Lunch at the beach usually means deciding between a heavy and unhealthy purchase at the boardwalk – usually French fries and fried chicken or a burger – or a somewhat unsatisfying peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Don’t we deserve better? Yes, we do! And, if you are staying in a Panama Beach vacation rental with a kitchen, whipping up a packable lunch in the morning or the day before is easier than you think.
To make sure the lunch works for the beach, the recipes need to meet a few requirements:
- Must be able to eat at room temperature, meaning no heating necessary and limited melting.
- Must be nourishing, because laying in the sun all day can really sap your energy!
- Must be able to eat without a table (i.e. eat without getting sand all over your meal!)
- Must be delicious. Otherwise those French fries will win you over every time.
Here are 7 easy summer recipes that meet these requirements. Give them a try on your next beach getaway!
Sausage Egg Pizza Muffins
These handheld egg-based “muffins” are hearty and filling with sausage and sun-dried tomatoes. They take 30 minutes to whip up, and you can make a big batch to last you through a whole week of vacationing!
Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad
This flavorful salad holds up well against wilting since it is lettuce-free. The sweetness of the dates and carrots are balanced by the earthy flavors of the chickpeas and pistachios for a well-rounded meal.
This classic Middle Eastern dish has a twist with the addition of quinoa. The lemon, mint and cucumbers make for a bright and refreshing meal – perfect for warm days in the sun.
Turkey Bacon Ranch Wraps
I know what you’re thinking: a wrap is super similar to a sandwich. You got me there, but with these delicious flavors of bacon and ranch, plus the easy packing instructions, I think you’ll forgive me.
Avocado Pasta Salad
Your average back-yard barbecue pasta salad gets an upgrade with a satisfying dressing of avocado, lime, buttermilk and cilantro. Cherry tomatoes, bacon and green onion come along for the party, making for happy adults and children alike.
BLT Tortellini Salad
Here’s another play on the pasta salad. This one uses tortellini as a base, and tops it with bacon, lettuce and tomato. When it comes to beach recipe ideas, this one gets the best of both worlds!
Barbacoa or Spinach-Artichoke Quesadillas
Quesadillas are the perfect alternative to sandwiches for the beach, and can be made in so many ways. Try these barbacoa quesadillas for the carnivores, or these spinach-artichoke quesadillas that will please vegetarians.
As a bonus, here are some snack ideas that aren’t potato chips:
- Carrot sticks and hummus
- Apple slices and single-serving peanut butter packs
- Any of these no bake energy bites
- Cheese sticks