• Elizabeth Kenney

Not Take-Out, Again: 3 Meals To Consider During Your Move

Who says you can’t cook during a move? Sure, cooking may seem to be the last task you want to complete after days of organizing and moving. But, this does not mean you have to resort to a continuous parade of take-out meals.


If you own a crockpot slow cooker, fire it up. And if not, it may be worthwhile to make this addition to kitchen.

Check out these three recipes that include minimal, simple ingredients and can be prepared quickly, with little-to-no mess:


Crock Pot Baked Potatoes (from The Frugal Girls)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Servings: 4


Ingredients: just 4 Russett Potatoes


Instructions:

1. Scrub, wash, and thoroughly dry Russett Potatoes

2. Use a fork to poke the potatoes several times

3. Wrap them up in foil

4. Place in Crockpot and cover with Crockpot Lid

5. Rotate and turn occasionally

6. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours {or LOW for approx. 8 hours) Note that larger potatoes will take longer to cook.


Hint: This recipe also works for sweet potatoes – see recipe.


Hint, Hint: Now that you have got a potato base, create a potato bar with simple ingredients (such as microwave-steamed broccoli, shredded cheese, sour cream, and bacon bits) for the family to add on as they wish.


5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili (from GiveMeSomeOven.com)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


Ingredients:

· 6 cups chicken stock

· 4 cups cooked shredded chicken

· 2 (15 ounces) cans Great Northern beans, drained

· 2 cups (16 ounces) salsa verde (store-bought or homemade)

· 2 teaspoons ground cumin

· optional toppings: diced avocado, chopped fresh cilantro, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, sour cream, crumbled tortilla chips


Instructions:

1. Add chicken stock, chicken, salsa and cumin to a slow cooker, and stir to combine.  

2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 3-4 hours.  

3. Add the beans during the last half hour of cooking. 

4. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed. Serve warm with desired toppings.


Slow Cooker Corn-On-The-Cob (from The Frugal Girls)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours and 5 minutes

Servings: 4


Ingredients:

· 6 halves of Corn on the Cob

· 1/4 cup softened Butter 

· 1/2 stick

· 1/4 tsp. Salt


Instructions:

1. Start by shucking the corn and remove the silks.

2. Cut or break corn on the cob into two halves.

3. Evenly coat corn halves with Butter.

4. Individually wrap Corn in Aluminum Foil and place in 5 – 6 quart Crock Pot.

5. Fill Slow Cooker with approx. 1 inch of water

6. Cook on HIGH for 2 Hours, or until done.

7. Salt to taste, serve and enjoy!


Hint: Served with microwave-steamed veggies, some sweet corn-on-the-cob just might hit the spot after a day of moving.


The conclusion? Don’t feel chained to only take-out options during your move.

Recipes such as the three listed above (as well as plenty of others) offer helpful, hearty alternatives that are relatively easy to prepare, even during a move.


And one more hint: Using paper products and plastic-ware during a move, can save you a whole lot of clean-up hassle.

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