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Wonderbag Chicken with a Coconut Kick

I LOVE my Wonderbag Portable Slow Cooker! Here’s something yummy I threw together tonight and cooked while we were at a Little League game.


  • 1 lb chicken filets
  • 2 eggs +  bread crumbs, salt and herbs to bread the chicken
  • coconut oil
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese


(Don’t know how to “bread” something? Click here.)

Fry breaded chicken in coconut oil for about 10 minutes while you chop veggies. Don't know how to

Fry breaded chicken in coconut oil for about 10 minutes, five minutes on each side.

Chop 5 carrots, 1 onion, 1/2 bunch celery, and 1 bell pepper

Roughly chop veggies.

Dump veggies on top of chicken. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Test with thermometer to make sure the dial is way past 190 degrees.

Dump veggies on top of chicken. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Then, test with thermometer to make sure the dial is way past 190 degrees.

Add two cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese. Cover and bag up for 1-3 hours.

Add two cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese. Cover.

Wonderbag for 2-3 hours.

Wonderbag for 2-3 hours.

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

This meal is sweet and spicy. You could take out the sweetness by using olive oil instead of coconut oil. Or, you could amp up the spiciness by adding chilies.

For more information about the Wonderbag, check out their website.


Why I’m buying a Wonderbag

That's my Crock Pot in the trash.

That’s my Crock-Pot in the trash.

Today my Crock-Pot almost caught my hair on fire. I woke up early this morning, chopped up a nice beef stew, and plugged it in to cook. I didn’t notice that the cord was frayed–until sparks shot out past my hair, the wall sizzled, and the fuse blew.

I stood there a few moments panicking, frantically feeling my hair and checking the counter to make sure nothing was on fire. (Oh, and there might have been some loud shrieking.) 😉

I am still very rattled. I use my slow cooker all the time.

So today I’m ordering a Wonderbag Portable Slow Cooker with Recipe Cookbook.

Have you ever heard of a Wonderbag? They are like the Toms Shoes of slow cookers. American women buy one for their homes, and somewhere far away, an African woman gets one too. Wonderbags are just starting to break into the American market. I first heard about them from a friend from England.

The Wonderbag goal is to help women, save fuel and save the planet.


Check out the Wonderbag website to be inspired. I’ll be posting about my new purchase in the future, so you can follow along to see how well it works.

In the meantime, please check the cord on your Crock-Pot!

MyPlate on My Budget, EASY DINNER

Cheap and Easy

Cheap and Easy

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a MyPlate on My Budget post.  For readers new to my blog, that was an experiment I did in March with help from food blogger Rose McAvoy.  My goal was to figure out if I could follow the USDA Choose My Plate requirements, but also stick to the USDA Cost of Food at Home “Thrifty” budget.  Here were the results.

Anyhow, I’ve been thinking about MyPlate on My Budget a lot these days because of the prospective changes to SNAP benefits in our country, and how they might effect families.

Today when I was at Trader Joes, the food demo was a dinner I thought was cheap, easy, and something kids would like.  The downside, was that it’ll only serve three, and contains gluten (which means I can’t eat it).

Anyhow, I thought I’d pin this to the MyPlate on My Budget board for future reference:

  • 1 bag Ggnocci with sauce – $2.99
  • 1 bag frozen peas – $1.29
  • left over cheese (I’m figuring $1s worth)

Total $5. 28 for three people. 

* Includes 5 servings of veggies (peas)!

* Only $1.76 per person!