Easy Dining

The true ingredients to a happy meal are easy: minimal research, little prep time, and no-fuss ingredients. Check out these local businesses that help make dinnertime anxiety-free.


Keep It Simply Scrumptious offers mail-order meal kits ($24.95, serves four to six) with mixes/seasonings, ingredients, recipes, and a short grocery list all delivered to your doorstep. This Cornelius-based kitchen offers Southern staples with a twist like Hawg Gone Wild, a sumptuous entrée of pork tenderloins with tangy tequila chili sauce (similar to above). For weight watchers, substitutions are available.  704-579-2020, kissmeals.com

Switchin’ Kitchens

This Charlotte-based-spot has delish dishes like Smoked Brie Chicken Quesadillas you can either make in-store or take home already prepared by staff. Choose three, six, or twelve meals (from $69 to $225) online, arrive for your scheduled session time at the kitchen and—voila!—the food is already prepared. Feel free to order á la carte, too, like the Sweet Potato Casserole for the steak that’s already marinating in your fridge. 704-844-2002, switchinkitchens. com

Home Appetit Kitchen

With special events like Men’s Only Night, the females get some help with family-friendly meals like Four Meat Hearty Pasta Bake. Host a baby shower here and the mommy-to-be goes home with eight to twelve free dinners. Half sizes ($52 to $125) and full sizes available ($94 to $220). 704-979-5566, homeappetitkitchen.com

Categories: Dwell, Food & Entertaining