When You’re on the Run Quick and Easy Meals Are a Must!

We’re all busy individuals, dealing with work issues, being late for appointments, and doing errands on the spur of the moment. As a result, cooking simple, easy meals at home and eating at the table is not always possible.

So, what’s a busy person to do? Here’s a solution: make one of these mobile meals healthier, tastier, and more gratifying than fast food whenever you need to eat on the go. 

These dishes are simple to prepare ahead of time and ideal for work, school, or even dining on the go. Don’t let your hectic days cause you to skip meals!

Savory Waffle Turkey BLTs

stacked BLT sandwich on a plate

Waffles for dinner are usually a success, especially when converted into Savory Waffle Turkey BLTs from frozen waffles. This sweet and savory sandwich will be a hit whether you pack it for a picnic, lunch, or dinner on the road. To protect the waffles from getting soggy, store the tomatoes in a different container if you aren’t going to enjoy the BLT right away.

Asian Chicken, Zoodle, and Sorghum Mason Jar Salad

mason jar salads in a fridge

This Asian Chicken, Zoodle, and Sorghum Mason Jar Salad is a great option for a quick lunch when you need something portable. The salad may be kept fresh in the fridge for up to five days, thanks to the airtight closure on the jar. 

This salad has the advantage of being ready to eat in its container, so take a fork and eat straight from the jar. If you’re concerned about traveling with glassware, place the salad in a plastic storage container and place it in a cooler.

Blueberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is a favorite while you’re on the go, whether it’s stuffed in a pita pocket, piled on a salad, or scooped with crackers. The Blueberry Pecan Chicken Salad is a quick and easy meal high in vegetables, protein, and even fruit. It’s flavorful and has interesting textures, and it’s simple to make. 

Cook up a huge batch of chicken salad and store it on hand for those times when you have to throw a meal together quickly.

Crunch Wrap Supreme

Prepare this Crunch Wrap Supreme recipe instead of going to the drive-through. Encase each one in foil and place it in a cooler to enjoy in the vehicle, at practice, or while watching from the stands. Make an extra batch and refrigerate it in individual zip-top bags since these freezes well.

Mini Tuna Sushi Burritos

Combine two of your favorite foods — sushi and burritos — for a quick and easy dinner. Mini Tuna Sushi Burritos, which use guacamole instead of sliced avocado wrapped in roasted seaweed or tortillas, are more filling than your regular sushi roll (nori). These portable sushi burritos are jam-packed with guac, fresh veggies, a spicy Greek yogurt mayo, heart-healthy tuna, a spicy Greek yogurt mayo, and sushi rice.

Easy Summer Rolls with Sunbutter Sauce

It isn’t easy to eat vegetables on the run. When you’re out and about, though, these Easy Summer Rolls with Sunbutter Sauce are a portable and convenient way to wrap up your favorite vegetables. A rice paper wrapper or large collard green leaf is ideal for transporting a variety of vegetables. Put the rolls in a to-go container with the sunflower seed butter dipping sauce, and you’re ready to go.

Tofu Kale Power Bowl with Tahini Dressing

The Tofu Kale Power Bowl with Tahini Dressing is the perfect go-to for an easy-to-pack, nutritional power bowl. This meal is delicious because it contains plant protein, vegetables, healthy fats, and a lot of taste. It covers all of my nutrient requirements for a meal, it’s filling (so I won’t be hungry later), and it’s simple to pack in a large sealable storage bowl with a fork. I’ve even brought it on a plane.

Baked Ranch Chicken Taquitos

Baked Ranch Chicken Taquitos are a child-friendly lunch or supper alternative that’s perfect for weeknights on the go. They’re similar to tacos, which kids enjoy, but they’re rolled up very tightly, making it simpler to stuff them with a lot of stuff. Cooked chicken, cheese, hummus, black beans, and ranch dressing fill these taquitos. Make a double recipe for busy weeknights, then bake one half straight away and freeze the other. Taquitos can be baked right out of the freezer.

Tortilla de Patata

Simple and fulfilling Tortilla de Patata is a popular Spanish dish served folded and stuffed inside a baguette or as a frittata with a side salad. This sandwich is a versatile on-the-go lunch that includes carbs, protein, and vegetables in one compact meal because it is good warm or cold.

Beef and Potato Hand Pies

When you want to combine your love of comfort cuisine with the requirement for a quick meal, these Beef and Potato Hand Pies are the perfect solution. Wrap potatoes and leftover roast beef in flaky frozen pie dough to make a portable hand pie that trumps the drive-through on any given weekday. This grab-and-go meal works well with leftover chicken, vegetables, or pork. The possibilities are infinite!

Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie

The inclusion of rolled oats in this fruity smoothie gives it a hearty breakfast-in-a-cup. You can take this idea further and add oats and added fiber to any smoothie.

Walking Taco Bar

tacos and lime on a plate

You can set up a quick Walking Taco Bar with just a little preparation, allowing everyone to tailor their meal and carry it with them on the road. A Walking Taco Bar is a great way to bring a hot taco filling and your choice toppings to a game. Crush the chips in your container, cover with a tasty beef taco filling, load high with taco toppings, and serve with a plastic fork. When your team scores, you can easily stroll about with these transportable tacos and even bounce up and down without making a mess.

Overnight Blueberry-Almond Oatmeal

This healthy make-ahead oatmeal is quick and easy to prepare the night before and enjoy the next morning. Store the ingredients in a glass jar or some other container with a lid in the refrigerator overnight. Remove the lid and microwave for around one minute if you want a little warmth in the morning. Pour the oatmeal into a bowl or take it straight from the jar with a spoon.

Mini Whole-Wheat Chicken Pot Pies

These high-fiber small pot pies are ideal for a healthy snack or a quick supper on the road. Assemble a batch, store it for later, and then throw it into a hot oven without par-bake or thaw.