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Five hot & cold school lunch ideas {& a giveaway}

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Five hot & cold school lunch ideas {& a giveaway}

Can I alert you to something? School goes back soon. SOOOOOON. Fourteen days, or something like that. Not that I’m counting or anything. No, I’m not at all. Also, lies.

As a kid I loved this back to school period. All the new things, and the excitement of new teachers and seeing all my friends again. It was A-grade thrilling for a nerd-burger like me. Today I want to share 5 lunch ideas with you, using the beautiful Thermos® product, as well as a really generous giveaway.

But first let me tell you two things. I refuse to buy inferior stuff for school. I was a nanny for 12 years and have been a mum for almost 8 years, and I’ve had too many leaking, cheap drink bottles over the years. It’s my pet peeve. I buy quality and it lasts the WHOLE year and beyond. It’s only a few dollars more, and if you label them… they’re sure to survive the school year.

This sounds redonkulous, but when packing lunch for Lacey, I think of it as a main meal and then bits and bobs to support it. So the five yummy ideas below are based around that concept. One big, hearty meal for lunch and then you’d add your fruit/vegetables/crackers/snacks to fill them up as well.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been testing out some of the Genuine Thermos® Brand products, in particular the FUNtainer™ food jars and drink bottles. Below are just three of the designs available. You can get plain colours, as well as Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Butterflies, Cars, Tinkerbell, Thomas the Tank Engine and more.

Five hot & cold school lunch ideas {& a giveaway}

Thermos® keeps cool things cool, and hot things hot. If the kids leave the house with chilled water in their bottle, it will stay chilled for 12 whole hours. If you send them off with hot food for lunch, it will actually still be warm 5 hours later, and if you send them off with a chilled lunch, it will still be cool up to 7 hours later. WHY WASN’T THIS AROUND WHEN I WAS A KID? {I’m scarred by my luke-warm lunches}.

For the below lunches I’ve used the FUNtainer™ for all the lunch ideas below, and like all Thermos® products, it comes with a 5 year warranty, and a 110 year promise of quality, safety and performance {see it lasts!}.

And just an FYI, because I didn’t know. There are cheap imitations on the market, but only the Genuine Thermos® Brand has that quality.

Onto the lunch ideas…

Five hot & cold school lunch ideas {& a giveaway}

This is so yummy, and I’d eat it for my own lunch. It’s my Speedy Fried Rice recipe. The kids love it. It’s got egg, bacon, peas, and grated pumpkin. So good.

Five hot & cold school lunch ideas {& a giveaway}

This is my Cheaty Chicken Soup dinner, that Lacey loves and would be excited to eat the leftovers for lunch. It’s just poached chicken, fettuccine broken up, chicken stock and water, as well as 2 minute noodles thrown in {I know! Cheaty}.

Five hot & cold school lunch ideas {& a giveaway}

Another leftover meal; this time spaghetti and meatballs. And remember that you heat it up, put it in the container and it stays hot up to five hours later.

Five hot & cold school lunch ideas {& a giveaway}

I spent 13 tortured years at school eating luke-warm sandwiches and fruit. Imagine eating chilled fruit salad for lunch, with a sandwich chaser? Our kids are living the life.

Five hot & cold school lunch ideas {& a giveaway}

And lastly, you can make wraps and place them inside the FUNtainer™ , so that you don’t have to worry about the temperature of meats and dairy throughout the day, especially over a hot summer. Simply fold the wrap down, and pop the lid on.

As far as drink bottles go, my girls only drink water so we just filled these and they stay chilled all day. They’re easy to open, don’t spill and pretty funky too. You can grab Thermos® products at Baby Bunting and Toys R Us, or other childen’s specialist stores.

Now for the awesome giveaway. One person is going to win over $400 worth of goodies to kick off the new school year.

prize-pack

This prize pack includes:

  • 355mL Stainless Steel FUNtainer Vacuum Insulated Drink Bottle – Disney’s Frozen (RRP $29.99)
  • 290mL Stainless Steel FUNtainer Vacuum Insulated Food Jar – Disney’s Frozen (RRP $29.99
  • 355mL Stainless Steel FUNtainer Vacuum Insulated Drink Bottle – Fire Truck (RRP $21.99)
  • 290mL Stainless Steel FUNtainer Vacuum Insulated Food Jar – Fire Truck (RRP $23.99)
  • 470mL Stainless Steel FUNtainer Vacuum Insulated Drink Bottle – Purple (RRP $34.99)
  • 470mL Stainless Steel FUNtainer Vacuum Insulated Drink Bottle – Charcoal (RRP $34.99)
  • FUNtainer Insulated Lunch Case – Fire Truck (RRP $14.99)
  • Thermos® Cooler Backpack (RRP $44.99)
  • Book – Best Lunch Box Ever: Ideas and Recipes for School Lunches Kids Will Love by Katie Sullivan Morford ($34.00)
  • $50 Officeworks Voucher for Back To School supplies ($50.00)
  • Discover The Awesome World – kids science book ($29.95)
  • Geek & Co Science: Glow Stick Lab ($34.95)
  • Minions Colour & Sticker Book by Crayola ($5.00)
  • Crayola Super Tips 20 Pack Washable Markers ($12.00)

The total value is $421.82.

To be in the running, simply answer the following question: In 25 words or less, what was your favourite lunch to eat as a kid?

 


Thoughts on the products and ideas are my own and not influenced by Thermos®. Competition closes 27th January 2016 at 11:59pm. One entry per person. Open to Australian residents only.

The winner of this competition is Melinda. Congratulations! x

@Fatmumslim