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8 Easy Summer Recipes to Make in Your Vacation Rental

Summer staples simplified just for you!

Codeth Cameron
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8 Easy Summer Recipes to Make in Your Vacation Rental

So you promised to prepare something for the family kick-back but don’t know what to make or even where to start; or maybe you just need some fresh and new material for the family while on summer vacation.

Either way, Wander will come through in the clutch with these recipes. So, dig in!


Acai Bowl

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Honestly, I eat this at any time of the day because it’s just that good. The ingredient list is not extensive and it won’t take too much effort, plus it will help you beat the summer heat! 


  • ¾  cup of frozen acai berry puree 

  • ½  cup of frozen berries of your choice 

  • 1 frozen banana

  • ½  cup of fruit juice or milk of your choice

  • Toppings of your choice (I use granola, bananas, strawberries, kiwi, coconut shavings and chia seeds)

Recipe: Put milk or juice inside a blender, add frozen fruits and blend on low until smooth. The consistency should not be liquidy but more of a very thick smoothie. Pour into a bowl then add your toppings.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

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This is one of my all time favorites to have in the morning with my breakfast because it's super easy to make!


  • 1 ripe banana 

  • 1 ½ cup of almond milk (or your preferred milk)

  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter 

  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon of grated nutmeg or ½ teaspoon of nutmeg extract 

  • Optional: a few cubes of ice (I usually freeze my bananas so it’s already cold when everything is blended together and it makes the smoothie more potent that way)


  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

  2. Pour in glass/mason jar of your choice, garnish with banana slices and some nutmeg and enjoy!

French Toast

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We can’t forget the classics. French toast was a breakfast classic for my family growing up - I loved it better than pancakes. When I got older, I could not believe something that simple could taste so delicious.


  • 2 slices of bread

  • ½ cup of milk

  • 1 egg

  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon 

  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • Butter

  • Maple syrup


  1. Using a whisk or a fork, beat the egg, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract together. Then stir in the milk.

  2. Once done, dip the bread slice into the mixture ensuring that you coat both sides thoroughly.

  3. Add a small amount of butter to your non-stick skillet and cook the toast on low heat until both sides are browned.

  4. Transfer to a plate, add your syrup and enjoy!


Tuna Wrap

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Fish isn’t one of my favorites, but a good tuna salad or tuna wrap does it for me everytime. 


  • A can of chunky tuna (drained)

  • 1 small onion

  • 3 sweet bell pepper (green, yellow and red)

  • 1 medium tomato 

  • Lettuce

  • Hot pepper (I use scotch bonnet but whatever you have available is fine)

  • Black pepper

  • Avocado mayo (or any mayo of your choice)

  • Whole wheat wrap


  1. Chop vegetables to your liking and set aside.

  2. Drain oil/water from tuna and put in a bowl.

  3. Add the vegetables, a few dashes of black pepper and the mayo. Mix them all together and do your taste test.

  4. Add your tuna mixture in the center of your wrap and roll up your yummy tuna wrap!

  5. Pro tip: Wash it down with some refreshing lemonade.

Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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This is perfect when traveling with tiny humans because grilled cheese is everyone’s favorite - both the kid and the kid at heart.


  • 2 slices of sourdough bread (or any bread you like -  thick & sturdy will hold bread better)

  • 2 tablespoons of butter

  • Cheddar cheese

  • Monterey Jack Cheese


  1. Heat up a non-stick skillet on medium.

  2. Melt some butter in the pan then place bread in it. Add your cheese.

  3. Turn down the stove to low heat to prevent over browning or burning.

  4. Once the slice has a nice brown color, place the other slice on top of the open sandwich, add more butter to the pan and flip to get the other side browned. Do this until both sides have a nice color and the cheese is melted.

  5. You can add anything you like to spice up this classic. Bacon, onions, deli meat - it’s all up to you!

Chicken Nuggets/Strips

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Even the pickiest of eaters love chicken nuggets, so this is a no-fuss and easy to prepare lunch option for everyone.


  • 1lb Boneless chicken breasts

  • 2 cups of flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoon of onion powder

  • 1 ½ teaspon of garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons of paprika

  • 1 teaspoon of all purpose seasoning

  • 3 eggs

  • Oil of your choice


  1. Prepare your flour mixture by mixing in onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, paprika and all purpose seasoning.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk your eggs.

  3. Cut chicken breasts into bite size pieces and wash.

  4. Coat your chicken bites with seasoned flour mixture, then dip it into eggs, then into the flour again.

  5. Fry each piece in hot oil for about 6-7 minutes until golden. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.

  6. Serve with your favorite sides and sauce.


Oven BBQ Ribs

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Nothing screams summer more than barbecue. And one of my favorite things to eat is a tasty rack of barbecued pork ribs.


  • 3lbs of pork ribs

  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder

  • 2 teaspoons of garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon of ginger powder

  • 1 teaspoon of chili/cayenne pepper

  • 2 teaspoons of all purpose seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon of meat seasoning 

  • 2 teaspoons of BBQ spice/seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons of paprika

For the sauce:

  • 2 cups of BBQ sauce

  • ½ cup of vinegar

  • 1 cup of brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon of chili/cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.

  2. Mix all your dry seasonings together in a bowl. 

  3. Remove the membrane from the ribs and wash.

  4. Pat dry with paper towels and place on a baking tray lined with foil paper.

  5. Rub your ribs with the seasoning mix on both sides and cover the ribs completely with foil paper.

  6. Bake for 2 hours then remove from the oven and coat with the barbecue sauce.

  7. Return the coated ribs to the oven uncovered for 10 minutes. Take it out of the oven and let it sit for 10 more minutes, slice it up and enjoy with your favorite sides.

  8. To make the sauce, combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix.

Curried Shrimp with Coconut Milk

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I regret all the days as a child when I refused to eat this because it is so yummy! It’s also just like most of the dishes on this list - very easy to make.


  • Shrimp

  • Onion 

  • Garlic

  • Curry powder

  • Cumin

  • Coriander

  • Chili pepper

  • Garlic powder

  • Salt

  • Black pepper

  • Coconut milk/powder

  • Carrots

  • Bell Peppers (not yellow)

  • Oil


  1. Wash your shrimp and add garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper, curry powder and mix. Set aside.

  2. In a skillet, heat your oil. Add chopped onion and garlic and saute until fragrant.

  3. Then add cumin, coriander, chili powder and curry powder to oil and stir on high for about 30 seconds.

  4. Add your coconut milk (or mixed coconut powder), mix and let it simmer on medium heat for 7  minutes.

  5. Add your shrimp and stir for 3 minutes then add julienned carrots and bell peppers. Continue stirring for 3 more minutes.

  6. Serve with your favorite side.

One of the best things about Wander is that every kitchen comes with all the tools you’ll need to cook up almost every recipe! If you have any questions about our properties, our concierge desk is open for you 24/7. We hope to see you in any of our Wander homes soon!

The Wander experience is all about convenience and comfort so I hope these recipes provide just that for you and that you’ll try at least one of them during your stay. And if you do, share them with us on Instagram and Twitter. See you soon!

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