10 Hot Lunch Ideas For Kids

There's nothing better than a yummy hot lunch on a cold winter's day.  Sending a hot meal to school is also a way of getting a nutritious meal into your kids!  Swap out the sandwich and opt for one of the below meals to warm their bellies at school or when on-the-go.


Firstly, to send hot food to school you need to ensure you have a good quality insulated food jar to keep the food hot until lunch time.  Check out our range here.  We love the OmieBox (pictured below) as you can send hot food next to cold food in one lunchbox!


OmieBox Lunch Ideas

Secondly, make sure you prep your thermal container by filling it with boiling water and letting it stand for about 5 minutes to pre-heat it and ensure the food stays hotter for longer.  Heat the food up until piping hot, add to the jar and close immediately (fill the jar right up - the less air, the better it will retain the heat).


We've rounded up 10 of our favourite hot lunch ideas for kids.  Click on the links below to be taken to the recipes.


1. Pasta - Superhero Pasta Sauce by Kidgredients

Pasta is always a favourite with kids, and this sauce is loaded with veggies!

Image sourced from Kidgredients


2. Noodles - Veggie Stuffed Chow Mein by Super Healthy Kids

Kids generally love noodles, and this is another one packed full of veggies.  If you use veggies they like, they're more likely to eat them, especially covered in this yummy sauce!

Veggie Stuffed Chow Mein

Image sourced from Super Healthy Kids


3. Meatballs - Parmesan Chicken Basil Baked Meatballs by Kidgredients

While spaghetti and meatballs would be a great option, we also love these baked meatballs for something a little different!

 Baked Meatballs

Image sourced from Kidgredients


4. Stir Fry - Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry by Dinner at the Zoo

Stir fry is a quick and easy dinner meal, and it makes a great lunch too!  Teriyaki flavour is one generally liked by kids, and in this recipe you can mix up the veggies to include the ones your kids like.

Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

Image sourced from Dinner at the Zoo


Insulated food Jars


5. Soup - Easy Minestrone Soup by My Fussy Eater

Soup is a great way to warm bellies and pack lots of nutrients into lunch time.  

Easy Minestrone Soup

Image sourced from My Fussy Eater


6. Risotto - Creamy Tomato & Mozzarella Quinoa Risotto by Happy Veggie Kitchen

This simple recipe looks like a crowd pleaser - and there are variations depending on the ages and tastes of the kids (and adults too!).  We love the inclusion of Quinoa for extra protein!

Kids Risotto Recipe

Image sourced from Happy Veggie Kitchen


7. Curry - Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala by My Fussy Eater

Mild curries like this one are nourishing, warming and filling.  Butter chicken is another favourite with kids!  Serve with brown rice.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Image sourced from My Fussy Eater


8. Fried Rice - Pineapple Fried Rice by Dinner at the Zoo

Fried rice is one of our son's favourites, and this recipe has the added sweetness of pineapple - yum! 

Pineapple Fried Rice

Image sourced from Dinner at the Zoo


9. Stew/Casserole - Slow Cooker Chicken Vegetable Stew by Super Healthy Kids

This is an easy one to make in the slow cooker - put it on in the morning, have it for dinner and keep some aside to heat up for the next day.

Image sourced from Super Healthy Kids


10. Leftovers!  This one makes packing lunches so simple - just make a little more at night and use any leftovers you have the next day.  Heat them up and lunch is done - easy and nutritious!


There are so many options when it comes to hot lunches for kids.  The key is to send something you know they like so they will eat it.  And make sure the insulated food jar you have is good quality to ensure the food stays hot until lunch time.  Oh, and don't forget to pack a spoon or fork ;)


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