It's that time of the year when the cold is settling in and kids are craving comfort foods. There's always the dilemma of how to keeps those soups, casseroles and risottos hot until lunchtime, and parents are lucky we have so many options available these days.
Consider reputable brands of insulated containers such as Thermos, U Konserve, Lunchbots, Contigo and Kleen Kanteen. Most do double duty keeping food cold in the summer and hot in the winter, meaning your child can have temperature-controlled sustenance from home.
Always take into account most schools' nut-free policy when considering what to put in your child's lunch box. Ensure satays, slivered almonds, peanut garnishes and other nuts are only eaten at home.
Here are 6 easy food ideas - along with recipes - to warm them up in the schoolyard.
2. Stews and casseroles
If you've been lucky enough to score a young soup fan, then load them up with substantial soups such as pumpkin soup, tomato soup with pasta and basil, lamb and pasta soup and slow cooker chicken and rice soup. Any of these can be made into smooth soups by whizzing them up with a hand blender.
Kids can be fanatical about noodles so they'll be thrilled to find them in their lunch boxes. Try sweet and sour noodles, hokkien mee and easy drunken chicken noodles, as well as potato noodles with vegetables.