Kitchen Kabaret: Cooking in Your DVC Villa – Part Two

Welcome to part two of my series on cooking in your DVC Villa! You can find part one (breakfast) here.

My objective in this series of articles is to help members who want to try using their DVC kitchen for more than just heating toaster pastries or storing water bottles. If you are apprehensive about how to handle the logistics of buying groceries and making full meals while on vacation, this is the article for you!

Grand Floridian - Three Bedroom Grand Villa Kitchen
Grand Floridian – Three Bedroom Grand Villa Kitchen

This article will feature lunch recipes that are easy to prepare, have limited ingredients, and do not require anything other than the kitchen equipment provided in your Disney Vacation Club Villa. I will also include at least one recipe whose ingredients can all be purchased in your DVC Resort store. Let’s get started!

If you’re wondering why on earth you’d want to make lunch in your villa when you’re probably going to be in the parks in the middle of the day, I completely understand. However, since we’ve been DVC owners, my family has discovered that we often enjoy a slower-paced Disney trip. We spend several days of our vacation either exclusively at our resort, or doing the parks early in the day and coming back to our resort for a mid-day break. On these days, we prefer having lunch in our villa. It’s more relaxing. Not to mention, it saves money.

Copper Creek - Two Bedroom Villa Kitchen
Copper Creek – Two Bedroom Villa Kitchen

So, whether you’re doing a resort-only stay, have little ones that need their afternoon naps, or are taking a break from the oppressive mid-day heat by returning to your villa… these recipes are for you.

First up is one of my favorite wrap sandwiches. I like to pack these in a collapsible cooler (we always fly to Walt Disney World, so space is at a premium for me) and bring them to the resort pool. It’s so much cheaper than ordering lunch from the pool bar, and they’re super easy to assemble. You will either have to bring the ingredients with you (simple enough if you’re driving to WDW) or order them from a grocery delivery service (we use Prime Now).

Fruit and Turkey Wraps (aka Veggie Fruit Fruit Wraps)

1 can (11 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained
1 medium apple, peeled and diced
3 TBSP dried cranberries
¾ cup plain yogurt (I prefer Greek-style)
2 TBSP mayo
8 flour tortillas
8 leaves of green lettuce
1 ½ pound thinly sliced deli turkey
8 slices mozzarella cheese
2 TBSP chopped pecans, toasted

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt and the mayo. Mix well. Add the oranges, apples, and cranberries. Stir until combined. Set aside.
  2. On each tortilla, layer lettuce, cheese, turkey, fruit mixture, and pecans. Roll up tightly, secure with a toothpick, wrap in cellophane, and keep cool until ready to serve.

DVC Adjustments

You can purchase the turkey, cheese, and an apple in your resort store, albeit expensively. You can also substitute ingredients to suit your needs. Any cheese will work. The pecans can be left out, unless you don’t mind tossing them in your luggage. I usually include a small plastic box with non-perishable food items that I know I’ll need if I’m cooking, such as spices and things I’m not going to want to bother ordering from an online grocer. Why buy a whole bag of pecans when you need such a small amount?

You can also turn this recipe into chicken salad by eliminating the sandwich ingredients and simply adding a can of chicken (drained) into the fruit/yogurt mixture. Serve it on a plate with some crackers. Also perfect by the pool.

Veggie Fruit Fruit Wraps
Veggie Fruit Fruit Wraps

Turkey Bacon Ranch Wraps

Tortillas
Ranch dressing
Deli sliced turkey
Sliced cheddar cheese
Bacon slices
Lettuce leaves

Instructions

  1. Place your tortilla on a plate.
  2. Spread 1 TBSP ranch dressing down the middle.
  3. Place lettuce on top of dressing.
  4. Place cheese on top of lettuce.
  5. Place turkey slices on top of cheese.
  6. Break up bacon slices and place on top of turkey (or sprinkle pre-packaged bacon pieces).
  7. Roll up tortilla tightly, wrap with cellophane, and store in cool place until serving time.

I use the bacon pieces that you can buy pre-packaged in the grocery store. They’re generally in the salad dressing aisle. Real bacon, not the fake bits. I toss the package in my luggage to bring with us.

These wraps are the favorite of kiddos. So easy to make and transport to the pool. Also great to make up and store in the fridge for a late-night snack when returning from the parks.

Turkey Bacon Ranch Wraps
Turkey Bacon Ranch Wraps

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

¼ stick of butter
½ cup of flour (I measure this out into a plastic container, and put it in my luggage.)
2 cups chicken broth
1 can evaporated milk
1 ½ cups spaghetti sauce (your favorite brand, anything is fine)
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
¼ tsp of dried basil
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and stir for about five minutes. Whisk in the broth. Increase the heat a bit and cook and stir until thickened. Turn the heat to low, stir in the evaporated milk, and simmer for about fifteen to twenty minutes.
  2. Stir in the jarred spaghetti sauce, the canned tomatoes, and the basil. Cook until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve.
Tomato Basil Soup
Tomato Basil Soup

DVC Adjustments

This soup is very easy to make on vacation and totally delicious! If you want a smoother soup, but don’t have a blender in your DVC villa (if it’s not there, you can request one to be sent up), leave out the canned tomatoes. If you do have a blender, you can puree the soup in small batches until it is silky smooth. If you prefer, you can substitute half and half or heavy cream for the evaporated milk (use 1 ¼ cups). This soup is excellent topped with Parmesan cheese and croutons. Best accompaniment? Grilled cheese sandwiches!!

Turkey Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Bread (white, wheat, Texas toast, it doesn’t matter)
Butter
Sliced cheese (anything works here, but the meltier, the better)
Sliced deli turkey
Thinly sliced apple

Instructions

  1. Butter two slices of bread on one side.
  2. Lay the first slice butter side down in a frying pan.
  3. Top with one slice of cheese.
  4. Add enough slices of apple to cover the cheese…remember, slice the apple very thin.
  5. Top the apple with turkey.
  6. Add another slice of cheese on top of the turkey.
  7. Finish with the second slice of bread…butter side up.
  8. Cook over medium heat until toasted, then flip and toast the other side.
Turkey Apple Grilled Cheese
Turkey Apple Grilled Cheese

These sandwiches are a huge favorite of my kiddos, and all of the ingredients to make them are in your DVC resort store. Any of the sliced cheese Disney sells will work well. If you want a more “adult” sandwich, choose something other than the Kraft American slices. But if your kids are like mine, that’s their favorite for this sandwich.

There you have it! A few easy lunch recipes that are quick to prepare, use minimal ingredients, and won’t have you spending half your vacation in the kitchen. All of these can be prepared in advance (with the exception of the grilled cheese sandwiches) and be ready to go the next day when you need them.

Let me know in the comments what you prepare for lunch in your DVC villa. I love getting new recipes to add to my “DVC cookbook!”

Happy Cooking!

8 thoughts on “Kitchen Kabaret: Cooking in Your DVC Villa – Part Two

  • November 16, 2019 at 11:23 am
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    I would make the turkey wraps for dinner. The rest have too many ingredients to cook

    • November 16, 2019 at 4:39 pm
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      Yep, that’s the most simple recipe, and won’t take any time at all to make. The others are for people who want to devote a little more time to cooking.

  • November 16, 2019 at 10:11 pm
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    If we drive we love cooking and freezing entire meals, poppy seed chicken casserole, beef tenderloin just cooking like crazy! We are DVC members as well so we like those long lazy days and if we don’t buy the DDP it’s nice to unwind at the resort with a full fridge. The boys have families now and too much park timeis overstimulating for kids and tiring for adults. Mealtime is a great time to catch up on our day and plan tomorrow.

    • November 18, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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      Love that you cook huge meals there! One of my goals is to cook a full Thanksgiving dinner in a three bedroom villa when I have grand kids! I think cooking and serving full meals in the villas makes them feel more like home. Such a great benefit of having DVC. Thanks for sharing!

  • November 18, 2019 at 5:58 am
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    Great recipes otherwise! Thanks for sharing!

    • November 18, 2019 at 12:37 pm
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      Thank you so much! Also, love your ears in that photo!

  • November 27, 2019 at 11:57 am
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    A DVC cookbook made by members would be fun and helpful to have. DVC owners could contribute recipes that are easy to prepare, and cooking tips for DVC vacations . Maybe a forum that is just recipes for all to use…. just thinking….

    Thanks for posting your recipes!

    • November 29, 2019 at 2:14 pm
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      You’re welcome! And a cookbook would be a great idea!! I love collecting recipes that are suitable for my DVC kitchen….easy, and not a ton of ingredients.

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