Make the most of your self-catering kitchen on your holiday with these easy recipes.

Nobody wants to slave for hours in the kitchen while on holiday – try a few of these easy ideas on your next holiday:

One-Pot Spinach and Tomato Pasta


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 can peeled and diced tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups unsalted chicken stock
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 250g spaghetti or linguine
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 300g roughly chopped fresh spinach
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Sundried Tomatoes (optional)


  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat.
  2. Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until onion is cooked.
  3. Add tomatoes, stock, oregano, and pasta, in that order. Bring to a boil. Stir to submerge noodles in liquid.
  4. Cover and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 7 minutes or until pasta is almost done.
  5. Uncover; stir in salt.
  6. Add spinach in batches, stirring until spinach wilts. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and sundried tomatoes.


  • For a healthier option, use whole-grain pasta
  • Add diced chicken thighs or beef mince for meaty lovers

Recipe adapted from:


Pepperoni Pizza Slider


  • Slider rolls or dinner rolls
  • Pizza sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Pepperoni slices or Salami slices
  • Black olives
  • Butter
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Garlic powder
  • Italian Seasoning


  1. Heat oven to 170°C.
  2. Remove rolls from package, but do not separate rolls. Cut block of rolls horizontally in half; place bottom halves of rolls in big enough baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Spread with pizza sauce on bottom half of rolls; sprinkle with half the mozzarella. Top with pepperoni, olives and remaining mozzarella. Cover with tops of rolls.
  4. Mix butter, Italian seasoning and garlic powder until blended; drizzle over sandwiches.
  5. Sprinkle with Parmesan; cover.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until heated through, uncovering for the last 5 min.

Recipe adapted from:


Baked Potato Bar

All you need for a fun baked potato bar is some baked potatoes (oven baked or wrapped in foil in the bbq) and a variety of toppings. Heat all the ingredients up and then let people create their own baked potato.

Topping ideas:

  • The Classics: salted butter, sour cream, chives
  • Mexican salsa mix (corn, black beans, origanum, peppers)
  • Bacon bits
  • Shredded chicken / creamy chicken
  • Fajita veggies (sauté bell peppers and red onion with fajita spice)
  • Green onions
  • Jalapeño popper (pickled jalapeños with cream cheese)
  • Variety of cheeses like feta cheese, cottage cheese, cheddar or even blue cheese for the foodies