Whenever life gets a little crazy, I like to lean on Let’s Dish! to help with making sure a healthy meal gets on the table at a time reasonable enough to still be considered dinnertime. If I know a particularly chaotic week is coming up, I’ll plan to pick up a few meals or have them delivered.

But what about summer when we are on the go way more than usual? Picnics, staying late at the pool, camps, backyard get-togethers… not exactly prime time for cooking in the kitchen. Even with a little (or a lotta!) help.

Enter ready-made side dishes. They aren’t just accompaniments  for meals — they are fabulous on-the-go. Three times last week, I ended up happily ‘side-dishing’ with different healthy, ready-made salads that were a hit everywhere we went. All available in the ready-made case! 

pool-side snack: let's dish cranberry mango salsa

Pool-Side Snack: Cranberry Mango Salsa

Sure, you could spoon this over grilled chicken but pair it with tortilla chips and it’s the perfect pool-side snack. Made with fresh tomatoes, this refreshing salsa is a healthy sweet treat for adults AND kids.

potluck fav: let's dish italian broccoli salad

Potluck Picnic

We had a super busy week but I didn’t want to show-up empty handed at a friend’s house for dinner one night. Italian Broccoli Salad to the rescue. 

Post-Play Snack: Let's Dish Cranberry Walnut Edamame Salad

Between Play Energy Boost

The Bug performed in Artistic Children’s Theatre’s The Little Mermaid all weekend long. {Side note: she was an adorable seahorse, no bias here at all}. There were five shows in four days. Prime occasion for hangry to set-in. Luckily, Let’s Dish! had one of her favorite veggies available as a ready-made: Edamame with Cranberries and Walnuts. Deliciously snackable, better than loading up on cookies, and easily portable in to-go container. 

Dish for Less and get a FREE side!

Wanna dish? Save $15 off any 4 or more meal order and receive a FREE side! Enter promo code CP15SIDE on letsdish.com to receive savings.  

Fine Print:Limit one use per customer. Cannot be applied to previously booked sessions or combined with other offers or discounts with the exception of the 2015 Dish 3x promotion, which requires no promotion code, but requires a registration and three valid sessions from June 1 thru September 6, 2015. Valid at Let’s Dish! in Maryland or Northern Virginia on any In-Store session, Dish-n-Dash, and DishDelivery when 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, 9-,10-, 11-, 12- or 13-meals are purchased. Not valid on ‘halves’ sessions. Valid on sessions between 8/2/15-8/31/15.

Editor’s Note: Let’s Dish! provided us with complimentary sides as part of their Kitchen Takeover sponsored content series.. All opinions expressed are my own — or those of a sparkly, spunky seahorse.