5 Easy Meal Options For Busy Families

Making big, homemade family meals takes time and energy, two things many people don't have room for in their busy schedules. The companies included here, well aware of this challenge, offer a range of delicious, convenient take-home food options that are fast and easy to put together. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

5 Sources For Quick & Easy Home Meals

Name What It Offers
Gorton's Offers various lines of frozen seafood
HelloFresh Delivers meal kits that include easy-to-follow recipes and quality, farm-sourced ingredients
CAULIPOWER Produces and distributes a line of cauliflower-based food items, including frozen pizzas
Boston Market National fast casual chain offering frozen home-style meals including entrees, pot pies, bowls, and a line of meats called Carver's Cuts
Atkins Offers numerous take-home foods designed for different tastes, lifestyle needs, and nutrition goals, including protein bars and frozen foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert

Caribbean Pork with Pineapple Chutney by HelloFresh

Food Blogs with Helpful Guides & Instructions

Name Specialty
Cupcakes and Couscous South African mom & recipe developer Teresa Ulyate serves up dishes for any meal of the day, especially for fans of baking and sweets
Pati Jinich Creative home versions of Mexican classics and guides on ingredients from the star of Pati’s Mexican Table
Biscuits & Such Elena Brent Rosemond-Hoerr offers the best of Southern cuisine, from mouth-watering meats to farm cheese and baked goods
Workweek Lunch Talia Koren teaches meal prepping techniques as a method for healthy, cost-effective eating, with kid and freezer-friendly choices as well as a variety of dietary restrictions
Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino Italian recipes, tips for dining and shopping in Italy, and specialty tours for food lovers from Eleonora Baldwin

A Taste of CAULIPOWER's Cauliflower Pizza

In Depth

In today's world of ever more demanding workplaces, it can be difficult for families to regularly enjoy home-cooked meals from scratch. Luckily, there have emerged a number of different options for busy parents to feed their offspring while on-the-go. In no particular order, these meal providers offer take-home foods and delivery kits that require minimal prep work.

#1 is Gorton's, a company that produces frozen seafood from its headquarters in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the United States' oldest seaport and the birthplace of the US fishing industry. Founded in 1849, the venerable firm has been a pioneer in the convenience foods game and has a claim to the invention of the frozen fish stick.

The company's wide range of items includes classics, such as popcorn shrimp, beer-battered fish fillets, and crunchy breaded clams. The Smart Solutions line offers an array of natural catch and grilled fish meals, like roasted garlic and butter tilapia. There is also a series of saucy, chef-inspired packages called Everyday Gourmet, and Crowd Pleaser party-sized containers.

The Smart Solutions line offers an array of natural catch and grilled fish meals, like roasted garlic and butter tilapia.

For the #2 entry, we've got HelloFresh. The company provides meal plan kits suited to different tastes. Simple step-by-step recipes complete with nutritional information and fresh, pre-measured ingredients are delivered to customers' homes; families, relieved of the burden of planning and preparing meals, just follow the instructions and cook.

Promising that each recipe is tested 45 times, HelloFresh packages offer a variety of different menu items. In addition to the prepackaged recipes sent to subscribers, the company maintains an online cookbook that can serve as inspiration for any home chef. The group pledges to follow sustainable practices at every level of production and to work toward reducing food waste.

In the #3 spot, Caulipower produces and distributes a line of cauliflower-based food items that present themselves as healthy alternatives to fatty comfort dishes. The company's mission is to revolutionize the frozen aisle with foods that are at once convenient and good for you. Caulipower's founder, Gail Becker, was inspired by the difficulties she faced feeding two sons with Celiac disease.

Caulipower's founder, Gail Becker, was inspired by the difficulties she faced feeding two sons with Celiac disease.

Caulipower's signature dish is its gluten-free cauliflower crust pizza. Frozen pies come with a variety of different toppings, from Buffalo-style chicken to Sriracha veggie to three cheese. More ambitious home cooks can purchase the crust alone to make their own cheesy, tomato-y concoctions. Other Caulipower items include tortillas, veggie-coated chicken tenders, riced cauliflower cups, and sweet potato toast.

At #4, Boston Market is perhaps best known as a national chain of brick and mortar restaurants offering rotisserie chicken as well as side dishes like mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and creamed spinach. The company, however, is involved in a range of different ventures, including catering, philanthropy, and a line of grocery store items that customers can cook at home.

Boston Market's selection of frozen home style meals includes entrees, pot pies, bowls, and a line of meats called Carver's Cuts. Main dishes include beef steak and pasta, boneless pork rib shaped patty, and chicken alfredo with fettuccine and broccoli. The pot pie features chunks of rotisserie seasoned chicken and vegetables in a creamy sauce.

Boston Market's selection of frozen home style meals includes entrees, pot pies, bowls, and a line of meats called Carver's Cuts.

Finishing up our list at #5, it's Atkins. The company behind the famous low carb diet produces and distributes a number of different take-home foods designed for different tastes, lifestyle needs, and nutrition goals. These offerings are guided by the commitment to making eating right a part of everyday life through advocacy, education, innovation, and foods.

Atkins' protein bars function as either snacks, like the Honey Almond Greek Yogurt, or meal replacements, like the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. The frozen food and meal selection includes options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Shakes provide protein, calcium, and essential vitamins and minerals. There are also sweet treats that satisfy cravings while hewing to the rules of the diet.