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5 Make-Ahead Meals to Take on Your Next Trip Up North

While it's awesome to have a fully-stocked kitchen to use while staying at Nitschke's Northern Resort, it's not always so awesome to have to cook while on vacation. With a little prep work before you leave for Minocqua, you can easily feed your family and still relax with your feet propped up!

1. Guacamole, Salsa and Chips

guacamole and bowl

Made fresh, there is nothing tastier or healthier than a bowl of guacamole, adorned with a bowl of salsa and chips (ok maybe try cut veggies for a healthier alternative to the chips). While this may not be considered a full meal to some, it can be very filling as a lunchtime treat. has a great, classic recipe that is sure to impress even the pickiest of guac eaters. View Recipe Here.

2. Barbecue Chicken Sliders

chicken sliders on plate

Grab a rotisserie chicken and make the sauce before hand. Bring along a bag of slider buns, the cheese and whala! These tasty supper sliders are perfect for trips to the Northwoods. They are fast to heat up, fit great on a paper plate for easy clean up and are likely to be loved by adults and children alike. Visit Taste of Home for the full recipe.

3. Baked Ziti

baked ziti on plate at resort

The great thing about preparing this meal is that you can double or triple the recipe, pan them up in individual metal baking pans and freeze them for multiple meals. Make this Italian specialty weeks before you come up and enjoy a fresh baked pasta blend flavor when you bake it at the resort. Bring along a frozen loaf of garlic bread and you have a make ahead meal that everyone will love! Beware however, the smell coming from your oven might draw your neighbors into your cabin! View the recipe on here.

4. Smokey Maple Turkey Chili in Taco Bowls

taco bowls

Sounds fancy and complicated right? Wrong! This delicious alternative to a plain ground beef taco will eave your family with delightful memories of the time they ate so good at the resort in Minocqua! The meat blend can be made ahead of time, frozen and brought with you on the trip up north. Then, bring along the fixings and set out for a family-style meal at the picnic table outside. Leftovers can always be transformed into nachos, burritos or tacos with a twist! View recipe on Good Housekeeping.

5. Lemony Chicken Noodle Soup

chicken soup in bowls

Everybody LOVES chicken noodle soup, especially when you use alphabet noodles! This soup can be made ahead in very large quantities to feed the entire cabin more than once. Full of refreshing veggies and an herbaceous broth, this recipe from Real Simple is truly a treat!

There you have it! 5 easy make-ahead meals for your trip to the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Don't have a place to stay yet? Give us a call at 715-356-7795 and book your cabin at Nitschke's Northern Resort today! Plan an off-peak season trip when our cabins rates are discounted or call to see what our summer availability is. See you soon!

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