Back to school season means it is time for back to school lunches! While you might think this means a year of sandwiches and prepackaged foods, think again. Thermoses are a great investment and perfect for adding flavor and variety to back to school lunches. Take a look below at 7 foods perfect for packing in thermoses so your child can enjoy a lunch that is fun, fueling, and healthy!
7 Foods Perfect for Packing in Thermoses:
1. Hot dogs.
Hot dogs store nicely in thermoses. Just add some hot water along with the cooked hot dogs and close tightly. They will say warm and be ready to add to a bun with all the toppings you want. This is also when those carry out condiments come in hand.
2. Pasta dishes.
You can add all sorts of pasta dishes to thermoses including Ramen noodles, spaghetti, ravioli, and alphabet noodles in broth. Add leftover dinner pasta or boil some pasta the night before so you just have to heat before adding to the thermos. Don’t forget a side of bread and butter and mini salad or some veggies to make the perfect lunch.
3. Soups and stews.
This is the perfect winter time lunch! Thermoses are great for chicken noodle soup, tomato soup, leftover stews, chili, and more. Just heat it and add it to the thermos for best results. Add crackers or a sandwich or even a mini fruit salad and you’re all set.
Meatballs are a savory dish that kids will love. Heat frozen meatballs up and add them to the thermos, or heat meatballs from the previous night’s dinner. They pair well with pasta or pack some bread for a meatball sandwich. It’s a filling lunch sure to keep the kids going. Add a small side salad or some fruit to round out the perfect lunch.
5. Rice and beans/Rice and chicken.
Any combination of rice and beans or rice and chicken is perfect for a thermos. Heat before filling the thermos and it’s a hearty lunch idea the kids will enjoy. Make one of these meals for dinner and reserve some for lunch if you wish.
6. Burrito bowls.
Doesn’t a burrito bowl sound amazing? You can place burrito bowl fillers in a thermos for a tasty lunch with a festive spin. Toss in some heated Mexican rice, beans, ground beef or shredded chicken, shredded cheese, lettuce, and a dab of sour cream. Pack some corn chips to top the mixture with for the best lunch ever!
7. Hot chocolate
Pack some hot chocolate in your child’s lunch for an after lunch treat. You can even add a baggie of mini marshmallows on the side. This is a great way to warm them up before heading outside for recess during the cold winter months.
Are you ready to send the kids back to school with lunches that are fun and fueling? Buy a durable thermos and give these 7 foods for packing in a thermos a try. Your kids are sure to enjoy them and be the envy of the class!
What are your go-to lunches for back to school? Let us know in the comments below!