Why not treat your child to a nutritious, warm lunch without going through the cafeteria line? Whether it's a hearty soup or a Chipotle-style burrito bowl, your kids will love these warm meals.
So grab your Thermos and create a hot lunch that will make your little one the envy of the cafeteria.
Deep Dish Mini Pizzas1 of 6
Remember pizza Fridays at school? They're back (sans the square cardboard crust)! These mini pizzas made in muffin tins are as fun to make as they are to eat. Add as many fillings as you want inside the crust pocket (with lots of cheese) and top with marinara and more cheese. Make sure to add your child's favorite diced up vegetables to up the nutrition. Bake at 450 degrees for about 10 minutes, and you have a main dish for lunch that can be reheated for days. Pop into a heat-locking container for best results.
Burrito Bowl To-Go2 of 6
Get those healthy veggies in with this Mexican food-meets-protein powerhouse dish. It couldn't be easier to put together, too. Brown rice, black beans, salsa, cilantro, avocado and a lime wedge make up this staple. Just heat it up and store in a Thermos before sending them off to school.
Turkey Chili3 of 6
Soup is a classic winter favorite, and there's no denying the power of a yummy turkey chili. Make it in bulk with the crockpot to keep it warm right before morning drop-off. The spices and abundant protein will keep your little one full. Make it fun with some "cold" sides, including avocado, sour cream, cheese and tortilla chips.
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup4 of 6
Thought grilled cheese and tomato soup could only be eaten hot off the stove? Not true! Let the grilled cheese cool completely before placing inside the lunchbox to prevent sogginess. To make the heat in your Thermos go further, place boiling water inside prior to pouring in the heated soup. It will heat the core to better maintain warmth.
Breakfast Burritos for Lunch5 of 6
Who doesn't love breakfast for lunch (or dinner, or snack time)? It's easy! Grab a couple of warmed up tortillas, cheese, scrambled eggs, diced onions and tomatoes, bacon, hash browns and any other fun toppings you can think of. Just wrap the burritos in foil to lock in the heat and don't forget the salsa!