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Giveaway: Wonderbag + Butternut Squash and Carrot Curry Soup

Every once in a while, you come across a new product that can revolutionize the way we cook.

A few weeks ago, I received a Wonderbag in the mail. I was thrilled. The Wonderbag promised slow cooker results without any need for electricity or gas. Oh my goodness, as a family that uses our crock pot a few times a week in the winter, I had to try it!

The Wonderbag was created out of necessity by a woman, named Sarah Collins. Her vision was a simple one. Sarah wanted to ease the social, economic and environment challenges that come with bringing food to the family, especially places like Rwanda, Mexico, Turkey, Somaliland, and Nigeria. She has started a movement and has been able to get 650,000 bags into the hands of those in need. Now, for every bag purchased in the US, a Wonderbag will be donated to a family in Africa. Sarah’s goal is, 1,000,000 Wonderbags around the world. You can read more about the global benefits here.

Here’s how the Wonderbag works. Bring your recipe to a boil on the stove. Once it simmers, remove it from the stove and place it in the bag. Pull the string tight and allow it to cook. That’s it! The best part is that all of your favorite crock-pot recipes will work with the Wonderbag. The Wonderbag will also act as a cooler too. I think this Wonderbag will be great for those times when we lose power due to storms.

For the past few weeks, I’ve made soups and stews and recipes from their website. Each and every time, I am amazed and in awe that this bag cooked me and my family dinner. Today I’m sharing one of my original soup recipes and proud to giveaway a Wonderbag to one of you!

Butternut Squash and Carrot Curry Soup

1 butternut squash-peeled and cubed 
4 large carrots-peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large onion- diced
2 large cloves of garlic- minced
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon dried coriander
Pinch of red pepper flakes
6 cups of chicken stock
In a soup pot of your choice, saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil and butter until translucent.
Next add the squash, carrots, coriander, curry powder, cumin, butter, salt and pepper and cook for approximately 5 minutes.
Add the chicken stock and simmer for 5 minutes on the stove.
In the meantime, prepare the Wonderbag. Open it up. For us, we leave it right on the kitchen table.

Remove your soup pot from the stove and place it right in the Wonderbag.
Leave it right there on the table until dinner time. That’s it!
This soup is actually done in 2 hours of cooking time, but can remain in the bag for up to 12 hours.
To finish the soup, puree the soup with an immersion blender and enjoy.

“A portable, non-electric slow cooker with the power to change the world. 

Buy 1 on Amazon and 1 is donated to a family in Africa. Powerless is Powerful.”

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary Wonderbag, but the opinions and experiences are all of my own. I received no financial incentive to write these lovely thoughts.

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  • Anonymous

    What a great idea! I would love one of these :) Pam violetacres@frontiernet.net

  • This is amazing!

  • Anonymous

    I think this sounds like a terrific invention! Would love to try one!

  • Wow…this is absolutely amazing! I can see this being used for day trips…just start your meal in the morning, pack it up, drive wherever & after a full day of hiking or flea-marketing & you're ready for a late afternoon supper it's good to go :) I have a soup/stew recipe I'd like to try out.
    Smiles, DianeM

  • I would love to try my grandmothers spaghetti sauce. I simmer it for 6 hours so it should work.

  • Anonymous

    Butternut Pumpkin soup 😉

  • Wonderful for camping. I love to try one.

  • SarahH

    I am amazed by this and would love to try it!

  • Going camping this weekend – I would love to have one of these to bring along!

  • Anonymous

    Roasted butternut squash / coconut soup!

  • Anonymous

    Squash soup, chili, beans, sooo many things! This is the kind of invention that happens when women take charge!

  • Erika Forsythe

    I have got to try some beef stew or moms tuna mac casserole!

  • Anonymous

    I would use left-over beef roast, potatoes and carrots to make stew.

  • This is such an amazing idea!

  • Sounds amazing! Love this!

  • This is awesome! What a valuable tool at Thanksgiving!

  • I'd love to try beef stew for a cold day!

  • Whoa! I have never seen or heard of such a thing. What a brilliant invention!

  • This is marvelous, would really enjoy it for taking to others.

  • What a great idea! I would love to try this out!

  • I'd try making soup first! I love pumpkin-butternut soup.

  • This sounds awesome!!! I love crock pots already plus the idea of having one that doesn't use electricity and if you buy one one gets donated is super!

  • Would love to try this

  • Would love to try one of these.

  • Very cool!!

  • Fabulous idea, I would love to try this.

  • This would be so wonderful for church potlucks as well as power outages! My 1st try would be beans… Next would be a pot roast!

  • This is amazing and I would love to buy one!

  • I would do beef in beer casserole or beef in red wine It would be so tender :)

  • Teri Robinson

    Very awesome!

  • I am buying one AND I am entering to win one! Thanks for the awesome link Melissa!

  • These look amazing! I'd love to try some butternut lentil soup in one. :)

  • Anonymous

    Stew or kentiks

  • Love this idea and I would cook some type of stew.

  • I would use it for stews and soups!

  • Great story, and it sounds like she's going to make her 1M goal! This is an intriguing idea. I wonder what the insulating material is? Can't wait to get one and try it out. The resourcefulness of this woman is amazing. Loving your blog, Melissa!

  • Ps I would love to try cooking Mexican rice in it.

  • Everything! Cooking without a constant heat source making the kitchen unbearable? Sign me up!

  • Anonymous

    Big pot of beans or soup, two of our favorite eats on cold Winter days

  • Chicken and rice, beans and bacon, pulled pork for tacos

  • Potato Soup!

  • Love this idea!! What a great gift idea and I love that one will be donated for every one I buy!

  • Anonymous

    I would love to cook winter soups with this. Great gift idea too!

  • Anonymous

    I seen these around and would love to have one. Thanks for the chance! globevalley@yahoo.com

  • I've been wanting a haybox/wonderbag for years. I think it would be wonderful for chili and stews

  • I would like to cook whole cereals and vegetables (such as barley and pumpkin, or brown rice with zucchini, carrots and onions). Great project.

  • I think Baby Lima bean soup would be awesome cooking in it…

  • This would be awesome for potlucks!

  • I am gonna make my home made yogurt in it!

  • I'm going to make various soups!!

  • Anonymous

    Winter's coming so it's time to make some soup.


  • I would cook chili

  • Anonymous

    Geez, there are SO many ways to use the Wonderbag! I think soup is an ideal choice! You can experiment and tweak your favorite recipes, or combine a couple, for a different taste.

  • That is truly amazing! I bet homemade yogurt would be a cinch with this bag!

  • Anonymous

    So neat, i'd love to try one