Dinnertime Stress? No Prep, Crowd-Pleasing Meals for Busy Families
Fall is here! Kids are back to school. After school activities are in full swing. Work and social schedules return to that breakneck pace. Life, for families on the Main Line, is returning to normal. Evenings are jammed and dinner can get lost in the shuffle. This leaves parents and couples scrambling to put a healthy dinner on the table.
Claire Guarino and her staff at Paoli-based HomeCooked help ease dinnertime stress by providing easy, fully prepped, ready-to-cook meals that can be on your table in minutes, ensuring that your family eats something other than take out or pizza for dinner.
For over a decade, HomeCooked has been saving mealtime for families, young working couples and empty nesters on the Main Line and Philadelphia’s western suburbs. Clients from Bala Cynwyd to Royersford rely on HomeCooked for simple, delicious, crowd-pleasing meals in minutes.
Delicious Meals Made Easy
It may be easy to get a quick meal like cereal or frozen pizza on the table—but family-friendly, fresh and healthy can be a tall order. When things get hectic at home, calling for takeout or cruising through the drive-thru are sometimes the only thing we can muster.
Thinking about an at-home meal kit subscription to simplify mealtime? Make sure you set aside ample time for prep.
“The big difference between HomeCooked and meal kit companies is we’ve done the prep for you,” explains Guarino. “Our team has cut everything for you. In many cases we even give you a pan and you just pop it in the oven. No cutting board, slicing or dicing required.”
HomeCooked meals are perfect for those who love to cook but are pressed for time, as well as those who aren’t as comfortable in the kitchen.
“Our meals are very family-friendly. The menu items range from pretzel crusted chicken, which is one of our most popular items, to more sophisticated seafood, pork and chicken items” says Guarino.
The menu changes seasonally and includes savory options like elevated Mexican—think fajitas and Mexican tortilla lasagnas—to pork tenderloins with different glazes, chicken parmesan, stuffed chicken breasts and in the cooler months, chili variations and melt-in-your mouth pumpkin French toast.
Most meals come with an entrée and a side—like corn muffins with the chili or edamame with a Thai flank steak-- so there’s little to do other than pop it in the oven, sauté it on a stovetop or let it simmer in a slow cooker.
Clients can place an order in advance online and pick it up in store, or simply pop into the shop to grab a meal, side or something else to go—including Thanksgiving or holiday entertaining favorites at holiday time. Plus, HomeCooked offers allergen-friendly options for those needing to avoid allergens such as gluten, peanuts or eggs.
“While we’re not an allergen-free facility, our whole team is very familiar with minimizing cross-contamination risk so our clients can feel confident eating our meals,” says Guarino. HomeCooked’s new website even lets users filter by common allergens.
Perfect Portions for Families and Couples
HomeCooked meals come in two options—a small ‘half” size, which serves two or three people “which is perfect for a couple, say empty nesters, new parents or parents with young children,” says Guarino, and a full size. The full size serves four to six and is great for families.
Because everything is included in the meal, that means there’s less food waste and that makes HomeCooked more cost-effective.
“Our clients’ grocery bills go down because they’re getting exactly what they need,” explains Guarino. That means no more throwing out wilted herbs when the recipe requires only a sprig!
The perfect portions also make HomeCooked great for those on a meal train for a friend or neighbor.
“We’re all about providing family-friendly, good meals that are easy, but also meals that moms and dads feel good about serving their families at their dinner tables,” adds Guarino. “Our chicken is now antibiotic and hormone free, and we’re using more and more organic and clean ingredients. For many families on the Main Line, HomeCooked is an essential, ensuring their families receive high-quality and delicious food, even when there’s no time to cook.”
Don’t have time to visit HomeCooked’s Paoli location? They’ll deliver meals right to your doorstep. Delivery is so convenient, all you have to do is click. With designated delivery days in different regions, families can get multiple meals delivered and stock the freezer without ever leaving home. That means busy schedules are no match for dinner.
Before delivery, everything is prepared fresh at HomeCooked and then frozen, ensuring meals can be consumed whenever is convenient. Guarino recommends eating meals within two months for maximum quality. By ordering and freezing meals, you’ll always have something tucked away for when life catches you off guard.
In addition to delicious meals for busy nights and holiday entertaining HomeCooked also offers cooking camps for children and birthday parties. Find out why so many Main Liners love HomeCooked by ordering today.