5 Easy Make Ahead Lunches for Family Home for the Holidays

Looking for some easy lunch inspiration to make ahead for the holidays? From frittatas and salads to soups and sandwiches, we're rounding up our favorites sure to fuel you and the family through the busy days ahead.

This post is written in partnership with Pure Leaf.

The holiday season is nearing, and we spend a lot of time and energy focusing on the big holiday meal. And for good reason.

But if you have family in town, there are other meals to consider, too. That said, who wants to feel like a short order cook? Not us!

So we're rounding up the best make-ahead lunches to have stocked in the fridge to ensure that family can go ahead and help themselves this season. Of course, grabbing a cold Pure Leaf Unsweetened Black Iced Tea completes any good meal, holiday or not, and compliments everything from soups and salads to wraps and sandwiches.

And because Pure Leaf believes there's no shortcut to making exceptional iced tea, you're getting the real deal every time: no powders, artificial flavors or sweeteners or concentrates. Happy holidays, indeed.

  • Winter Chicken Salad with Tangy Miso Dressing

    Chopped chicken salad with oranges and miso dressing
    Alison Bickel

    A colorful, filling and nourishing salad that's easy to make ahead (just leave the dressing on the side and don't chop the avocado until you're ready to serve). We love the addition of miso in the dressing, and the perfect combination of sweet oranges, tender chicken and crunchy fennel.

  • Make-Ahead Frittata Squares with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Feta

    Frittata Squares with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Feta
    Sally Vargas

    Protein is the name of the game when it comes to a morning or midday meal that'll feed and energize your crew with very little effort on your part. Make the frittata in advance and simply reheat quickly in a low oven or microwave. This recipe is infinitely adaptable, so feel free to add in your favorite veggies and cheese!

  • Lentil Soup

    Vegetable Lentil Soup in a bowl with a spoons.
    Sally Vargas

    Soup is the ultimate in satisfying, make-ahead meals and a hearty lentil soup is the perfect antidote to a chilly winter day. Pair with a few slices of crusty bread and a refreshing Pure Leaf Lemon Iced Tea for a lunch that's sure to make everyone happy.

  • BLT with Arugula

    BLT with Arugula
    Elise Bauer

    Yes you CAN cook bacon in advance! It's super easy to reheat quickly in a hot skillet or room temperature works, too, for a best-ever BLT. Simply have sliced tomatoes, pre-cooked bacon, lettuce and bread at the ready and family can go ahead and assemble their own sandwiches.

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  • Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps
    Lisa Lin

    A light lunch is always a great option after a day of indulging, and these lettuce wraps hit the spot with kids and adults alike. Cook your chicken filling in advance, and lunch is a few mere minutes away. Looking for something more filling? Serve with brown rice or fold into a whole-grain tortilla.