Your pandemic meal plan: 7 takeaway ideas, one for each day of the week


Soothe your post-weekend worries with Stillwater’s macaroni and cheese, available daily for takeout or delivery. (New concoctions debut every Monday.) Chef Sarah Wade goes beyond noodles and Velveeta to offer toppings like medium-rare steak, smoked chicken chili, Thousand Island dressing, crumbled potato chips and chili oil, and Ritz batter fried chicken. 120 Kingston St., Boston, 617-936-3079,

Tuesday: Family-style tacos at Yellow Door Taqueria

Yellow Door tacos are deliciously inventive. Whip up a dozen of these with quirky ingredients (charred broccoli, coconut shrimp, vanilla plantain puree, and barbecue-roasted duck), fries, guacamole, salsa, grilled corn, and eight margaritas for $175 ( or a non-alcoholic version for $100). 2297 Dorchester Ave., Boston, 857-267-4201 or 354 Harrison Ave., Boston, 857-239-9276,

Mushroom Carnitas at Yellow Door Taqueria.Handout

Wednesday: COVID Care Packages at Puritan

These days, someone you know is probably stuck at home with COVID. Cure their midweek blues and order a $45 pampering package for them — or for yourself — with Parker House rolls, leafy green salad with maple-tahini dressing, tomato-basil soup, chicken pot pie and mushrooms and chocolate chip cookies. It’s available for takeout or delivery until March (by then hopefully that will be behind us). 1166 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-615-6195,

The COVID Care Package at Puritan.Handout

Thursday: Soups and Stews at Suya Joint

What could be better on a chilly evening than a spicy Nigerian okra soup with tender goat meat – or perhaps a fiery and creamy peanut stew? Also popular: spicy fried goat meat and beef suya (skewers). Order à la carte on demand or request family plates with stews, your choice of protein, steamed bread pudding, rice and more, 24 hours in advance. Serving four people for $30 and up is a soul-warming bargain. 185 Dudley Street, Boston, 617-708-0245,

Friday: Pizza and beer at Night Shift Brewing

Night Shift partners with Little Branch Hospitality (featuring all-star team members like Branch Line and Eastern Standard) to offer a square pan of thick and crispy Detroit-style pizza accompanied by beer. Choose your toppings, from crispy uncured pepperoni to prosciutto and fig jam, and wash it all down with a four-pack of Night Shift’s 87 (fruity), Santilli (malty), or Whirlpool (citrus) for $32. 1 Lovejoy Wharf, Boston, 617-729-4794,

Saturday: Vegan Breakfast Boxes and Juices at Oasis Vegan Veggie Lounge

Start the weekend off with a clean slate with some brilliant and tasty vegetarian dishes from Oasis owners Jahriffe Mackenzie (also a reggae musician) and Nahdra Ra Kiros (also a fashion designer). Try a $16.11 Saturday breakfast box with vegan pancakes, vegan sausage, homemade fries and veggies boosted with one of their many healing juices: a “golden” turmeric root milkshake and cinnamon, which is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties; freshly squeezed ginger, apple juice and cayenne pepper to aid digestion; or a nutrient-rich “green happiness” juice with kale, mint, veggies, and spirulina. 340 Washington Street, Boston, 617-237-9033,

Sunday: Classic Bodega Brunch at Vincent’s

The team behind Mamaleh’s and State Park whipped up an $80 Texas-style brunch pack featuring quick-serve classics from Vincent’s, their deli-slash restaurant: Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Tacos; egg, bean, cheese and potato tacos with pickled peppers; kielbasa-cheddar kolaches; cakes with chocolate chips; mineral water; and a mimosa kit with bubbles and orange juice. If you’re lucky, a la carte lamb tamales will also be in stock. 233 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue, Cambridge, 617-314-7297,

Kara Baskin can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @kcbaskin.

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