Disney Food for Families columnist Erin Foster is back with the fourth segment in her series about making and enjoying food in the Disney Vacation Club villa kitchens. See post #1 here, post #2 here, and post #3 here!
In the previous installments of the Disney Vacation Club Villa Kitchens series, I discussed the cooking supplies available, the food available for sale at the Villa resorts, and alternate places to buy groceries around WDW. In this last post, I’m going to do a little hypothetical menu planning and try to give you some ideas for meals created using only foods sold at the DVC resort hotels. What can you actually cook using the limited food supplies available at DVC Resorts?
There are easy fixes for breakfast, with both light and more substantial options among the obvious choices.
- Cold cereal with sliced banana and milk. Orange juice chaser.
- Toast with jam or peanut butter.
- Scrambled eggs with bacon.
- Omelettes with ham and cheese.
- Pop Tarts and coffee. My personal breakfast of champions
Lunch and Dinner
There are also some readily apparent options for lunch/dinner:
- Hot dogs, buns, with chips or fries.
- Spaghetti with red sauce.
- Grilled cheese and soup.
- Frozen pizza or lasagna.
- Tuna melts.
- Cold or toasted sandwiches.
These are all serviceable, but not inspired. Sure you can make pasta with jarred sauce and no one will starve, but without spices, salad, and garlic bread, it’s not really a meal.
Because of the serious lack of veggies available in the resort shops, my suggestion is to make a trip every other day or so to the resort quick service restaurant and pick up a salad or two to supplement your main course. For example, at my home resort, the Villas at Wilderness Lodge, Roaring Fork quick serve offers two delish salads that can be split among three or four people as a side dish.
Whip Up a Real Meal!
Ignoring the paucity of sides, what creative cuisine can be had from just the basics? Here are some ideas:
- Tuna casserole: You’ve got noodles, tuna, milk and cheese. Mix ‘em together for some old school comfort food.
- Hash brown quiche: Smash up the DVC frozen tater tots and you’ve got hash browns. And OK, you’re missing the green onions, but your kids didn’t really want to eat them anyway.
- Chocolate bread pudding: Substitute a Mickey milk chocolate bar for the unsweetened chocolate and use DVC Nestle Quick chocolate milk instead of regular milk. Extra yum.
- Cheesy pizza fondue: Why have just pizza when you can make it fun and interactive? Use chopped up DVC cheese sticks for the mozzarella and toasted English muffins instead of pitas.
- Chicken and waffles: Use the frozen fried chicken and the frozen toaster waffles to make your own version of this Trail’s End staple.
Tips For Being Creative in Your Villa Kitchen
Use Your Imagination:
If you’re going to be cooking in your Villa kitchen, use your imagination and have fun. Don’t be afraid to improvise or make substitutions in your favorite recipe from home. Or use the search feature in a recipe aggregator such as AllRecipes.com and plug in the ingredients available at the DVC resorts for some quick ideas.
Travel With A Few Extras
Your cooking options will also expand exponentially if you are willing to travel with a few food extras. Try putting a few teaspoons of spices in some zip top bags. All of a sudden your boring jarred sauce will have some hot pepper zing. Or if you own at a DVC resort, perhaps look into renting an Owners Locker where you can store shelf-stable items like spices that will enhance your cooking over several trips.
Good luck cooking in your villa kitchen. Let me know what you come up with on your next trip. I can’t wait to hear!
What’s the best meal you’ve made in your villa kitchen? Let us know in the comments section below!