Cold-Cooking Challenge

Whether you live alone or with a family of 12, in those first few hours after a long day of work, you typically consume some serious energy.

And where do you do it? In the kitchen! Think about it. If my favorite healthy dinner is chicken, couscous and sautéed spinach, not only am I using the oven for up to an hour, but I also have to use two burners.  Time for some sustainable living recipes.

According to the Mr. Electricity website and the chart below, stove burners and ovens use a lot of power per hour. I, like many people trying to pinch their pennies, cook everyday, and those kilowatts (if you have an electric oven) or BTUs (if you have a gas stove) quickly add up.

Why not try a Cold-Cooking Challenge? Once a week, instead of making the usual carbon-generating meals, how about trying a healthy, no-cook alternative? Or, at the very least, consolidate your cooking while the oven and stove are hot.

There are a couple of ways to go about this. One option is to make meals with leftovers in mind. For example, you can make an extra chicken breast one night and have a light chicken-salad sandwich the next night. Or if you make pasta, make twice as much as you normally would and use the noodles for a delicious cold dish tomorrow.

The other option is to go extreme green and almost eliminate your carbon footprint for that meal. Use fresh ingredients in their natural states to make delicious and nutritious meals. Grab some veggies, seasonings, maybe a hand blender or a knife, and you’ll have your sustainable living dinner ready quick with virtually no carbon footprint

Try this  recipe from Food and Wine magazine. Whichever way you choose to do it, give your kitchen appliances a rest once in a while…and bon appetit!

Try this Asian Noodle Salad from, using yesterday’s chicken and pasta leftovers. Be sure to visit the Green Blizzard Online Store for recommended great green reads and other environmentally-friendly products.

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About the author

Samantha Frapart

Samantha was the first staff writer at Green Blizzard, way back during the start-up phase, and has written a series of fresh and spirited articles from the millennial's perspective. Samantha's portfolio of green living tips ranges from green apartment living, urban transportation options, green underwear choices, re-usable coffee cups, bathroom habits, and even…. drinking straws.