We recently went camping with our two little boys and after a weekend of starting, tending, and cooking over an open fire, I was absolutely exhausted! If I had been able to cook this Slow Cooked Cashew Chicken with a Wonderbag, I could have enjoyed a nice walk with my family or some quiet time with a good book instead of having to keep such a close eye on the camp fire. For me, not having the conveniences of a modern kitchen was just a weekend discomfort but for women all over the world, the preparation of meals plays an important role in their socioeconomic prosperity.
While researching for this campaign, I read a statistic that women living in poverty and in developing countries spend anywhere between 4-6 hours on cooking for their families. That’s precious time that could be spent furthering their interests in school, work, or by simply having more time to spend with their family. Imagine what you could do with an extra 4-6 hours a day?!
That’s where the Wonderbag comes in! A simple idea with dramatic results, the Wonderbag is essentially a fuel-free, portable slow cooker that uses revolutionary insulation pockets to finish cooking a meal away from open flames. No open flames means a woman can fix a meal, pop it in the Wonderbag, and continue living her life! You see what I mean about a simple idea with dramatic results?! The effects Wonderbag has on women’s lives and the environment are amazing:
I know you all are probably thinking “That’s all well and good but how well does it cook?!” I totally understand and was kinda skeptical too so I decided to try one of my favorite recipes, Slow Cooked Cashew Chicken with a Wonderbag and I’m happy to report it was a smashing success! My 4 year old son even got in on the Wonderbag action. He enjoyed pulling and securing the drawstring and I enjoyed the opportunity to talk to him about energy conservation. Total win/win! A word to the wise, though. Don’t turn your back on your kid because you just might find this…
Here’s the recipe for the Slow Cooked Cashew Chicken with a Wonderbag. Of course, you can use a standard slow cooker but it won’t be nearly as fun! ;D
Slow Cooked Cashew Chicken with a Wonderbag
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp black pepper
- Mix flour and pepper in medium sized bowl. Toss chicken until completely coated.
- Heat oil in frying pan and brown chicken for a few minutes on all sides. No need to worry about cooking completely since the slow cooker will finish the cooking process.
- Mix the rest of the ingredients (except cashews) and pour over chicken. Cover and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, remove from heat and place in Wonderbag (don’t forget to lay a towel down inside the Wonderbag first). Cover with insulating lid and pull the drawstring to secure.
- Slow cook for 3 hours. Serve over brown rice and enjoy!
(adapted from Six Sisters’ Stuff)
I hope you enjoy the Slow Cooked Cashew Chicken with a Wonderbag recipe! When you purchase a Wonderbag from Amazon, another one will be donated to a needy family in Africa where they can save as much as 30% of their income that would have been spent on fuel. Making a difference while making dinner…does it get any better?! You can keep up to date with Wonderbag by following them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.