Question: What to Eat During a Move?

Over our time together, Betsy and I have averaged a move about every 18 months.

Oddly enough, our upcoming move this weekend, which will hopefully be our last move for a very long time, will be the first of our moves when we will both be here!

Even though I’ve moved a lot over the years, I still struggle with how to eat during a move. At some point you pack up your kitchen and it will most likely be a week or two before you are settled and ready to start cooking in the new home.

I’ve struggled with this a ton over the years!

I think there are a few meals that you can have at the ready if you plan accordingly or you can just budget for lots of delivery pizza!

Meals that Work For Moves

The key to meals that work well during moves is finding stuff that you can make in advance, but also stuff that is portable since you’ll probably be running around a lot. Also, at some point you’ll be light on plates so anything you can eat with your hands is a bonus!

Here are five dishes that I think would be great to have on hand if you’re planning a move!

Grab and Go Burritos

When I made this recipe, I thought of it as a quick weekday breakfast, but it would be awesome for moving also. All you need is a microwave, a bowl, and a plate.

It’s actually a super-tasty breakfast burrito for how quick and easy it is to make.

Horseradish Roast Beef Wraps

These wraps are packed with flavor and protein, but the nice thing is they keep really well so you could make a batch of them and store them in the fridge for a few days with no problem at all!

Freezer Batch Lasagna

This is one of my favorite things to have around all the time and I also frequently make this for others when they have big, busy life changes (like babies, etc.). The lasagna freezes perfectly like this and is super-easy to reheat.

Marvelous Brownies

Some sweets will be needed, no doubt, during the move. Make these in advance. Weirdly, I think they are better at room temperature or even cold which doesn’t go for most brownie recipes. You can wrap these up individually and they will be ready to go when you need a sugar pick-me-up.

A Cold Drink

This is my favorite post-move beverage. It’s pretty easy to toss together and immediately takes the pain out of the move!

Mostly, I wanted to write this post so I could ask you!

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Don’t leave me!

Do you have tips for eating while moving? Recipes you like? Leave a comment!

15 comments on “Question: What to Eat During a Move?

  1. If it’s hot and you’re doing any heavy lifting or cleaning, the first thing you should put in the fridge at the new place is a watermelon. Step aside, Gatorade–nothing hits the spot like watermelon after sweaty work.

  2. I wish I’d seen this when we were moving! We were in the process of leaving one house and going to another for about 3 weeks. Lots of fast food, lots of sandwiches. A grab and go burrito would have been great!

  3. If I’m traveling, I’ll make a Cincinnati chili in the crockpot and throw it in the freezer until I get home. Some pasta, a microwave and BOOM! magic.

    1. I make a neutral seasoned pork loin (3+lbs) some light bbq season ( I like GrillMates Mesquite) and some apple juice concentrate in a crock pot on low for 6 hours. Shred and freeze in quantity for family. It becomes several easy reheatable dinners.
      + BBQ sauce+buns=pulled pork sandwiches
      +rotel tomatoes or salsa+taco season= instant tacos and burritos
      +pizza shell+bbq sauce+pineapple+cheese=BBQ pork pizza
      +sauerkraut+red cabbage slaw with apples+bagels=German style sammie
      + green enchilada sauce+black beans+ corn tortilla+cheeses=layered enchilada bake

      All meals take under 45 minutes to prep and bake or reheat, with disposable plates, cutlery, and aluminum bake ware=no dishes!

  4. I’d forgotten how good your lasagna recipe was!

    I have a frozen ham sandwich recipe from my mother-in-law which works well for quick meals – and for super bowl parties:

    Louise’s Frozen Ham Sandwiches

    1.5 pounds chipped ham (Isley deli ham in Pittsburgh, but any deli ham will do – thin
    sliced and chopped up)
    1/2 lb. grated cheddar
    2 hard boiled eggs
    1/2 cup green olives, chopped
    2-3 T dried minced onion
    Combine above then mix with 2 T mayo and 1/3-1/2 cup ketchup

    Fill hot dog buns and wrap in foil. Freeze. Bake 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

  5. For some reason during moves and long car trips we eat lots do cold pizza! And beer…you definitely will need beer.

  6. My hubby and I have been married for 9 years and have moved 4 (soon to be 5!) times, so we know exactly what you’re talking about! You mentioned lasagna, but really any portioned out casserole would work. The frozen burritos are a good one, we’ve only done it as breakfast, but your way works too, LOL! Also we really like something we call Stromboli–basically it’s deli ham, mozzarella cheese, and Italian seasoning rolled up in bread dough and baked (and yes, the pillsbury pizza crust works in a pinch though it’s not as good as homemade yeast dough). You can eat it warm or cold, and the filling possibilities are pretty endless as long as you don’t make it too “wet” (i.e. don’t put pizza sauce in there!) Also beirocks are a good hand held food, hold the cabbage/kraut on mine though! ;-)

  7. When we re-did our main floor’s flooring and ran into some delays from unexpected repairs, our kitchen was out of commission for about 10 days. It is awful.

    Hopefully everything is going smoothly.

  8. Hi Nick, We have moved 14 times in 33 years of marriage and that doesn’t count how many different moorings we had in the three years on the narrowboat! So I know a bit about the struggle to have decent-ish hot food in the midst of the packing/unpacking plus you never know what you are going to get at the new location’s take away offer – though in the UK we can usually rely on the fish and chips being edible. The last thing I pack and the first thing to be unpacked is the electric kettle mainly because this nation’s workers will revolt without recourse to frequent mugs of tea. If you have boiling water you open up a world of possibilities like instant oatmeal and ramen noodles. Our moving day special supper is generally instant student mac and cheese – a pack of crunched ramen reconstituted in boiling water then mixed with a dollop of mayo, a squeeze of yellow mustard and a small handful of grated cheese, served with some chili sauce. Good luck with the move!

  9. not having given this a lot of thought – I think homemade hummus would be a good idea. You can always toast the pita in the oven (stoves don’t move much) and hummus will carry well.

  10. I always make ahead like grilled chicken and put in a giant Ziploc and some cut up veggies anything that can go in a baggie in the fridge….plus a MUST is the ENVIRONMENTAL BAG O SHAME… a baggie with paper plates, plastic utensils even some cups for that in between point where who knows where anything is

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