For the first time in years my boys and girls have the same vacation week so we decided to go away and get out of the cold weather. We are off to a vacation but for me that means a few days of meal planning because we are going somewhere that does not have kosher food readily available, that’s right I am not going to Florida, Israel or Los Angeles (which are all great trips too).
I also find it difficult traveling to places that do not have lunches or dinners to purchase but I like to enjoy a variety of destinations so I make it work. And with a little planning it can still be a vacation. I prepare dinners ahead of time and freeze them and then each morning I take something out to defrost and I can enjoy the day without worrying about what’s for dinner. I bring 3 kitchen items that help. First, I bring a Panini maker  for sandwich making, pizza warming and bagel toasting. I use it to melt tortillas with cheese or make grilled cheese sandwiches. Second I bring a pot for rice and pasta. If you add a little starch to any meal, everyone is more satiated. And third, I bring an electric pan. This is a large pan/pot that plugs into the wall. It warms anything in about 5 minutes. I use it to warm chickens with a little sauce, meatballs, Chinese food and just about anything. I bought one from Costco made by WestBend for about $30. It’s a great item to have especially if you are in a hotel without an oven.
A few other tips for traveling with food include:
- • Speak to friends about what they have done and what worked for them
- • Make sure that you are traveling to a destination that allows food to be brought in, meaning be careful about bringing prepared foods to other countries, some have strict regulations about what can be brought in.
- • Freeze food in double aluminum and then wrap two layers of aluminum around the entire tray in case it leaks out the sides.
- • I put the aluminum trays in a plastic bag before putting them in boxes or suitcases.
- • Most items will remain frozen through a flight because the cargo area is freezing.
Here are a few recipes I used this year:
Turkey Strips with Mushrooms and Wine 
Soda Meatballs 
Salmon Croquettes 
Beef or Chicken Lo Mein 
Potatoes with Sauce and Cheese 
Chicken Marsala