7 Meals You Can Make in Your Hotel Room

Mini kitchen at the Aspen Meadows Resort in Aspen, CO

Pretty much any way you slice it, you’re going to drop money on vacation.

There are a ton of people out there with great travel hack ideas, but most of the time it’s how to save money on flights, or book a cheap hotel, or find free things to do.

But the hacking doesn’t have to end there.

I mean, we have to eat right? Hands down one of the best ways to save money on vacation is to not spend every meal dining in a restaurant.

Unfortunately, most hotel rooms don’t provide a full kitchen to whip up gourmet vacation meals, and the best we can hope for is a microwave and a mini fridge. But hey, I survived dorm life with my trusty mini fridge and microwave set, so I’m pretty sure you can get in a couple of meals.

Alright, so let’s get cookin, shall we, I have some free museums to check out.

Microwave Meal Options

Alright here is where it would be easy for me to say, go to the store, get a can of soup and amazeballs, you’ve got dinner!!

I mean yea, you can do that, but do I really need to write a post about that?

Let’s get a little more advanced, kids.

Bacon and Eggs

Who doesn’t love bacon! So why not start off your morning before sightseeing with a nice boost of protein. This is about as simple as it gets, first cook bacon. Now what about the eggs, simple use the coffee mug that is provided in the room. Add in an egg or two, and just a touch of water and heat. The eggs will form a perfect little round shape and you’ll be good to go. Add some of your shredded cheese for extra flavor.

Ramen Primavera

Ok, ok I had to throw in one Ramen dish. This one is easy as well, heat up your Ramen in the microwave (don’t use the flavor packet, or just use a dash of it), then get one of those microwaveable mixed bags of veggies. Add in some tomato sauce and mix.

Baked Potato

This is one of my office lunch standbys actually. Grab a potato (depending on your toppings you can use sweet or white), poke a ton of holes in it with a fork and pop it into the microwave. Once it’s done, and while it’s cooling you can make your fixins, crumble in some bacon, bagged microwavable broccoli and cheese, or whatever else suits your fancy.

Mini Black Bean Tacos

Grab some of those little tortillas, a bag of frozen corn, a can or two of black beans, some shredded cheese, and a jar of salsa. Gently heat up everything together in the microwave, and you’ve got a fiesta on your hands.

This also works for quesadillas and nachos too, if you really want to go all out.

Mini Pizzas

Who doesn’t love pizza? So make it in your hotel room. For the tried and true quick and dirty version get some English muffins, pizza sauce and shredded cheese, viola. To be a bit more advanced try using pita bread and tomatoes with your cheese on top. For the paleos in the house, use mushroom caps as the base instead of bread.

Bonus Tip:

And for a secret tip, if your room has an iron, then you can use that to give you a crispy bread base (make sure to wrap the bread in some paper towels first. You can also use this technique for grilled cheese sandwiches too.

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