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.

Sausages by the Dozen

A dozen sausages can go a long way to keeping the kids' lunch boxes full for a week. Eat with mash for dinner then chop up leftovers to put with rice, pasta, in soup or as a pizza topping. If you can carve out some extra time at the weekend and have a stock of store-bought puff pastry, cook up a batch of these delicious sausage rolls. This recipe from Karista’s Kitchen is adapted from a British version, where they are a staple in kids' lunch boxes—the perfect finger food for little hands.

photo: Karista's Kitchen

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

——Emily Myers