Remember when you used to leisurely chop vegetables in your pristine kitchen while sipping a glass a wine and listening to St. Vincent on the record player? Yeah, we don’t either. For busy Seattle parents, getting food (bonus if the kids will eat it) on the table between after-hours sports practices and bath time is oftentimes a scramble at best. Before you’re forced to pick up the phone and order pad Thai and pineapple fried rice for the second time in one week, make a quick stop at one of these local businesses to pick out a tasty, healthy, family pleasing dinner to go.

photo: PCC Community Markets

PCC Community Markets
Puget Sound’s very own community-owned PCC markets have long been Seattle parents’ standby for organic and locally grown groceries. The recently rebranded co-op, now PCC Community Markets, is pulling together a line of ready-to-cook meal kits for 2018. In the meantime, busy, health-conscious moms and dads can pop by PCC for marinated and seasoned organic, non-GMO or grass-fed meats that cook up quickly at home. Pair family pleasing favorites like Italian meatballs and garlic herb lamb patties with freshly prepped side dishes like zucchini noodle pesto from the PCC deli. Or choose your own fresh organic veggies. Psst…PCC chefs at the Redmond and Edmonds locations will do the chopping for you. Voilà, dinner is served.

Click here for a list of PCC locations.
Online: pccmarkets.com

photo: Eat Local

Eat Local
Seattleites are a fiercely loyal lot – how else do you explain our love of Macklemore, Dick’s cheeseburgers and fancy flannel shirts.  So when Eat Local founder Greg Conner started a business selling frozen meals made with locally sourced ingredients and techniques “a good cook would use at home,” Seattle parents took notice. Now, a decade later, Eat Local has more locations and kid-friendly options than ever before. Head to the store nearest you to pick up ready-to-heat favorites like meatballs in a rustic tomato sauce, grass-fed Bolognese pasta or the always-a-hit mac ‘n cheese.

Food for thought: Eat Local offers Seattle and Bellevue-based members (there’s an $80 annual fee to join) free same-day delivery on orders greater than $25 and placed by 11 a.m.

Capitol Hill Store
503 Broadway E.
Seattle, Wa 98102
206-397-3999
Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Queen Anne Store
2400 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98109
206-328-3663
Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

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Burien Kitchen and Store
810 S.W. 151st
Burien, Wa 98166
206-432-9849
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Online: eatlocalonline.com

photo: Maven Meals

Maven Meals and Maven Mercantile
It’s happening again: Dinner’s late, everyone’s tired and hangry and your precious offspring is refusing to eat what’s on his plate. Although it’s probably karma coming to bite us for the grief we caused our own parents back in the day, the 21st Century has our back in more way than one. Order ahead at Maven Meals for fresh and seasonal ready-to-eat dinners delivered to your doorstep the following week. Or stop by Maven Mercantile in Burien or on Vashon Island to choose from an assortment of freshly prepared entrees (kids faves include orange chili pulled pork and mac ‘n cheese) and sides by the ounce.

You heard it here first: Maven Meals just expanded its delivery area to include Issaquah and Sammamish.

Maven Mercantile Burien
641 S.W. 152nd St.
Burien, Wa 98166
206-557-7985

Maven Mercantile Vashon Island
17917 Vashon Hwy. S.W.
Vashon, Wa 98070
206-408-7590

Online: mavenmeals.com

photo: Munchery

Munchery
When a week’s worth of karate, piano and swimming lessons leaves you with no groceries and zero time to shop, Munchery has dinner covered. You’ll enjoy ready-to-eat meals like Vietnamese sticky ribs and butternut squash ravioli, while your kids chow down on teriyaki salmon, chicken fajitas and other entrees designed specially for their discerning palettes. Munchery also offers meal kits with fresh, prepped ingredients that customers can use to prepare dinner at home in about 15 minutes. Order both options tonight or for delivery later in the week.

Food for thought: You must purchase a membership plan – $12.95 month-to-month or $107.40 for the year – to place an order. All memberships include a 30-day trial period as well as free delivery.

Online: munchery.com

What’s your go-to for a healthy dinner to go? Tell us in the comments below.

— Jennifer Pinto