35 5-ingredient Recipes You Can Make in an AirBnb

5-ingredient recipes

If you haven’t read any of my Hotel Cooking 101 posts, I am a HUGE fan of cooking while traveling. Don’t get me wrong, I love eating out and trying foods in new places, but even just one meal in (for me, it’s always breakfast) can save you a lot of money. AirBnbs are easiest since you’ll get a kitchen, but I’ve also included 5-ingredient recipes you can make using a stove or hot plate (like you’ll find in a Residence Inn-type place) or using a grill, which can sometimes we found near an outdoor pool.

If you’re interested in traveling your own cooking appliance, I LOVE the Cuisinart Oven Central or George Foreman Grill.

What you need for all 5-ingredient recipes: oil/ghee, salt & pepper.

Stove Only (can make in an extended stay hotel) or hot plate

  1. Egg Roll in a Bowl (Paleo & Whole30)

This is one of my go-tos. It has more than 5 ingredients but you can easily get away with just ground meat, cabbage or cole slaw mix, onion, garlic and soy sauce.

  1. 5 Ingredient Creamy Chicken Taco Alfredo
  2. 5 Ingredient Chicken Feta Pasta

  1. Easy White Chicken Chili
  2. Lemon Chicken and Asparagus
  3. Lemon Butter Scallops – can also make using a Cuisinart Oven Central

  1. Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich (vegetarian)
  2. Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

  1. Whole Grain Shells with Goat Cheese and Walnuts (vegetarian)
  2. Spaghetti Carbonara


  1. 3 ingredient Chili
  2. Crispy Kale and Smoked Gouda Scrambled Egg Tacos

  1. Shrimp and “Grits” (paleo)

Recipe Ideas so simple you don’t even need a recipe:


-Pasta with store bought pesto


Oven needed (AirBnbs) or Cuisinart Oven Central

  1. One Pan Ranch Pork Chops and Veggies


  1. 5 Ingredient Turkey Swiss Sliders
  2. 5 Ingredient Sausage Hash Brown Casserole – make and reheat every morning of your vacation

  1. Cheesy Portobella Pizzas
  2. Pizza Chicken Roll Ups
  3. Foil Packet Salmon and Asparagus

  1. Zucchini Boats
  2. Pesto Chicken Bake


  1. 5 Ingredient Chicken Parmesan
  1. Eggs in Clouds

  1. Ham and Cheese Pockets


Grill or George Foreman (a lot of extended stay hotels have outdoor grills!)

  1. Grilled Lemon-Dill Shrimp


  1. 4 Ingredient Chicken Marinade
  2. 5 Ingredient Whole30 Hawaiian Chicken Burgers

  1. Grilled Skirt Steak

Recipe Ideas so simple you don’t even need a recipe:

You can grill just about anything – so pick a protein and veggie and you’re good to go!


Crockpot Recipes (yes, I know people who travel a crockpot)

  1. Apricot-orange Slow Cooker Chicken
  2. Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken


  1. Slow Cooker Pork Chops


  1. Slow Cooker Whole Chicken (paleo + Whole30)
  2. Red Wine Slow Cooker Simple Roast (paleo)



  1. Caprese Tomato Salad (I basically lived on homemade caprese salads while backpacking in Italy – it’s so easy!)
  2. Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad (get the pre shaved brussels sprouts from Trader Joe’s!)


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 Easy & healthy 5 ingredient or less recipes for dinner. Includes crockpot, Paleo and salmon meals. Easy & healthy 5 ingredient or less recipes for dinner. Includes crockpot, Paleo and salmon meals.

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17 comments / Add your comment below

  1. All these dishes look so delicious and tasty ! I cook a lot myself and I love trying new recipes. I will definitively try the Foil Packet Salmon and Asparagus & also the Lemon Butter Scallops 🙂

  2. I am salivating looking at the amazing pictures. All of them look yum! Nice post about cooking but when i am travelling i am just so zoned out from kitchen that i am too lazy to cook again. I hope someday i’ll find enough inspiration to cook something.

  3. I’m totally on the same page with you on cooking while traveling. You save so much money that way! Along with having go to recipes you can make with minimal kitchen tools/ingredients, it’s also fun to try to recreate some of the local cuisine. I love the variety of recipes you included for all different types of people!

  4. I love quick easy recipies on the go. I love that you included whole 30 recipes too. It’s always so hard to eat healthy when traveling. These are great recipes 🙂

  5. Oh this is great! I am a huge fan of AirBnbs and I, too, love cooking during my stay. You have some great and easy recipes to whip up when you’re limited on resources – will definitely refer back to this post often!

  6. This is such an awesome list! I’m already checking out some of these recipes to make at home! I love cooking anything low maintenance 🙂

  7. Such a great idea for a recipe post! With family trips at a rental property, food is one of those things that takes the most amount of organizing. Who is cooking what which day? Literally, I just planned our meals out yesterday.

  8. This is very useful 🙂 I will be using Airbnb next month so all I have to do now is just to print your interessting post 🙂 Thanks 😀 You saved my diners 🙂


  9. Although I love to try new food and new places, it’s true that when traveling it can be tiring to always eat outside. Airbnb or also some hotel rooms with a kitchen corner are a good solution for that!

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