Team-Approved Meal Ideas
Simple Options for Feeding Your Hungry Sports Crew
Team meals are the perfect way to build camaraderie among teammates, and to provide the nourishment they need to perform well at practices and games. Don’t stress – team meals don’t have to be an overwhelming ordeal for the busy parents pitching in. SignUp will help you get organized and recruit any helpers you need! From pregame and post-game meals to holiday parties and end-of-season celebrations, check out these suggestions for simple meals that the whole team (and parent planners) will appreciate.
These tried-and-true easy meal options don’t have to be boring – get creative with fillings and toppings to mix things up! (Swap beef for chicken, make an all-veggie option, grill up some pineapple to offer as a topping, offer various dipping sauces, etc.)
Tacos and burritos
Sandwiches and/or wraps
Burgers and hot dogs
Chicken fingers or wings
Spring rolls and dumplings
Crockpot or Instant Pot Meals
Busy parents appreciate meal options that you can fix, set, and forget!
Chicken and dumplings
If the team’s got a big game in the next day or two, a meal high in carbohydrates is perfect as an energy source to boost performance.
Pasta dish (lasagna, spaghetti, ravioli, etc.) with garlic bread
Fried rice with veggies and/or chicken, pork, or beef
Oven baked chicken and rice
Mac n cheese bar
Pro Tip: For the food bar ideas above, provide a Build Your Own experience with traditional toppings like bacon bits and sour cream, plus some fun twists for personal creations – various cheeses, steamed veggies, pulled pork, black beans, etc.
Get all the team parents involved in the dinner creation efforts by having them sign up to bring a dish – choose a specific ethnic cuisine to decorate and guide food choices.
Team Meal Planning Tips
No matter what you’re serving up to the team…
Ask about dietary restrictions at the beginning of the season and alert all parents bringing food to clearly label any known allergens (and to provide an alternative meal option if needed).
Plan early to avoid the stress of the last-minute scramble.
Use SignUp’s free online planner to easily recruit helpers for setting up, cleaning up, and purchasing needed supplies.
Keep a portable crate full of supplies for easy setup, serving, and cleanup. Think paper plates, napkins, plastic utensils, trash bags, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and wipes.
Set up the food buffet style for simple serving.
Incorporate games and other team building activities into meal time.
Take photos to capture relaxed team time.