Ciara Attwell, (My Fussy Eater) has shared her top moving day meals that are quick and easy to make and ideal for the big move when all your pots and pans are still waiting to be unpacked.
Fridge Clear Out Lunch
This lunch is a great way of packing up some simple items to eat whilst also clearing out the fridge and kitchen cupboards and minimising food waste. The night before you move add any bits and pieces you have to lunch boxes and store in the fridge until the next day. Try to include some carbs, protein and fat to keep you full and nourished for your big day ahead. Some great food to include are:
Carbs - Pitta bread, rolls, bagels and crackers.
Protein - Boiled eggs, hummus, cheese, cooked sausages and chicken slices.
Fats - Nuts and seeds.
Also add in any fresh fruit and vegetables that you have. Chopped carrots, cucumber and tomatoes will keep well along with berries and wedges of oranges. Storing them all separately like this also means all the foods are fresh to eat the next day. Sandwiches are great but they can end up soggy and a bit unappetising by the following day!
Cheese & Chive Muffins - Makes 12
For a quick grab-and-go lunch why not make some savoury muffins ahead of time? You can make these days or even weeks in advance and store in the freezer. On moving day simply take them out of the freezer in the morning and they’ll be defrosted by lunchtime.
2 medium eggs
75g butter, melted
150g grated cheddar cheese
250g self-raising flour
1 tbsp chopped chives
Salt and Pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 180c and put 12 paper cases into a muffin tray.
2. Add the eggs, milk and melted butter to a jug and whisk with a fork. Add the cheese and mix again.
3. Add the flour to a large bowl and pour in the egg mixture.
4. Add the chives, season with a little salt and pepper and mix well.
5. Transfer the mixture into the muffin cases. The easiest way to do this is to use an ice cream scoop.
6. Cook in the oven for 22-25 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
7. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
One Pot Creamy Spinach Pasta - Serves 4
Once you’re all moved in you’ll no doubt be hungry and ready for a comfort food dinner. It may be tempting to reach for the takeaway menu but with just one pot and a few simple ingredients, you can make a really delicious and filling meal at home for a fraction of the price.
This One Pot Pasta recipe is perfect as it’s so quick and easy to cook and you won’t need to search through dozens of boxes to find lots of utensils!
900ml hot vegetable stock
2 tbsp cream cheese
75g grated cheddar cheese
100g fresh baby spinach
1. Add the pasta and vegetable stock to a large pan on the hob. Cook for 10-12 minutes until the pasta is soft the stock has nearly all absorbed.
2. Turn off the heat and mix in the cream cheese and grated cheese.
3. Finally mix in the baby spinach and serve immediately.
Traybake Chicken Fajitas - Serves 4
Traybakes are another great recipe for moving day. Chuck all the ingredients into a dish and let the oven do all the hard work whilst you get on with unpacking!
I used a packet of fajita mix in this recipe just to make things really simple but you can of course make your own homemade fajita mix too.
1 packed fajita spice mix
1 tbsp oil
500g chicken mini fillets
1 red onion
To serve: tortillas, guacamole, sour cream and any other toppings
1. Preheat the oven to 180c.
2. Add the fajita spice mix and oil to a mug and mix with a spoon.
3. Add the chicken mini fillets to an oven dish.
4. Roughly chop and red onion and slice the pepper into strips and add them to the dish.
5. Pour on the spice mix and stir well.
6. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes, stirring a couple of times.
7. Serve immediately with tortillas and your favourite toppings.
To discover more meals for the home, Ciara can be found sharing additional recipes and meal plans on her award winning food blog: https://www.myfussyeater.com/about-my-fussy-eater/