10 Easy Hot Lunch Ideas

With my go-to list, it’s easier to make and serve (or pack!) hot lunches for school, day care, or preschool.

Egg Muffins with Crackers

1

Make a batch of egg cups whenever you have time, stash them in the fridge, then warm them up for lunch.

Pizza Bites with Fruit

2

Pizza Bites (either my homemade recipe or store-bought) hold well in a thermos. Warm them, pack them, and add simple sides like milk and fruit.

Alphabet Soup and Crackers

3

This simple soup—or any soup you like, whether canned or homemade—can be packed in a thermos or warmed to serve at home.

Leftover Pancakes with Veggies and Applesauce

4

Whenever you have pancakes left from a weekend breakfast, freeze them to use for easy future hot lunches.

Breakfast Burrito and Fruit

5

Combine scrambled eggs, cheese, and beans into a simple burrito—or warm up a frozen one like the bean and cheese ones from Annie’s—for a satisfying hot lunch option.

Pesto Pasta and Fruit

6

If we have leftovers or I’m looking for an easy pasta recipe to make for lunch, this pesto pasta is a great option.

Pizza Muffin, Yogurt Tube, Fruit

7

Pizza Muffins store really well in the fridge and just need a quick reheat before serving or packing.

Scrambled Eggs, Salad, and Fruit

8

Scrambled eggs are quick and easy—you can even make them in the microwave in about a minute. You can stir in some shredded cheese or spinach.

10 Easy Hot Lunch Ideas

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