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6 Smart Ways to Feed Your Kids Without a Second Spent Cooking This School Year

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After months of isolating at home with my family (and I mean, months), I’ve settled on one frustrating realization. There’s nothing I hate more than constantly making food for my children. At least while I’m balancing my job with two hyperactive kids, I can give them the stern glare that “Mommy is in a meeting” and buy myself 20 minutes of sitting still and staring at my computer screen. And at least when I’m homeschooling, there’s some tangible progress I can feel good about. My incoming kindergartner can now do basic addition and my 3-year-old has finally realized that “elemenopee” is not a letter of the alphabet.

Turns out, parents can opt out of cooking entirely while still giving their kids nutritious meals.

But whipping up innumerable snacks and meals like a short-order cook at a 24-hour diner? It’s thankless, it’s messy, and it’s unending. And unlike Zoom book club, I don’t get to opt out of making them lunch when I don’t feel like doing it.

Or so I thought. Turns out, parents can opt out of cooking entirely while still giving their kids nutritious meals. And although these outsourcing options are certainly not the cheapest solutions, for many parents having to do it all these days, it’s a small price to pay for having one less pot to clean and one less picky eater to relentlessly disappoint.

Here, six options – many of which can be delivered right to your doorstep – that offer just that.

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