Americans are infamous for their obscenely gigantic refrigerators and I’m no exception. My freezer is usually so packed that something falls out and hits me in the head every time I open it.
That’s a sharp contrast to the mission countries that Wonderbag serves; places where Wonderbags mean reduced deforestation and increased quality of life. Wonderbags can be the difference between a mom being raped on her way to gather extra firewood for dinner, or staying home to help her children with their school work.
That is very sobering.
My American kitchen is a world away. But I’ve found that Wonderbags can improve my quality of life too.
This year for Lent my family is trying to simply dinner and focus on family, and our Wonderbag is part of that plan. We are following an old-school/new-school meal plan:
- Meatless Mondays
- Taco Tuesdays
- Wheat-less Wednesdays
- Throwback Thursdays (leftovers)
- Fish on Fridays
- Souper Saturdays
- Sunday Chicken Dinner
The beauty of this plan is that the kids know what to expect for dinner and I have a clue about what to cook. If I go grocery shopping on Friday, it works out great. We clear out the fridge Thursday night and have fresh fish on Friday.
Today is Wheat-less-Wednesday and on the menu is Swiss Steak made from a bunch of things from my freezer and pantry. The picture doesn’t do it justice; this meal was so yummy my kids asked for seconds. It makes a really good meat, veggie, and gravy concoction that is excellent over rice.
- 1-2 lbs cube steak
- 1 lb mushrooms
- 8 garlic cloves
- 2 onions
- 3 carrots
- 3 T butter
- 2 T Worchester sauce
- 2 T sherry vinegar
- 1/2 packet organic ranch dressing mix
- 1 cup shredded Italian cheese
- rice (for serving with the Swiss Steak)
- Sautee the butter, meat, mushrooms, onion, garlic and carrots in a Dutch oven until the meat is brown and the mushrooms have shrunk (about 15 minutes). The veggies will cook down and make a broth that will begin to boil.
- Add in the seasoning and cheese.
- Boil for 5 minutes.
- Cover the bot and bag in your Wonderbag for 4+ hours.
- Serve over rice.
For more information about Wonderbag and their mission to help the planet and improve the lives of women, please check out their video.
Here in America, Wonderbags can be purchased online through Amazon. Every time an American purchases a Wonderbag, a woman in Africa gets one too.