Quick & Easy Weeknight Recipes for Busy Families

Nothing symbolizes domestic bliss like a family gathered around the dining table sharing a home-cooked meal. However, getting a tasty and nutritious meal on the table every night is a struggle for many busy families. Cooking from scratch is easier said than done when you’re juggling a busy schedule, but there are ways to make it easier. Keep a well-stocked kitchen with the help of Passanante’s Home Food Service, plan meals in advance as much as possible, and have a reliable list of go-to recipes you can make in a pinch!


Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca is a flavorsome dish requiring just a bit of chopping and throwing everything into one pan! Sauté garlic, anchovy and red pepper flakes in olive oil. Add diced tomatoes, water, and salt and bring to the boil. Reduce heat, add spaghetti, and simmer until cooked. The sauce will thicken and cling to the pasta. Mix in olives, capers, and fresh parsley — and serve! Leftovers keep in the refrigerator for five days and make a great cold lunch next day.

Roasted Chicken & Beets with Coconut Yogurt Dressing

This satisfying meal comes to together quickly with many ingredients you already have to hand. Roasted beets are the standout ingredient! They add sweetness while offering anti-inflammatory health benefits. On a baking tray, toss chicken thighs with olive oil, paprika, and cumin. Combine beets and olive oil on a separate tray — or add them to the chicken for simplicity. Roast at 425 F for about 30-35 minutes until tender. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa. Prepare the dressing by whisking coconut yogurt, lime juice, and cilantro together in a bowl. Plate up the meal and serve with lime wedges.

One-Pot Bean Chili

Not only is one-pot chili a popular meal, but using one pot means faster cleanup. Sauté onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and paprika. Add chopped tomatoes, water, red lentils, corn, and black beans. Black beans are rich in magnesium which supports bone health, while corn boosts the immune system. Simmer for twenty minutes so flavors meld. Serve with brown rice (cook grains in large batches to serve throughout the week). Double the recipe and you’ll have enough for two-dinners worth. Store leftovers in the fridge, or freeze for one month.

Home-cooked meals shouldn’t be complicated — preparation and planning are key! Make sure your pantry is always stocked with staples like rice, quinoa, beans, and chopped tomatoes, and don’t forget to stay on top of your reorders so you’re never short on your family’s favorites!

-Jane Bannister (Freelance Writer)

Reputation Spotlight – Brenda, Kara & Margaret

A special thanks to customers Brenda, Kara & Margaret for taking the time to leave a review about their experience with Passanante’s Home Food Service. Reviews are the lifeblood of our business and were it not for our incredible customers we simply wouldn’t still be here after more than 100 years.

We love hearing from our customers regardless of if it’s a 5-star glowing review or an email with recommendations of how we could improve our products or service. Our goal isn’t to just be in business, it’s to be the best home food delivery service with the most delicious foods and the happiest customers!

5 Star Review

“Our order was delivered promptly and the guys unpacking it were very helpful explaining the the items to us as they unpacked each item. The meats are indeed much better than anything we have purchased in the grocery stores. We are eating healthier because it is so easy to quickly unthaw and cook a great meal. Normally, we’d go out to eat because someone forgot to thaw out anything for dinner. 

– Brenda (BBB)
July 18, 2018

5 Star Review

“Love the food! Love the service! PeterJames was great when he came out to see us! He made sure he gave us the beat deal possible, more band for our buck. Not to mention, explained how to use our air purifier we got from them that had been sitting unused for nearly a year. Planning to stay with them for a long time to come!”

-Kara M. (Facebook)
July 20, 2018

5 Star Review

“I’ve ordered their meat packages in the past and thing the burgers are the best we’ve ever tasted. Had a small problem on a recent delivery and spoke to Amy in the customer service group. She could not have been more helpful. Went above and beyond to resolve the issue and I look forward to enjoying more of their products!”

-Margaret M. (Facebook)
July 20, 2018

Interested in hearing what other Passanante’s Home Food Service customers are saying about us? Visit our Facebook Page where you’ll find hundreds of candid reviews in addition to delicious recipes and helpful food tips. Or feel free to request a Free Gourmet Food Sample and decide for yourself!

Have a customer service issue or suggestion for how we could improve our service? We’d love to hear it. Please fill out this form to share your feedback and don’t forget to let us know if you’d like one of our managers to follow-up with you.

Fourth of July Flavors

Mid-Week Independence Day Party? Yes, Please!

4th recipes

Looking for some new flavors to add to your 4th of July celebration menu? Look no further. These are our Top-4 Must-Try recipes for your upcoming Independence Day party. Fire up the grill, ’cause it’s gonna be a hot one!

  1. Grilled Corn Salad with Tomato and Avocado
    • Eat it with a fork, or dip into it with a tortilla chip. This creamy summer salad is sure to be a Independence Day favorite – so make plenty. With ingredients this good, who needs “moderation” anyway? (recipe)
  2. Spicy Lime Shrimp Pineapple Skewers
    • Nothing screams summer quite like pineapple, shrimp and skewers. This recipe from Aberdeen’s Kitchen has us chomping at the bit and we cannot wait to serve these up as a simple (and portable) option this 4th of July! (recipe)
  3. Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce and Greek Tomato Salad
    • We all think of burgers and hotdogs when we think about a classic backyard cook-out, but this elevated approach to a turkey burger is everything that’s been missing in our lives! (recipe)
  4. Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon and Honey Ricotta
    • Every single word in this recipe name makes us hyper-salivate so we simply couldn’t leave it off our party menu! Juicy, sweet and savory – this is the perfect dessert for any backyard BBQ and even better – they take only minutes to make. (recipe)

Labor Day Special

Our referral program just got a litter sweeter!

Now through August 20th the customer with the most referrals who become customers will WIN a FREE MONTH OF FOOD! Not only that, each of the winning customer’s referrals will WIN a FREE SUMMER BUNDLE packed with our favorite summer eats including burgers, sausages, seafood selections and a dessert!

It’s a Win-Win for everyone!

So, how do you enter?
Just submit your referrals using THIS FORM and use event code “LABORDAY“. Then tell your friends to submit THIS FORM and mention YOUR NAME as their referral.

Curious about what’s in the packages? Get the details here!

Important Links

**Some exclusions apply. Must be over 21, live within our service area and own your own home to qualify. Current service area includes Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Washington D.C., New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

Reputation Spotlight – L P. & Marissa

A special thanks to customers L P. and Marissa for sharing their experiences online! Positive reviews are the primary way that other families find out about our business, so thank you so much for taking the time to write these reviews about your experiences with Passanante’s Home Food Service !

Unfortunately Yelp’s “proprietary algorithm” needlessly filters out positive reviews from verified customers leaving a disappointingly unfair representation of who we are and what we do. These reviews are prime examples of a couple of the hundreds (yes, hundreds) of real-life experiences that are hidden from view and are not factored into our overall star rating on Yelp. It’s a real shame, but we are grateful none the less to these wonderful customers for posting their honest feedback about our food service! 🙂

5 Star Review

“Great Food, great prices.

I see that a lot of people are very upset by the additional product options provided by Passanante’s. However, I do not believe that people give movies bad reviews because the popcorn and soda are expensive, they just choose to purchase those items or not. The same is true with Passanante’s, they do not require that you purchase any of their additional options. You can simply just purchase food from them, fantastic food.

Their meat is such high quality that my family suddenly believes that I am a great cook. Nothing in my cooking has changed except for that I now am cooking Passanante’s food.

While frozen, the meat may look very similar to the food you can purchase anywhere, however, once you cook it, it is obvious that it is not the same because it does not shrink as much in size as other frozen products.

Passanante’s does offer the option to purchase other products and offer the convenience of third party financing which is at an incredibly high interest rate but you absolutely do not have to purchase any of those items. If you choose to purchase those items, they reduce the price of the food by the amount that you will pay in interest.

I have been a customer for nearly a year, have received 2 orders and could not be a happier customer.

-L P. (Yelp)
May 31, 2018

5 Star Review

“Their product is absolutely amazing. It’s so fresh and tasty! The portion sizes may not be as big as your local grocery stores, but that’s because their not filled with steroids and all that junk. If you care about quality, then this is the way to go. The price may be a little more, but you pay for what you get. If you care more about price, then what you put into your body, then this may not be a fit for you.

Presentation was very informative and we actually got to taste the product before purchasing, which is always a plus! The food rep prepared the chicken breast for us and it was so juicy and delicious. If you have the opportunity to try the product, you will taste and see the difference. It’s also a very convenient service. Not having to spend hours at grocery stores,between shopping and standing in line, is something I look forward to. Everyone should at least look into the service as an option!”

-Marissa L. (Yelp)
April 16, 2018

Interested in hearing what other Passanante’s Home Food Service customers are saying about us? Visit our Facebook Page where you’ll find hundreds of candid reviews in addition to delicious recipes and helpful food tips. Or feel free to request a Free Gourmet Food Sample and decide for yourself!