Raise your hand if you are tired of cooking.  🙋🏻‍♀️ Getting take out is a fun diversion, and a great way to support local small businesses, but it can get spendy very quickly. Enter fully prepared meal services. You can head online, select your meals, and then —  someone else cooks them! And most of the services listed below can be delivered to your doorstep. You just need to heat and serve. Dinner is done!

If you are experiencing food insecurity, please visit the Partners for a Hunger-free Oregon website for a list of resources available. 

Suburban mainstay Dream Dinners has pivoted its business model due to COVID-19. Prior to the pandemic, busy parents could go to the storefront to dish up their own hassle-free family-style meals to minimally prepare at home or stick in the freezer. Now employees will take orders and have them available for curbside pickup. A small sampling of menu items includes: turkey meatballs with cavatappi, carne asada tacos, and philly cheesesteaks. Prices vary, but large-size meals that feed four people start at $27.99. Pickup available at locations in Clackamas, Beaverton and Vancouver. Dreamdinners.com.

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Portland-based Farm to Fit provides a range of meals for omnivore to keto or diabetic eaters. You can also choose a delivery plan based on the number of calories you want to consume in a day. They don’t offer family-style meals, so this might be a good option for parents of picky kids who want a more elaborate dinner than pasta and butter, but don’t want to cook two separate meals. A small sampling of menu items includes: strawberry French toast, grilled shrimp vegetable and grain bowls, and honey-glazed salmon. Breakfast starts at $8, lunch at $12 and dinner at $14 with a three meal minimum weekly order. Sunday and Wednesday deliveries. Farmtofit.com.

If you are looking for comfort food, national service Freshly delivers. The down-home menu and hearty portions appeal to families who are looking for homey fare, but don’t want to dirty up the kitchen. A small sampling of menu items includes: chicken teriyaki, beef chili, and turkey meatloaf. Prices vary depending on meal plan. 4 meals per week costs $11.50 per meal, while 12 meals per week (three dinners for a family of four) costs $7.99 per meal. Freshly.com.

With an emphasis on healthy, sustainable fare, national service Fresh n’ Lean offers meals for a variety of diets. Vegetarians, keto devotees and paleo fans will find menus suited to them. Pro tip: You can place a one-time order, or choose a weekly plan that you can pause or cancel at anytime. A small sampling of menu items includes: creamy carbonara pasta with sustainable shrimp, cage-free chicken thighs with brown rice and caramelized onion, and creamy vegan alfredo with broccoli. $9.33 per single meal for the plant-based plan, protein+ and paleo plans cost $12.33 per meal. Freshnlean.com.

Started by a local mom, Full Belly Fare caters to specific diets, like paleo, vegetarian and gluten free. And there are plenty of options for those with no dietary restrictions. A small sampling of menu items includes: kid-friendly breakfast sandwiches, grilled steak, and pasta with arugula-walnut pesto. $75 minimum weekly order without a subscription. Small and large portions available. Deliveries on Tuesdays. Delivery on both sides of the river and Beaverton, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Tigard, Happy Valley, and Milwaukie. Fullbellyfare.com.

Westside-based What’s Cookin’ dishes up family-size, kid-pleasing meals. You get all the homestyle meals on the week’s menu, each serving four to five people. A sample of a week’s menu includes: garden salad with homemade vinaigrette, meatballs with gravy and mashed potatoes, pork ribs and baked beans, and chicken and veggie yakisoba. One-time weekly delivery is $100; it’s $350 for a monthly membership of four weeks. Currently delivering to Southwest Portland, Tigard and Beaverton. Pickup is available if you live outside of those areas. Whatscookinpdx.com.

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