As spring break approaches, college students everywhere are planning the glorious week that separates the first half of second semester from finals.
Some people visit other friends at school; others go on tropical vacations with a group. However, I will be spending my spring break at home with my family and my two dogs. As nice as home-cooked food and free laundry is, I will be picturing myself on a nice beach somewhere, getting embarrassingly sunburnt but not really caring all that much.
To make myself (and everyone else staying home over break) feel better, here are ten foods and drinks that can make anyone feel like they’re a plane ride or two from home. Get busy in the kitchen, and then sit back on the couch with the TV remote by your side. This is the life.
Because nothing screams summer and warm weather more than watermelon, right? And hey — if you’re too lazy to follow the whole recipe, you can just throw watermelon cubes and ice in a blender and call it a day. Equally as refreshing.
Screw chicken noodle soup — this Spanish staple will make you feel like you’re wandering the streets of Barcelona for a week. Pretend it’s hot outside and grab a bowl, but also grab a blanket, because it’s actually winter.
5. Piña Colada
This one goes out to all of you who like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. Follow this recipe and take a lawn chair outside. Stick one of those little toothpick umbrellas in your glass if you really want to get into character.
You’re not in Japan, but you might as well pretend you are this spring break. This flexible recipe will let you do that. Also, I just always really want an excuse to eat sushi. You can make it in a mason jar if you’re feeling super artsy.
Viva México, am I right? When you eat these fish tacos, you’ll feel like you’re getting your spring break tan on under the Cancún sun. The tacos have avocado (AKA the god of all foods) in them, too, so you really can’t go wrong there.
A creative spin on classic Greek salad. As much as you wish you were vacationing in Mykonos right now, the next best thing is pretty darn good.
10. Israeli Salad
11. Blue Hawaiian
Like a piña colada, only blue. Let this beverage take you right to Maui. It even looks like the ocean. Score.
12. Pico de Gallo
13. Breakfast Boat
Now you can
go on eat that cruise you’ve always wanted to go on eat. This edible boat will be so fun to chow down on that you’ll forget you’re not actually in it.
14. Disney Foods
If you won’t be spending spring break in Disney World, don’t sweat it, because now you can actually make the dishes your favorite characters dine on in the movies. Epcot’s food has got nothing on your kitchen, right?
The French do food right, so here’s the second recipe on this list that’ll make you feel like a true Parisian. Plus, there’s Nutella. Enough said.
We went super healthy for this last one, I know, but you’d really want to be snacking on these on an airplane or road trip. Just pretend that your long journey with Netflix requires an equal amount of energy.
Wherever you’re spending your break, let these recipes take you on that vacation you’ve always wanted. Sit back, relax and enjoy the goodness.