Any parent will tell you that meal times feel the squeeze when the fall schedule kicks in. With a little juggling, though, getting ahead is a great strategy for family sanity around this time of year. Whether it’s doubling up a Sunday roast or batch prepping for the freezer, we’ve rounded up some of the best recipes that, with a few small tweaks, will add up to a week’s worth of packed lunches in no time. Flip through the slideshow to see them all.
It's age old advice, but it's still fresh—if you're going to the trouble of roasting a chicken, double up and cook two. The same applies to chicken breasts or thighs, cook enough to last the week. Leftover chicken gives you dozens of options for packed lunches: shake it up with different sides, add it to rice, pop it on a salad, or roll it into a delicious chicken shawarma stuffed pita. Gaby of What's Gaby Cooking bakes a tray of thighs for this recipe seasoned with a citrus marinade and adds cherry tomatoes and cucumber for a lunch that's still hanging on to summer.
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Which recipes are kid-approved lunchbox favorites in your home? Let us know in the comments below.