I have to admit, when it comes to certain things, I am more than willing to take the lazy way out. Working full time on top of being a parent and a playwright allows me access to the easy button every once in awhile. And when it comes to food delivery, I may as well be a sloth, but I’ve learned to be OK with that. Luckily, there are plenty of options to fill my pantry for the long haul or my stomach on a hangry quick fix.

Grocery delivery

Peapod is a lifesaver when you don’t want to spend your limited weekend time food shopping. Cause those weekends know how to fly by. The fees and limited selection on some items are definite cons. But it’s great for not having to lug heavy or bulky items up three flights of stairs if you are an apartment dweller. They deliver right to your door — literally!

Other great grocery delivery options to dry? Instacart, Amazon Fresh/Prime Now, and Google Express.

Meal delivery kits

My partner and I have very different opinions on food. He could eat steak and potatoes for dinner every night, while I do not touch beef. Even though we do like many of the same foods individually, it can sometimes be difficult to plan meals with entrees and sides that we can both agree on that offer enough of a variety. Plus, we are both pretty passive about what to do when the “what do you want to do for dinner” question comes up. Enter meal kits. Every week we choose two Hello Fresh meals from a range of options, and the ingredients and cooking instructions are delivered. The recipes are easy to follow and delicious.

Other meal kit companies to try? Blue Apron, Plated, Green Chef, the Purple Carrot.


In the pre-baby days we went out to eat or got takeout. A lot. Almost every night of the week, practically. For obvious reasons, those days are behind us, but we do sometimes have a “treat yourself” night. GrubHub has a great variety of places to order dinner from. Uber Eats has slimmer pickings, but you can track your order and contact your driver directly.

Taking the easy way out isn’t always practical. But food delivery certainly is convenient and is fantastic for time-saving purposes. Parenting is hard work, so I’ll take any hack I can!

Lesley Moreau
Lesley grew up in New Bedford, MA, came to Boston for college, and stuck around. She holds a master's degree in criminal justice and an MFA in creative writing. Lesley is a playwright and has had her work produced in Boston, New York, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Texas. Lesley lives in Dorchester with her husband and 3-year-old son. She is a proud and unapologetic "one and done" mom. Lesley loves traveling, true crime docs and inspired scripted series, reading, coffee, face masks, and family game nights.