Rice & Beans 1
Make a big batch of beans, separate into individuals portions and pop in the freezer. The beans will last for months in the freezer, so you'll always have some on hand to throw together a quick lunch. Pair with some leftover rice (or make a batch on the weekend just for lunches for the whole family). Defrost the night before, heat in the morning and send in a thermos.
Roast Chicken 2
Season a whole chicken any way you like, roast it off and slice it or shred it. Serve sliced chicken in a salad or with cut up veggies, fruit and a cheese stick. If you shred it, send along a tortilla and taco fixings. You can get several lunches out of one chicken, so the weekend prep will really save you a lot of time or money. Tip: be sure to buy several chickens when they're on sale!
Muffins may seem like junk food, but homemade versions can actually pack a lot of nutritional value if made with whole grain flour, veggies and fruit. They can be made sweet or savory and can be frozen until the night or morning before. Try combinations like carrot, oat and apple or ham, cheese and spinach.
Pancakes or Waffles 5
Make a big batch of waffles or pancakes using healthy and filling ingredients like whole wheat flour and Greek yogurt and throw them in the freezer. You can defrost them in the toaster and send with real maple syrup, fruit and perhaps some ham roll ups, or you can use them to make sandwiches with fillings like cream cheese and fruit, nut butter and honey or cheddar cheese, eggs and bacon.