs and seeds.
  3. In a very large bowl, toss all the vegetables with a liberal drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Prepare the steak by cutting off excess fat, then drizzling with a little olive oil. Season liberally with the steak seasoning just before throwing on the grill.
  5. Transfer the steak to the grill and close the lid. Cook 8 minutes per side (for a 1-inch thick steak), for a total of 16 minutes. Remove and let rest for a few minutes before slicing.
  6. When the steak has been on the grill for about 8 minutes, transfer the veggies to the grill and cook for 10 – 15 minutes until tender throughout and starting to char on the edges. Use tongs to turn them a couple times throughout the process, closing the lid as quickly as possible. Some of the veggies may cook faster than others, so remove them as they become ready.
  7. Put everything on a big platter and eat!

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  1. I’ve just been thinking about using some airline miles to just pick up and visit somewhere new! I really want to explore some new cities but without eating out every meal of the day.

    Lindsey | This Miss Cooks

  2. Cynthia says:

    What a great post! There is nothing better than splurging on a fabulous house rental and then staying put! Especially with littles. Your menu is perfect and just the right combo of summer-easy and family-friendly. My only objection is your purchase of bottled water. Please help spread the notion that everyone has a reusable water bottle that is refilled and used for travel and at home!

  3. Candice says:

    Love love love this post camille – you’re right! keeping it simple when cooking on a friend vacay is the best way to go – too many times I want to use the extra time to try out something new only to be exhausted later. Also – need that swimsuit! Can you share where it’s from?!

  4. Susannah says:

    Great post and I love the menu. We have often gone on trips like this and for grocery shopping, we usually find a supermarket near our accommodation that delivers and order online, coordinating delivery an hour or two after we are scheduled to arrive.

  5. Asha says:

    Great post! A nice reminder to keep it simple on holiday. We’ve always stayed at a rental or hotel with a kitchen, even before kids. But now I can appreciate more since we bring our boys. Being able to whip together a quick breakfast or snack makes all the difference in the world. I like how you broke down the shopping lists. Sounds like you enjoyed the ‘bu!

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