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What to cook for dinner?

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What to cook for dinner?

This will be our first trip where we plan to prepare many of our own dinners, even though we're actually seasoned travelers. (please excuse the pun).

We booked self contained motels, but don't want to make a big deal of cooking, nor spend too much time.

Can you suggest some meal ideas that are readily available, quick & easy, delicious and nutritious?

o.k., we'll settle for quick & easy.

thx

Nelson, New Zealand
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for South Island
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1. Re: What to cook for dinner?

Quite a number of motels have a BBQ you can use - this saves on having to scrub a pan and it means your unit isn't full of cooking smells

Fresh fish and salad - wrap the fish in foil for on the barbie or grill over the flame

Lamb (NZ lamb is probably cheaper to buy in Canada than it is here) with couscous and fresh veges

pizza (buy the half-baked crust in the chiller section (not frozen) of the supermarket and add your own toppings

seared venison with baked potato and bean salad

green-shell mussels (toss them on the BBQ) and salad sanford.co.nz/sanfordfisheries/recipes/en/re…

enjoy :)

Takapuna, New...
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2. Re: What to cook for dinner?

Some of the motel bbq's leave a lot to be desired when it comes to hygiene. I always carry a telfon bbq sheet and lay that on the bbq then the food on top. They are flexible, non stick and wipe clean. Get one from any good supermarket or Briscoes or The Warehouse. ($11.99 at Briscoe's)

Also, to keep your food cool on the road, either bring or buy a soft sided cool bag and use frozen bottles of water to keep them cold. drain a bit from the bottle before freezing to prevent pressure build up. The reason for soft sided cool bags is that they can be packed in luggage to bring over or take back home afterwards. All of the motels will have fridges with separate freezers or freezer compartments. ($10 for a 20 litre at Briscoe's)

sydney
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3. Re: What to cook for dinner?

Cooked chook (rotisserie) can be bought at supermarkets (grocery stores) or specialised chicken shops. All good supermarkets (New World and Countdown for example) have great delis as well as bakeries.

Cooked chook, ready to eat bought salad or coleslaw, fresh bread roll.

Easy peasy.

Bakery bread, cold meat from deli, ready to eat bought salad or coleslaw.

Easy peasy.

Some delis have 'heat & eat' prepared meals.

Easy peasy.

For a treat try Hell's Pizza and or BurgerFuel.

Enjoy!

Surrey England
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4. Re: What to cook for dinner?

Hi Chiefi, Don't forget omelettes and pasta with ready made sauces if you don't want to bother with making your own.And who would,when on holiday?

Canada
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5. Re: What to cook for dinner?

great ideas.... took notes..... many thanks.

i especially liked the part about easy peasy.

Christchurch, New...
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6. Re: What to cook for dinner?

You also mentioned "nutritous" - don't forget ready made salads in most of the larger supermarkets ( I mean the bags of mixed greens rather than the pre-made coleslaw) and seasonal fruit from roadside stalls!

Canada
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7. Re: What to cook for dinner?

Roadside stalls!!! how could I forget?

Are there mobile vendors selling burgers and Shwarma and pizza?

Has NZ discovered POUTINE yet?

Nelson, New Zealand
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for South Island
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8. Re: What to cook for dinner?

Poutine?

that is just so wrong on so many levels. I couldn't possibly eat it!

Deerfield Beach
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9. Re: What to cook for dinner?

"Poutine? that is just so wrong on so many levels. I couldn't possibly eat it!"

That's what everybody says.... until thet taste it. Then they order it again, but with feelings of guilt.

so, what are NZ's guilty pleasures?

Nelson, New Zealand
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for South Island
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10. Re: What to cook for dinner?

I've seen it, I've smelt it, I've rejected a tastse. I would need to be really really really hungry before eating curds.

NZ guilty pleasures? I can't say as I don't have any - I eat what I want and feel no guilt. Life is too short to impose limits.