Hectic schedules and hangry kids can equal a disastrous dinner hour. Serving up a healthy, well-balanced meal is a challenge for even the most battle-tested parent; the struggle is real. With a little foresight, you can feed the fam high-quality meals instead of nightly servings of Costco chicken nuggets with a splash of applesauce and a few baby carrots. Click through the gallery for seven mealtime solutions that turn chaos into calm.

Prep at Home Delivery

Do you enjoy cooking at home, but have no time for meal planning or grocery shopping? Several services will deliver high-quality ingredients with delicious recipes directly to your doorstep. Perfectly portioned ingredients arrive in a refrigerated box so all you have to do is cook and eat. You can customize the plans depending on the size of your family, preferences and frequency.

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Blue Apron creates healthy recipes that emphasize quality, local ingredients. If you love to try new recipes, you’ll love Blue Apron’s pledge to never repeat recipes during the year.

Hello Fresh offers quick and easy recipes that require no fancy kitchen gadgets or obscure ingredients. Choose from different menus including classic, vegetarian or kid-friendly selections.

Munchery does the cooking for you and delivers fully-cooked meals. Reheat in the microwave or oven and dinner is served. Menus feature everything from classic comfort food to kids’ favorites. Round out your meal by ordering sides, salads, desserts and beverages.

photo: Munchery

  • Prep at Home Delivery
  • Meals on the Go
  • Restaurant Delivery
  • Slow Cooking
  • Grocery Take-Out
  • Meal Planning
  • Freezer Cooking

What are your tips and tricks for making dinnertime quick and healthy on busy school nights? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Abbey McGee