Home Recipe Roundup 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

by Jamie

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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Sheila Lehmenkuler April 19, 2018 - 9:19 am

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

Sharon Schroeter April 19, 2018 - 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!

Jamie April 20, 2018 - 2:55 pm

So happy to help!

Erin R. April 19, 2018 - 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.

Jamie April 20, 2018 - 2:54 pm

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

angie balling April 19, 2018 - 10:00 am


Anne April 19, 2018 - 11:58 am

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

Jamie April 20, 2018 - 2:54 pm

So happy you are enjoying the list!

kathy mcintyre April 19, 2018 - 1:45 pm


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Jill April 25, 2018 - 7:00 pm

This is awesome! Thank you!

Carolyn April 28, 2018 - 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!

Kelly October 3, 2021 - 10:42 am

It’s only three years later…but I found you! 🙂 Your meals are beautiful, healthy, and realistic and my family is going to be SO happy! Every Sunday, we have family dinner with my daughter and grandkids and finding time to plan something awesome has been challenging…then you came into my life! LOL! Thanks, Jamie!

Jamie October 9, 2021 - 7:15 am

Welcome to you, Kelly! Hope you find the recipes to be helpful to you and your family.

Shawna February 21, 2022 - 7:19 am

These recipes are wonderful! Is there any chance you will be putting together another list of meals like this?

Valerie Vanbergejik July 10, 2022 - 10:13 am

I love to take in meals and these are perfect because you have the main, sides and desserts included!


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