Don’t stress about lunch. These make-ahead lunch ideas can be prepped in advance for easy lunches all week!
Mornings are hectic which is why I’ve always been a pack-lunch-the-night-before kind of mom. I’m less likely to forget to pack my boys’ favorites and am sure to hit all the major food groups.
While I can’t make every school lunch ahead of time, my boys do crave a PB&J from time to time afterall, having a few make-ahead ideas up my sleeve makes packing lunches less of a chore overall.
Some of our go-tos make-ahead lunches include:
- Pasta salads – Whole grain pasta, veggies, protein and an easy dressing are all that’s needed!
- Tuna or chicken salad – For easy sandwiches or to pair with crackers.
- Soups – Perfect for chilly days here in PA and easy to pack in a Thermos.
- Recipes you can make in a muffin tin – Muffins, quiche bites, mac n cheese. Most hold for several days in the fridge and can be freezer-friendly.
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