Blog

2014 Year In Review

Hey folks, thanks so much for supporting the BagPack for Hands Free Groceries. It’s something we still use every time we go shopping, and there’s a growing number of BagPack users out there who do the same. 2014 was a pretty good year and we hope 2015 will be even better.

BagPack Update

When we started, our mission was to help folks be green in a way that was naturally easier and cheaper than driving. The BagPack is just that product. It really works.

You might have noticed we’re kinda quiet on Facebook and this blog. Well, it’s true. Maybe we haven’t done everything we could have to promote our product. In retrospect maybe we should have kickstartered it. But we did what we knew to do at the time, and set up this site, and folks are still hearing about the BagPack and supporting it with their purchases.  That word of mouth is everything we could want.

So if you don’t see any activity here, know that we’re still here, and we’re ready to send you your easy green BagPack (typically we ship the same day we get an order).

Global Warming Update

For those of you that follow this kind of thing, Wikipedia has a great article recapping the scientific discoveries of 2014. Here are the highlights as they pertain to climate:

  • Globally, 2013 was tied with 2003 as the fourth warmest year on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
  • All studies point to people as the cause of global warming, in particular our carbon emissions.
  • Globally, June 2014 was the hottest June since records began in 1880, according to latest data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). So was August, September, and October.
The global temperature anomaly shows the trend.

The global temperature anomaly shows the trend.

As with everything, though, household economics matter a great deal in decision making. You can’t buy a Prius if you can only afford a Corolla. You won’t walk to do your shopping if your hands will fall off carrying those sharp plastic bag handles.

Anyway, this is why we’re proud to keep selling the BagPack, and happy that you take the time to support us.

Happy New Year.

 

Read More »

An Easy Chili Recipe that Counts as Healthy Food

Easy Chili Recipe Done

Chili doesn’t sound healthy, especially when you think about thick chunks of steak and lots of gooey melty cheese.  But there’s a way to make an easy chili recipe that’s healthy food and tastes just as good (especially if you add a bit of that cheese).

INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR THIS EASY CHILI RECIPE

Makes a bunch (lots of leftovers)

  • Cooktop
  • Pot
  • Stirring spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Can opener
  • Two cans of Busch’s chili magic
  • Two pounds of ground turkey
  • One can of corn nibblets
  • Two onions
  • Two 14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes
  • Optional: One package of Mexican shredded cheese blend
  • Optional: Tacos or Tostito scoops

HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY CHILI

  1. On the cutting board, dice the onion [link to how to dice an onion].
  2. Put the pot on a burner and turn the burner to medium high.  Put the diced onion into the pot.
  3. Cut open the turkey packages and put the turkey into the pot.  (Watch not to get that piece of absorbent material into the pot, as well.)  Note: turkey need not be defrosted. Easy Chili Recipe Step One: Raw Onions and Turkey
  4. Use the spoon to break up the turkey and mix it with the onion.  Cook until the turkey is no longer pink (it turns grey).
  5. Open and drain the can of corn and the diced tomatoes.
  6. Pour in the cans of Busch’s Chili Magic and the drained corn and tomatoes.
  7. Simmer for 10 minutes to let flavors blend.Easy Chili Recipe Done

Since ground turkey has far less fat than ground beef, here you have a relatively healthy dinner!

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

You can flavor it up a bit by sprinkling on a small amount of the Mexican cheese.  You can also put it into taco shells or eat it with Tostito scoops.  These obviously trade the “healthy food” aspect down a bit for more flavor, but you can adjust to your goals.

SHOPPING SUGGESTIONS

Busch’s chili magic is sometimes on the shelves near canned vegetables (as opposed to Mexican food).

Turkey sometimes comes in different fat percentages.  You can get up to 99% lean (a level of leanness ground beef doesn’t approach.)

If you really want beef chili, you can get it lean by asking the person working the meat counter to trim and grind a sirloin steak up for you.  Not cheap, but that brings you closer to turkey’s healthy food stature.

The quantities indicated here make lots of leftovers.  Store it in a tupperware in the fridge and it will keep for a good long while.

 

Read More »