Ten Dinners on the Go

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These 10 dinners are the go are perfect for busy weeknights. Recipes from Real Food Real Deals.

As my children get older, I find myself planning dinner on the go more often. With swim team, baseball practice, and other evening activities throughout the year, sometimes my family can’t sit together around a table at dinnertime. In addition to the children’s extracurricular activities, my husband works a few evenings each week. Buying food at work is an option for him, but it’s very expensive and the choices aren’t as healthy as what he gets at home. Even though we can’t always be together for dinner in our own kitchen, I still like to know that we’re all eating nutritious food.

I’ve come up with several meals that can be easily eaten in the car, on a blanket at a sports field, or at an office desk. The key is to prepare food ahead of time that can be served in individual containers and that doesn’t tend to get messy. Pack some fruits and vegetables along with any of the following dishes and you’ll be happy you avoided the take-out window.

Ten Dinners on the Go


Rice Noodles with Peanut Sauce

Macaroni and Cheese Muffins

Rainbow Salad in a Jar

Bacon, Eggs, & Chives for One

Quesadillas or Burritos

Taco Salad

Chicken Pot Pie

Potato Pancakes

Upside-Down Shepherd’s Pie

In addition to these suggestions, other dinners on the go include soup in a thermos, hard-boiled eggs with a salad, pita pizzas, or a sandwich with fruit on the side. “Breakfast for dinner” is a fun concept, but “lunch for dinner” is also a good bet from time to time. Check out my post about packing school lunches for lots of other portable meals that could work as a light dinner on the go. I’d love to hear your suggestions about what dinners on the go you like to pack when you want to serve a healthy dinner on the road.


  1. Oh Soup! I was just making a meal plan list for a family trip this week and was wondering what to make ahead of time! Thanks for some ideas =-)

  2. Leftovers in a thermos are my all time favorite meal, but sushi, sandwiches, pizza all work well too. With hockey season and marching band season the fall is busy in the evenings, but we can usually make it work. I also like to have something in the little crock pot (leftover soup, or sloppy joe mixture, or a main dish to serve over rice from the rice cooker) so we can roll in the door at 6:30 and sit down to a hot meal.
    Good ideas, Annemarie!

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