San Diego Vacation Food Plan

We enjoyed a great time in San Diego last week.  Taking a family vacation with 6 children can be costly!  We decided to cut expenses by making sure our hotel had a good continental breakfast and by bringing a lot of our own food.  If you find this useful…great!  If not, it will be something that I will want to refer to again.

Prepared before we left:
Pizza cupcakes
Mason Jar Strawberry Shortcake
Energy Balls
Potato Salad
Filling for BBQ Chicken Wraps

Sunday: We got in the car after church and drove to San Diego.
Pizza Cupcakes
Kale Salad
Sugar Snap Peas
Sweet Petite Peppers
Baby Carrots
String Cheese
Baby Bell Cheese
Mason Jar Strawberry Shortcake
For extra snacks in the car I had some gummies, granola bars and chex mix.

*In hotel that night: Wrap the chicken wraps, cut fruit, freeze gogurts

Monday: Legoland for lunch:
BBQ Chicken Wraps
Fruit Salad
Sugar Snap Peas
Gogurts
Craisins
Fruit Leather

After our day at Legoland, I had planned to go eat dinner at a nearby beach…but the crew decided to stay at the hotel and relax
BBQ Pork Sandwiches on Hawaiian Rolls
Pesto Potato Salad
Cheetos, BBQ Kettle Chips
Kale Salad (from Costco)
Oatmeal Cookies (Little Debbies)

*In hotel that night: Ham and Cheese Wraps, cut fruit, make Asian Salmon salad
Tuesday: Safari Park for lunch:
Ham & Cheese Wraps
Broccoli
Baby Carrots
Craisins
Fruit Leather
String Cheese
Gogurts

Snacks for on the way home: Individual Salads (from Costco), Chips Ahoy Cookies, Pudding Cups

We went back to our hotel room and cooked a frozen pasta meal from Costco.

*In hotel that night: Cut fruit, make ham & cheese wraps, make Asian Salmon salad, freeze gogurts

Wednesday: Sea World for lunch:
Ham & Cheese Wraps
Sugar Snap Peas
Baby Carrots
Fruit Salad
Gogurts

We ate dinner in the car on the way to the Mormon Battalion Visitors Center.
Homemade Peanut Butter and Jelly Uncrustables
Kettle Chips
Fruit Salad
Asian Salmon Salad
Chips Ahoy Cookies or Oatmeal Cookies

We made a stop at Coldstone Creamery for a treat ($).  We had planned to eat at the location in Old Town near the Visitors Center but parking was crazy so we started back towards the hotel and thanks to modern technology we were able to find a different location.

Thursday: After our Whale Watching adventure we stopped enjoyed lunch at Ruby’s Diner on the pier ($).  We ended our day at Miramar Speed Circuit, then drove back to the hotel and ate leftovers.

*In hotel that night: Make wraps, freeze gogurts

Friday: Knott’s Berry Farm:
Wraps
Tuna/Cracker packs from Costco
Sugar Snap Peas
Baby Carrots
Frozen Gogurts
Craisins
Chex Mix
Fruit Leather

Saturday: We went to the beach for a couple of hours in the morning and then snacked on whatever was in the car.  On the way home we stopped at Del Taco for lunch ($). We had plenty of food to snack on in the car as well.

I also had some things in the hotel room for us to snack on…but truthfully our days were pretty busy and we got back late…so mostly it was just the girls who ate these.  Microwavable Macaroni and Cheese, Tortilla Chips, Hummus, Guacamole, Salsa, Granola bars

We only ate out 3 times the whole week…Coldstone Creamery for ice cream, Ruby’s Diner for lunch, and Del Taco on the way home.  I count that as success…especially compared to our usual eating out once a day on vacation…and usually as some fast food place.  We ate much better than that…for less money!  Yes, it was more work on my part.  I did a lot of planning before we left on what we were going to eat each day and what I needed to prep the night before…but it was worth it!

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