A.S. asks from Atlanta, GA on September 08, 2009
Hot Lunch Ideas for School
I have been spoiled by hot lunches at my childrens' daycare, but now my daughter has entered Kindergarten at a new school where I make her lunches. The school provides pizza once per week, but my daughter does not eat pizza (or anything with cheese or red sauce.) She does not have access to a microwave, but I would like to provide her with a warm lunch while the other kids have their pizza. Any ideas are greatly appreciated...we have a thermos and tin foil, so bring on your recipes!
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J.V. answers from Chicago on September 08, 2009
What about some soups or stews in a thermos? Do they sell little heater pads for lunch boxes, like they do for baking dishes? That might be one way to go, and then your options are limitless, depending on your daughter's tastes.
S.Q. answers from Chicago on September 08, 2009
We also pour water from a boiling tea kettle into the thermos' and wait a few minutes, dump out, dry and then fill with the food. It stays warm for hours! My kids favorites: buttered noodles, lentil soup, chicken nuggets (include a little bin of ketchup or packets left-over from take-out); My daughter stuffed a pot pie into her thermos this morning and said it was super tasty!!
J.E. answers from Chicago on September 08, 2009
My Dad remembers having baked potatoes in his pockets on the way to school to keep his hands warm. He said they would be warm enough to eat by lunch time. I imagine that old fashioned heating device still works today. If your daughter likes baked potatoes, that could be her vegetable course and the rest of the food in the lunch box would stay warm, too.
A.T. answers from Chicago on September 08, 2009
Mac and cheese (or is that a no go for the kiddie); chicken fingers; thick soup or stew; swedish meatballs with noodles (microwave a frozen entree size and ladle it in); chicken fried rice. Some folks might suggest filling the thermos with hot water and stuffing a hot dog in it...but I wouldn't do that for a kindergartener too good a chance of spilling. Any microwave meal that she loves is easy to nuke and put in a thermos. I always fill our girls thermos with really hot almost boiling water for about 5 minutes before putting in the food---helps keep it toasty.