From muffins to personal pizza to Chicken and Mussels in Garlic Sauce, (a brilliant array of beiges on yellow spaghetti squash), the solar oven was having quite a day, and I was enjoying some serious energy savings. Since I wanted to cook the spaghetti squash at the same time as the chicken, I used a loaf pan and covered it tight with aluminum foil.
Ingredients: 1 Tablespoon olive oil, 5-6 skinless chicken pieces, 1 Tablespoon butter, 1 Tablespoon flour, 1/3 cup Rice Vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon Soy Sauce, 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1 Tablespoon minced garlic, 1-1/4 cups chicken stock. 2-3 dozen froze pre-shelled mussels. (Added at end of cooking period.) Spaghetti squash, whole.
Wash and dry chicken pieces, brown in olive oil over high heat. Remove chicken to loaf pan. Deglaze skillet with Rice Vinegar, scraping dark bits from bottom of skillet; add butter and flour, stirring till smooth and starting to bubble; add minced garlic and let brown along with flour; add rest of ingredients, slowly, return to boil; pour over chicken. For solar cooking, use SolarWear(tm) for easy placement and removal and cook at 225F for 3 hours; or, use your slow cooker for 4 hours or conventional oven for 2.5 - 3 hours. Here it is cooking in the solar oven and I've removed the cover (at bottom) so you can see the placement.
Let's tally this day: Muffins- 35 mins.; pizza - 35 mins.; squash and chicken - 3 hours = approx. 4.17 hours. That translates to roughly using 20,850 BTUs of conventional energy, oven or stovetop. (Don't know about you guys, but my electric company raises it's on-peak charges in the summer months from $3.73 to $5.02 per kw. I only used 7.68 kw from 6/1 to 6/17, and was billed at $25.11!) Solar energy - FREE!