How to make ahead school lunch and save valuable time

We’ve taken some time this week to work on stocking up the freezer for back to school. Nothing fancy. Just some quick and easy lunch items that we can use in a pinch. The best part is that I can freeze all of it. Quite often Monday morning rolls around and our weekend was way too busy to even think about lunches so these will be our go-to items when we don’t make it to the grocery store.

Turkey and Cheese Buns

So easy. Less than 10 minutes to make a dozen buns! These will be a lifesaver for school lunches and for an on-the-go snack or meal. We just wrapped them all individually, threw them inside a large freezer bag and done!

English Muffin Mini Pizzas

English Muffin Pizzas

I am hoping these mini pizzas taste as good cold as they do warm! They’ll make for excellent after school snacks if not. We used our favourite store bought pizza sauce, pepperoni, salami and mozzarella.

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels



Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

I’ve made these a few times and the kids gobble em up. I decided to make them larger so they could be the main part of the lunch, instead of bite size snacks. We spread mayo all over, squeezed out some mustard and layered on the ham and cheese. I highly recommend adding the mustard if your kids will eat it! Adds lots of extra flavour.

Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins

I followed this super simple and fast recipe by Mom to Mom Nutrition. The only addition I made was sprinkling a tiny amount of cinnamon and brown sugar on top before baking to make these muffins more appealing to the kids. Unfortunately, they looked too good… and were delicious! Only half of these ones made it to the freezer once the kids were done snacking.

Apple Oat Greek Yogurt Mini Muffins


apple oat greek yogurt muffins

This healthy recipe worked perfect for mini muffins! A convenient snack to throw in school lunches when we are short on ideas.

Bring on back to school!

I’d love to hear how you prepare ahead for school lunches! I hope some of these quick and easy ideas help you out as you ease back into the school routine.


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