5 Ways Survive without Cooking (no Takeout)

Life gets hectic and the thought of grocery shopping, preparing a meal, and having to clean up is overwhelming. I felt his way after giving birth to my second son. I had no energy for cooking but did not want to eat take-out. So whether you are prepping for an exam, working on a big project for work, or just don’t want to. I will share some of the ways I survived without cooking for myself and for my family.

To survive without cooking I picked up prepared food from the deli at the grocery store and had heat and eat meal delivery services delivered to my home. Some meals you can eat straight out of the container, others you have to heat and eat.

Here are some of the ways I survived without cooking, starting with my favorite!

  1. Chef Prepared Meals delivered to your front Door
  2. Organic Meal Delivery
  3. Meal Delivery Services for Children
  4. Preapared meals from the Grocery Store
  5. High Quality Freezer Entrees

Heat and Eat Meal Services

Chef Prepared Meals Delivered to your Front Door

I truly enjoy meal prep services like Green Chef where high-quality ingredients are measured out, there is a recipe card and the final meal is delicious!…. However, it is still cooking!…sigh. So I searched for meal truly heat and eat meal delivery services for myself and for the kids.

Chicken Cutlet and Whipped Sweet Potatoes from Cook Unity

Cook Unity is great! I just ordered it this week and there were over 200 options! I have been using Cook Unity for weekly deliveries for 3 months now and I have not gotten bored with the options.

On Cook Unity’s website, you are able to filter by type of meal. such as poultry, meat, seafood, vegetarian, & vegan. It has options for dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, low carb & low sodium. It also has options for those looking for keto, paleo, and whole30 options.

The best part is these meals are chef-prepared! The containers feel a little cafeteria-ish, but for most meals, you just remove the film, remove the sauce heat and eat. The containers are microwave and oven-safe. I typically opt for warming up my meals for 15 minutes in the oven.

I typically use cook unity for Lunch. The Meals are great for lunch or dinner. Cook Unity also offers a few breakfast add ons, but I have never tried them.

Cook Unity is a great option for surviving without cooking, if you live in the delivery area, it is definitely worth a try.

Organic Heat and Eat Meals

My husband actually prefers a service called Fresh n Lean. Fresh N Lean has breakfast options included as part of the weekly selection vs. Cook Unity which has breakfast as an add-on. Meals from Fresh n Lean is a little less indulgent than Cook Unity, so it is a good option for those trying to survive without eating & stay on the path to wellness.

Organic Heat and Eat Meals for Toddlers

Surviving without cooking also means feeding the little ones. My 1-year-old son is a great eater, he is always interested in trying whatever mommy and daddy are eating. I did not want to lose that momentum when we decided to send him to daycare, so we tried Tiny Organics and it was a success!

Toddler Meal Delivery from Tiny Organics

Plant-based heat and eat meals that I felt good sending my son to daycare with, or for a quick dinner in a pinch.

Organic Heat and Eat Meals for Preschoolers

My four-year-old is a much more picky eater than my youngest son. We wanted him to try more options, but again without cooking or relying heavily on processed foods. I tried two meal delivery services Yumble and little spoon.

Delivery From Little Spoon

I tried these when my oldest was around 3, by then he was hardwired for pizza, sandwiches, and nuggets….so he wasn’t impressed. If you want to keep your little one’s diet on track but need a break from cooking Little Spoon and Yumble are good options if your little one isn’t too picky.

Surviving on Prepared Meals from the Grocery Store

I like prepared meals because they are a better value than take-out, meals generally contain fewer preservatives and taste better than freezer food. The best part of all is you can have it delivered once or twice a week vs. having take-out delivered daily which can really add up on service fees/and tips.

Prepared Breakfast at the Grocery Store

Fruit Cups, Muffins, Bagels with Cream Cheese and Lox, Yogurt Parfaits, Muffins, Quiche are options that can be found in the Deli, Bakery or Produce section.


Bagels with Cream Cheese (and Lox if you are feeling fancy)


Yougurt Parfaits

From the Freezer Section


Phillips Crab Cakes, Spanikopita, Breakfast Burritos Pizza, & toaster waffles are my favorite freezer items from the grocery store.

Prepared Meals Delivered

If You don’t have the time (or desire) to head to the grocery store. You can have these items delivered for a small service fee and survive off of prepared meals straight out of the.

Shipt – I originally used Shipt for help with Target runs, but was pleasantly surprised to find that they work with local grocery stores and pharmacies.

Whole Food Delivery via Amazon – I like this for lunchtime grab and go meals some of my favorites are soups and empanadas.

Meal Services I would Love to Try

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Mimi D.

Mimi D is the creator of Dream Plan Smile. An NYC native, she is a wife and mom with a passion for crafting. She holds a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Master's in Project Management. In her current role as a working wife and mom, she is getting a crash course in budgeting, planning, & organization.

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