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As a mom, I juggle many different obligations. As much as I enjoy to cook, there are days that I just don’t feel like cooking. So I ask myself often what can I make for supper that is quick and easy? 

We live in a society where we are on the go all the time. There are days when we need help in providing a home cooked meal for our families. I went on a hunt to find the stores that carried prepared foods for families on the go. 

My first stop was Joey’s. Joey’s restaurant was very organized. The entrees were in one case and the side dishes in another. Out of all the stores I visited, their display was by far the best one. 

Some examples of the Entrees Lasagna, Enchiladas, Pot Pie, and Chicken Alfredo just to name a few. In addition, Joey’s also carry side dishes Broccoli Au Gratin, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Casseroles, Soups, and Gumbo. 
Joey’s is located at 503 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, LA. 

My next stop was Champagne’s Market in the Oil Center. Champagne’s had a specific section for their Ready Made Meals. These items are prepared and placed in the coolers daily.

Champagne’s had a bit of a different approach. The sides included Macaroni, Eggplant Dressing, Artichoke Green Beans, Guacamole, Baked Beans and Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli Salad.

On the opposite side, were the Entrees, Orange Chicken, Hamburger Steak, Spaghetti, Sliced Logan’s Farm Ham, Lasagna, Crab, Shrimp and Crawfish Pies and Boiled Shrimp with Lemon.  Everything was packaged. All you do is plate the food at home and heat the items. Very easy.

Champagne’s is located at 454 Heymann Blvd, Lafayette, LA. 

Poupart’s Bakery had a few items as well. Poupart’s had many different soups like BLT Bisque, White Bean Tasso Soup and Loaded Baked Potato.

One thing that Poupart’s carries is a Praline Baked Brie or Raspberry Brie. Sounds delicious. Shrimp and Spinach Pie. The directions are listed on the packaging. The homemade chicken salad would be perfect with on a croissant with steamed veggies.

Poupart’s is located at 1902 W. Pinhook Road.

NuNu’s didn’t have many things to choose from. But they did have many options of smoked meat like Rotisserie Chicken, Chicken Sausage, Wings. For a quick meal all you do is add some sides. You can do a salad, mashed potatoes, veggies, etc.

Below is NuNu’s Smoked Meat plated with their twice baked potato with mustard green. 

NuNu’s also had salads, sandwiches and they have incredible chicken salad or egg salad. Which would make a delicious sandwich. Toast your bread, smooth out your chicken salad add lettuce and tomato with veggie, chips or steamed broccoli. Very easy.

NuNu’s is located at 509 Lafayette Street.

Someone told me about this place called South-End Mart. The people there were so nice. South-End does not have a specific section for Prepared Meals. But the store has something called a Drive Thru; not  a physical drive thru, but this is plated meals available for purchase. Normally it is a rice and gravy dish.

They have pre-package their BBQ Pulled pork, baked beans and homemade rice dressing which would make a good meal.

South-End has pre-packaged homemade Chili and chicken salad. In addition, I also saw that they carried stuffed baked potato that just needed to be heated. As well as smoked meat like Turkey Leg or Wing and Sausage.

Below is the Chili heated and garnished with cheese, chives and sour cream. This took only about 10 minutes. 
South-end Country Mart is located at 7212 Johnston Street.

Lagneaux’s Meat Market was my last stop. Lagneaux’s had many options all frozen and packaged. I am assuming that you can place this package in hot water to thaw. Meatball Stew, Spaghetti Sauce, Soup options, Shrimp Florentine, Corn Grits. The choices were very interesting and different than some of the other places.

One plus is that Lagneaux’s have Gluten Free Chicken and Sausage Gumbo.

I purchased the Shrimp Florentine and decided to prepare the dish for my family. I thawed the Florentine over night and cooked the next day. It took all of about 15 minutes to prepare a hot meal for my family.

The Florentine had to be heated for about 10 minutes or until warm. The Shrimp Florentine was served over spaghetti noodles. Below is a photo of the completed dish.

It was super easy to make.  Lagneaux’s Meat Market is located at 445 Ridge Road, Lafayette, LA.

These are not the only places, but here are few suggestions. I want to hear from you? What are some of your go to places when you don’t feel like cooking? Email me at Tasteeplaces@gmail.com

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