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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.)
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.
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.
It’s been lots of dinners since then, and I’m ready to report. Does the Wonderbag work? Yes, definitely–but there is a learning curve.
With a Crock-Pot you can dump a bunch of raw ingredients in, walk away and come back to a cooked dinner. With a Wonderbag, you need to start your pot on the stove, bring it to boiling, and then bag it all up.
Here are some tricks I’ve learned:
- It’s better to Wonderbag with a full pot. And yeah, I used “Wonderbag” as a verb. 😉
- With my Le Creuset pot, I start heating up the pan and olive oil while I’m still chopping vegetables. That makes it all go faster.
- It’s easier to use canned beans instead of dried beans.
- Soaking lentils overnight helps.
- The fastest way to make steel cut oats? Soak them overnight, boil them five minutes in the morning, and then Wonderbag them for 20 minutes.
- The Wonderbag is great for making yogurt. It helps keep the pot at the right temperature overnight.
- The Wonderbag website has a lot of great recipes, but they are often written for UK English speakers instead of American chefs. Egad! The metric system!!!
If you are interested in finding out more about Wonderbag and their mission to save the environment and help women all over the world (seriously!), then please check out their website.
In the meantime, if you are a Pinterest person, I’m making a new board: Wonderbag should be a verb.
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!