Last week I posted about the GROW Method. Today we’re looking a little bit closer at one of the principles, Save Food. Here’s a pretty staggering fact: In this country we throw away almost as much food as Sub Saharan Africa produces in a year. That’s right, about 222 MILLION TONS! There are simple things that we can do to help this problem, because less waste means less space taken up in land fills and less greenhouse gases produced.
One thing we can do is simply SAVE FOOD.
Save your leftovers. Use them for your meals the next day! We have been doing that a lot lately. Let me give you an example…
Last week I cooked a whole chicken in my crock pot. We ate the chicken and made stock from the bones and the leftover au jus that was created when the chicken cooked. We also made chicken gravy. When I say “we” I mean Abby and I. She loves to help me in the kitchen! Both the leftover gravy and two 2-cup bags of chicken stock went into the freezer.
This week I bought another whole chicken and cooked it in the crock pot. Nothing went to waste at all!
- The gizzards went to our dog. Did you know that you can feed the raw gizzards to your dog? He will LOVE you for it!
- The chicken went to make dinner Tuesday night, chicken quesadillas with black beans and sauteed peppers.
- The stock was saved.
- I ate leftover chicken on Wednesday on a lovely strawberry fields salad for lunch… YUM!
- Wednesday night I made Chicken Chili with leftover chicken and the frozen chicken stock from last week. And there’s still chicken left! I think I’ll have another quesadilla for lunch today with the leftover chicken, peppers, and beans!
Today I thought I’d share my extremely inexact recipe for Chicken Chili with you!
Great Northern White Beans
Sour Cream, Tortilla Chips, and Salsa to garnish
Different people like their chicken chili different ways. I like mine easy on the broth and heavy on the chicken and beans, so you choose the amounts that you’d like to use.
I would start by adding your shredded chicken (about 1-1/2 cups) and a can of beans to the pot, then covering them with the stock. If you want it soupier then add more stock. This will feed about 2 people. Double that for 4 people.
Add the cumin, garlic powder and salt to taste.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Serve in a bowl with crushed tortilla chips, sour cream and salsa!
The GROW Method is such a great way to make a difference in a broken food system. Little changes that you can make within your family can make a difference! Join us in the GROW Method Challenge! It’s fun! Learn more here.