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Meals to make during your first week in a new home

June 20th, 2017 - 7:37 AM

A simple meal plan for your move

Nothing brings people together like good food. During a stressful move, coming together for a family dinner gives everyone time to relax, laugh and connect. And since you can only eat so much pizza and fast food before you want a home cooked meal, having some easy ideas on hand can make your life much easier. Meal planning in a new home can be a challenge, but with a little forethought, you can cook delicious dinners with minimal effort.

Cook easy dinners the first week in your new home.

One week of easy dinners

Feed your family without any fuss with this simple meal plan. We’ve taken 12 basic ingredients and combined them to make six easy meals.  When you arrive at your new home, one quick stop for a few ingredients will provide everything you need.

Start with the ingredients:

  • 48 ounces (6 cups) cooked chicken — You can buy chicken and cook it, or buy pre-cooked chicken
  • 16 large tortillas
  • 4 buns
  • 4 cups shredded cheese (cheddar or Monterey jack would work well)
  • 28 oz. bottle BBQ sauce
  • 2 cans black beans
  • 1 24 oz. bottle ranch dressing
  • 16 oz. jar sliced pickles
  • 2 16 oz. bags of salad mix, shredded lettuce or spinach
  • 6 oz. bag of bacon bits
  • 24 oz. jar of salsa
  • 2 bags of microwavable Teriyaki rice

Take these ingredients and use them in different ways to make these six meals:

  • Chicken quesadillas: Lay out four tortillas.  Top each with cheese, chicken, drained black beans, and a final layer of cheese.  Place another tortilla on top.  Toast in a pan over medium heat until browned, flip and brown other side — or you can cook them in the microwave. Serve with salsa for dipping.
  • BBQ sandwiches: Take two cups of chicken, and mix with ¾ jar BBQ sauce. Heat that mixture in a pan (or in the microwave) until heated through. Serve on buns with pickles.
  • Chicken stir-fry: Cook the rice in the microwave according to package directions. Add in 1 cup chicken and stir. Heat an additional 1-3 minutes until chicken is heated through.
  • Taco salads: Mix one cup chicken with half a jar of salsa. In separate bowls, create the salads — top lettuce with chicken, black beans, shredded cheese and bacon bits. Drizzle ranch dressing on top before serving.
  • Chicken bacon ranch wraps: Mix one cup chicken with 2 tablespoons of ranch dressing and 2 tablespoons of bacon bits. Take four tortillas and fill each with 2 oz. chicken mixture, shredded cheese and lettuce. Wrap like a burrito. You can eat them cold, or toast them in a pan until heated through.
  • BBQ chicken flatbreads: Take 4 tortillas and spread them each with one tablespoon of ranch dressing. Top them with shredded cheese and chicken. Drizzle BBQ sauce over the top.  Toast the bottoms of the flatbreads in a pan until crispy and browned, or bake in the oven on 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes until crispy and bubbly. Cut into wedges and enjoy!

Basic shopping list for the first week in a new home

Along with the ingredients listed above, you’ll also want to get items for side dishes like fresh fruits and vegetables, chips, applesauce, and cheese and crackers.  If your family will be home for breakfasts and lunches, you should also pick up items like cereal and milk, granola bars or oatmeal, and bread and sandwich fillings.

Take this printable shopping list with you to the store so you don’t forget anything!

Take this simple meal plan printable with you to the grocery store.

How to prepare for cooking in a new home

In order to make cooking in your new home easier, you’ll want to create a “Kitchen Open First” box. Pack important items in it like:

  • A large pot
  • A pan
  • Cooking utensils (a spatula, spoon, slotted spoon)
  • A sheet pan
  • An oven mitt
  • A large mixing bowl
  • A potholder
  • Paper plates and bowls
  • Plastic utensils
  • Cups
  • Napkins
  • Essential spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc.)

Set this box aside this, and load it last so you can unload it first, or take it with you in your vehicle so it’s readily available.

Stay energized while unpacking with these easy meals

With a little planning and a quick trip to the grocery store, you can give your family the energy they need while unloading and unpacking. These easy meals will not only be delicious, but they will give your family time to come together and make memories in the new place.

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