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A Chicken in Every Pot…


In 1928 the slogan “A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage, to boot.” was used by the Herbert Hoover presidential campaign to promise that everyone would be prosperous if he won the election.

In 2011 our family has two cars but the garage is too full of crap so the cars get to stay outside in the rain. We are prosperous enough to afford to eat chicken and may even have time to cook it occasionally.

My goal is to roast a chicken and veggies at least once a week. It’s one meal that will get eaten by all of our family members with only a little struggle. The leftovers stretch over a few days as work lunches and lazy meals at home. Roasting a chicken is so easy that there are no real directions. Throw some root veggies and a chicken into a casserole dish (I use my Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker) and throw in oven at 350 degrees for a couple of hours. This is really up my alley! Martha Stewart would be happy to know that I can cook.

This is the waste that occurred during the making of this meal…

When I purchased the baby potatoes I put them in a plastic bag that I brought from home and plan to reuse again in the future. I recycled the plastic from the carrots and chicken but threw away the bones and styrofoam. I plan to make stock with future bones but have yet to be that prepared. Not really sure how to avoid the styrofoam in the future. Any suggestions? By the way, I will note that baby carrots are not the ideal choice and I plan to use real carrots most of the time.

Mmmmm! Homemade chicken tastes way better than grocery rotisserie chicken. It may cost more money to do it yourself but I think it’s  well worth it.

Have a great day,



About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


One thought on “A Chicken in Every Pot…

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    Posted by google | August 28, 2011, 8:59 am

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