Some of the best vacations are when you travel with a large group of friends and family and rent out a big house or cabin to spend a lot of time together. Cooking (and eating!) is always a vital part of the process but it can get stressful when you are in unfamiliar surroundings with a large brood to feed. Here are two easy and delicious recipes from Sarah that you can make for a crowd without a lot of fuss and even less stress.
I could reiterate with every breath that I am not a great cook, but fortunately I am surrounded by friends who are! My good friends Pete and Kym own a local brewery and fortunately use us as taste-testers and still enjoy cooking for everyone when we head out of town! Some of our other friends are just as talented and make for a first class culinary experience all while experiencing an adventure!
Quick and Easy ideas for on the go…
Most of the houses we stay in have a grill available so Pete will grill up some great veggies including squash, onions, peppers, asparagus, etc. I love these veggies, but the sauce he makes to go with them – fantastic!
Grilled Veggie Sauce
I Cup Mayo
½ Cup Cider Vinegar
2 Tbsp Sugar
2 Tsp White Pepper
½ – 1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 Tsp Horseradish (optional)
1 Tbsp Water
It’s easiest to shake in a tightly sealed jar, let it sit in the refrigerator for a while for flavors to blend.
Another great side dish for grilled salmon or chicken is Quinoa. This incredibly healthy grain-like food is enjoyed by the kids and adults alike, once it is dressed up a bit!
Black Bean and Corn Quinoa Salad
Cook one cup Quinoa as directed on package. However, substitute chicken broth for water and squeeze the juice of one lime as you are cooking.
Add to cooked Quinoa:
2 cans black beans
1 bag frozen corn, thawed
½ red onion, chopped
1 bunch cilantro
1 package Italian dressing dry powder packet
(This salad is extremely versatile. You can throw in optional veggies like tomatoes if you like.)
Mix. Can be served warm, room temperature, or chilled.
Great to pack for hikes and picnics!