Empty Cabinets: Two Easy, Healthy Meal Ideas for Moving
Have you even been in the situation where you are getting everything packed up and ready to move…then you realize that all of your kitchen stuff is packed and you know you dont want to eat out for the next couple of day? I thought so!
Well I am here now and I have looked on the interwebz to try and find a good post on easy, healthy meals to make while in transition and guess what? I didn’t find any that really addressed that! So that is what inspired me to make this post. I am hoping that it will help you out the next time that you are trying to come up with dinners when your kitchen is in boxes!
ok…here are two ideas that helped us get through the week!
Meal Idea #1 – Quesadillas
Sadly, I don’t have any pictures but here is just a generic one to help get a good picture in your head 🙂
Now that you are salivating excited about making these, I will go ahead and explain how we do quesadilla night at the Adam household! Feel free to add and/or take away and steps to make it your own.
Step 1. Make sure you have tortillas. We use La Tortilla Factory Whole Wheat tortillas. I can’t count how many times I have been excited to make these just to realize we are out of the main ingredient.
Step 2. Gather ingredients. With moving, this opportunity to use any lunch meat/leftover meat that you have about to go bad/lingering in the fridge. Especially when you don’t want to have to move it or throw it away.
Step 3. Two other ingredients are are staples are: cheese and beans. Sometimes its refried beans and sometimes its black beans. It all depends on what we have on hand. I will say that refried beans is a little easier since we just heat it up and spread it as the bottom and top layer of the quesadilla. For the cheese I usually use a Colby Jack blend. I really like getting these on sale and then freezing them. That way we always have some on hand!
Step 4. Last night I used up some yellow pepper and some white onion as well. I sauted them in a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. It added just enough flavor to the whole thing.
Other: Salsa/taco sauce. Now if you were to ask Bill, he’d say taco sauce. For me, I like good old fashioned salsa. Not needed but definitely helps.
Now this is how we make them. We don’t have a fancy quesadilla maker but we do have some pots with lids and they do just fine! Below I’m going to list the steps we went through last night since they were simple and required little dishes. That is the reason for this post after all 😉
Step 1: Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat with some oil spray.
Step 2: Spread a thin layer of refried beans on one tortilla and place in skillet. Then sprinkle some cheese on the beans. I would say that I use about 1-2 T of cheese.
Step 3: Place whatever middle goodies ingredients you want in the skillet. Cover those ingredients with some more cheese and place another tortilla with refried bean on top.
Step 4: Place lid on skillet. This helps all of the meat heat through and melts all the cheesy goodness.
Step 5: I flip mine after a couple minutes on one side. Be careful though, I have lost some fixins by going too fast with it!
Step 6: Take out, cut up and enjoy with favorite dipping sauce.
Meal Idea #2 – Pineapple Crock Pot Chicken I used this Damn Delicious recipe as inspiration for this idea. Now when I made this meal I cooked it for wayyyy too long. That is all on me but this would have been delicious if it was only cooked for an appropriate amount of time (apparently 15 hours is not appropriate).
Again I don’t have any pretty pictures. But I can guarantee you that if would have seen the way this looked in the crock pot you would run away!
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (can use breasts but cut down on the cooking time so they dont dry out.
1 can of cubed pineapple ( I just dumped the whole can + juice in the crock pot)
Place all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low for 6-7 hours. Like I said above, you can use chicken breasts but I would make sure to keep an eye on them. Since breasts are lower in fat, they tend to dry out a lot easier. You could also use leg quarters. I know our grocery store has them on sale for $.49/lb sometimes, which is a great deal!
To make clean up easy, I used Reynold Slow Cooker in my crockpot to make for an easy cleanup. These have honestly changed how I cook in the crockpot! There is (almost) nothing better than when you go to clean up and you can just lift and throw away. Then a little wipe out of the crock pot and you are done!
So there you have it! Two simple, healthy meals that make for an easy dinner when you are packing up/have packed up all of your stuff. These meals made last week an easy one all while we were able to continue our packing progress!