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11 Meals to Pack in a Thermos for a Warm Kids Lunch

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School’s back in session and that means it’s time to fill those lunch boxes up with healthy and delicious meals to keep those bellies full until school lets out for the day. If your kids get bored with sandwiches and cold foods, they might enjoy these hot foods that you can pack in a thermos for their lunch. 

1. Air Fryer Dino Nuggets

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Air fryer dino chicken nuggets are a fun lunch that your kids will be excited to eat! Cooking them in the air fryer makes them nice and crispy. Pack them in a thermos and they will still be warm and crispy at lunchtime. Don’t forget the dipping sauce! 

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2. 10-Minute Pesto Tortellini

Plate with pesto tortellini and peas.
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This 10 minute pesto tortellini makes a delicious and quick family dinner with just three ingredients. You can also reheat the leftovers and put them in a thermos so your kids can have a hot lunch at school! If they aren’t a fan of pesto, just add a little bit of marinara sauce. 

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3. Chicken Pastina Soup

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This hearty chicken soup is comforting and full of flavors. Kids love the small stellini pasta, the bite size veggies, and the tasty chicken. Fill a thermos with this chicken soup for a lunch the kids will love! 

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4. Dumpling Soup

Bowl of potsticker soup with hot chili oil garnish.
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If your kids love Asian flavors they might like to find this dumpling soup in their lunch box one day. Dumplings, broth, ginger, sesame oil, and spinach or bok choy come together for a light and delicious soup with lots of character! 

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5. Refried Beans

Bowl of black refried beans.
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Refried beans are packed full of protein to keep your kids full and give them the energy they need to finish the school day strong. Pack some tortilla chips and salsa too so they have something to dip in the beans for a tasty lunch! 

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6. Mexican Chicken Taco Soup 

bowl of easy chicken taco soup with toppings and spoon
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This simple soup is delicious and there are so many toppings you can add to it. Pack a bowl in a thermos with toppings on the side for a delicious hot lunch your kids will love! 

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7. Minestrone Soup

Easy Minestrone Soup is packed with vegetables and protein! Click here for recipe. #minestronesoup #easysoup #easydinner #healthydinner
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Minestrone soup is a hearty, delicious and very filling soup that the kids will be excited to find in their lunch box. Marinara sauce gives this soup a rich tomato flavor, and the kidney and garbanzo beans provide plenty of tasty fiber to keep them full. 

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8. Chicken Broccoli Ziti with Breadcrumbs

Chicken broccoli ziti in a bowl
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Chicken, broccoli, ziti, and bread crumbs make a delicious lunch that your kids will be looking forward to eating! Pack it warm in a thermos in the morning and it will still be hot at lunchtime! Include a small salad, or some fruit for a well-rounded meal! 

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9. Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry

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Teriyaki chicken stir fry is a sweet and savory dish made with a homemade teriyaki sauce that your kids are going to love! Pack some rice and a teriyaki chicken in a thermos for a hot lunch you know they are going to enjoy! 

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