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24 Hot School Lunch Ideas + a Thermos Giveaway!

Hot School Lunch Ideas |

Because we homeschool, we only pack school lunches once a week when we head to our homeschool group…and truthfully? Sometimes I even struggle with ideas for that one day!

Recently, Thermos sent me four of their Stainless King Food Jars to try out for hot school lunches, and I’m so excited to be able to pack some of our favorites — like tomato soup, chili and macaroni and cheese — for lunch instead of peanut butter & jelly sandwiches every week!

The key to keeping food hot until lunch time is to preheat the Thermos before use. Fill with hot water, screw the top on and let it sit for 5-10 minutes while you heat the food. Then fill with hot food and quickly attach lid to keep as much heat in as possible.

In addition to our favorites, here are some more recipes I’m looking forward to trying for lunch on the go:

Soups & Stews

Pasta & Rice


  • Spring Veggie Fried Rice
  • Chicken Fried Rice
  • Easy Jambalaya
  • Sweet & Sour Turkey Meatballs with Cranberries & Peppers
  • Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir-fry
  • Sweet & Sticky Pork


Other Favorites


This week, Thermos is giving one lucky Easy Homemade reader a set of four Stainless King Food Jars. These jars offer:

  • Double-wall vacuum insulation for maximum temperature retention, hot or cold
  • Unbreakable stainless-steel interior and exterior
  • Extra wide mouth is easy to fill, serve from and clean
  • Cool to the touch with hot liquids, sweat-proof with cold
  • Compact and insulated stainless-steel serving bowl
  • Full-size folding stainless-steel spoon
  • 16 oz. capacity

To enter, fill out the form below:

This giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday, 1/5. The winner will be selected randomly and notified by email, and this post will be updated with their name as well. Open to U.S. residents 18 years old and above.