Amazing Vacation Meal Planning: 6 Chef Tips You Need

Vacation Rental Meal Planning Small Packets of Spices in Belize Grocery Store

Get some Amazing Vacation Meal Planning tips from our dear friend of 20 years, Chef Susan Denzer. We first crossed paths back in 2004 at a food manufacturing company in Minnesota, where our shared love for food and creativity sparked a lasting friendship.

In this blog post, Chef Susan shares insightful tips on vacation meal planning, blending her culinary prowess with a touch of Belizean charm. We extend our sincere thanks to Chef Susan for being our guest writer and sharing her ideas for vacation meals.

Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak

Amazing Vacation Meal Planning with Chef Susan Denzer: A Guest Blog

Booking a vacation rental for your next Belizean getaway? A bit of vacation meal planning helps make mealtimes not just easier but truly memorable. In the past decade, an increasing number of travelers have chosen a vacation rental as their lodging, contributing to the growth of this segment in the travel industry. Vacation rentals in Belize offer a unique experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the local culture while enjoying the comforts of a home away from home.

Statistics and Trends:

  • In 2022, around 60 million people opted for vacation rental stays in the U.S., with approximately 700 million travelers globally.
  • By 2025, it is expected that at least 1 in 5 consumers will have stayed in a vacation rental.
  • The top reasons travelers choose this type of lodging are space, convenient accommodations for families and friends, and the ability to savor their own culinary creations.

Vacation Dinner Ideas for Your Lucky Dreamer Lodge Getaway

Lucky Dreamer Lodge Outdoor Kitchen Vacation Rental Meal Planning

As someone who regularly books vacation rentals, I’ve discovered that cooking in these unique settings requires some thoughtful vacation meal plans. The rhythm of your day changes, and simplicity becomes the key. Access to local markets may differ from what you’re used to, and kitchen equipment can vary. Whether it’s a cozy condo or a spacious retreat (Like Lucky Dreamer Lodge), vacation rentals provide the perfect backdrop for creating lasting memories through shared meals.

Chef Tips for Mastering Vacation Meal Planning

Vacation Rental Meal Planning Chicken Fajita


  • Lower stress, make mealtime a breeze, and enhance your budget with well-thought-out vacation rental meal planning tailored to your Belizean escape.


  • While your vacation rental comes equipped with a kitchen, don’t hesitate to explore Belizean cuisine at local restaurants or enjoy a relaxing homemade meal.


  • Opt for uncomplicated meals using fresh local ingredients. Try sautéed chicken seasoned with Belizean spices or a vibrant build-a-bowl featuring tropical flavors.


Vacation Rental Meal Planning Small spice packages at a Belizean Grocery Store
  • Simplify your shopping with Belizean grocery store finds – from pre-made salsas to local seasoning blends, enrich your dishes effortlessly.


  • Minimize food waste with vacation meals that creatively use perishables throughout your stay.
Vacation Rental Meal Planning Toasted Sandwich with fresh, seasonal, local ingredients | Love + Craft Kitchen


  • Learn more about the local cuisine by taking one of the many hands-on cooking classes available.

Vacation Meal Planner Template

Adapt this vacation meal planner template to your preferences and the unique flavors of Belize.

Breakfast yogurt, fresh fruit, eggs, breakfast meats, bread  

Lunch sandwiches or wraps salads, dinner leftovers, light snacks (cheese, crackers, dips, fresh veggies, and fruit)

Snacks cheese and crackers, fresh veggies and fruit dips, spreads, nuts and seeds, popcorn, any other local snacks  

Dessert fresh fruit, ice cream with fresh fruit, local dessert specialty
Day 1 ARRIVE AT LUCKY DREAMER LODGE  Restaurant (Dine-In, Take-Out or Delivery) Experience one of the many local eateries in the village  
Day 2  Seasoned Beef Steak, Ground Beef Patty, or Pork Chop and a Mixed Greens Salad Trip to local market beef steak, ground beef patty, or pork chop seasoned with a spice blend (pan-fried or grilled) salad greens with other veggie additions pre-made vinaigrette bread or roll, fresh fruit  
Day 3  Explore Belizean Cuisine Learn how to make flour & corn tortillas at Lucky Dreamer Lodge. Consider taking a cooking class and enjoy your Belizean meal!
Day 4  Chicken and Vegetable Fajitas Sheet Pan Dinner  chicken, onions, and bell peppers seasoned with a spice blend, fresh tortillas, cheese, salsa, and guacamole side salad with pre-made vinaigrette
Day 5  Restaurant (Dine-In, Take-Out or Delivery)  
Day 6  “Clean Out the Fridge” Sandwiches or Wraps chicken, bread or rolls, or tortillas, cheese, greens and/or other veggies, guacamole, fresh fruit
Vacation Rental Meal Planning baking sheet of veggies

Indulge in the richness of Belizean flavors and create unforgettable memories with my tips for mastering vacation meal planning. Book your stay at Lucky Dreamer Lodge in Belize and embark on a culinary journey in paradise!

Get to Know Chef Susan: A Culinary Expert and Travel Enthusiast

Chef Susan Denzer

Today, Chef Susan resides in Raleigh, NC, offering her expertise in culinary consulting, recipe development, cooking instruction, and food writing. Her wealth of experience and passion for all things food, wine, gardening, and travel makes her a valued contributor to our community.

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