Take It Easy

Discover our favorite easy, family-friendly meal ideas.

Simplify the beginning of a busy season

Summer is coming to a close, kids are heading back to class and schedules are filling up. This time of year can be busy—which is why we’ve gathered some of our go-to weeknight recipes and meal ideas for you and your family. Learn new ways to pack quick, tasty lunches and whip up delicious dinners in less than 30 minutes.

Grain + Toppings = The Perfect Lunch

Shrimp and Farro Grain BowlFarro with sautéed shrimp

Whether you’re packing lunch for the kids, prepping something to take to the office or both, grain bowls are a great option. Cook up a big batch of grains over the weekend, then portion them out and add your favorite protein and vegetables, plus sauce or vinaigrette. Simply swap out ingredients when you’re ready to mix things up!

Here are three of our favorite grain bowl creations: • Farro with sautéed shrimp, arugula, mustard herb vinaigrette, goat cheese and toasted pine nuts • Bulgur with grilled chicken, spinach, roasted tomatoes, feta and lemon tahini sauce • Quinoa with baked salmon, miso vinaigrette, sautéed bok choy, avocado, cilantro and sesame seeds

Simmer Sauce + Protein + Rice = Easy Weeknight Meal

Lemongrass Basil Simmer Sauce with shrimpLemongrass Basil Simmer Sauce with shrimp

We’re all about ingredients that save time without sacrificing quality and flavor.

If you’re craving Thai that tastes better than takeout (and might even take less time), try Saffron Road Simmer Sauce with Tasty Bite Rice.

Simply sauté your favorite protein and vegetables, then add the sauce until it bubbles. Warm your rice, and you’ll be ready to eat in less than 30 minutes!

Our favorite combination? Lemongrass Basil Simmer Sauce with shrimp (remember, all our shrimp are on special throughout August!), snap peas and Jasmine Rice.

thai taste meal kit, thai taste curry paste, tasty bite rice, saffron road simmer sauce

Quick Creations

We also offer a range of Thai Taste kits and curry pastes.These products deliver all the rich, authentic flavors and aromas of classic Thai food, without all the prep. Their Pad Thai and curry kits take only 15 minutes to make, so you can have dinner on the table in no time!

If you prefer to start with a curry paste, simply add coconut milk along with your favorite vegetables, tofu, chicken, shrimp or whatever else you like—plus quick-cooking noodles or rice.

These kits and pastes are easy to mix and match and smart to keep on hand for fast weeknight dinners!

30-Minute Recipe Roundup

Busy week? Keep things simple with quick, tasty dinner recipes your whole family will love! You can whip them up in half an hour or less and keep cleanup to a minimum.

Shrimp and Linguini Primavera
Shrimp and Linguine Primavera
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zucchini noodles with pesto and poached egg
Zucchini Noodles with Pesto and Poached Egg
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Rigatoni with Bolognese Sauce
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Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps
Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps
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Chicken with Lemon Rosemary Pan Sauce
Chicken with Lemon Rosemary Pan Sauce
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Beef Burrito Bowl with Cilantro Cauliflower Rice
Beef Burrito Bowl with Cilantro Cauliflower Rice
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One-Pot Meals

Reasons why you should bookmark these recipes ASAP: First, they’re delicious. Second, they feature premium ingredients like our fresh-ground chuck and all-natural chicken breasts, which are just $2.99/lb on Tuesdays (find more Chuck & Chicken recipes here). Last, but certainly not least, they’re fast and super-simple. What more could you want?

Zoodles Bolognese
One- Pot Zoodles Bolognese
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One-Pot Chicken and Broccoli Mac & Cheese
One-Pot Chicken and Broccoli Mac & Cheese
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One-Pot Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo with Spinach
One-Pot Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo & Spinach
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Don't Forget To Pack Your Lunch

Need some lunch inspiration? Swap out those predictable lunchbox ingredients for something deliciously different. Whether it’s a refreshing apple, a healthier chip, a tasty new nut butter or jam, these packable eats are easy to love—and sure to make your kid’s lunchbox the envy of the cafeteria!

Lunch box options

Lunchbox 1: Try a honey roasted turkey sandwich made with our new antibiotic, hormone and steroid-free deli meat. Add in your favorite crisp, tart apple, which pairs perfectly with our new Sunbutter Sunflower Seed Dip Cups. Finally, add some color to your lunch with our vibrant, wholesome Organic Dried Goji Berries.

Lunchbox 2: Pair flavorful, seedless grapes with the ultimate PB&J—crafted using our new 88 Acres Pumpkin Seed Butter and Fiordifrutta Organic Fruit Spread by Rigoni di Asiago, which is naturally sweetened with apple juice. Round out the meal with your favorite chips along with some sweet and satisfying Chocolate Almond Granola Clusters.

Lunchbox 3: For another delectable alternative to PB&J, make a sandwich with our new Nocciolata Organic Dairy Free Hazelnut & Cocoa Spread by Rigoni di Asiago. Add a scrumptious side of Fuji Cinnamon Apple Wedges along with Organic Sprouted Pizzalmonds from our bulk department (they taste like pizza, so your kid will love them—and they’re better for you, too). If you’re looking for another easy school snack, you can’t go wrong with fresh celery and hummus or fresh ground almond butter or peanut butter.