5 Homemade Dinners You Can Eat On the Go

It isn’t ideal to eat your dinner on the go, but sometimes you don’t have a choice. It’s better to eat a homemade meal in between commitments than give in to fast food, so the right recipes are key. We’re rounding up five fun dinners you can make and eat on the go that promise low stress and great taste. They’re all delicious and offer an excuse to forego the fork.

1. Mac & Cheese Muffins

Mac and cheese muffins

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We’re starting out on a strong note with these cheesy macaroni muffins from Emily Bites. They solve both your portable and portion control woes. Instead of bringing a whole container of mac and cheese with you on the road, grab a few of these muffins instead. Make these the next time you’re faced with a busy and stressful night you know warrants a treat, and rest assured your comfort food dinner is good to go.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups cooked whole-wheat or high-fiber macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 ounces Gruyère cheese, shredded
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 (10-ounce) package of frozen chopped spinach, defrosted, drained and patted dry (or you could use 1 cup cooked fresh spinach)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Head to Emily Bites for the full recipe. 

2. Grilled Vegetable Quesadillas

Grilled vegetable quesadillas

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Enlist your grill to make these vegetable quesadillas from Jo Cooks. Once again, they’re packed with good-for-you ingredients, such as squash, mushrooms, and peppers, but all anyone will taste is cheesy goodness. If you can plan ahead, this vegetarian dinner is a healthy and delicious meal to eat as you dash out the door.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large whole-grain tortillas
  • 2 large zucchinis, sliced into ¼-inch slices
  • 2 large squash, sliced into ¼-inch slices
  • 4 large portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 red bell peppers or sweet pointed red peppers
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 2 cups fresh mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 8 tablespoons pesto, store bought
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Head to Jo Cooks for the full recipe. 

3. Lemon-Rosemary Chicken Skewers

Chicken skewers on a bed of lettuce with a tomato relish in the background

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These lemon-rosemary chicken skewers from Epicurious prove you can easily make a traditional dinner and take it with you. Instead of piercing your chicken with a fork at red lights, leave your utensils at home and thread your dinner on skewers. You can make this recipe in the morning before a busy night, then pack the skewers in airtight containers for easy access.

Ingredients:

  • 8 (7-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 48 (8-inch) bamboo skewers, soaked in water 30 minutes, drained
  • 1 (1-pint) basket grape tomatoes or small cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 6 bay leaves, broken into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 4 large garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise

Head to Epicurious for the full recipe. 

4. Three Cheese Tomato Tart

Tomato tart

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A tomato tart is a tasty deviation from traditional pizza. This recipe from The Kitchn includes cheddar, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses, so you know it has to be good. Layer everything on puff pastry, then bake until the cheese is melty and your pastry is golden brown. Pack the tart in aluminum foil and enjoy the elevated take on pizza in the car.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe tomatoes, cut into ⅛-inch slices
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry
  • 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped basil
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Head to The Kitchn for the full recipe. 

5. Chicken Salad Wraps

Chicken salad wrap

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Enlisting wraps is another fun way to eat well on busy days. These chicken salad wraps from Food Network sub out the typical mayonnaise for Greek yogurt, giving them a healthy twist. The chicken salad is delicious enough to eat on its own, but wrapping it in a tortilla allows you to forego the fork. Make these chicken salad wraps ahead of time, store them in the refrigerator, and grab them when you’re ready to go.

Ingredients:

  • 1 citrus-garlic roasted chicken breast and 2 thighs, or about 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup chopped seedless red grapes, about 12
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 4 (9-inch) spinach or whole-wheat tortilla wraps

Head to Food Network for the full recipe.