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Wednesday, January 15, 2020


How To Pack Hot Leftovers For Lunch & 30 Ideas For Thermos

Happy New Year 2020! It has been a couple of weeks of back to school action since the holidays. We enjoyed them and I hope you did also. Nikolai has requested some warm, comforting lunches especially this time of year, thus, leftovers in a thermos is the ticket.

Here is how I prep in the mornings when I need to send him a hot meal:
  • First I fill his thermos with boiling water, close the lid, place it on the counter with the lid on and let it sit for 5 minutes or more while I'm assembling his side dishes such as fruits, veggies and a little snack.
  • Heat the hot portion of the meal to piping hot. 
  • Then I pour out the hot water and fill the thermos with the hot heated up food. 
  • Secure lid tight and it's ready to go. 
  • Don't forget to add a fork or spoon into your kids lunchbag.
For non-liquid food such as chicken nuggets or pizza, I add an extra step to my prep. After I dump the boiling water out of the thermos, I lay a piece of folded paper towel in the bottom of the thermos to absorb any moisture while keeping the food hot.
Insulated containers are great for leftovers which are mainly dinner foods! We have also packed breakfast for lunch such as pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausages.

How To Pack Hot Leftovers For Lunch & 30 Ideas For Thermos

We have several insulated jars which we love, and rotate their use quite often. They are our Lunchbots ThermalThermos stainless steel insulated jar and U Konserve insulated food jar. We also still have our Thermos Foogo and Thermos Funtainer which Nikolai used quite often when he was younger, and we still use occasionally.

Here are 30 Hot Lunch Ideas for Thermos:
  1. Pasta
  2. Mac and Cheese
  3. Soup
  4. Grilled Cheese
  5. Pizza (cut to fit)
  6. Chicken Nuggets
  7. Bagel Bites
  8. Mashed Potatoes 
  9. Ravioli
  10. Meatballs
  11. Chili
  12. Gyoza
  13. French Toast Sticks
  14. Leftovers like Casserole, Steak, Chicken, BBQ Pork, etc
  15. Fish Sticks
  16. Scrambled Eggs
  17. Pancakes
  18. Sausages
  19. Taco Meat (include tortilla wraps or taco shells on the side)
  20. Fried Rice
  21. Fried Noodles
  22. Pot Roast
  23. Quesadilla
  24. Spaghetti
  25. Jambalaya
  26. Red beans or black beans and rice
  27. Gumbo
  28. Chicken Curry
  29. Tortellini 
  30. Ramen noodles and more
Here are just a few hot lunches of which I managed to snap pictures. I always include sides with them such as fruits, veggies and snacks in another container (not pictured).


How To Pack Hot Leftovers For Lunch & 30 Ideas For Thermos

Leftover curry chicken with potatoes, carrots and basmati rice is in the insulated container. I heated the curry and rice in a microwave safe plate and transferred them to his preheated insulated container.

How To Pack Hot Leftovers For Lunch & 30 Ideas For Thermos

Leftover pasta with ground beef and spinach is in the insulated container. I heated the pasta in a microwave safe bowl and transferred it to his preheated insulated container.

How To Pack Hot Leftovers For Lunch & 30 Ideas For Thermos

This was packed by dad. Leftover macaroni and cheese is in the insulated container with pieces of baked ham. 

How To Pack Hot Leftovers For Lunch & 30 Ideas For Thermos

Here is leftover steak and mashed potatoes in the insulated container. I heated the steak and potatoes in a microwave safe plate and then transferred them to his preheated insulated container.

How To Pack Hot Leftovers For Lunch & 30 Ideas For Thermos

Leftover stir fry vermicelli / mei fun is in the insulated container. I heated it in a microwave safe bowl and transferred it to his preheated insulated container.

How To Pack Hot Leftovers For Lunch & 30 Ideas For Thermos

Leftover tri-color bow tie pasta with ground beef is in the insulated container. I heated it in a microwave safe plate and transferred it to his preheated insulated container.

There are probably lots of other children that enjoy hot lunches. What hot lunches do you send with your kids?

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Rina

Hello and welcome! My name is Rina. I am blessed with a wonderful husband and our amazing son. My goal is to present our son a variety of foods that are healthy, mixing the cultures and ideas in packing balanced lunches. I also try to present them in a fun way which led to my collection of bento boxes and accessories. Thank you so much for stopping by!


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