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I bought a really good thermos in Chinatown. I love it! It has a main thermos, a little container that stacks inside the lid, and another container with two compartments that rests on top of the main thermos in a little bag. I read a tip on the internet about filling the thermos with boiling water for ten minutes to "preheat" it and it really helps. I set the water to boil when I brush my teeth, fill it to preheat before my shower, and warm up the soup while I eat breakfast and surf the net. Then before I go, I just pour out the water and pour in the soup!Things are still steaming by lunchtime! Here are some of my favourite things to do with the thermos:<br><br><br><br>
1) Canned soup. I have to be careful because I try and stay away from MSG. But there are a few I have found which are not bad and it gets me some variety over the veggies and spices I otherwise keep on hand.<br><br><br><br>
2) Sweet Potato Soup: So easy! Use leftover mashed sweet potato or bake a sweet potato the night before. Fill the thermos with boiling broth, then add in the potato. Hand-blender it, or just mash it and stir a little. If you are feeling adventurous, grate some carrot on top.<br><br><br><br>
3) Easy Italian Soup: Boiling broth, handful of canned chickpeas, small handful of raw couscous and 1 squirt of lemon juice. Stir together and seal in thermos.<br><br><br><br>
4) Tomato Hash: Warm on the stove while you eat breakfast: a can of tomato soup, a handful of frozen hash brown potato and a handful of frozen corn. Pour into thermos, seal and go. Note: this will make two servings.<br><br><br><br>
5) Instant Soup: Soup powder, boiling water, handful of frozen vegetables and handful of raw couscous. This will thicken by lunchtime.<br><br><br><br>
6) Ramen Express: Broth, half a brick ramen, handful canned beans, handful frozen peas. No need to pre-cook, just seal as is in thermos and it will cook by lunch.<br><br><br><br>
7) Fresh Lentil: Put this on before your shower. Measure out enough liquid to fill thermos, put in small pot with handful of lentils, handful of barley and handful frozen carrots. Bring to rapid boil while you brush your teeth, then lower to high simmer and cook until just before you leave the house (mine usually goes for half an hour by the time I finish showering, dressing, checking email, etc). It will cook a little more in the thermos once you have sealed it. If you want to, add a teaspoon of honey or honey substitute (maple syrup, malt barley etc.) when you pour it into the thermos.<br><br><br><br>
8) Old-Fashioned Stew: Can of tomato soup, handful of veggie "ground round" product, dash of soy sauce, small handful raw macaroni, handful frozen diced carrots or peas or corn (or mix of the three). Simmer about five minutes on high boil before pouring into thermos.<br><br><br><br>
9) Freezer Treats: Frozen pre-cooked dumplings, veggie meatballs, tortellini, gnocchi or something like that. Simmer in broth about 5 minutes, put in thermos with broth to cover it. It will cook the rest of the way by lunchtime and is really fun to eat.<br><br><br><br>
10) Slow Cooker Stew: Your favourite recipe, started the night before, cooked while you sleep, just pour into thermos and it's good to go. My suggestion is that if you are doing this, you get it done first thing before you shower, eat etc. so that any leftovers have time to cool a little so they can be put in fridge/freezer before you leave.<br><br><br><br>
So, have you got any good thermos ideas? I am particularly looking for a good miso soup recipe.
 

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Wow! Thanks ^^ I tend to just pack leftovers in my thermos, but now I have ideas! Sorry that I don't have any good ones... I just put whatever I had for dinner the night before in!
 

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Like what, cringe?<br><br><br><br>
Seriously, I am such a thermos fan, I will take any ideas. At first I was reluctant at the idea of cooking in the morning like that. but most of these are just toss in a pot and heat type of things---pretty quick and easy when you think about it. I do not react well to bread anymore (except tortilla-type breads) so I stopped taking sandwiches to work. The thermos has opened up all new possibilities. And as we get into winter here, I find (as I did in prior years) that the days I have something hot and appealing, I am less likely to want to buy junk food <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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at the risk of stating the really obvious, you can cook oatmeal or any kind of hot cereal in a thermos. if you don't want oatmeal for lunch it also works to do it overnight for breakfast the next morning <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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^ This won't help lunch-wise, but you can do the same thing with oatmeal in a pot the night before. Add boiling water to your oatmeal, put the lid on the pot, and by morning you just need to add your extras and heat, voila!<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for the great ideas! I'm going to try a few the next couple of days <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Some of my fav leftovers or Channa Masala or Palak Dal. Put rice in bottom (if you want it with the meal) and rest on top. (Currently addicted to Palak Dal... but I make it more often with the quick cooking red [pink] lentils instead of the split chickpeas b/c I'm impatient.)<br><br><br><br>
Sabz Jalfrezi (Indian Spicy Mixed Veggie stew) is also good as a leftover...<br><br><br><br>
Indian Style Okra...<br><br><br><br>
Can you tell my latest craze is cooking Indian food? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:"> Seriously addicted! But most of this food is perfect as a leftover (or freshie) in a Thermos b/c it will hold the heat well.
 

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Mostly the leftovers I'll put are soup (tommorow will be some doubleplusgood vegan carrot bisque) or pasta: peanut butter noodles (just whole wheat noodles coated with pb mixed with a little soy sauce and sesame oil and tossed with sesame seeds) or macaroni and uncheese are some of my favourites.
 
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