7 Easy Make Ahead Lunches To Freeze Today (& Have Anytime)

Do you love packing school lunches?

Making lunches every morning with my kids can be a struggle. And there’s usually whining involved.

From them or me, sometimes I can’t tell which!

Make ahead lunches to freeze

But my kids LOVE it when I have freezer items they can use. Not only does it make lunch prep much faster, but the items are usually a bit more fun. Plus they get choices!

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”

Alexander Graham Bell

So, check out these easy make-ahead lunches you can throw in the freezer for later!

Use them for school, work, or even just a quick lunch at home!

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Pita pizzas are the hands-down favorite in our house (pic above). It competes with school lunch pizza day!

I put sauce, cheese, and any toppings I want on pita bread halves, then cook a big batch in the oven for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees.

I make a ton, flash freeze, and then keep a big baggie in the freezer. We just pull these out the morning of. My kids don’t mind eating them cold, but you could warm them up and put them in a thermos too.


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Of all of the easy make-ahead lunches, quesadillas are the least work!

I cook extra quesadillas on the griddle anytime I’m already making them! Then, I pop them in the freezer in a big bag already cut into triangles.

In the mornings, just put a few triangles in their lunches to enjoy cold.


These are fun on plain bread, bagels, or pita bread halves.

Pro Tip: Make the sandwich without the mayo and veggies so they don’t get soggy.

I individually wrap them and put them in a big freezer bag. But, sometimes, I don’t even wrap them and they still turn out fine! They never stay in our freezer for long!

The morning of, add the lettuce, tomato, mayo, or whatever else you want.


easy make ahead lunches

To keep these from getting mushy in the freezer, slather peanut butter on each bread slice. Then place the jam in between the peanut butter. Wrap them individually and put them in a freezer bag.

These are probably the least healthy on the list, but they can be healthier by choosing a whole wheat bread option (the fewer ingredients the better) or peanut butter and jam that is low in extra sugar.

Food allergies at your school? They also work well with seed butters!


Make these however you’d like. We like putting these items in the tortilla:

  • refried beans
  • cheese
  • onion
  • green peppers

Then individually wrap them in saran wrap or foil. And put them into a large freezer bag.

My kids eat most items cold, but I do warm up burritos beforehand and put it in their thermos.

There are tons of different recipes floating around like this super simple freezer one!


Here’s another favorite in our house. Make a big batch of mac and cheese and freeze in small portions with the freezer baggies or the glass containers below.

Thaw and microwave the containers or throw them on the stovetop. Then, add a little milk if needed and put it in their thermos.

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When the kids find a soup they love, I freeze the extras in small jelly jars or glass bowls.

I take the jar out the night before to thaw. In the morning, warm it up and place it in a thermos.

*We LOVE these lunchboxes (in top pic)!

It’s MUCH less hassle to have the individual spot for dips that these lunch boxes provide. Plus, we’ve found them to be leak-proof and able to hold up over time.

One Quick Freezer Tip

I sometimes always forget to pull an item out the night before to thaw. Typically, I just set it on the counter in the morning to thaw a little while we get ready for school. Both ways work well!

My kids tell me they are all thawed out and perfect to eat by lunchtime, but you’ll have to do some of your own experimenting!

Other Side Items To Prep Ahead

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Here are a few other items you could make ahead and put in their boxes too!

  • oatmeal balls
  • muffins (can be frozen)
  • granola bars (can be frozen)
  • veggies (cut up) for the week
  • fruit (washed) for the week
  • hard-boiled eggs
  • refried beans (can be frozen)
  • granola to put with yogurt (can be frozen)
  • cheese (cut if needed)

What’s Next?

And lastly, have the kids help! The freezer items help make kids more independent. All they have to do is pull out what they want.

So, try one or two for back to school!

What are your favorite easy make ahead lunches?

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And, don’t forget to check out Part 1 of the series: 11 Healthy Make Ahead Breakfasts For Back To School

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