Sloppy Joe's and buns
Cheese ravioli and marinara sauce
Tuna salad with peas (DH has to have his peas in this salad)
Black bean, corn, and tomato salad/salsa
Cantaloupe-but brought this home
Cucumbers and broccoli
Guacamole fixings-avocado, tomato, onion, limes but didn't pre make
Assorted chips and pretzels
I brought supplies such as extra ketchup and BBQs sauce and dill pickles. Another case of water as we still are getting debris through the pipes, plus iced tea, grape juice, wine, and a jug of water for coffee came along. Trying to make sure I had foods I am used to eating that bulk up my meals and keep the carbs and high calorie items at bay, I brought a few bananas and some Greek yogurt for my and DD2's breakfast.
This sounds like a lot, and doesn't include what others brought, but we are never sure how many will be there, and who will bring what. DH has a few cousins that are not part of the next door cabin compound, but often stop by on holidays. There's other family friends that seem to appear. It was a good thing I brought so much as one sister in law hadn't brought much more for food after she made a taco lunch for Saturday, and the other forgot a bunch of her food at home. Her daughter brought some frozen pizzas which we baked a few to try out the oven along with the ravioli and meatballs Saturday night. Friday night I let my family help themselves to what they wanted for dinner before it got packed up Saturday morning, so some was eaten at our house. I took some leftovers home which will help the home front this week.
I pack things in either square plastic containers or gallon size bags. Much more fits in a cooler if you avoid round containers. I have a few coolers that over the years have gotten dented and gross, but are still functional. I scored a normally $26 Coleman cooler for $8 about three years ago randomly in the grocery store and use it now for the most part. There's now two decent size refrigerators in the cabin, plus one in the garage so we don't have to worry quite as much about storing foods all weekend in coolers as we did before, but still I freeze chunks of ice in an old milk container to keep the cooler cold. I'm sure we'll figure the best way to store and keep foods, but the decision is that we aren't keeping coolers lying around on the deck, but instead down by the boat house.
I'm doing no cooking today. DH has to work and DD2 has plans with friends. If we don't finish the Sloppy Joe's today, I'll freeze for a quick supper another night. The salads need to be consumed today or tomorrow at latest. All together, I probably spent $50 or so on food for the lake, feeding 14 people two complete meals, plus breakfast, snacking, and many beverages. Pretty thrifty meals, but tasty all the same for under $2 a person per meal, some huge eaters in the bunch. What was on your menu this weekend?