12 Kid and Adult Friendly Take-In Meals Including Side Dishes and Dessert

12 Kid and Adult Friendly Take-In Meals Including Side Dishes and Dessert

Do you have a friend or neighbor struggling through a challenge of some kind that could use a wonderful meal? Did your sister just have a sweet new baby and could benefit from a delicious dinner? Food is such a great way to serve the people we love, isn’t it? I’ve put together a list for you today of great Take-In meals. There are 12 in total, each with a main dish, two side dishes and a dessert. I purposely tried to choose meals that aren’t too labor intensive and appeal to kids and adults alike. Hope you find this list useful!


MAIN COURSE: Penne Pasta with Hearty Meat Sauce


SIDE DISH ONE: Easy Grilled Garlic Bread 

SIDE DISH TWO: Olive Garden Salad with Homemade Dressing

DESSERT: Nutella Frosted Peanut Butter Cookies 


MAIN COURSE: Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

SIDE DISH ONE: Creamy Raspberry Jello Salad 

SIDE DISH TWO: Fluffy Honey Wheat Dinner Rolls

DESSERT: Coconut Cream Sugar Cookie Bars


MAIN COURSE: Sweet and Savory BBQ Meatballs 

SIDE DISH ONE: Perfect Baked Potatoes

SIDE DISH TWO: Berry Almond Salad with Creamy Berry Dressing

DESSERT: Chocolate Hot Fudge Cake

MAIN COURSE: Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken 

SIDE DISH ONE: Brown or White Rice 

SIDE DISH TWO: Gourmet Green Salad 

DESSERT: Texas Sheet Cake 


MAIN DISH: Creamy Pesto and Chicken Pasta 

SIDE DISH ONE: Caesar Salad 

SIDE DISH TWO: Olive Garden Breadsticks

DESSERT: Easy Blueberry Cobbler


MAIN COURSE: Shredded Balsamic Beef Roast (Crock Pot)

SIDE DISH ONE: Crock Pot Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

SIDE DISH TWO: Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots 

DESSERT: Chocolate Pudding and Cream Cheese Dessert

MAIN COURSE: Italian Cream Cheese Chicken (Crock Pot) 

SIDE DISH ONE: Blackberry Cashew Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

SIDE DISH TWO: Gooey Garlic Cheese Rolls 

DESSERT: Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

MAIN COURSE: Skillet Ground Beef Enchiladas 

SIDE DISH ONE: Cilantro Lime Rice

SIDE DISH TWO: Fresh Mexican Salsa and Chips

DESSERT: Soft Frosted Lemon Sugar Cookies 

MAIN DISH: Italian Tortellini Soup

SIDE DISH ONE: Quick and Easy Breadsticks

SIDE DISH TWO: Green Salad with Pears, Feta and Balsamic Dressing

DESSERT: Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies

MAIN DISH: Classic Fettucini Alfredo

SIDE DISH ONE: Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

SIDE DISH TWO: Roasted Asparagus 

DESSERT: Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

MAIN DISH: Butter Cream Chicken 

SIDE DISH: Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

SIDE DISH TWO: Green Beans with Crispy Bacon

DESSERT: Lemon Berry Trifle (5 Ingredients)


MAIN COURSE: Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup


SIDE DISH ONE: Fabulous French Bread

SIDE DISH TWO: Bananas and Berries in Lime Juice

DESSERT: Nutella Krispie Treats


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  1. 1
    Sheila Lehmenkuler
    April 19, 2018 at 9:19 am

    You should make a new category in your recipe index just for these great ideas.

  2. 2
    Sharon Schroeter
    April 19, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Hi Jamie,
    Thank you so much for all these wonderful recipes. I do ‘take-in’ for some people at Church & I appreciate having the main dish, 2 sides & dessert. I don’t mind the cooking, it’s the thinking that I have trouble with & you have made it easy!

    • 3
      April 20, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      So happy to help!

  3. 4
    Erin R.
    April 19, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Your timing could not be better. My sister just found out some terrible news about her baby and I want to take her over some dinner. I think I’ll go with the skillet enchiladas. Thank you.

    • 5
      April 20, 2018 at 2:54 pm

      So sorry to hear about your little niece. 🙂 Best of luck to you and your family.

  4. 6
    angie balling
    April 19, 2018 at 10:00 am


  5. 7
    April 19, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Wow. What a wonderful collection of recipes! Thanks for sharing them!

    • 8
      April 20, 2018 at 2:54 pm

      So happy you are enjoying the list!

  6. 9
    kathy mcintyre
    April 19, 2018 at 1:45 pm


  7. 10
    April 25, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    This is awesome! Thank you!

  8. 11
    April 28, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    I am that sister! What I wouldn’t give for someone to bring me one of these meals as I am trying to balance work, family and grad school! I have loved your website (your crock pot ranch chicken is a go to meal I’ve often taken families in need), and hope to get back to trying these recipes someday… 10 more months and a long nap later!

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