It’s really no secret that my family lives a crazy, busy lifestyle. With a teenager who plays school ball and travel ball, being on-the-go has just become a part of our lives. And while I try to keep a schedule that allows us to at least be home for dinner time, there are some days when I find it’s just not possible. Used to, these days really bothered me. I’d feel frustrated that I couldn’t serve my kiddos a meal I felt good about. But as I’ve come to accept that everyday isn’t going to go as I plan, I’ve also discovered some on-the-go dinner ideas that, as a mom, I can feel good about!
Now, before I share my ideas for making dinner on-the-go tons of fun, let me start by saying that it’s important for me to serve my kids meals that boast ingredients I trust and flavors they love. And while I have control over this when I’m at home, we all know that fast food doesn’t always live up to picky mom standards. Because of this, I’ve discovered a few tricks that are helping to make dinners on busy nights just as amazing as the meals I make in my own kitchen.
Serve Quality Meals, Even On-the-Go
For some time now, I’ve had a little secret in my mom arsenal when it comes to quick dinners that I can feel great about serving. Ever since Zoës Kitchen opened here in Asheville a few years ago, it’s been my go-to stop for fresh, Mediterranean inspired home cooked meals that are convenient and fast. With a variety of made-from-scratch, heathful options, it’s a casual fast dining location that my whole family gets excited about visiting. And since they recently expanded their Zoës kids menu, even my littlest can get a meal that he enjoys and I feel good about serving him. Now, for those of you who don’t know, my little guy is crazy picky! But with the new Zoës kids menu, I don’t have to worry that he’ll get left out. In fact, he’s been expanding the items he enjoys with the palate pleasing options he finds at our go-to restaurant busy weeknight restaurant choice.
With a variety of main entrees that are kid approved while boasting fresh ingredients moms can feel good about, Zoës kids menu offers options for even picky eaters like my little guy! And by allowing each child to pair their favorite entree like grilled chicken fingers, pizza piadina or even shrimp kabobs with fresh delicious sides like hummus, roasted veggies or even fruit, I can guarantee that there is something on this menu that every child will be begging for and that every mom can feel great about.
In fact, as soon as I ask what we should have for dinner on those busy days when there just isn’t time to get home in between practices, I’m always thrilled to hear my little guy cheer for Zoës Kitchen!
Put simply, having him excited about where we’re getting our food from means I won’t be wasting time begging him to eat his meal or worrying that he’s not eating as well as he should. Instead, I’m able to enjoy my meal knowing that even when we need food on-the-go that’s casual fast, I can still serve up meals that help us eat what we love and love how we feel!
Include the Whole Family
While often the hubs is still at work when I’m doing our crazy, running around, busy weeknight routine, any time I can I invite him to join us for dinner on-the-go. Generally, I only have to say Zoës Kitchen and he’s ready to meet us for a quick and convenient meal that we all feel great about eating. And with the wide variety of options for every member of the family, Zoës Kitchen helps me continue to make dinner a time that brings us together, even if we don’t have time to make it home!
As an added bonus, in addition to the amazing Zoës kids menu, there are a variety of items on the regular menu that the entire family loves, meaning that from the oldest to the youngest, we’re able to have on-the-go meals that make us feel great from the inside out!
Choose a Fun Location
While I’ll admit that my family loves eating at Zoës Kitchen, sometimes it’s fun to get out and have an impromptu picnic with the food that we love. While that may sound like lots of work, I promise it’s not! Even on super busy nights, we’re able to easily call head to Zoës Kitchen, order meals for the entire family and head to a nearby park for a dinner that really makes a memory.
Since Zoës Kitchen packages everything up so that it’s ready to go and even labels the boxes to save this always busy mama time, it’s the perfect choice for busy on-the-go weeknights.
And let’s face it, there’s not much that earns me more cool points than a delicious dinner at the park that everyone is excited about eating followed by a little play before we head back to the crazy routine of the day!
So, as you can see, for my family it’s never been easier to enjoy delicious, home-made dinners on the go! Now that the new Zoës kid’s menu has created amazing items that even my picky little eater can’t get enough of, I no longer stress when life is so busy that there’s not time to eat at home. Instead, I simply get smart and make dinner on-the-go simple with help from Zoës Kitchen!
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Then tell me, how would you make dinner on-the-go fun with help from Zoës Kitchen?