Yearly Archives: 2015



2015 Holiday Gift Guide

The UnDiet Wean Green Experience & Giveaway!

Okay, so if you didn’t know this yet….chefs are to me what rock stars are to the majority of the population. Meghan Telpner is no exception, this rock star chef has followed up her first book, UnDiet, with a phenomenal cook book that helps you finesse your UnDiet menu! The UnDiet Cookbook truly is what the title promises. Amazing recipes that don’t require you to be on a ‘diet’. AANNNDDD they are gluten free. My heaven. Win a copy of The UnDiet Cookbook with a Wean Green Kitchen Set to store all of your new healthy recipes! a Rafflecopter giveaway A little bit about how awesome Meghan is: Toronto based author and nutritionist Meghan Telpner, brings her healthy and awesome life inspiration to fans across the globe. As founder of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition and author of the bestselling UnDiet: Eat You Way to Vibrant Health and The UnDiet Cookbook, she is fast creating a revolution in health and wellbeing. Inspiration is waiting at MeghanTelpner.com and follow her daily #UndietLife adventures @meghantelpner

Lunch Idea List!

Oh my, we have one more day left before school lunches take over my life again! Here is a list of some of my favourites that I used last school year! Good luck-cheers! ~M. 1. Quick, easy & healthy Applesauce 2. Dana’s MOG’s Italian Tortellini Soup 3. Melissa’s Spinach Artichoke Pesto Pizza 4. Inhabitot Michelle’s Granola Bars 5. MoPa’s House Made Sweet Chips 6. Perfect for Autumn, Crispy Apple Chips 7. ALL Smoothies still rock my mornings 8. Rayne & Talia (aka Weaners) Fave Snack Bars  9. The tastiest Chicken Salad EVA 10. Pizza Dippers  11. Banana Coconut Muffins 12. I love these Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (use applesauce instead of butter!) 13. Weelicious’ Turkey Cucumber Roll Ups  14. KickStart’s Pumpkin Cranberry Protein Balls 15. Oh She Glow’s Lunch Bowls

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Cauliflower Cheddar Soup Recipe

Easy Monday Lunches = love.  This recipe is probably one of my favourite soups because I can make it ahead, it freezes well and the kids love it! Cauliflower Cheddar Soup (Wean Green Style) 1 tbsp butter 1 medium onion, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 potatoes, peeled & diced 1 head of cauliflower, chopped 3 cups chicken broth 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper 2 1/2 cups milk 2 tbsp flour (I use gluten free) 1 pinch of nutmeg 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese Melt butter on medium in a large soup pot. Add onions, celery & garlic and brown for about 3-5 minutes. Add potatoes, cauliflower, broth, salt & pepper and bring to a boil on high heat. Once boiling turn to medium low and simmer for 15-20 minutes until veggies are soft.  Whisk the flour and nutmeg into the milk. Pour into softened veggies. Stir for about 5 minutes to let thicken. Transfer to a blender (in batches, once I blew it all up). Puree until smooth. Return to pot. Stir on medium heat for 5 minutes to reheat. Remove from heat and add 1 cup cheese. Stir to melt. Add salt & pepper to taste.  Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top to serve! A meal bowl is the perfect serving bowl:) Enjoy!!    

Wean Green Business News

Wean Green Joins Forces with Housewares Company Accent-Fairchild Group Calgary, Alberta (July 3rd, 2015)  – Wean Green, a Calgary-based food storage company, today announced a new partnership with housewares company, Accent-Fairchild Group (www.accentfairchild.com) that will allow the rapidly growing home-based start-up to improve its quality service to its growing customer base. This strategic alliance will greatly expand on the current relationship between the two companies and will allow Wean Green to address a wider customer base, meet growing demand as well as focus on product line expansion. Under the new agreement, Wean Green’s operations will be centrally managed through AFG’s Montreal office. This arrangement will allow Wean Green to focus on building customer relationships, developing a deeper product line and growing social media presence while ensuring that the expanding company benefits from the shared resources sustaining a well-established market leader. “I am thrilled to be able to step out from behind the daily operations and back into the sales and marketing for Wean Green. This new venture will give our company the resources required to continue to grow the company at market demand,” said CEO and founder of Wean Green, Melissa Gunning. Wean Green will now be part of the Accent division of AFG, which is known for its authority in the food storage industry through both the distribution of imported and locally manufactured products. This venture includes all of Wean Green’s current business as well as all new business and orders going forward.   About Wean Green Wean Green was founded in 2008 to provide a glass, eco-friendly storage options for homemade baby food. Wean Green has now expanded beyond baby food containers and offers glass food storage options in a wide-variety of sizes and lid-colors. All Wean Green products are made of durable tempered glass with a silicone-sealed, leak-proof lid and are are BPA, PVC, lead and phthalate free.   About Accent-Fairchild Group Incorporated in 1974, Accent-Fairchild Group (AFG) is a recognized leading provider of consumer housewares products serving the Canadian market. AFG is comprised of seven divisions, each focusing on a particular product category: Accent, Fisher, Lifetime Brands Canada, Meyer, MLM, Springfield and 3D LightFx.   CONTACTS   Wean Green Melissa Gunning 1-888-923-9326 melissa@weangreen.com   Accent-Fairchild Group Estelle Adie (514)748-6721 x 2351 estellea@accenthome.com

Craft Time Organization

It’s always fun to get creative and do some with the kids.  The difficult part is staying organized throughout and even worse – the clean up.  Here are a couple ideas of how to use Wean Green in your craft organization: Paint Storage – Since Wean Green containers are airtight you can store all of your paints in the containers without having to worry about them drying out or spilling.  Since the containers are non-porous the paint will easily wash off when your are done with the container.  After you are done painting, just snap the lids back on and clean up is done! Rainbow Loom Elastics – These are such a hit right now!  The downside is figuring out how to store the elastics and keeping the colors organized.  Wean Green’s Wean Cubes are the perfect size for splitting up rainbow loom colors.  You can even color code the lids according to different kids so that they know which rainbow loom elastics belong to who. Markers and Crayons – Store all your kids markers and crayons in Wean Green Meal Cubes so that they won’t be misplaced.  The best thing is since the containers are airtight, you don’t have to worry if a marker lid wasn’t put on because they won’t dry out in the container.

Jewelry Organization

There never seems to be a jewelry box that can fit everything just the way we want.  We have found that Wean Green containers make the perfect storage solution for all types of jewelry.  The best part is that when you need to take jewelry on the go you can clip the lid on the container and take it with you!  Here are a couple uses for Wean Green that we use for different types of jewelry: Earrings & Rings:  Wean Cubes make the container for earrings and rings.  If you have some fancy earrings or rings, you can put them in a separate Wean Cube with a different coloured lid  so they are easier to find. Bracelets:  Wean Bowls are the perfect size for storing bracelets.  The bracelets can be stacked on top of one another in the Wean Bowls.  Since the containers are glass, you will easily be able to find the bracelet you are looking for. Necklaces:  Meal Bowls allow you to lay your necklaces inside without having to worry about them getting tangled.  Even necklaces with large pendants can be stored inside the containers in an organized and easy to find fashion. Once you have all your jewelry organized in Wean Green containers you can stack them so that they do not become cluttered.  The container lids can also be colour coded to match styles of different rooms!

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Earth Day Birthday Scavenger Hunt!

Join us for Wean Green’s annual Earth Day Birthday Scavenger Hunt!  The hunt will begin on Earth Day (April 22nd) at 9:00am MST!  This year’s prize is valued at over $1,300! Click below to enter the contest and then visit Wean Green’s Facebook page to reveal the first clue! Don’t forget to get your entries for our Earth Day Birthday Bonuses: Kiddodle TV, Bebe au Lait and Silikids bonus Monkey Bars, Kanga Care and Watch & Roll bonus a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Lemon Pie in a Wean Bowl

We have jumped on the band wagon.  We are testing to see how many things we can eat out of jars.  We may be stuck ‘testing’ these mini pies for a while though 😉 Ingredients: 6 graham crackers 4 eggs, separated 1/3 cup cornstarch 1 1/2 cups water 1 1/3 cups sugar 1/4 tsp salt 3 tbsp butter 2 lemons, juiced & zested Instructions: 1. Make crust: crumble a cookie at the bottom of each bowl. 2. Make filling: whisk together cornstarch, water, sugar & salt in a medium saucepan.  Turn heat on med-high and stir constantly to bring to boil.  Boil for 1 minute.  Remove from hear and slowly whisk in egg yolks.  Return to saucepan and cook on low for 1 more minute.  Remove from heat and add butter, lemon juice & zest.  Pour onto crust 3. Make meringue: beat egg whites until soft peaks form.  Gradually add the sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.  Top the lemon in the bowls with meringue. 4. Bake: bake 5-7 minutes until the tops brown at 375 degrees F.  Let sit 1 hour.

Recipe of the Week- Applesauce

  Apple Puree (6+ Months-Add Cinnamon if over 8 Months) Ingredients: 6 apples ½  cup water (just enough to cover the bottom of the dish, apples don’t have to be covered) 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Core apples. 3. Cut the apples in big chunks and put them in a baking dish. 4. Add just enough water to cover the bottom of the dish. 5. Bake for 30 minutes. 6. Peel off the skins. 7. Puree in a food processor or blender adding breast milk or water as needed. 8. Pour into Wean Cubes. Remember to check the temperature before serving. Store the leftovers in the fridge for 3 days or the freezer for 6 months. Yields Approximately: 2 cups (500ml)

Dr. Seuss, a unique look at environmental issues from… 1971

The first time I read Dr. Seuss’s ‘The Lorax’ was in my second year of University.  My professor was giving a lecture on the importance of teaching children about the environmental impact humans have on the earth and referred to ‘The Lorax’ as the leading educational tool. I have to laugh thinking back to the first time I read ‘The Lorax’ to a group of six year olds.  I was anticipating a light discussion on doing things like picking up garbage in the playground or making sure their families recycle.  That is not at all what happened!  We ended up spending the entire morning brainstorming ways to save the planet, and we were not just talking about picking up garbage.  One idea that they came up with was to start an environmental campaign in our city schools that encouraged teachers to have at least one paper free work day a week.  I have to say, I was shocked!  I realized at that moment that my little group of munchkins with the brain capacity of, well six year olds, had the ability to help change the world. Think about how many teachers have read this book to a group of similar kids since it was published in 1971, now think about if each one of those classrooms initiated and maintained an environmental project (like the one I mentioned).  Just a thought… I am passionate about this book and the goals that they can set for not only children, but also adults.  Conservation International, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, and Random House have launched a campaign to raise awareness of environmental issues and inspire earth-friendly action worldwide. Check out this site with your kids to see how you can help: www.theloraxproject.com.

Valentines Day DIY – White Chocolate Bites

These heavenly white chocolate treats are easy to make, delicious and adorable!  They are the perfect Valentine treat for all ages! What you need: – white baking chocolate – candy toppings – silicone baking mould Directions: 1. Make sure silicone moulds are clean and dry 2. Place mould on baking sheet or flat surface 3. Add candy into each mould 4. Melt white chocolate on stove 5. Pour melted chocolate into each mold 6. Tap baking sheet firmly on counter to level out the chocolate 7. Let cool until hardened

Valentines Day DIY – Homemade Valentine Bubbles

This cute Valentines idea is so great because it is a non-candy alternative and is so simple.  It also fits so nicely in our Raspberry Wean Cubes and won’t leak in them either 😉 What you need: – Bubbles – Pipe cleaners – Straws – Ribbon – Scissors – Wean Cubes Directions: 1. Cut your pipe cleaners and paper straws in half 2. Bend one end of the pipe cleaner around to make a circle, then bend the circle to create a heart shape 3. Push the pipe cleaner into the straw 4. Put your bubbles inside the Wean Cube 5. Tie a ribbon around the Wean Cube and tie the bubble wand onto the container

Valentines Day DIY – Valentine Fortune Cookie

This homemade craft is such a creative way to share how you feel about someone! What you need: – cardstock paper – glue stick – scissors – white paper – pen Directions: 1. Cut cardstock into 4 – 5 inch circles 2. Gently fold/roll your circle in half so that one end slightly overlaps with the other 3. Glue in the center of the rough end to hold the roll together 4. Find the center of the opposite end and push gently with you finger so the paper folds in on itself 5. Bring the ends together until it looks like a fortune cookie.  Hold the ends in place with more glue 6. Write your Valentine’s message or fortune on a slip of paper, and slide it into one of the open ends of the cookies

Valentines Day DIY – Heart Shaped Crayons

This cute Valentines day craft is the perfect gift to give to your little ones or for your little ones to share with their friends!  They will have as much fun making this craft as they will coloring with it after! What you need: – crayons – silicone heart shaped mold – baking sheet Directions: 1. Preheat your oven to 250F 2. Remove all the wrappers from the crayons 3. Cut the crayons into small pieces 4. Place the crayon pieces in the silicone mold 5. Place silicone mold on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes 6. Remove from oven and let them completely cool 7. Push up from the bottom of the mold to remove    

Valentines Day DIY – Chocolate Strawberry Hearts

This tasty treat is such a fun spin on regular chocolate covered strawberries since they are in the shape of a heart! What you need: – Milk chocolate (we used chocolate chips) – Sprinkles – Strawberries – Toothpicks Directions: 1. Cut the tops off the strawberries and then cut in half lengthwise 2. Stick a toothpick through each half to attach them 3. Dry strawberries as much as possible so the chocolate will stick 4. Melt your chocolate on the stove 5. Pour the chocolate onto the strawberries, and then flip over to cover both sides 6. Shake sprinkles on top if desired