One of the best aspects of a houseboat vacation is you can plan, cook, and enjoy your meals while onboard.
You will save plenty of precious vacation dollars by not eating out on a daily basis. You will also be able to enjoy more quality time with your family, as well as front-row waterfront dining!
And if you’re planning your 2019 Shasta Lake getaway, regardless of whether you are a family chef or a culinary expert, you may find yourself wondering what meals to plan, and what ingredients to bring along to enjoy easy but decadent dining.
So if you’re in need of a little inspiration, start with these simple and delicious meals that can be readily packed, prepared, and enjoyed while onboard.
1. Barbecue Feasts
Our accommodating houseboats, (which includes the Grand Sierra EX, the Grand Sierra, the Summit, and the Cascade), all have gas barbecues on board with free propane – so all you need to do is bring along the grilling ingredients!
Burgers, hot dogs, steaks, and chicken are all barbecue staples, but for a deliciously charred taste across the board, try mixing it up by packing some more distinctive and unique grilling entrees.
Pizzas can have a wonderful, robust flavor when they’re heated up on the grill, and grilled vegetables and kabobs can create a healthy meal in no time at all that doesn’t skimp out on taste.
Just don’t forget the marinades and rubs that will truly make your barbecue feasts shine!
2. Elevated Picnics
When you’re discovering Shasta Lake, chances are you’ll want to spend a lot of time exploring the beautiful shorelines, coves, and other attractions without much hassle, and without too much time in the kitchen.
This is when an elevated picnic can provide a decadent meal without the fuss! Pack along gourmet salads and sides which can be safely tucked away in your refrigerator or cooler until you’re ready to enjoy, wherever you land.
With delectable cold items like fresh chicken or seafood salad, pasta salads, gourmet potato salad, and marinated veggies, you can enjoy a delicate but portable feast, no matter where you are.
3. Comfort Food Classics
Don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen when you are on vacation? Then come prepared!
Our accommodating houseboats are outfitted with burner stoves/ovens. So it’s easy to make a big family meal ahead of time and just pop it in the oven when you are ready to eat.
Prepare your favorite main dishes before you depart, store in the fridge or freezer, and just take them out and enjoy whenever you are ready to dig into some comfort food.
4. Portable Tapas
Like picnic fare, tapas are versatile! They include a myriad of items you can enjoy anywhere, any time – even when you’re relaxing on a deserted stretch of shoreline or camping out for the night.
Check out your local grocery store’s olive bar for inspiration. Or simply pack cool tapa staples for gourmet party fare that you can enjoy everywhere you go.
Plan Your Trip Today
With full kitchens, a Bridge Bay houseboat has everything you need to feast with flare. So pack along your favorite goodies, and be sure to plan ahead.
Soon, you will be enjoying an economical Shasta Lake getaway that’s brimming with great taste.