Dinner on the go


A picnic with everything including the kitchen sink.

Having recently entered the world of kids sports teams, I am still figuring out how to make it all work. The Lord  generously blessed me with back to back practices at the same location for my 2 bigger boys. So we only have one practice night a week. But add in two early evening games, and my weekly dinner plans come crashing down. I know that Red feeds her kids dinner early, but my son takes a medicine that affects his appetite, so we are really tied to specific meal times. We avoid fast food for health and budget reasons. Which leaves me to provide dinner on the go several times a week.

So far I have made homemade burgers, hotdogs, burritos with beans and cheese, and quesadillas and wrapped them in foil to take with us. This rotation is going to get pretty old quickly! I could pack pastas and other thing that need to be eaten with a fork, but that is a lot more time consuming and I would need to bring containers, forks, etc. It is not exactly a leisurely picnic, since I am also making sure the tired toddler doesn’t run onto the field.

Any other thought for meals to be eaten outside during Little League games? The Texas bonus is that it is still a million degrees in Texas so everything stays warm 🙂

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  • FYMW

    We’re not even to that point yet, but sometimes we bike to work/day care and like to eat an early dinner outside by a monument or at a park in the nice weather on the way back home. I have done grilled cheese, pulled pork in hot dog buns, and corn on the cob (although corn can get messy if you have to eat in the car) thus far. Not really a different genre of food, but I think you can rotate a lot in tortillas and buns before you get sick of sandwich-like food! I always bring along fruit, whether cut up or whole, which helps make the meal feel like there is some variety. I hope others have better suggestions–I’d like to expand my repertoire as well!

  • Patty

    My son played travel baseball for several years. We used to pack sub sandwiches, fruit salad and raw veggies for picnics. When we got tired of those I started making more elaborate things like chicken and rice salads, heavier pasta salads or other meals that are good cold. Texas Caviar with tortialla chips was another favorite. Where we live it’s far easier to keep things cold in the car than hot, so we focused on fun cold picnic food. What about roasted chicken legs? Would something like that appeal? Bring lots of wipes!

  • raw veggies with dip, fruit, chicken salad sandwiches, turkey subs, and veggie pizza! I also saw this recipe a while ago for quinoa zucchini quiche, and I made them in mini muffin trays and my kids ate them for dinner when we were on the go. If I find it and you are interested, I can post it. Another suggestion is to feed your kids a “dinner” for lunch, a nice big hearty meal, and then make dinner more lunch like. This works well with our family but I have to make sure they don’t gobble down 3 bowls of cereal for breakfast or they don’t want a hamburger for lunch!

  • Kat0427

    I would think that anything that can be made in muffin shape would work well for little hands! Mini-meatloafs and mini-quiche come to mind, and these would be perfect served with fresh fruit or veggies. We have done a lot of hot dogs, corn dogs, sandwiches, and pasta salad on soccer/baseball/swim team nights. I will say that we have also sometimes ordered pizza with another family at the field, maybe once or twice a season, and this is a fun way to have fellowship while watching the game.

  • buildingcathedralstexasmommy

    Ladies, these are awesome ideas!!! My brain was totally fried and I couldn’t think of anything. Thank you!

  • Renee

    We’ve done roasted chicken with roasted potato or sweet potato wedges a lot. Another favorite is simply a baguette (the bakery will even slice it for me), with cheese slices, olives, and a hard Spanish chorizo, sometimes a fun topping, like pate (reasonable at Trader Joes). Always with fresh fruit and veggies. What about your delicious chicken fingers? And finally, I try to bring cookies because almost everyone else has a treat, and at least I know ours is homemade without any of the dyes that we’re sensitive to.

  • J’

    Maybe mini-calzones? You could do pre-made wheat pizza dough w/ sauce, and low-fat mozzarella (or regular. my vote. lol.)…they’d keep for a bit and wouldn’t bee uber messy to pack…although the eating is a different story.;)

  • buildingcathedralstexasmommy

    Amen on the wipes 🙂

  • buildingcathedralstexasmommy

    I want to sit next to you and share 🙂

  • buildingcathedralstexasmommy

    Another awesome idea!

  • buildingcathedralstexasmommy

    Kat, I never thought of making a necessity into a social event to share with another family. That is a really wonderful idea.

  • Mary Alice

    A “snack dinner” is sometimes a big hit with my kids, like the baguettes above, we do whole grain crackers, cheese slices, apple slices or grapes, carrots and hummus dip, they love that. Also, grilled eggplant, mozzarella and tomato sandwiches. A pasta salad with lots of veggies served at room temp.