11 Make-Ahead Lunches to Fuel Your Kiddo

Make-Ahead Lunches

Simple enough for the picky eater and small enough to fit in those adorable lunchbox compartments, all of these meals can be prepped ahead of time - the night before, a few days before … even weeks before (and then popped in the freezer).

Lunch on a Stick
1. Lunch on a stick

We love this idea! The combinations are pretty much limitless, and you can add some pizzazz by cutting the cheese into patterns with a crinkle cutter.

Easy Pita Pizza
2. Easy Pita Pizzas

Easy to assemble and perfect for school lunch, these can be assembled ahead of time or served in separate compartments (a la Lunchables) - and they're equally delish freshly toasted, cold or at room temp.

Lasagne Cupcakes
3. Lasagne Cupcakes

Layers of meat, cheese and pasta baked into little lasagna cupcakes deliver awesome flavor and are packed with protein!

Homemade Uncrustables
4. Homemade Uncrustables

You can make a whole bunch of these PBJs at once and freeze ‘em — then have them at your fingertips all week long! Pull these out in the morning, pack them in your lunch and they will stay cold until your kids are ready to eat.

Pasta Salad in a Jar
5. Pasta Salad in a Jar

Two of the many great things about pasta salad? It can feed an army, and it gets more flavorful the longer it sits. This is the perfect lunch box food, and you can speed up prep by using a food processor to chop the ingredients.

Mini Barbecue Meatloaf
6. Mini Barbecue Meat Loaf

Classic meat loaf gets a tasty twist by adding barbecue sauce. A beef entree that your kid won’t think is boring!

Sweet Potato Black Bean Veggie Burgers
7. Veggie Burgers with Fixings

Protein, vitamins, fiber ... you really can’t beat a good veggie burger. Eat alone or pack buns and fixings (on the side)! For an EVEN EASIER veggie burger lunch, try one of the NoBull varieties we carry.

Baked Chicken Tenders
8. Baked Chicken Tenders

Make these ahead of time for a grab-n-go meal throughout the week. They can be enjoyed with a dip (homemade honey mustard, perhaps?), or in a sandwich or salad. Don't feel like cooking?: Applegate Organic Chicken Strips.

Tuna Salad for All Ages
9. Tuna Salad for All Ages

This is a great way to work Omega-3's into your kids’ diets, and the serving possibilities are endless … Pile it on top of tomato and cucumber rounds, scoop it into bell pepper boats, dip crackers in it, or wrap it up in a tortilla!

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
10. Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

Simple as it gets: ham and cheese slices, cream cheese spread (or mustard, horseradish … anything, really!), rolled up in tortillas and cut into pieces. The perfect bite-sized lunch or after-school snack.

Raspberry Almond Lunchbox Waffles
11. Lunchbox Waffles

Make your sandwiches more exciting by using waffles instead of bread - Make your own Raspberry Almond Waffles and spread with cream cheese or nut butter, or try one of the fabulously versatile Swapples in our goods!