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tomato tortellini soup in a thermos

5 Best Soups to Pack In a Thermos for Lunch

Cold weather or not, soups are always a great idea to pack for lunch! They can be made ahead of time, served for dinner, and the leftovers packed for lunch later in the week. Plus, soup is always better the second day.

In this post, I am going to share with you my family’s favorite soups to bring to school and the office; and therefore, they are my best soups to pack inside a thermos for lunch!

What is the best thermos container for hot soup?

If you want your soup to stay warm, you will NEED a durable thermos container to pack any of these delicious soups or hot lunch. Check out my top thermos picks in the video below to see which one is the right fit for your family.

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5 minute lunch ideas for back to school

5 Minute Quick Lunch Ideas for School

If you have 5 minutes, have enough time to pack a fresh lunch because these quick lunch ideas are everything you need to get awesome lunches in that lunchbox and get out of the house on time. #Winning

It’s no secret that by the third or fourth week of school we, parents, can often find all of our back-to-school routine goals and meal prep expectations become more distant and out of reach. Things can get so busy!

But I’m here to tell you to not give up on making fresh and healthy lunches for you and the kids -yes, you’ve got to eat too! A healthy lunch is less about it looking like it belongs on an Instagram feed and more about being prepared the night before. Fresh food is good so high-five!

First, let’s go over a tip or two about packing lunches ahead of time:

1. Keep it simple!

I find items that are easy to put in a lunchbox and can be used multiple ways such as wraps, leftover pasta, veggies, fresh fruit, hard-boiled eggs, deli cuts, and grilled chicken are all great ways to keep it simple while without sacrificing flavor or nutrients.

Building a lunch from staples will set yourself up in the smooth and fast track to lunch packing success a.k.a not being in the kitchen for hours every Sunday!

Here are some videos where I show you how to pack 5 different lunch ideas with a single ingredient like hard-boiled eggs, turkey or ham, chicken salad, hummus, and more.

5 minute lunch ideas for back to school

2. Start with the right lunch containers

This might not seem like it would make a difference but believe me it does! Having the right lunch containers on hand is essential to avoiding the classic sorting through a pile of lidless plastic containers, only to find none of them fit in your kid’s lunch box.

Starting with a compartmentalized lunch container and filling in the compartments with healthy options is key to quick packing.

Check out this video where I show you my top picks for great containers and [[shop all of them here on Amazon.] www.amazon.com/shop/momables

Now that you’ve got the when and the how of lunch packing, let’s get on with the “what do you pack inside a lunchbox?” question.

1. Crunchy Turkey Pinwheels

Deli turkey, fresh veggies all wrapped up in a tortilla! Cut it into pinwheels or leave it whole to make a wrap.

5 minute lunch ideas for back to school

2. BLT Salad

Simple and SO GOOD it takes less than five minutes to assemble if you boil the eggs and cook the bacon ahead of time.

5 minute lunch ideas for back to school

3. Hummus Veggie Sandwich

One of my favorite ways to use hummus! Feel free to add any of your favorite deli cuts to make it even more hearty.
5 minute lunch ideas for back to school

Need more quick and simple hummus ideas? Check out this post or the video below.

4. Pizza Pasta Salad

Leftover pasta from dinner (or cooked ahead), cheese, pepperoni, black olives, and lunch is ready!
5 minute lunch ideas for back to school

5. Turkey and Cheese Roll-Ups

It’s practically a sandwich without the bread…..
5 minute lunch ideas for back to school

6. Mediterranean Bistro Box

I love creating bistro/bento boxes since the ingredients are always simple and ready to be packed into lunch containers!

5 minute lunch ideas for back to school

7. Salmon Salad Pitas

It’s like tuna salad but so much better!
5 minute lunch ideas for back to school

It’s safe to say that I take lunch pretty seriously but I also want to make it fun to eat for my 3 kids. And I’m thrilled to share with you the tips and tricks that have helped me pack quick lunches for my kids.

And if you’re still learning to master cooking for your family fresh and simple meals, check out our family meal plans. They help establish a healthy eating routine with 5 family-friendly recipes, a shopping list, and meal prep sheet.

What are some of your go-to quick school lunch ideas? 

 

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2 This no-bake lasagna tastes like the traditional dish we all love but skips the oven! Making this the EASIEST and best way to enjoy lasagna any night of the week!

No Bake Lasagna Recipe

Seriously. The recipe you’ve been searching for is finally here. Yes! In .this.post. A no-bake lasagna recipe that even the busiest parent can make in the middle of the week!

If you can boil water and cook noodles… you can make this no-bake lasagna recipe-no matter how hectic dinner time might be. Check out how easy it is to make in the video below.

 

But seriously, why would one want an easy of a lasagna recipe like this one? I mean, what’s the point, right? Well, say it’s 5:45 p.m. and everyone is ready for dinner, and just as you take the frozen pan of lasagna from the freezer you realize that it’s going to take more than 1 hour to bake in the oven! And everyone wants lasagna…

Well, that’s why you need THIS recipe.

This no-bake lasagna tastes like the traditional dish we all love but skips the oven! Making this the EASIEST and best way to enjoy lasagna any night of the week! Continue reading

Warm up with this classic Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup! Let the Crockpot do the work and come home to dinner that's already done. Easy and delicious!

Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

Warm up with this classic Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup! Let the Crockpot do the work and come home to dinner that’s already done. Easy and delicious!

Warm up with this classic Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup! Let the Crockpot do the work and come home to dinner that's already done. Easy and delicious!

Soup is one of our favorite dinners to enjoy as a family. There’s just something about a big bowl of soup that’s so comforting and calming after a long day. I love making this Enchilada Soup or a big pot of Paleo Chili, but sometimes I like going back to a classic – chicken noodle soup!

Related: Top 5 Thermos Containers We’ve Tested

What’s more classic than chicken noodle soup? I swear it cures a cold as soon as it hits! The best thing about this version is that it’s completely made in the Crockpot, which means it cooks while you’re at work or running errands, and it’s done when you get home. A dinner that takes almost zero effort? Win!

If you’re looking to really cut back on preparation time for dinner, have the ingredients delivered to you already chopped and measured! We’re happy to be partnering with FreshRealm to bring healthy, delicious meals right to your doorstep. Get the ingredients for this Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup delivered to you!

The leftover soup makes for a great thermos lunch. That is, if you have any leftovers!

Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

Warm up with this classic Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup! Let the Crockpot do the work and come home to dinner that's already done. Easy and delicious!

Warm up with this classic Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup! Let the Crockpot do the work and come home to dinner that’s already done. Easy and delicious!

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (or 1½ teaspoons dried)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken stock or broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups uncooked pasta (wide egg noodles, spaghetti, or fusilli – gluten-free, if needed)

Instructions

  1. In a large Crockpot (6-quart), place all the ingredients minus the pasta. Cook for 6 hours on low heat, or 4 hours on high.
  2. After 4 or 6 hours (depending on temperature setting), remove the chicken and chop to bite-size pieces. Place the chicken back in the Crockpot.
  3. Add the pasta, turn the heat up to high, cover, and cook for another 15-20 minutes, until pasta is tender.
  4. Discard the bay leaf, and serve soup immediately.

Notes

You can also use leftover chicken that is already cooked. Follow the recipe as is.

 

6 Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Chicken and Pasta Skillet Meal - MOMables.com

Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken and Pasta Skillet Meal

If you love Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta, you'll love this quick and easy recipe! A delicious 30 minute meal.

Aren’t we all looking for the latest, greatest way to get dinner on the table?  Quick weeknight meals never go out of style and this Sun Dried Tomato Chicken & Pasta Skillet meal is one everyone will love.

Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Skillet Meal - An easy and quick midweek skillet meal everyone will love!

The beauty of this Creamy Sun Dried Tomato and Chicken Pasta Skillet Meal recipe is that it tastes like it took a lot more time to bring together than it actually does.  Simple ingredients like sun dried tomatoes, half and half, fresh basil and chicken breasts combine with penne pasta to create a filling, quick meal your family is sure to enjoy.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

You can even use adapt to your family’s needs by using gluten-free pasta! Check out this quick video and see how easy this skillet meal is to make.

As always, any leftovers make for delicious thermos lunches the next day!

For more recipes, like this skillet meal, to bring variety to your family dinner table subscribe to our meal plans at MOMables.com

Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken and Pasta Skillet Meal

Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Chicken and Pasta Skillet Meal - MOMables.com
  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 4 ounce jar sundried tomatoes in oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb chicken breasts, cubed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon Spanish paprika
  • 1 cup half and half, heavy cream, or whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil or ¼ cup fresh basil or 1 tablespoon pesto sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons oil, for cooking

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, bring pasta water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Once cooked, reserve 1 cup of pasta water and drain.
  3. Set pasta aside.
  4. On a cutting board, finely chop sun-dried tomatoes.
  5. Season chicken with salt and paprika.
  6. In a large 10-12 inch skillet over medium heat, heat up some oil and sauté chicken until it’s browned on all sides and cooked through.
  7. Add sun-dried tomato pieces and garlic, and sauté for an additional minute.
  8. Add half and half to the skillet.
  9. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally to combine liquid and sund-dried tomatoes.
  10. Once a thick sauce is formed, add dried basil (or pesto sauce). If you are using fresh basil, add it in the last step.
  11. Add cooked pasta to the skillet and combine with sauce.
  12. Add ½ up reserved water, mix throughout to thin out the sauce. If it’s too thick, add in additional reserved pasta water.
  13. Top with additional basil and Parmesan cheese prior to serving.

 

 

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