My Favorite Meals to Make Ahead and Take to Work for Lunch

5 Easy Make Ahead Lunches

Summer break is over, and that means I am back to work. (Which I am actually pretty happy about!)

The thing I dread is having to come up with something to bring for lunch every day! I hate buying prepackaged freezer meals or a bunch of processed snack foods. It gets expensive and is really not very good for you.

Last year, I realized that if I start stocking up on leftovers from dinner a couple of weeks before school starts, I can stay ahead of the game and not be trying to scrounge together scraps of food from my cabinets each night.

I have discovered a few favorites that work really well for me. They are easy, make great dinners, and freeze/reheat really well when it comes time for lunch. Each recipe makes plenty, so I can usually get 1-2 dinners and 3-4 lunches.

Soon enough, I have a couple of weeks worth of lunches stocked up and don’t have to put any thought into it for several days!

My top five that I use on repeat are linked below:

stovetop macaroni and cheese recipe

Stovetop Macaroni & Cheese – Baked Bree (This recipe is for stovetop, but she also includes instructions for how to bake it – I always bake it!)

Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole - all the makings of a chicken enchilada but with rice. It's simply delicious!

Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole – Jo Cooks (I don’t eat meat, so I leave the chicken out of this one and add in a can of black beans.)

A simple, flavorful no-boil, Mushroom Baked Ziti with Spinach and Ricotta ( or sub tofu ricotta) that can be made in one pan and requires no pre-boiling of pasta. Perfect for weeknight dinners! #noboil, #ziti, #vegan | www.feastingathome.com

No Boil Mushroom Baked Ziti – Feasting at Home

Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwich with milk

Smashed Chickpea & Avocado Salad Sandwich – Two Peas & Their Pod (For this one, I bring the bread separately and assemble the sandwich at lunch so it doesn’t get soggy.)

One-Pan Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice in a pan

One Pan Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice – The Girl Who Ate Everything (Again, since I don’t eat meat I leave out the chicken and add extra broccoli.)

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