New Cookin’ with Kilowatts Cookbook for the Energy-Conscious Foodie

Over the summer of 2017, Seattle City Light solicited its customers to take part in our Cookin’ with Kilowatts cooking contest with a mission: Conserving energy! We asked for recipes using a cooking method that uses less electricity than an oven or stovetop, and you delivered. Over 90 customers sent in recipes for this year’s contest.

Everyone that participated received a free chef’s hat and oven mitt, and those that finished in the third through seventh spots received a $25 gift card from contest sponsor Sea Wolf Bakers. The first and second place winners received an Instant Pot® and cooking class, respectively.

All the winners have been notified via email and the prizes have been distributed. Now, just in time for the holidays, we have published our third edition of the Cookin’ with Kilowatts cookbook. There’s often heavy use of electric ovens at this time of year, which can run up electric bills.

Want to get a preview? Here are three recipes from Cookin’ with Kilowatts Vol. III which will save you energy and money.

Skye Bars (and a Latte to Boot!)

“Utilize an espresso maker’s steam as an energy source (and then you get a glorious latte to boot) to heat the milk.” – Barbara K., Lake Forest Park

5 minutes in an espresso maker

Pan spray
2-2 1/2 C rolled oats
1 1/2 C chopped almonds and walnuts mixture
1 C raisins
1 C nut butter (any)
1 C milk (any)
3/4 C honey
(or agave/maple syrup)
1/2 C chocolate chips (optional)

Line 8″ x 8″ baking dish with plastic wrap, and spray with pan spray.

Mix the nuts and dried fruit, set aside.

Heat milk by loading espresso maker with coffee and allowing steam to build.

Steam milk until very warm (this step is doable with crockpot or microwave).

Quickly add 3/4 C of the hot milk to the honey and nut butter, and stir until well blended. (If using an espresso maker for this step, stop and pour yourself a latte with the freshly brewed coffee and warm milk.)

Mix wet with dry ingredients, stirring to coat well, adding more cereal/nuts as needed until mixture is stiff.

While still warm (but not hot), add chips (if using), not letting the chips melt.

Place in baking dish, and press firmly.

Put in fridge for 3 hours. Cut and enjoy.

Chicken Curry

“I love the aroma that fills the house during cooking. I take the naan or pita bread and either microwave it or place it on the lid of the slow cooker to get it nice and warm.” – Hina A, Seattle

6 to 6.5 hours in a crockpot

4 large chicken breasts (frozen is preferred, but not necessary) 3/4 C yogurt
1 C olive oil
2 tbsp ginger paste
3 large serrano chilies (spicy)
5 tbsp lemon juice;
1 bag of Shan curry spice mix
1 pouch instant quinoa

Place all ingredients into a crockpot in order listed above.

If chicken is frozen, set the crockpot on high for first 4 hours and low for next 2.5 hours. If the chicken is thawed, set the crockpot on low for 6 hours.

1/2 way through cooking time, stir the meat in the crockpot to make sure all ingredients are well mixed and cut the chicken into pieces with scissors.

3 minutes before it is done, put quinoa pouch in the microwave for 90 seconds and serve.

Serve with naan (optional).


Sweet & Smoky Pork Tacos

“I’ve tried a few “sweet pork” recipes but wasn’t very impressed with most of them. Thinking about all the different flavors I wanted and their relationship to each other was fun.” – Alicia E., Seattle

30 minutes in an Instant Pot®

For marinade:
3/4 C soy sauce
1/3 C (packed) brown sugar 1/3 C cider or red wine vinegar 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cardamom

2.5-3 lbs pork roast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 tbsp canola oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped 4 oz can of diced green chilies 2 C your choice salsa
1/2 C (packed) brown sugar
1/2 C water
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp liquid smoke
Juice of 2 limes

Mix marinade ingredients in a gallon bag, add pork chunks.

Marinate for 1 hour or overnight.

Discard marinade.

Turn the pot to sauté feature, add oil.

Brown pork chunks.

Add the rest of the ingredients, stir.

Close pot, set high psi for 30 minutes.

Serve with corn tortillas, salsa, limes and cilantro.

To see the other winners (including our first and second place recipes, which are delicious!) you’re welcome to view the cookbook here. You can also see Vol. I here and Vol. II here.


Congratulations to Our Cookin’ with Kilowatts Winners

As the Nation’s Greenest Utility, Seattle City Light encourages its customers to save energy and sometimes, we get creative.

This summer, City Light challenged customers to participate in a cooking contest with a spin. The Second Annual Cookin’ with Kilowatts Contest was an interactive competition to prepare the best recipe while substituting the use of an oven or stovetop for a lower-energy electric cooking method. The contest was a way to raise awareness of personal energy usage, and to encourage customers to think of creative energy-saving alternatives to their usual cooking methods.

We received more than 60 submissions. They were judged based on creativity, energy saved and presentation.

Congratulations to our winners. In the adult contest, the top three winners were Matthew R. with Baked Coconut Shrimp with Curried Chutney, Rosemarie K. with Rice Cooker Risotto with Ham & Peas, and Leslie B. with Spanish Brown Rice with Spicy Vegan Sausage. In the kid’s contest, the winner was Ze Hua D. with Congee.  All recipes were prepared using low energy appliances such as toaster ovens, rice cookers, crockpots, and microwaves. Contest winners were awarded prizes ranging from $100 to $250 gift cards.

Out of all the submissions received, Seattle City Light will be creating a Cookin’ with Kilowatts Cookbook featuring the top recipes, including instructions for these low-energy cooking methods.

Cookin’ with Kilowatts Recipe Contest Accepting Submissions

Seattle City Light is launching its Second Annual Cookin’ with Kilowatts contest, which aims to raise residential customer awareness of energy consumption and its environmental impact.

Kids and adults are invited to send in their recipe submissions to Every contestant who submits a recipe using a more energy-efficient method of cooking will receive a thank you gift, including a pot holder and chef’s hat. Contest submissions are accepted from July 1 – October 3, 2014.

City Light is asking customers to submit their most creative, tastiest recipes using an alternative cooking method that uses less electricity than a stovetop or oven. As you see in the chart below, a microwave uses less energy than the oven.

Electric oven 350 F 1 hour 2.0 kWh 19 ¢
Toaster oven 425 F 50 minutes .95 kWh 9 ¢
Crockpot 200 F 7 hours .7 kWh 7 ¢
Microwave oven High setting 15 minutes .36 kWh 3 ¢

Table from Consumer Guide to how Energy Savings
*Assumes 9.5 cents/KWh

Our Cookin’ with Kilowatts contest challenges adults and children in our community to think about how they can reduce their personal energy use, and thereby contribute to a healthier environment. More information can be found on the Cookin’ with Kilowatts website.

There are two categories for this year’s Cookin’ with Kilowatts contest: an Adults Contest open to adults as well as students in grade 9 and above, and a Kids Contest open to children in grades K-8. Each will have a first, second and third place winner with prizes, including $100, $150 and $250 gift cards for adults, and $75, $100 and $150 Disney gift cards for children.

The winners will be chosen from a panel of judges at a celebratory event to be held in October 2014. Each submission will be judged based on creativity, energy saved and presentation.

There is no entry fee, and all Seattle City Light customers are encouraged to apply. Bonus points are awarded to those who send photos of themselves with their dish and chef hat to

For more information about the Cookin’ with Kilowatts contest, including contest rules and how to apply, please visit The 2013 contest cookbook can also be downloaded from the Cookin’ with Kilowatts website.

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to about 750,000 Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.