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Easy Meals After You First Move in

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When you first move into your new place, you probably won’t be able to unpack everything in a day. But you need to eat! Sure, pizza and Chinese food will suffice for a short time – but what about the rest of the day--or the rest of the week? Our sister site, Movers.com, actually created a recipe book for moving day-- and here are some of our favorite recipes that are included. Moving day will go much smoother when you don't have to worry about meals-- these recipes are delicious and you won’t feel guilty about eating them.


Peanut butter and banana overnight oats
Overnight oatmeal is simple recipe and can be catered to your taste. All you need is oatmeal, milk, and a container (like a mason jar) and you’re good to go. The recipe below is a banana and peanut variation.
  • ½ cup uncooked oats
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • ½ banana, chopped
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of cinnamon.
  1. Pour the oats, milk, cinnamon, and salt into a container and mix to combine.
  2. Then layer in the peanut butter and banana and cover with a lid.
  3. Leave it overnight or for at least four hours. In the morning, you can dig in!


Pizza Grilled Cheese
Pizza is a classic after move meal. But instead of ordering out, you can get the same flavours in a convenient sandwich. 
  • 2 slices of bread
  • Shredded mozzarella
  • Pepperoni
  • Marinara sauce
  • Butter or olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Heat a bit of olive oil or butter in a pan over low to medium heat. 
  2. While the pan heats up, brush olive oil on both sides of the bread slices and place them in the pan.
  3. With both slices in the pan, put a spoonful of marinara sauce on both sides and allow it to heat through. After a minute or two, sprinkle the shredded cheese on both sides and allow it to melt.
  4. When the cheese has melted on both sides, added pepperoni to one slice of bread. Carefully flip the other slice of bread onto the one topped with pepperoni to close the sandwich.
  5. Allow the cheese and pepperoni to melt and heat through before removing the sandwich from the heat. 


Slow cooker beef stew
A hearty meal is just what you need after a long day of moving. When you have a slow cooker, you just need to drop in all the ingredients and you can continue to move throughout the day. 

  • 2 lbs beef stew meat, cubed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2-3 large potatoes, chopped
  • 4 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Chop the carrots, potatoes, and celery into similar sizes and toss them into the slow cooker. Dice your onion and mince the garlic and toss that in the slow cooker and stir everything around so it's all scattered evenly throughout the bottom.
  2. Next, open the package of stew meat and season with salt and pepper on all sides before placing it on top of the bed of vegetables.
  3. Add tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and beef broth to the pot and stir until everything is combined.
  4. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for six to eight hours.


Homemade No-bake Granola Bars
Granola bars are full of protein that will help you keep you going throughout moving day. This recipe requires no baking. The bars will be chewy and sweet.

  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 cup sliced or chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup of peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup packed, pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • Parchment paper or plastic wrap
  1. Process the dates in a blender or a food processor until "smooth." It might look like a ball of dough when it's ready, but it shouldn't take longer than one minute to process into small pieces.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, almonds, dates, and cranberries and set aside.
  3. Heat honey and peanut butter in a small pot over low heat or in a microwave-safe container. Once it is warmed through, pour it over the oat and almond mixture and stir to break up the distribute the dates throughout. 
  4. When is everything is evenly mixed, spread it into a parchment paper-lined baking dish and press the mixture down until it's an even thickness throughout. Cover the top of the bars with parchment or plastic wrap and allow it to set for 20 minutes in the fridge to harden. After the mixture is hardened, remove the bars and cut them into squares/bars/stars - whatever shape you'd like and store them in an airtight container for three to four days.

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on July 21, 2016

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