Homemade Hot Lunch at Work

This past Chanuka I bought myself a Crock-Pot® Lunch Crock® Food Warmer.  I was hoping this would encourage me to pack a healthier lunch from home.

So far, this thing has been awesome!  I’ve been using it almost every day and haven’t gone out for lunch once since I bought it.


So, are you wondering what I pack in this thing?  I’ve been taking pictures to share with you, because even I’m amazed by this little pot thing.

I’ve decided to make my little pot fleishigs, since most of our leftovers are of the chicken/beef variety.  I also figured I could throw it in the dishwasher (and I do!) and that it would be easier for me to make my soups in a meat pot.

So far, it’s been leak-proof, which I’m so happy about.  It doesn’t give off steam or any smells and barely anyone even knows that it’s warming up my food on my desk.

So, in no particular order, here are some of the things I’ve brought to work with me.  Most of them were leftovers… the perfect solution for a single size serving!


Meatloaf and Kasha


Chicken Matza Ball Soup


Stuffed Cabbage and Rice


Turkey Chili and Rice

Each meal was piping hot and definitely filling!  I pack the little insert the night before, leave it in the fridge and pack it at the bottom of my knapsack and plug it in as soon as I get to work.

Why haven’t I done this sooner??  Any suggestions of what else I can pack?  What do you bring to work for lunch?

Until next time,

  • Princess Lea

    I use mine primarily for soup. On Sundays I make a big pot of vegetable soup to last me (hopefully) for the week. I made mine milchig so I could have the option of adding some plain yogurt to my soups. Sometimes I add a raw egg to my soup; the warmer cooks it up nicely if close enough to the bottom. Once when I had to be at work late I took along a baggie of oat bran; after I finished my lunch, I poured the bran into the container with boiling water and let it percolate. It needed stirring after a half hour, and it wasn’t as thick and creamy as it is when made on stove top, but it was perfect in keeping me satisfied so I wouldn’t have to order greasy/expensive/fattening takeout.

    I LOVE this thing.

    • I’m so glad someone else shares my enthusiasm! So far the hardest part is just making sure I have something to put in it every day, but I’m getting used to it.

  • Tali Simon

    Fun post! Never heard of that product but it looks so worthwhile. And it’s so clever that it doesn’t release the smell of the food. If I worked in an office I think that would be my favorite feature.

    • Thanks Tali! I was worried about the smell… the first day I brought it in I smelled something really strong and worried that I made the wrong choice with this one… but then I looked next to me and realized it was a co-workers food, not mine!

  • Yiska

    I’m so glad you found this thing and that it’s working out so well for you!

  • Chaya

    I have seen this at the store, but was not sure how it worked. Does it cook food or warm food?

    • It does not cook raw food, only warms food… I actually read the directions on that one 😉

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