1-Cooler, 1-Weekend Getaway

We’ve got five easy meals that are perfect for a weekend getaway—or even a weekend at home. It’s a foolproof plan for packing and cooking.

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Photos: Charles Masters & Randy Mayor

Weekend Menu

Here’s the thing about cooking on vacation: You’re on vacation. Yes, cooking is a pleasure, but so is a nice nap on a deck chair. The perfect getaway allows you to fit both in.

We combined a little bit of make-ahead planning with some double-duty ingredients to build a menu of easy, straightforward meals that feed four deliciously and healthfully—from Friday night cocktails and dinner to Sunday brunch—without ever resorting to boring standbys like cereal, cold-cut sandwiches, and chips.

How do you get all this food to wherever you’re going? That’s the easy part: All the cold items you’ll need fit into a single large cooler. (Yes, we measured it.) Everything else fits in a grocery tote or two. And for the most part, you’ll use every ingredient you bring.

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