Keep your vegetables cleaned, chopped and in serving-size containers in your fridge. Splash a little water in the containers to make sure the vegetables stay fresh for up to a week. When you're packing your lunch, just pull one out and throw it in your lunch box.
Casseroles, pastas, soups and rice dishes are great the next day. Zap them in the microwave until they're hot, and place them in a thermos to stay warm until lunch. It's easy to throw together, and it's always nice to have a hot lunch that's ready to eat.
Some produce takes a lot of work before it's dinner-ready. Stick with fruits that come ready-to-eat, like berries, grapes and apples. Toss a serving in a baggie and you're ready to go.
Keep a bin filled with cookies, crackers and other snacks that are already divided into single serving sizes and placed into baggies. All you need to do when you're packing is grab one and throw it in your lunch box.
Shave off precious seconds you spend digging through the freezer for an ice pack (and save space in that lunch pail) by keeping a few frozen waters in your freezer. Use these in your lunch box, and they'll keep everything cold and be thawed by lunch time.
Sometimes, you just don't have time to make everything fresh. It's mornings like these that you'll be glad you have a few ready-made products lying around. Choose items like fruit cups and cheese sticks to put together a tasty lunch in a hurry.
Prep ahead of time! Chop produce and cook proteins on Sunday to have lunches ready for the whole week.
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