When moving, you’ll want this list of 12 Family Dinner Recipes! Meals you can prep ahead of time or cook easily in a new home before unpacking everything!
Before we moved into our new house, I had plans to prep meals ahead of time so that we wouldn’t have to eat out constantly for the first week while we were finding our kitchen items.
That plan didn’t work out so well, so I had to figure out easy meals that I could make in our new kitchen. These recipes are ones that don’t require tons of gadgets and ingredients and a lot of them you can even buy disposable pans to cook in, in case you haven’t found your baking dishes yet.
When you’re working all day moving box or unpacking them, there’s nothing better than a nice sit down meal at the end of the day. Of course, you’re going to be a bit tired, but these dinners will rejuvenate your body and give you energy to continue working hard. Here are 12 easy dinners for a new home!
Chicken Enchilada Sliders from A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
These chicken enchilada sliders make for the perfect dinner because they are 1) quick to prep 2) easy to eat on paper plates or even just napkins and 3) delicious. To make the recipe even simpler, substitute store bought enchilada sauce and use disposable pans if you haven’t found your baking dishes yet.
Grilled Chicken and Asparagus with Herbed Orzo from Lavender and Macarons
I’d save this recipe for a few days after your move in, but it’s sure to fill you up and energize you for unpacking. You can substitute and use an outdoor grill or an electric grill to avoid using your stove.
Chicken Broccolini Pesto Pasta from The Clean Eating Couple
Liz from The Clean Eating Couple is always cooking up delicious and easy recipes. This pesto pasta is a new favorite of mine, because I cannot resist a good pesto. To make this recipe even easier, use a rotisserie chicken! You can also use regular broccoli and boil it in the same pan as your pasta for easy clean up.
Tequila Lime Pulled Pork Tacos from Cake ‘n Knife
Okay, seriously, who WOULDN’T want to eat this any day? These pulled pork tacos make me drool just looking at them and there’s no doubt that they’re packed with ridiculous flavor.
Cheesy Sausage Broccoli and Rice Casserole from A Savory Feast
I love this recipe because it’s something we would eat anytime, but the simplicity, yet delicious combination of the flavors makes it a perfect moving day meal. Sometimes when you’re moving, it’s easy to settle for bland food or take out, but this casserole is no joke. You can make it simpler by using microwavable rice (this is my favorite brand) and a disposable pan.
Honey Sriracha Chicken and Rice Bowls from The Speckled Palate
These flavors are anything but bland. I love how easy it would be to whip this up and quickly eat a filling dinner and get back to work. I recommend using microwave rice to simplify the recipe and dishes for this one.
Quick Southwestern Chicken Chili from Feast + West
This homemade soup only takes 30 minutes to make and there’s no doubt it’s packed with flavor. If you’re making this while moving or in a brand new kitchen, use a rotisserie chicken! You could also double this soup for lots of leftovers or even double it and freeze half for later.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders from Sustaining the Powers
I love the idea of slow cooker meals for a new kitchen. You can throw everything in in the morning and have it ready for a quick lunch or dinner.
One Pot Taco Soup from A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
This soup is one of our favorite quick meals and it is anything but bland! I love how you can customize this soup easily, too. Add beans if everyone likes them or skip them completely. You can add in your favorite frozen or fresh veggies, increase the spiciness or leave it mild. Another great recipe you can double and freeze for later!
Turkey Lasagna from Dash of Herbs
This turkey lasagna is healthy and filling! It’s the perfect way to recover after a long day or a few of moving and unpacking. This would also be the perfect meal to bring someone that is moving or recently moved! It’s a great way to celebrate a new home with someone!
Turkey and Broccoli Orecchiette from The Speckled Palate
I can’t even tell you how much we love this recipe. I’ve made this recipe from my pal at The Speckled Palate probably more times than I have made some of my own recipes from my blog, which can be a lot of times! This is a recipe I’ve brought to friends before on different occasions and it is always gobbled up!
Beef Taco Lettuce Wraps from A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
These taco lettuce wraps can be pulled off in 15 minutes and give you a hearty meal. The taco blend is also perfect in taco shells or on top of chips. This is another one that can easily be customized as well! It would be a great start to a make your own taco bar.