My new life hack? Getting yummy prepared food delivered right to my door

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I can't believe how much time I've saved by ordering prepared foods. (Photo: Getty)
I can't believe how much time I've saved by ordering prepared foods. (Photo: Getty)

Call me old fashioned, but I have mixed feelings about food delivery apps. The variety is great, and the ability to have fresh food at my door in less than an hour is undeniably convenient, but when all is said and done, the fees and additional charges add up to make it so I’m paying nearly double what I would if I just picked it up myself.

Unfortunately, with my schedule and my workload, picking up food isn’t always an option. That’s why I’m so happy with Walmart+ home grocery delivery. Not only can I have groceries delivered to my house, I can have freshly prepared foods sent too. All I have to do is put in an order, add items to my cart and open the door the next morning to find ready-made meals waiting for me. It’s a huge time saver, especially when I’m crunched with deadlines and don’t have brain space to think about cooking.

Walmart+ is $98 per year or $12.95 per month, and comes with a 30-day free trial. I’m consistently pleased with the quality of the food and the convenience of being able to order home items and toiletries at the same time as groceries. Try it for yourself. You’ll see.

Freshness Guaranteed Apple Fritters

Apple fritters are perfect for breakfast, a snack, or dessert. (Photo courtesy of Walmart)
Apple fritters are perfect for breakfast, a snack, or dessert. (Photo: Walmart)

I know I’m in the tiny minority here, but I don’t actually like pumpkin spice all that much. To me, apple is the flavor of fall, and I will eat apples in basically any version, and for any meal. Case in point: these freshly-made apple fritters, which are sweet and cinnamoney and make for the ideal breakfast (or late morning snack, or afternoon snack, or dessert...).

$3 at Walmart

Marketside Biscuit-Crust Savory Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast pizza is real, and it's spectacular. (Photo courtesy of Walmart)
Breakfast pizza is real, and it's spectacular. (Photo: Walmart)

Speaking of breakfast… sometimes a sugary treat and a cup of coffee don’t cut it, you know what I mean? Especially on the weekends, it’s nice to wake up to a hot breakfast — but it’s not so nice to have to spend an hour cooking and cleaning up just to be able to enjoy it. Enter this scrambled egg and sausage breakfast pizza on a biscuit crust. You read that right: biscuit crust.

$7 at Walmart

Freshness Guaranteed Traditional Pulled Rotisserie Chicken

Add shredded rotisserie chicken to anything you like. (Photo courtesy of Walmart)
Add shredded rotisserie chicken to anything you like. (Photo: Walmart)

Rotisserie chicken is the ultimate dinner hack, but what I love so much about it is that you can put it on basically anything for any meal and it works. I didn’t think it was possible, but this pulled rotisserie chicken is even more convenient — it’s already seasoned and shredded, so all I have to do is open the container, toss a few pieces onto lettuce, and I’ve got instant lunch.

$8 at Walmart

Marketside Avocado Ranch Salad with Chicken

Prepared salads make lunches quick and easy. (Photo courtesy of Walmart)
Prepared salads make lunches quick and easy. (Photo: Walmart)

Is putting prepared chicken on lettuce still too much of a hassle for you? No judgement here: sometimes my workdays are so hectic that I don't even have time to do something as simple as make a salad. This avocado ranch version has black beans, corn, chili-lime seasoned chicken and avocado ranch dressing. Simply open the lid and enjoy. It even comes with a disposable fork if you want to take your lunch break outside.

$4 at Walmart

Freshness Guaranteed Spaghetti & Meatballs

One-and-done dinner? Yes please. (Photo courtesy of Walmart)
One-and-done dinner? Yes please. (Photo: Walmart)

When I’m too rushed to think about dinner, freshly prepared goods like this spaghetti and meatballs are a lifesaver. Frozen meals just don’t have the same quality, and delivery apps are too expensive. Prepped fresh meals like this mean I’ve got a hot dinner at the ready, and I can still make my deadlines.

$5 at Walmart

Marketside Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Keep one of these in the fridge for impromptu get-togethers. (Photo courtesy of Walmart)
Keep one of these in the fridge for impromptu get-togethers. (Photo: Walmart)

In my head, my life is one glamorous, unending party. In reality, I spend most of it sitting at my computer. But I do like to keep a few items on hand for impromptu entertaining — cue this spinach and artichoke dip. Some pita chips and sliced fresh veggies and you’ve got a one-minute appetizer.

$5 at Walmart

Marketside Pepperoni & Mozzarella Flatbread

If you call it flatbread it's healthier than pizza, right? (Photo courtesy of Walmart)
If you call it flatbread it's healthier than pizza, right? (Photo: Walmart)

It’s so simple to make this pepperoni and mozzarella flatbread — just pop it in the oven and 12 minutes later, you’ve got a snack that’s faster and less expensive than delivery. Enjoy!

$5 at Walmart

Marketside 5 Cheese Breadsticks

Pop these breadsticks in the oven and they're done in 9 minutes. (Photo courtesy of Walmart)
Pop these breadsticks in the oven and they're done in 9 minutes. (Photo: Walmart)

I can whip up a quick pasta on the busiest of nights, but even with all the time in the world, as much as I love them, I would never have the patience to make breadsticks from scratch. These ready-to-bake delicacies expertly blend together mozzarella, parmesan, asiago, romano and cheddar cheese, and are pretty much guaranteed to disappear as soon as they hit the table.

$4 at Walmart

Freshness Guaranteed Variety Cake

Four kinds of cake in one? You had me at hello. (Photo courtesy of Walmart)
Four kinds of cake in one? Is it my birthday? (Photo: Walmart)

Remember what I was saying about loving to entertain? This dessert solves all of my “should I buy this or that?” quandaries. With four slices each of chocolate, German chocolate, red velvet and carrot cakes, this treat has something for everyone. For me, the sweetest part is not having to bake.

$13 at Walmart

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