When my kids were little I had 12 – 14 lunch ideas that I kept and just rotated. I will be honest even though I enjoy cooking spending my entire day in the kitchen was not my TOP plan for the day!
When I did my meal planning for the week I would plan out the meals for lunch based on my “rotating” lunch schedule. In regard to side items we had carrot sticks, celery, apple slices etc.
I was crazy about making sure the meals covered most of the food groups (crazy elementary teacher in me).
Some of the lunch items were in the freezer so that they could be a quick warm up and eat item.
These are some of my favorite lunch recipes – and yes MANY can be made ahead tossed in the freezer and heated up for later.