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There are a variety of reasons you may want to think about preparing some meals in your Tahoe Signature Properties vacation escape during your unforgettable journey in North Lake Tahoe. The kitchen is there for your use, so why not take advantage of it? Easy options for healthy meals, saving money, and a love of cooking are a few great reasons to cook up your own meals on vacation. In any case, just because you want or need to cook, it doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time in the kitchen; these three simple recipes to try out during your stay in Tahoe will have you in and out and enjoying a hearty meal or dessert in just minutes!

5-Ingredient Easy Chili

It can get cold in Lake Tahoe in the winter, and the best way to counteract the chill is with a hearty bowl of chili! This simple recipe only requires five items to be added to your Safeway shopping list: 1 pound ground beef (or turkey if you want to keep it on the lighter side), 1 small onion (diced), 3 15-ounce cans of diced tomatoes with green chiles, 2 15-ounce cans of drained beans (kidney, black beans, or one of each for a tasty combo!), and 2 tablespoons of chili powder. You might want to add cheese, green onions, or sour cream to top this tasty stew or some crackers to accompany it as well. Brown the ground meat, sauté the diced onions, and then combine all ingredients in a big stock pot and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Tater Tot Meatball Foil Packet Meals

This quick and easy meal is guaranteed to be a hit with your family, even if it’s not the healthiest meal you make this week! Your shopping list will have the following ingredients added to it: 24-ounce frozen meatballs, 16-ounce frozen mixed vegetables, 32 ounces of frozen tater tots, 2 teaspoons of seasoned salt, and 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese. You also need aluminum foil for this recipe, so if you can’t find any in the pantry of your vacation rental, be sure to add it to the list! Preheat oven to 350 degrees, mix all ingredients together and divide between eight 8” by 12” pieces of aluminum foil that have been sprayed with nonstick spray in advance. Fold the foil (heavy duty is best; you can also use two sheets for each meal) into packets and bake for 30 minutes.

3-Ingredient Hazelnut Brownies

Every vacationer deserves an ooey, gooey, chocolatey treat, and these simple brownies will please everyone who tastes them! Adding to your grocery list one 13-ounce jar of hazelnut spread, 2 eggs, and ½ cup of flour, you’re going to preheat your oven to 350 degrees, mix all three ingredients together, and pour them into a pre-greased square baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes, try to force yourself to let the brownies cool for 5 minutes, then dig in! This treat is one you can make over and over and over throughout the year, even when you are back home in your own kitchen!

Whether You Are Eating In or Dining Out Enjoy Your Stay in Tahoe

Our Tahoe Signature Properties vacation escapes are the perfect spots to enjoy a homecooked meal or heat up leftovers. Reserve your stay in Tahoe with us today!

When you choose Tahoe Signature Properties for your vacation accommodations, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable escape with the perfect place to lay your head each night. All our Tahoe vacation rentals offer something special that makes them the most desirable properties in Lake Tahoe, but every once in awhile there’s a property that we just fall in love with, and this month that property is Schaffer’s Mill Vacation Lodge! Offering all the conveniences of home with a touch of luxury and more than its share of comfort and style, this spacious lodge may be exactly what you need to send your vacation into the stratosphere of excellence!

Luxury Materials Make all the Difference in Our Tahoe Vacation Rentals

To be honest, this home is warm and welcoming on its own merits, but the added luxuries make it even more so. Wood floors lead the way to rooms that are spacious and cheerful: the fully equipped kitchen with its granite countertops and stainless steel appliances (including a professional style gas range!); the dining area furnished with a solidly charming table and chairs; and the living area with its vaulted ceilings, comfortable furnishings, and stone fireplace.

Another stone fireplace and deluxe bed topped with a velvet headboard make the master suite the most desired room in the house, as does the jetted tub and dual sinks in the master bath. Private entrances to the patio in the other two bedrooms offer special spots to enjoy a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, and a theater room that lets guests enjoy their favorite rom-com on a rainy night are just a few more ways we show how much our guests’ comfort and satisfaction means to us! The remaining baths—there are 3.5 in total—are also spacious and feature dual sinks in some, a walk-in shower in one, and a shower/tub combo in the third.

The fully covered back patio features multicolored pavers as its base and is furnished with a heavy wooden dining set, barbecue grill, and a few rocking chairs that are perfect for watching the sunset. A small table between the two offers the perfect spot to keep your wine bottle and cooler handy; wine and the sunset are a brilliant combination!

Surprises Around Every Corner

You may think you’ve seen it all here, but trust us, there’s so much more! Reserve this charming lodge for your upcoming Tahoe vacation and contact us if you have any questions about our Tahoe vacation rentals.