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What to make for dinner before vacation

Following motherly advice to “do what you love,” Chef Doug Brochu is now using his carpe diem spirit to share his passions for food with the world as the SheKnows Food Expert. He is currently the proprietor for Stonebridge Manor, Chives ...

Clean out the fridge

It’s time for vacation! You’ve run your errands, packed your bags, and cleaned the house… what’s next? Dinner. Here are some simple ways to use up what you already have in the fridge to prevent ingredients or leftovers going to waste while you're gone.

Woman making sandwiches for dinner

Toasted Egg Salad Sandwiches

This is my little pre-vacation meal secret, and it uses only ingredients that we already have in the pantry or refrigerator. They're easy -- and a family favorite!

Hard-boil whatever eggs you have on hand; peel and chop. Add horseradish, mustard, cumin, salt and pepper. Now comes the fun part: Add in yummies left in the fridge. These might be deli meat, chopped onion, diced tomato, shredded carrot, even shredded cheese.

Toast your few last pieces of bread or rolls, and top it with the egg salad for nice, zesty sandwiches.

leftover veggie salad

When you're a big dude like me, you need a bit more to hit the spot. A chopped salad with leftover vegetables and fresh fruit, all embellished with a balsamic dressing, makes this meal complete.

Watermelon with chocolate seeds

Get creative with a simple, fun dessert that's just so easy. Slice up a seedless watermelon. Get that half bag of chocolate chips out of the freezer and push those into the watermelon. You've gone from seedless watermelon to watermelon with chocolate seeds! The kids will flip over this one.

This healthy, protein-rich meal requires minimal prep time -- but yields maximum satisfaction.

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