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.

Frittata Feast

This savory cake can be served hot or cold and is open to endless variations. The fancy-sounding frittata is actually a quick and easy meal and a healthy addition to any lunchbox. Pile in some grated cheese, cubed deli meats, roasted veg or pesto. Bloggers Maria and Josh of Two Peas & Their Pod have a sweet potato, kale and goat cheese version packed with protein. You can also bake frittata in a muffin tray for bite sized individual portions.

photo: Two Peas & Their Pod

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


——Emily Myers