Don’t you ever just wish someone would tell you what to make for dinner? Or your family is in a rut, and you could borrow another mom’s brain to see what she feeds her family? Well I’ve got the answer for you!
Anyone else in the thick of Spring sports season? Unlike other times of the year, for whatever reason, Spring sports usually mean the entire family is at the baseball field for each and every game, which means we’re doing dinner on the go at least 2-3 nights a week due to sports activities.
Now before you go writing me off because you KNOW that I am no expert in the kitchen (I’d say I’m more beginner to novice level), I am decently good at grab-and-go food for the family that is relatively healthy. So after I polled my Instagram moms, these are some of the best ideas for putting together healthy, quick, meals for your family on the go (like eat in the car or at the field on-the-go).
It should be noted for the record, that I do NOT (really) cook. So consider this like an idiot’s guide to feeding your family on the go. Frankly, if I had older kids, I’d honestly just print it out for them and say, “feed yourself” – that’s the level of preparation my list requires. 🙂 #okayestmomever
- Deli Meat and toppings
- Pulled pork (pre-make in a crockpot during the day or just buy store bought), BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, and maybe a hint of shredded cabbage
- Cuban sliders: ham, swiss, and pickles!
Our go-to bread for these rotates between Hawaiian rolls in the 24-pack (found anywhere) and tortilla wraps.
Flautas w/ Guacamole
Costco has the Flautas in the refrigerated section in a two-pack, along with the individual packs of guac. Heat up those flautas in the microwave, wrap them in paper towels and pack in your cooler (or lunchboxes). BAM, entrée dinner on the go!
Pre-Made Salad Kits
I’m not above a solid pre-made salad kit. Again, Costco to the rescue, their Mediterranean mix (sans cheese for those that are dairy free), their Chinese Chicken Salad (just add spinach and you’ve got protein and iron on-the-go). Pack forks, put in individual Tupperware for each family member to partake, and it’s super easy. Washing all that Tupperware is another story, but it’s a give and take ladies, give and take.
Chicken or Tuna Salad
We add plain yogurt, a little bit of avocado, the juice from a lime, and a little bit of garlic salt (it’s a scientific process as you can tell). Eat it with a pita, crackers, or slider bread. This is an easy way to get some protein in everyone’s stomachs.
Cold Pasta Salad
These are staples for the summer. Whether it’s to a BBQ or just to feed your family at the field, cold pasta salads are easy to make in big batches ahead of time, and then portion out on-the-go throughout the week. I like this one in particular.
Apple slices, raspberries, blueberries, orange slices, bananas, grapes, or pre-cut watermelon are all regular go-to’s for fruit on-the-go in our family. Fruit seems to be the easiest win for grab-n-go nutrition. Just make sure you wash everything ahead of time! TIP: as the weather starts to heat up, freezing your grapes is good way to keep the kids cool and your food!
Cocktail cucumbers and cherry tomatoes are our primary vegetable go-to. Occasionally though, I’ve also been known to grab a one pound bag of whole carrots at the store, have the kids wash and peel them, and then I slice them to store in a glass container for the week. In my opinion, sliced whole carrots taste WAY better than baby carrots, and it gives the kids a job to participate in their food prep.
String cheese, go-gurts, Chocolate Banana Almond Milk Protein Beverages from Costco – these are all regularly in our cart, and cooler for on-the-go meals.
You’ll notice that a lot of this together isn’t really a formal meal. That’s our trick – it’s more finger food where nutrition is really the name of the game, not a Pinterest worthy themed dinner.
Hopefully these ideas for dinners on the go, help your family out as you are schlepping to and from the sports fields this time of year. Relieve yourself of the guilt of not being around the family dinner table every single night, and help yourself out by prepping the food one night a week (I usually choose Sundays), so that healthy choices are easily available to grab when hunger strikes…or yet another baseball/lacrosse/soccer/softball/football practice strikes.