One of my personal goals for back-to-school lunches is to prep more big-batch recipes over the weekend so that packing is faster throughout the week. Sometimes it might be as elaborate as a batch of muffins, or other times it might be a two- or three-ingredient salad, but each has to last all week in the fridge or freezer and keep in a lunch box too. Here are 10 of the easy lunch recipes on my list for back to school.
Buy store-bought pizza dough and pesto and this recipe takes just 10 minutes to put together. Plus, what kid isn't excited about pizza in their lunch box?
My family has loved this pasta salad this summer and I can attest to its staying power. A big batch keeps well for up to a week, if it lasts that long.
An upgrade on that classic lunch box sandwich, these muffins freeze well so plan on making a double batch and throwing them into the freezer for future lunch boxes.
I've never been a huge fan of classic chicken salad for lunch boxes, so this pesto version is ideal for a protein-rich sandwich or wrap filler.
My onion-averse 6-year-old is very into these wraps and I love that they are vegetable-filled. Roast a big batch of sweet potatoes and you can have these wraps all week.
One thing to love about these Crunch Wrap-inspired quesadillas is that they can do double duty as a bus-stop breakfast in the morning too. Because they are wrapped in a circle you don't have to worry about the filling falling out either.
I've made this salad so frequently recently that I worry my children will get tired of it, but their lunch boxes always come home with this particular salad devoured! I'll be switching out the chickpeas with white beans soon for a new twist on this favorite.
If you have a noodle-obsessed kiddo, this pasta salad is for you. Using store-bought pesto and store-bought tortellini means you only have to boil water and slice some tomatoes.
This chicken nugget alternative is just as tasty hot or cold, so making a big batch of lunches is a no-brainer. Bonus points if you serve them with each for dipping.
These breakfast-for-dinner muffins are the perfect sweet and savory combo for lunches. And while they might take a little more time to prep than, say, those BBQ ranch bites above, they also freeze well so you can make a big batch for future lunches.