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LindaBabe
11-29-2011, 07:49 PM
Backstory. We were at VWL Thanksgiving week. I didn't go overboard with table service - Yak & Yeti, Kouzinna & Artist point - but I found the prices even more outrageous than in the past. SO -

Although this topic has been visited before - ( the most recent answers are over a year old, according to the search results) - Time for an update?

Doing an unplanned, low budget solo 1 week trip in a Studio in January. No crock pot - just the supplied fridge, coffee pot, toaster & microwave.

Flying and bringing my provisions (except milk & eggs) with me. We usually eat pretty simple - protein, veg, salad, fruit.

I'd love your meal suggestions, please.

sarahk0204
11-30-2011, 07:07 AM
We will be a studio in 12 days :cool1:, so I have been planning this as well. We have some TS planned, and we will be meeting up with 2 sets of friends during our trip, but here is what I have. We are driving, but I elected not to bring the crock pot.

Chili - Ours is homemade coming down frozen in the cooler, but you could use your favorite canned chili or soup.

Hot Dogs with precut apple slices and baby carrots

Breakfast for dinner - toaster waffles, microwave bacon or sausage, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit (We will probably get oranges since they will be in season.)

bobbiwoz
11-30-2011, 07:30 AM
...(We will probably get oranges since they will be in season.)

We go to Whites Red Hill Grove on Conway Ave.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/red-hill-groves-whites-orlando

Their orange juice tastes wonderful, and in December they have red navels that are so delicious!:goodvibes

sarahk0204
11-30-2011, 08:05 AM
We go to Whites Red Hill Grove on Conway Ave.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/red-hill-groves-whites-orlando

Their orange juice tastes wonderful, and in December they have red navels that are so delicious!:goodvibes

Oh yum! Thanks for the tip!

BirdsOfPreyDave
11-30-2011, 08:31 AM
Not quite the same as your scenerio, but a few years ago we moved from a Treehouse (our first week with family) to a week in a studio with just the two of us. Before we left the treehouse, I cooked the two boxes of spaghetti noodles we'd not used and put them in a ziplock bag. Then in the studio, I'd combine some of the noodles with various sauces in the bowls and microwave. We'd also brought some fruit and salad fixing over from the treehouse.

I'm not sure how you feel about flying with a big ziplock back of cooked spaghetti noodles in your bag, but it really was a convenient way for us to put together meals in the studio.

Deb & Bill
11-30-2011, 08:47 AM
The problem with the studio is the small size of the freezer section. So unless you have a cooler of some sort that you can store frozen food in for short periods of time, you are pretty much limited to non-frozen foods.

You could request a blender from Housekeeping and make smoothies for breakfast, but they have some good smoothies at Goods to Go.

jodifla
11-30-2011, 08:58 AM
Backstory. We were at VWL Thanksgiving week. I didn't go overboard with table service - Yak & Yeti, Kouzinna & Artist point - but I found the prices even more outrageous than in the past. SO -

Although this topic has been visited before - ( the most recent answers are over a year old, according to the search results) - Time for an update?

Doing an unplanned, low budget solo 1 week trip in a Studio in January. No crock pot - just the supplied fridge, coffee pot, toaster & microwave.

Flying and bringing my provisions (except milk & eggs) with me. We usually eat pretty simple - protein, veg, salad, fruit.

I'd love your meal suggestions, please.

Don't forget the grills! You can buy charcoal where you light the bag, and it's an easy one-step process. Then you can grill steaks, or fresh Florida seafood. You can also grill veggies and heat up garlic bread; or you could do baked potatoes in the microwave, or microwave rice.

VanessasMom
11-30-2011, 09:28 AM
my dd has reflux really bad and one time we had to cook all our own meals to accommodate her medical issues. For the adults, we had things like...spaghetti (you can easily cook noodles in the microwave that can be made into a variety of meals), canned soups, tuna salad (bring tuna in the pouch)--you can also do alot with canned salmon and canned chicken, french toast, eggs, baked potatoes, pb&j, mac&cheese, granola bars, jello/pudding, and pretty much any canned meals will work for you. All we bought from the store there was milk, eggs and bread. Wish I saved my "menu" from our 10 day stay for you.

photobob
11-30-2011, 10:02 AM
We drive so we are able to carry much more stuff with us, but we generally try to stick with sandwiches on bagel thins, ham, pre-made chicken salad, tuna salad and snack type breakfast. We always take Pringles for chips since they travel well! Normally we eat a TS lunch each day, we try to stay with more moderately priced TS restaurants since we always pay OOP. We will usually do one upscale pricey meal per stay. We normally don't stay in a studio but the things that we take could be cooked in a studio. We rarely cook something that requires the full kitchen. Look forward to ready for more ideas since we will be doing more studio stays in the future.

twinklebug
11-30-2011, 12:27 PM
Doing an unplanned, low budget solo 1 week trip in a Studio in January. No crock pot - just the supplied fridge, coffee pot, toaster & microwave.

Flying and bringing my provisions (except milk & eggs) with me. We usually eat pretty simple - protein, veg, salad, fruit.

I'd love your meal suggestions, please.

Fruit/veggies/Salad are all really easy.
Your problem is the protein and preparing that.

Cold:
Tunafish sandwiches are a hit with the kids
PB & J are cool for them too.
Deli meats are easy.

Hot:
Soup is very doable in a microwave.
Beans and hotdogs can be made.
Some people like microwaved eggs.
Microwaved bacon can be made too.

... I can't think of anything other than those that can be made without a hotplate/skillet or crocpot.

This next trip I bought a small covered Presto Skillet and am testing real recipes. It won't take up much room in the luggage once I detach the legs. With it we'll be able to make tacos/ fajitas/ chilli, spaghetti sauce, onions & peppers, stir-fry veggies with chicken and a few more things. Might be worth looking into.

LindaBabe
11-30-2011, 02:54 PM
Microwaved eggs are pretty good IF you beat them first and pour into a buttered dish to microwave. The other key is 1 minute or less before stirring. then another 30 sec to 1 min.

How do you microwave noodles or spaghetti? Is it precooked or fresh, or can you do it with dry from the box?

twinklebug
11-30-2011, 04:14 PM
Microwaved eggs are pretty good IF you beat them first and pour into a buttered dish to microwave. The other key is 1 minute or less before stirring. then another 30 sec to 1 min.

How do you microwave noodles or spaghetti? Is it precooked or fresh, or can you do it with dry from the box?

For me it's not so much the taste of the eggs from the microwave, but the smell that bothers me. Then again, eggs typically hate me :/

To cook pasta some folk have special pasta cookers. I simply recycle some of the Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers containers I used to buy for work. Just refill with my own pasta (the small shells from walmart work best, but Angel Hair might work well too), fill to the line with water and microwave on high for 6 minutes. The 'colander' is built into the top: just hold and flip. Image from their website so you know what I'm talking about:

http://www.healthychoice.com/products/Ziti-Meat-Sauce-2357.jpg

twinklebug
11-30-2011, 04:21 PM
I'm not sure how you feel about flying with a big ziplock back of cooked spaghetti noodles in your bag, but it really was a convenient way for us to put together meals in the studio.

Picturing the look on TSA's faces as they review the gallon sized bag-o-pasta

It's not a liquid or a gel! :laughing:

KingRichard
11-30-2011, 04:42 PM
If you have a car, then places sell crock pots for $15-20.

Cost less then 1 lunch.:confused3

bababear_50
11-30-2011, 06:19 PM
Breakfast for me

toasted bagel-with cream cheese and jam
bowl of cereal / milk
hot oatmeal-pkg type-just add hot water
scrambled egg-(microwave) and toast
toaster waffles /syrup

cup coffee/ juice

fruit cup


Lunch :

Tuna salad and raw veggies and dip
Chicken salad and raw veggies and dip


pretzels, chips or crackers to nibble on

lemonade,or milk
yogurt

Dinner:

Baked potato
melted cheese on top

or

can chilli on top
tossed salad

or

sub sandwich ( deli meat)
hot soup / crackers

or
Lipton pasta side dish (microwaveable)
with can tuna or chicken added.
or can of tomato and meat sauce added-omit the seasoning pouch in the side dish
if doing this one and just use the plain noodles.

milk/water/juice

things that I've found travel well
Pringle chips
small cereal boxes
small pk jam and peanut butter and honey
pop-corn microwaveable
hot cereal pouches
hot-chocolate pouches
cup a soup or Campbell's Chunky soup
crackers
potatoes
can meats
can pasta--Beefaroni,etc
small can fruit--jello puddings
peanuts/soya nuts and raisins
Uncle Bens rice bags with the seasonings included
Lipton's Pasta side dishes


How To cook Pasta In A Microwave

here is a link

http://www.ehow.com/how_5020839_cook-pasta-microwave.html

DonnaL
11-30-2011, 07:14 PM
I have a good size insulated Thermos bag that I have used as my "carryon" bag in the past....keeps stuff cold/frozen for up to 24 hours. I've precooked boneless chicken and then freeze.....usually still frozen when I get there...so I just put in the fridge and let it defrost ....no need to freeze....can take (in checked bags of course) small jar of mayo/ranch dressing for chicken salad, or mix up with some salsa (again small jar packed in checked bags). Also, I've precooked meatballs/freeze.....have meatball subs or pack small jar of pasta sauce .....can do the same with meatloaf......if you don't wish to pack/check bags with jarred food....personally I don't...... prefer to either UPS/FedEx a small box addressed to myself c/o of the resort we're staying, with our check-in dated noted on the address label and time the shipping so that it arrives the day before we do....in the box I'll put any jarred or dry products I need to complete the meals I've decided on, also I premix any spices I need and put them in a snack size ziploc, coffee and sugar packets also go in the box. There is a company called www.minimus.biz which sells travel sized products..they've got just about everything...very convenient for use in a studio kitchen and the items pack very compactly in a box. At check-in I just ask for the UPS/FedEx delivery which arrived the day before......everything above doesn't need to be frozen once you get there if you plan to eat it within five or six days.....simply keeping it refrigerated will be fine.

LindaBabe
11-30-2011, 07:41 PM
For me it's not so much the taste of the eggs from the microwave, but the smell that bothers me. Then again, eggs typically hate me :/

To cook pasta some folk have special pasta cookers. I simply recycle some of the Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers containers I used to buy for work. Just refill with my own pasta (the small shells from walmart work best, but Angel Hair might work well too), fill to the line with water and microwave on high for 6 minutes. The 'colander' is built into the top: just hold and flip. Image from their website so you know what I'm talking about:

http://www.healthychoice.com/products/Ziti-Meat-Sauce-2357.jpg

Breakfast for me

toasted bagel-with cream cheese and jam
bowl of cereal / milk
hot oatmeal-pkg type-just add hot water
scrambled egg-(microwave) and toast
toaster waffles /syrup

cup coffee/ juice

fruit cup


Lunch :

Tuna salad and raw veggies and dip
Chicken salad and raw veggies and dip


pretzels, chips or crackers to nibble on

lemonade,or milk
yogurt

Dinner:

Baked potato
melted cheese on top

or

can chilli on top
tossed salad

or

sub sandwich ( deli meat)
hot soup / crackers

or
Lipton pasta side dish (microwaveable)
with can tuna or chicken added.
or can of tomato and meat sauce added-omit the seasoning pouch in the side dish
if doing this one and just use the plain noodles.

milk/water/juice

things that I've found travel well
Pringle chips
small cereal boxes
small pk jam and peanut butter and honey
pop-corn microwaveable
hot cereal pouches
hot-chocolate pouches
cup a soup or Campbell's Chunky soup
crackers
potatoes
can meats
can pasta--Beefaroni,etc
small can fruit--jello puddings
peanuts/soya nuts and raisins
Uncle Bens rice bags with the seasonings included
Lipton's Pasta side dishes


How To cook Pasta In A Microwave

here is a link

http://www.ehow.com/how_5020839_cook-pasta-microwave.html

I have a good size insulated Thermos bag that I have used as my "carryon" bag in the past....keeps stuff cold/frozen for up to 24 hours. I've precooked boneless chicken and then freeze.....usually still frozen when I get there...so I just put in the fridge and let it defrost ....no need to freeze....can take (in checked bags of course) small jar of mayo/ranch dressing for chicken salad, or mix up with some salsa (again small jar packed in checked bags). Also, I've precooked meatballs/freeze.....have meatball subs or pack small jar of pasta sauce .....can do the same with meatloaf......if you don't wish to pack/check bags with jarred food....personally I don't...... prefer to either UPS/FedEx a small box addressed to myself c/o of the resort we're staying, with our check-in dated noted on the address label and time the shipping so that it arrives the day before we do....in the box I'll put any jarred or dry products I need to complete the meals I've decided on, also I premix any spices I need and put them in a snack size ziploc, coffee and sugar packets also go in the box. There is a company called www.minimus.biz which sells travel sized products..they've got just about everything...very convenient for use in a studio kitchen and the items pack very compactly in a box. At check-in I just ask for the UPS/FedEx delivery which arrived the day before......everything above doesn't need to be frozen once you get there if you plan to eat it within five or six days.....simply keeping it refrigerated will be fine.


Brilliant ideas! Thank you :)

Gotta try one of those healthy choice things just so I can get the container. Haven't ever eaten any of the microwaveable entrees so I don't know what's good. And I had forgotten about shipping a box - although I think i'll have plenty of luggage space.

LindaBabe
11-30-2011, 07:43 PM
If you have a car, then places sell crock pots for $15-20.

Cost less then 1 lunch.:confused3

no car - I did buy one once for a 3 week trip when I had a car, and abandoned it after, but it's not really worth it for 8 days.

bakerworld
11-30-2011, 08:51 PM
Sharing - we often stop at the QS for a sandwich and salad and split it back in the room. Also, we ask at the eatery if they have a problem with us sharing an entree and we've never been refused. Sharing an appetizer, entree with salad and desert has always been enough food for us.

LindaBabe
12-01-2011, 05:46 AM
Sharing - we often stop at the QS for a sandwich and salad and split it back in the room. Also, we ask at the eatery if they have a problem with us sharing an entree and we've never been refused. Sharing an appetizer, entree with salad and desert has always been enough food for us.

Yes, we've been known to do that too. At Kouzinna, in fact, we had App's, salads and shared a dessert. That was *it*.

However, in January, I'll be alone. I could share with 'me' by bring half back to the resort for another meal, but i'm always a little concerned about food safety due to the unrefrigerated travel time.

taaren
12-01-2011, 05:25 PM
Breakfast for me
toasted bagel-with cream cheese and jam
bowl of cereal / milk
hot oatmeal-pkg type-just add hot water
scrambled egg-(microwave) and toast
toaster waffles /syrup
cup coffee/ juice
fruit cup
Lunch :
Tuna salad and raw veggies and dip
Chicken salad and raw veggies and dip
pretzels, chips or crackers to nibble on
lemonade,or milk
yogurt
Dinner:
Baked potato
melted cheese on top or can chilli on top
tossed salad
or
sub sandwich ( deli meat)
hot soup / crackers
or
Lipton pasta side dish (microwaveable)
with can tuna or chicken added.
or can of tomato and meat sauce added-omit the seasoning pouch in the side dish
if doing this one and just use the plain noodles.
milk/water/juice
things that I've found travel well
Pringle chips
small cereal boxes
small pk jam and peanut butter and honey
pop-corn microwaveable
hot cereal pouches
hot-chocolate pouches
cup a soup or Campbell's Chunky soup
crackers
potatoes
can meats
can pasta--Beefaroni,etc
small can fruit--jello puddings
peanuts/soya nuts and raisins
Uncle Bens rice bags with the seasonings included
Lipton's Pasta side dishes

This list is amazing! Thank you! This will be our first time in a studio, and we'll only be there for a long weekend, but definitely will use some of these ideas to maximize pool time while staying at the resort and not breaking the bank! Probably going to be eating lunch poolside some of your dinner ideas then eat dinner off-resort. :worship:
We knew how to do breakfast with no stove but I've been puzzling over lunch and dinner for a bit now.
And thanks to the OP for bringing this topic up again. Had been thinking I needed to do a search for studio cooking ....

Sandy321
12-01-2011, 08:30 PM
In addition, you may consider going with a grocery service. we've used wegoshop - they use publix, I was able to view the weekly ad, make selections - and I had a number I called and asked about what they had at the deli - so in addition to sandwiches, the packages of Dole premix Salad greens, they have pre cooked chicken, (Tyson sells it in bags - so you can have Cesar Chicken Salad) You can get pre cooked shrimp - you can get some great salads - and meats (even a rotisserie chicken - you can make a few meals with one chicken, get some taco shells and have chicken tacos, meat for the salad,

candielips
12-02-2011, 07:38 AM
The problem with the studio is the small size of the freezer section. So unless you have a cooler of some sort that you can store frozen food in for short periods of time, you are pretty much limited to non-frozen foods.

You could request a blender from Housekeeping and make smoothies for breakfast, but they have some good smoothies at Goods to Go.

Can you really request a blender from housekeeping?

I have smoothies for breakfast every morning but I am very particular about what goes into them. And I never really like a smoothie made anywhere else.

wls23
12-02-2011, 06:21 PM
Yes. You can request a blender. We do this on all of our trips

taaren
12-02-2011, 06:55 PM
The problem with the studio is the small size of the freezer section. So unless you have a cooler of some sort that you can store frozen food in for short periods of time, you are pretty much limited to non-frozen foods.
You could request a blender from Housekeeping and make smoothies for breakfast, but they have some good smoothies at Goods to Go.
Okay, how small/cold is it? There's a crazy awesome ice cream pie creamery in Honolulu; I want to take some back to enjoy at our studio at Aulani for dessert. Can I fit a couple of slices on a small plate in the freezer and will they last in there a day or two?

BirdsOfPreyDave
12-02-2011, 08:13 PM
Okay, how small/cold is it? There's a crazy awesome ice cream pie creamery in Honolulu; I want to take some back to enjoy at our studio at Aulani for dessert. Can I fit a couple of slices on a small plate in the freezer and will they last in there a day or two?The freezer is about the size of two loaves of bread side-by-side. You can make it as cold as you want. In fact, I frequently have an issue with studio refrigerators that I set them too cold and freeze my Brita pitcher on the bottom shelf. (I can never leave well enough alone, and always play around with the temperature dial. It's one of those little flaws I recognize in myself, yet can't seem to change.)

taaren
12-02-2011, 08:29 PM
The freezer is about the size of two loaves of bread side-by-side. You can make it as cold as you want. In fact, I frequently have an issue with studio refrigerators that I set them too cold and freeze my Brita pitcher on the bottom shelf. (I can never leave well enough alone, and always play around with the temperature dial. It's one of those little flaws I recognize in myself, yet can't seem to change.)
Awesome. That's at least 4 slices of ice cream pie we can take with us! :rotfl:

buzz5985
12-03-2011, 02:08 AM
Fruit/veggies/Salad are all really easy.
Your problem is the protein and preparing that.

Cold:
Tunafish sandwiches are a hit with the kids
PB & J are cool for them too.
Deli meats are easy.

Hot:
Soup is very doable in a microwave.
Beans and hotdogs can be made.
Some people like microwaved eggs.
Microwaved bacon can be made too.

... I can't think of anything other than those that can be made without a hotplate/skillet or crocpot.

This next trip I bought a small covered Presto Skillet and am testing real recipes. It won't take up much room in the luggage once I detach the legs. With it we'll be able to make tacos/ fajitas/ chilli, spaghetti sauce, onions & peppers, stir-fry veggies with chicken and a few more things. Might be worth looking into.

I bought a small 14 inch electric fry pan for our last trip. We stayed at the Marriott Lakeshore Reserve in a studio. We cooked bacon and eggs, french toast. Lunch grilled cheese and soups. Dinners - taco, fahitas, stir fry. I had brought my own spice packets for the taco's and fahitas.

This fry pan would very easily fit in a suitcase - without the lid - that is glass. Found I really didn't need the lid.

Janis

snwwht
12-03-2011, 03:24 PM
Okay, how small/cold is it? There's a crazy awesome ice cream pie creamery in Honolulu; I want to take some back to enjoy at our studio at Aulani for dessert. Can I fit a couple of slices on a small plate in the freezer and will they last in there a day or two?

Do Tell Please!Where is this creamery?

arthur06
12-03-2011, 04:28 PM
We bought a very small skillet a few years back from The Home Depot...

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100676081/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Its under $15 and it is very small, only 6.5 inches. We also have a microwavable bacon tray that we take with. We can cook pretty much any breakfast items with these two items.

It also works nice for lunch/dinner items. We used it for hot grilled cheese with ham as well.

wishicouldgomoreofte
12-03-2011, 05:07 PM
Breakfast for me

toasted bagel-with cream cheese and jam
bowl of cereal / milk
hot oatmeal-pkg type-just add hot water
scrambled egg-(microwave) and toast
toaster waffles /syrup

cup coffee/ juice

fruit cup


Lunch :

Tuna salad and raw veggies and dip
Chicken salad and raw veggies and dip


pretzels, chips or crackers to nibble on

lemonade,or milk
yogurt

Dinner:

Baked potato
melted cheese on top

or

can chilli on top
tossed salad

or

sub sandwich ( deli meat)
hot soup / crackers

or
Lipton pasta side dish (microwaveable)
with can tuna or chicken added.
or can of tomato and meat sauce added-omit the seasoning pouch in the side dish
if doing this one and just use the plain noodles.

milk/water/juice

things that I've found travel well
Pringle chips
small cereal boxes
small pk jam and peanut butter and honey
pop-corn microwaveable
hot cereal pouches
hot-chocolate pouches
cup a soup or Campbell's Chunky soup
crackers
potatoes
can meats
can pasta--Beefaroni,etc
small can fruit--jello puddings
peanuts/soya nuts and raisins
Uncle Bens rice bags with the seasonings included
Lipton's Pasta side dishes


How To cook Pasta In A Microwave

here is a link

http://www.ehow.com/how_5020839_cook-pasta-microwave.html

Thanks, bababear. Your post seems the most realistic so far for studio cooking.
The studio, however, only comes with 4 paper plates, and 4 paper bowls.
No 2 quart glass dish to cook pasta in, or anything else.

wishicouldgomoreofte
12-03-2011, 05:10 PM
For me it's not so much the taste of the eggs from the microwave, but the smell that bothers me. Then again, eggs typically hate me :/

To cook pasta some folk have special pasta cookers. I simply recycle some of the Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers containers I used to buy for work. Just refill with my own pasta (the small shells from walmart work best, but Angel Hair might work well too), fill to the line with water and microwave on high for 6 minutes. The 'colander' is built into the top: just hold and flip. Image from their website so you know what I'm talking about:

http://www.healthychoice.com/products/Ziti-Meat-Sauce-2357.jpg

Good idea, twinklebug. Recycling the healthy choice container sounds great.

LindaBabe
12-08-2011, 03:25 PM
Originally Posted by bababear_50
Breakfast for me

toasted bagel-with cream cheese and jam
bowl of cereal / milk
hot oatmeal-pkg type-just add hot water
scrambled egg-(microwave) and toast
toaster waffles /syrup

cup coffee/ juice

fruit cup


Lunch :

Tuna salad and raw veggies and dip
Chicken salad and raw veggies and dip


pretzels, chips or crackers to nibble on

lemonade,or milk
yogurt

Dinner:

Baked potato
melted cheese on top

or

can chilli on top
tossed salad

or

sub sandwich ( deli meat)
hot soup / crackers

or
Lipton pasta side dish (microwaveable)
with can tuna or chicken added.
or can of tomato and meat sauce added-omit the seasoning pouch in the side dish
if doing this one and just use the plain noodles.

milk/water/juice

things that I've found travel well
Pringle chips
small cereal boxes
small pk jam and peanut butter and honey
pop-corn microwaveable
hot cereal pouches
hot-chocolate pouches
cup a soup or Campbell's Chunky soup
crackers
potatoes
can meats
can pasta--Beefaroni,etc
small can fruit--jello puddings
peanuts/soya nuts and raisins
Uncle Bens rice bags with the seasonings included
Lipton's Pasta side dishes

I think this is the list i'll go with - I'll get one of the healthy choice dishes, just to have the container. Hard to justify the $25 service fee from WeGOShop just for a rotisserie chicken and veggie tray, but it may have to be done. Or maybe I'll just freeze some chicken and pack cut veggies in my soft side cooler in the suitcase. With SW, I get two.

Thank you ALL for your contributions!