25 Ideas for Make-Ahead Lunches That’ll Last the Week

updated May 1, 2019
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There have been far too many Sundays in my life when I’ve wanted to get ahead on meal prep for the week but skipped out of it due to laziness. That stops now! Because carving out some time to make lunches for the upcoming week can make busy days run a whole lot smoother — whether they’re for your kids to tote to school or for you to pack up for the office. Here are 25 great recipes that call for a little effort on the last day of your weekend but reap big rewards.

Meaty Make-Ahead Lunches

For the omnivores, these meaty meals are sure to satisfy. Let chicken and tuna lend their protein punch to everything from salads to sandwiches, or reach for something different like prosciutto.

Meatless Make-Ahead Lunches

Things like pasta or grain salads are classic make-ahead picks, but don’t hesitate to get a little more creative with lunches like individual deep-dish pizzas and cheesy veggie hand pies.