How to prepare healthy food on moving day is probably not the first thing on your mind in the midst of packing up your home. Even if you have an empty kitchen you still need to fill up. Whether it’s a warming soup or something cool and crunchy, these plant-based recipes are good to have on hand to prepare for moving day.
Going out to a decent meal is likely out of the question when you think about the down payment, deposit, rental truck, movers, or other expenses you have recently forked over. These easy moving day meals for vegetarians along with some help from friends and family, will make moving day a whole lot happier for everyone.
You’ll be inspired to cook on moving day with the bare kitchen essentials.
Colorful One Pot Brazilian Stew
A high quality meal is a must, after all of the effort (and hopefully your friends and family, or whoever you’ve convinced to help you move) of packing up your belongings into boxes, moving the boxes into your van or rental truck, and then unpacking everything into your new home.
What’s easier than throwing everything into one pot on the stove? If you have access to your kitchen moving box with one pot, dig it out, this recipe is meant for you. Fruits, vegetables, and healthy carbohydrates make this a fiber filled meal that will leave you fully energized and ready to take on the challenges of moving day. Recipe from Vegetarian Times.
1 Tbs. vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
2 medium sweet potatoes (1 to 1 1/4 lbs.), peeled and diced
1 large red bell pepper, diced
14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes
1 small hot green chili pepper, or more to taste, minced
2 16-oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 ripe mango, pitted, peeled and diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 tsp. salt
Find the recipe here.
Easy Cheesy Moving Day Quesadilla
As a vegetarian, you’ve no doubt gotten this question a million times: “How do you get enough protein if you only eat vegetables?” Ha! As every vegetarian knows, getting enough protein isn’t a problem when you eat well-rounded meals, which is why the extra energy provided by clean, healthy vegetarian foods will satiate and energize you.
A warm crunchy quesadilla is a vegetarian essential, modify the ingredients to your liking! If you’re gluten-free, use corn tortillas instead of wheat. This meal is easy to churn out multiple at a time, a good choice if you’re feeding a moving crew or friends helping you move. If you can’t find your pan to cook this on the stove, get crafty and use the microwave or oven. Recipe from All Recipes.
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, preferably pepper Jack
½ cup prepared fresh salsa
4 8-inch whole-wheat tortillas
2 teaspoons oil, divided
1 ripe avocado, diced
Find the recipe here.
Everything But the Kitchen Sink Egg Scramble
Getting the nourishment that you need on moving day will not only keep you going but also, it will help reduce strain and fatigue. By focusing on eating right during your move, you can save money and feel great about your choice to resist the Chinese takeout around the corner.
You can’t go wrong with eggs and you’d be surprised how many things go so right (and delicious!) with them. This protein packed vegetarian food is versatile and affordable. This recipe suggests cheese, mushrooms, and spinach, but use any vegetables you can get your hands on (or have left in the fridge)! Recipe from Taste of Home.
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
1 teaspoon butter
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh mushrooms or other vegetable
1/2 cup fresh baby spinach, chopped
2 tablespoons shredded provolone or similar cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
Find the recipe here.
Cheese and Pepper Pasta
When you’ve got so many things on your moving day checklist, it can be challenging to give full attention to eating the right things for your body. But keep in mind, moving an entire household of belongings requires energy, so eating healthy isn’t just crucial for maintaining your diet goals—it’s essential for maintaining your strength.
This basic one pot meal will make your taste buds sing and provide the energy you need to pack, lift, and load. In fact, you might want to have this for dinner the night before moving day.
While pasta is the ultimate comfort food, it’s also used by athletes to “carb up” before a strenuous exercise. This easy pasta recipe is an easy moving day for vegetarians and omnivores like to eat pasta as well. If you’ve expended all your energy moving, but still have more to do the next day, like unpack your moving boxes, a carb load is not a bad idea. Pop open a twist off bottle of wine and you’re basically in Italy. Recipe from Pretty Plain Janes.
2 1/2 cups finely grated Pecorino Romano (about 9 ounces), plus more for serving
1 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper, plus more for serving
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound spaghetti
Find the recipe here.
Sheet Pan Roasted Summer Vegetables
Almost as easy as throwing everything into a pot, just throw it onto a pan! A sheet pan dinner is easy to prepare and easy to clean. You can grab whatever veggies are leftover in the crisper. Tofu is optional and because this recipe calls for mint and balsamic, an extra peach (or apple) lying around added to the mix makes it extra delicious!
Pro tip: Pick up a disposable aluminum baking pan from your local market. You can even eat off the pan to save on washing or finding your dishes.
A sweet, savory, soft, crunchy sheet pan dinner is a favorite meal choice for moving day. Recipe from Self Magazine.
10 ounces extra-firm tofu, drained
1 ⅓ cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
4 cups broccoli florets
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 large peach, pitted and cut into wedges
How to prepare:
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Cut tofu into rectangles 1-inch thick, then cut each rectangle into long triangles. Press tofu between two paper towels, squeezing out as much moisture as possible.
In a bowl, combine tofu, chickpeas, and broccoli. Add ½ tbsp olive oil and cumin; season with salt and pepper. Gently toss to coat, taking care not to break up tofu.
Spread on lined sheet pan and bake 20 minutes, until chickpeas are lightly browned and broccoli is al dente.
In another bowl, whisk together remaining ½ tbsp olive oil, mint, and vinegar. Add cooked tofu, chickpeas, and broccoli, then add peach wedges. Toss to coat.
Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Everyone talks about moving being stressful, and it is. But moving is expensive too. That’s why preparing cheap moving day meals is just as important as making healthy ones.
While it may be tempting to order fast food, it’s typically much more expensive to order in healthy, high-quality food. With that in mind, it’s going to be more cost-effective to prepare a quick and easy moving day meals for vegetarians.
On moving day, your oven is your friend. This dish could literally be made while camping, which means you can make it in the midst of moving. All you need to do is throw the potatoes in the oven, and top (or not) with any dressing or sauce you have handy.
6 medium sweet potatoes, unpeeled
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
How to prepare:
Put the sweet potato slices and the garlic on a baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil over and toss lightly to gently coat the potatoes and garlic with the oil. Sprinkle with the rosemary, salt and pepper to taste.
Roast for 15 minutes and turn the slices with a spatula. Roast sweet potatoes for an additional 15 minutes or until the slices are nicely caramelized at the edges and nicely browned overall. Serve with any leftover sauces in the fridge or ketchup and mayonnaise.
While in the process of moving to a new home you will want to have simple meal preparation ideas until you’ve unpacked and settled into your new home. Whether you are a vegetarian or an omnivore, keep proteins and fresh produce in mind when you’re grocery shopping.
A typical person may be consigned to eating junk food as the victim of an unpacked kitchen, but not you! A healthy and quick meal at home is possible for a vegetarian on moving day, and don’t forget to stay hydrated!