After a day of hiking and leaf peeping in crisp fall weather or hitting the slopes come ski season, all you need is a hearty, comforting meal to complete the experience. The kitchen in a vacation rental makes it easy to whip something up for your whole group to enjoy together.
Here are some of our favorite recipes from blogger chefs who know how to make truly comforting meals that don’t take too much time, so you can get on with enjoying your vacation.
Beat the cold with a hearty mug of chili, which is nourishing after a long day outside. This recipe from Sally’s Baking Addition actually includes a layer of cornbread right on top. Delicious!
For the non-meat-eaters, a veggie chili is just as comforting. Blogger Cookie and Kate makes hers with butternut squash and chipotle peppers for extra layers of flavor.
Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup
Homemade tomato soup is the ultimate comfort food, especially with cheese and a carb mixed in, like a classic grilled cheese sandwich. This recipe from Gal on a Mission mixes these concepts together by cooking tortellini right into the soup.
Macaroni and Cheese
There are about a million ways to make macaroni and cheese, but we are especially fond of this method featured on Bless this Mess. Why? Because it only involves one pot so that cooking and cleaning up are a breeze. For extra nutrition, add broccoli in when you throw in the noodles. You could also add in cooked chicken at the end for extra protein.
Slow-cooker Apple Crisp
Let’s not forget the sweets! A warm apple crisp celebrates the season and is always a crowd pleaser. If your rental has a slow cooker, or if you decide to bring one with you, you can get this recipe going before you start dinner. Then the work will be done by the time you have eaten and recapped the day’s events, so you can end on a sweet note.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Honestly, we see no harm in using the store bought dough to meet your chocolate fix at the end of the day – it is vacation, after all! But if you have the time and energy to whip up a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies, you will be richly rewarded. Why not try this version from Averie Cooks, which replaces the butter with cream cheese for super soft cookies?