It’s time to send the kids back to school and we all know how stressful it can be in those first few weeks. Getting back in the swing of a routine is no easy task after a summer filled with relaxed schedules and minimal plans. Not only do parents have school to worry about, but after school activities as well. Your family calendar is most likely overflowing with pick ups, drop offs, games, rehearsals, and everything in between.
We’re here to help alleviate some of the stress of the back to school grind and have found the absolute best places to pick up a quick and easy dinner for your family.
Grab-and-Go Dinners In + Around Detroit
Great Lakes Pot Pies has been our go-to spot for a quick, easy family dinner for quite some time now. When I’m planning meals for the week, it’s so simple to pick up a pot pie from their store in Clawson, Royal Oak Farmers Market, or Farmington Farmers Market. All of their pot pies are sold frozen so they make for the perfect on-hand meal.
The night you want to have pot pie for dinner, you just preheat your oven to 400 degrees and slide in the pot pie for one hour. You don’t have to worry about defrosting it or making sure it’s been sitting out, just straight from the freezer and into the oven! But if you’re really pressed for time, you can order ahead from their Clawson store and they’ll bake one for you to pick up hot.
Great Lakes Pot Pies has a variety of different options that everyone in your family will love. Our family loves the chicken and meatball pot pies the most, and there’s always enough for a second helping. If someone in your family has a food allergy or dietary restriction, Great Lakes Pot Pies has you covered. They offer gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan options that are all equally delicious. Make it a whole meal and pick up a pack of their incredible cookies or a pecan pie for dessert!
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If your family likes Italian food, you have to try Livonia Italian Bakery and Cafe. They make family-style dinners in-house every day, all you have to do is take it home and bake it. We love their lasagnas and pizzas, especially when serving a crew of hungry kids. They also offer a selection of fresh salads, other Italian classics, and desserts.
Simply Good Kitchen in Birmingham offers a rotating weekly menu of meals to go. Since each meal is made to order, they are able to accommodate any dietary or food restrictions you or your family members may have. All you have to do is pick it up and then heat it when you get home. Easy peasy!
If you’re on the east side, you have to try Licavoli’s Market in Grosse Pointe Woods. They have an awesome selection of Italian classics from pizza to calzones ready to go in their store. If you can’t make it out to their market, you can have it delivered by Door Dash!
Ike’s Express in Shelby Township has some of the best Mediterranean food in the Metro Detroit Area. They make it easy for families with their combination trays which are sure to please everyone in your household. You get three cold items and three hot items plus french fries or vegetables. Now that’s a complete meal!
Located in Ferndale, Clean Plates is committed to making your life easier. Not only do they offer meal kits or meal plans, but they will also deliver everything right to your front door! Clean Plates has a huge selection of meals each day and is able to accommodate any dietary or food restrictions you may have.
For the best vegan food to go, head over to Shimmy Shack in Plymouth. While you can order carry out from their regular menu, you can also pick up one of their incredible vegan casseroles and make it a whole meal!
Which one will you try out?
We absolutely love when someone else does the cooking for us, especially when it’s a homemade meal. Picking up something delicious for your family to have at the end of a busy day is the perfect way to take some of the stress out of this busy time of year.