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.

Slow Cooker Carrot Apple Soup

Ready for a hearty and flavorful soup? This recipe from Foxes Love Lemons features ingredients like apple, carrot, fresh garlic, spices, and more. It’s a great fall classic but totally delish any time of year. Get the recipe here.

photo: Foxes Love Lemons

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

——Emily Myers