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11 On-the-Go Meals for Weeknight Dinner

Soccer games, baseball practices, dance competitions — we’re all busy people spending our time shuttling even busier kiddos. As a result, family dinners around the table aren’t always feasible. So what’s a parent to do? Here’s a solution: When you need to eat on the go, whip up one of these portable meals that are tastier, healthier and more satisfying than fast food.

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Photo: Andrea Mathis, RD, founder of Beautiful Eats & Things

Savory Waffle Turkey BLTs

Waffles for dinner are always a hit — especially when traditional frozen waffles are transformed into Savory Waffle Turkey BLTs. Whether you’re packing them for lunch, a picnic or dinner on the go, this sweet and savory sandwich will surely be a hit. If you don’t plan to eat the BLT within the first hour, pack the tomatoes in a separate container to keep the waffles from getting soggy.

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Photo: Tracee Yablon Brenner, RDN, founder of Triad to Wellness

Asian Chicken, Zoodle and Sorghum Mason Jar Salad

A terrific meal option when you need something portable, this Asian Chicken, Zoodle and Sorghum Mason Jar Salad packs in flavor and nutrition. Thanks to the airtight seal on the jar, the salad can stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to five days. Registered dietitian Tracee Yablon Brenner shares, "The benefit of this salad is that it’s ready to eat in its own container, so grab a fork and eat directly from the jar. However, if you’re worried about traveling with glass, simply transfer the salad to a plastic storage container, then pack in a cooler."

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Photo: Jodi Danen, RDN, founder of Create Kids Club

Crunch Wrap Supreme

Skip the drive-thru and make this Crunch Wrap Supreme recipe before leaving the house. Simply wrap each one in foil and pack in a cooler to eat in the car, at practice or from the stands. Since these freeze well, make an extra batch and freeze in individual zip-top bags.

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Photo: Chelsey Amer, MS, RD

Easy Summer Rolls With Sunbutter Sauce

Dietitian Chelsey Amer knows that it can be hard to eat veggies on the go. However, these Easy Summer Rolls With Sunbutter Sauce are a convenient and portable way to wrap up your favorite veggies when you're going to be out and about. Amer shares, "A large collard green leaf or rice paper wrapper is the perfect container to transport a rainbow of veggies. Pack the rolls and sunflower seed butter dipping sauce in a to-go container, and you’re all set."

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