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With back to school season right around the corner, you might be on the hunt for some hot school lunch ideas that you can easily pack and keep warm for your kids. This huge list of hot lunches is a great way to get your kids eating a filling, warm meal at school every day!
When preparing for the new school year, deciding what to pack for lunch every day can definitely be an overwhelming experience! Of course, cold food like sandwiches, salads, and Lunchables are probably the first thing that comes to mind when you are brainstorming lunch ideas, but have you considered sending warm food instead?
The first thing that probably comes to mind when deciding to send hot food with your child for lunch, is how the heck do you keep it warm all day? The good news is that there are several food jars and insulated lunchbox containers that will keep your new lunch ideas warm and cozy all day.
Once I’ve convinced you that you can keep food hot in an insulated lunchbox container, the next question you probably have is what are some easy hot lunch ideas that won’t take you several extra hours of meal prep? You’re in luck, because I’ve curated a list of some great ideas for hot school lunch that will pack perfectly in a small container and stay warm until meal time.
Say goodbye to cold sandwiches with these 41+ easy hot lunch recipes!
Pesto pasta recipes are some of our very favorites around here! Whip up a huge batch of this delicious tortellini and chicken for the whole family and you'll have dinner leftovers to send with the kids to school all week.
Some of your most popular soup ideas that you make for dinner can become perfect school lunch recipes with the right insulated container! This lemon chicken orzo soup is a hearty soup your kids will love.
Cream cheese and chicken stuffed crescent rolls are one of those simple recipes you'll want to keep around for easy lunch ideas, appetizers, and even an easy dinner now and then! You can make a bunch ahead of time for one of the best hot lunch ideas of the new school year!
Hot dogs are a kid friendly go to for dinner time, so why not turn it into a hot lunch too? Make a big batch of chili cheese dogs with this easy oven baked method, top with some cheddar cheese and pack them up into a preheated thermos container! Eat with a spoon or fork just like a casserole and your kids will love it!
You might think it difficult to send a pulled pork sandwich in a lunch box, but it's simple really! Just send the bun separately and put the shredded pulled pork inside an insulated food container to keep it warm. Your kids will have so much fun assembling their lunch all on their own!
Anytime you can make a casserole or large batch of pasta or soup, it makes for great leftovers to enjoy for dinner AND as a hot lunch the next day. This chicken tetrazzini will fulfill the need for both, and the whole family will love it!
How to Pack Hot Lunch for School
Now that you have all of the best ideas for hot school lunch, you’re probably wondering the best way to keep your child’s lunch warm.
It’s simple really! The best tip to keep your child’s lunch warm for hours is to use a stainless steel container like this one and add boiling hot water to the container to preheat the thermos as follows:
Boil water in a tea kettle, pot, or microwave safe container.
Fill thermos container about 3/4 of the way full and replace the lid.
Allow boiling water to sit inside the container for about 5 minutes.
Empty the water from the container. Be careful, it will be hot!
Add your warm food to the container and replace the lid.
There’s no need to be intimidated by thought of coming up with hot school lunch ideas! Simply keep this inclusive list as a bookmark on your computer, print it out and keep it on your fridge, or pin it on Pinterest so you can find it easily when you run out of ideas.
Ditch the sandwiches, salads, and pre made lunch items that your kids usually complain about and trade them out for these delicious and easy hot school lunch ideas this year!
If you’re looking for more easy school lunch ideas that your kids will love, make sure you check out our other lunch ideas!
Which of these hot school lunch ideas will you try? Let me know your favorite hot lunches for your kids in the comments below, and thanks for visiting the blog.
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I’m a wife, mom of three, doctor, and blogger! In 2018, I decided to turn my mom blog, into a personal finance blog so others could follow along on our journey to pay off over HALF a MILLION dollars in student loan and practice start up debt. I hope you enjoy following along, and maybe even find some inspiration along the way.