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.

Soup

Simple, creamy and delicious; you can't go too far wrong cooking up a big soup to last the week. A thermos of any of these will set little ones up for a productive day at school, and get them used to eating a hot lunch from an early age. Try this Carrot and Apple soup, packed with nutrients and a cinch to make in a slow cooker. Head over to Foxes Love Lemons for the recipe.

photo: Foxes Love Lemons

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

——Emily Myers