Only for the Lunch Box Obsessed. (All others look away.)

These will come in handy when I just can't bring myself to weigh another cashew

These will come in handy when I can’t bring myself to weigh another cashew

Always curious other person lunch box, especially today: lunch box planning day. (Monday = 1st day of school.)

Bubs decide ideal lunch box include turkey-turkey sausage chili, maybe because initial Bubs-chili contact happen during hypo recovery. Ravenous boy declare it the best thing ever, try convince rest of family merits. Wanna bite? Try it! No takers. Divide into small portions, freeze, save for lunch box.

This plan so far.

Pluot included to demonstrate adorable tiny size

I’m not sure this tiny adorable crock pot will work out, but if it does: miso soup, chicken noodle soup, turkey chili. Normal-size pluot included for scale



  • kawaii crock pot for transport turkey chili (doesn’t seem totally leak-proof; utility TBD)
  • neverbeforeseen “portion pack” bags, marked in 1/4c increments
  • last year’s lunch box still kickin; must locate

If any interest/heart, please share lunch box ideas. One fun place to look.


Cookies with secret garbanzo beans! But not gross. Perfect cookie for lunchbox: sturdy, fortifying, cute.

Ingredients + carbs math:



  1. Read the original recipe here
  2. Line two cookie sheets with parchment or Silpat mats
  3. Heat oven to 350F
  4. Combine everything (notice the important part about rinsing, draining, and patting dry the chick peas) except the chocolate chips in a Cuisinart or Vitamix. Scrape down the sides to get all of the bits obliterated so your cookie dough is perfectly smooth. Then pulse in or stir in the chocolate chips
  5. Use a #70 gelato scoop to form portion-controlled balls (about walnut-sized). Place about 1″ apart on prepared cookie sheets. They will not spread or morph
  6. Bake 12 – 15 minutes. They’ll look kind of uncooked. That’s ok
  7. Transfer to cooling racks and cool completely before eating/judging. Store in airtight container in fridge

Makes 35 cookies @4.4g CHO/cookie

Also good squashed into flattish pucks before baking. Also good raw.



  1. Robin Jingjit · August 24, 2013

    I love that tiny crockpot. Would it keep warm? I have a lunchbox with little stacking bins that I love but it doesn’t keep things warm/cold. I just eat room temperature rice and curry/whatever.

    Also we love that recipe around here uncooked. We spread it on stuff/make it into balls. It doesn’t need much sweetener at all because the texture is so exactly like cookie dough that with the choclate chips your mind does the rest. Good lunch luck!


    • Katy · August 24, 2013

      You SPREAD it on stuff? Like on…celery, instead of peanut butter?

      It is so good raw. You’re right: “your mind does the rest.”


  2. type1dmom · August 24, 2013

    That mini crockpot looks awesome! Does it run on batteries or something that it would keep the food warm until lunch, or does it have to be plugged in?


    • Katy · August 24, 2013

      I think it is going to turn out to be a dud. It is sort of like a little thermos you can plug in. I assumed the cord would be detachable. I don’t think a thermos with an electrical cord is appropriate for school. BUT…for an office, it would be very nice. It seems really thermos-y and like you wouldn’t *need* to plug it in to keep your soup hot, but wouldn’t that be a nice option? To plug it in overnight, carry your lunch, plug it in or not when you get to your desk…

      I think I will wind up using a regular thermos food jar. Can’t deal with the cord.


      • type1dmom · August 26, 2013

        Bummer! My daughter is not a fan of most sandwiches so halfway through the school year (if I make it that long!) I’m running out of things to pack for her lunches. Thought it would be cool to be able to send a little crockpot meal with her! But yeah, cord is a no-go. I have really gotten interested in teh whole bento/laptop lunch thing recently. And have not packed a single one, lol. She would much rather have a pizza lunchable.


  3. Meredith · August 26, 2013

    lunches are such a beeyoch. This year we’re trying a variety of bento boxes from Amazon for storage. If any of them rock my world/change our lives I will share accordingly. We have been fairly primal/paleo for a few years (being Coloradoans and all…) so kids lunches include things like: cold leftover chicken drumsticks, rolled up ham/cheese speared w/ toothpicks, shwanky salumi slices, nutbutter/apples for the non-allergic girlchild, raw carrots, cucs, snap peas, berries. you get the idea.


    • Katy · August 26, 2013

      schwanky salumi


  4. Pancreastic Mom · August 26, 2013

    Will be glad to try the cookies. We LOVE the Weelicious oat/banana/choc chip cookies and I keep them in my freezer always. But they have 12-13 carbs each. Ummm…lunchbox has been a challenge for us this year so far. Started with a cheese sandwich and that lasted a few days, but this girl is not really a sandwich kind of girl. So, it’s fruit, kid Clif bar, cheese, applesauce packet, carrots and a little ranch, one of the above-mentioned cookies….yeah, I’m begging for ideas, too:)


    • pancreasticmotherhood · August 26, 2013

      Oooh…also I have changed the Weelicious recipe so I probably shouldn’t even call it that. I use a packet of applesauce instead of the oil…and I leave out the dates. And I think I doubled the cinnamon.


  5. Chobani Champions (@Champions) · September 3, 2013

    Looks like you’re a lunch packin’ pro! Thanks so much for including us in this great list of lunch options. Hope the school year is off to a great start!


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