GROW Method: Cook Smart.

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 Well, it’s the day before Thanksgiving and we’ve come to the end of the GROW Method series!  I have really enjoyed exploring the principles of the GROW Method.  We started by looking at a huge problem in the world, hunger and a broken food system.  We’re ending with the fifth principle, COOK SMART.  This principle is just as easy as the first four.  It’s beautifully simple and it makes a difference!

The daily tasks of cooking and heating our foods can add up to sizable energy bills and emissions.  What are some things that you can do to save energy in the kitchen and reduce the consumption of our precious fossil fuels?  Here are a few things that the folks at GROW Method suggest:

Sandwiches, Salads and Cold Soups.  These are all meals that don’t require the use of your oven, stove, grill, or microwave… and they are perfectly acceptable as a meal, right?  Who says that dinner has to be hot to be good?  You’ll use less energy, and because there is no heat involved, your kids can be more involved in the meal prep!

Give Your Plate a Smile!  Add more raw veggies to your plate and let your kids have fun with them.  Add a variety of color and let them make faces with their food.  Lately I have been cooking many less hot veggies sides and have been serving a whole lot more raw veggies with lunches and dinners.  Some of our favorites are sugar snap peas, persian cucumbers, baby carrots, broccoli, and ceasar salads.

Tap Off!  When you do boil foods, use only enough water to cover the food.  While waiting for the water to boil cover the pan, and as soon as it starts boiling reduce the heat.  You’ll save water and energy by doing this one simple thing!

Power Down.  When you’re not using your appliances, unplug them.  I’m not talking about your fridge, of course.  I’m talking about your Keurig with the digital display, your microwave with the clock, etc.  These appliances will pull plenty of energy even when not in use.  Plug them in when you need to use them- simple as that!

Are you already doing some of these things?  Well then welcome to the GROW Method!  If you aren’t then try incorporating one or two this week.  

Heck- why not try #2 tomorrow as you prepare the Thanksgiving meal.  

Snap a picture while you’re at it… then come back here on Friday and link up with our GROW Method Linky Party!  

If you have been following along and have taken the GROW Method challenge (even if you’ve tried just one principle) I would love to hear about it.  Link up on Friday and show us how you are making a difference!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving everyone!  I pray that you have much to be thankful for and that none of us would take for granted the gifts in our lives.  

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  1. Dean says:

    Hi Jenny – love the veg smile picture you’ve used. Can you tell me where you sourced it from, I’d love to use it elsewhere. If it is your own, can you email me so I can tell you more about where I would like to use it?

    • If you google veggie face you will find it. I thought I had sourced it! I’m sorry, I’ll fix that asap. Thanks for pointing that out. :)

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