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.

Snack Prep Ninja

It takes a fair amount of discipline to prep snack foods at the weekend, but it has its advantages—including taking the stress out of the weekly feeding frenzy. Shannon Sargent at Clean Eats & Treats swears by having a snack bucket of easy-grab lunchbox fillers. When prepping fresh food, she suggests starting by keeping it simple, chopping up extra veggies like carrots, bell peppers and cucumber on a Sunday night and putting them in individual snack bags. Hard boiled eggs cooked by the half dozen are another easy prep as well as plain pasta, quinoa or tuna salad.

photo: Clean Eats & Treats

Which recipes are kid-approved lunchbox favorites in your home? Let us know in the comments below.

——Emily Myers