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.

Frozen Pasta

More than just a recipe, this is a life hack—clear out and make space in the freezer so you can fill it with lunch box goodies. Who knew a pasta salad could be frozen? Christine Pittman did—she's the genius behind Cook the Story and has this post to tell you how.  Turns out plenty of other lunch box staples can go straight from freezer to lunch box - sandwiches, yogurt, berries, even halves of oranges wrapped in cling wrap. Lunch has never been so cool!

photo: Cook the Story

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

——Emily Myers