2014 Cribsie Awards Finalist

Melissa, January 6, 2014

We are so excited to announce that we are one of the finalists for the 2014 Cribsie Awards!  If you want to show how much you love Wean Green be sure to click on the picture above and give us a vote.  The voting goes from January 6th – January 31st.  Wean Green is located under “Mealtime”/”Easiest Way To Freeze Purees”.  Thanks for all your support!

Pesto!

Melissa, January 2, 2014

Basil anyone? I love the smell of basil. I mean I reeeaaallly love the smell of basil. Know what I love even more? The taste of basil, especially in pesto. Oh, YuM! It’s easy peasy. Grow basil (or buy fresh from the store).   Grab ‘yer blender and get blendin’. 2 cups lightly packed basil 1 cup olive oil 1-2 cloves garlic 1 cup parmesan cheese   This time, since I was making it for a pizza sauce, I added lots of extra olive oil & parmesan cheese. YuM! If you’d rather use it for pasta, just drop your olive oil to around 2/3 cup and your parmesan cheese to around 1/2 cup. EnJOY! A Word From Laura: I’m excited to be joining the LitterLESS Lunch Team & sharing the YuMMY FuN you can have packing your creative lunch in your Wean Green containers. I love being a part of something that promotes HaPpY + Healthy eating and LitterLESS Lunches! Happy + Healthy Food = a Happy + Healthy YOU.

Weantailer Spotlight-New Seasons Market

Melissa, January 1, 2014

    New Seasons Market is one of our favorite grocery stores!  They have many different departments to meet your every need.  They take pride in the quality and variety of the products that they offer to their customers.  New Seasons has 13 locations in 2 states filled with passionate and wonderful employees.  If you haven’t been to one of New Season’s many locations, check them out now.  Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Wean Green in the many locations!

Homemade Chicken Salad

Melissa, December 19, 2013

My Chicken Salad recipe: 1.5 pound(s) of Skinless, boneless white chicken breast 1 cup(s) of Organic Mayonnaise 4 ounce(s) of Cream Cheese, softened 1 cup(s) of Chopped Celery 1 tbsp. of Mustard 1/2 tsp. of Salt 1/2 tsp. of Morton’s Nature Seasoning 1 pinch of Pepper to taste 1/2 cup Almonds Put chicken in a dutch oven or very large pot, cover with water, add 3 to 4 teaspoons water and boil chicken until fork tender (about 15 to 20 minutes) While chicken is cooking, put celery in the food processor and process until fine. I also process the almonds at this time.  Drain chicken, cool, and cut into smaller pieces. Add chicken to food processor and process until fine. Mix chicken, mayonnaise, and cream cheese until smooth and well blended. Add the celery and almonds. Stir in mustard, salt, Nature seasoning Add additional salt and pepper to taste. Chill, if desired. Serve with vegetables, fruit, crackers or on bread (We use the Oroweat thin sandwich rolls: 100% whole wheat). Although I haven’t done it yet, I am going to try to subsitute the cream cheese and mayo with some greek yogurt to make it healthier.

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Melissa, December 17, 2013

Recipe from Some Call it Natural A Few Words About Julia Julia is a stay-at-home mom to a preschooler and toddler and blogs about living and parenting naturally at A Little Bit of All of It. You can find her sharing delicious recipes she finds and her latest babywearing obsession on Facebook and Twitter and pinning her favorite natural baby and home items on Pinterest.

French Honey Bread & Olive Oil

Melissa, December 16, 2013

It’s easy peasy to create & eat. Yummy goodness in a Wean Green container. Who could ask for anything more? Shhhhh….don’t tell anyone, but I cheated with the bread. I used a breadmaker. The French Honey Bread Recipe comes from The Bread Machine Cookbook by Donna Rathmell German on page 32. French Honey Bread: What the recipe said: What I really did: ¾ cup water a little more 2 tsp. honey squeezed some in 2 tsp. olive oil dumped some in 2/3 tsp. salt dash of Himalayan salt 2/3 tsp. sugar didn’t put anything in 2 cups flour same 1 ½ tsp. yeast 2 tsp. yeast   Olive Oil Dip da dip da dip doo wop a dooby do (singing is HaPpiNeSs for the Soul): 3 tbsp. olive oil 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar garlic powder – just enough to add some extra flavor onion powder – just enough to add some extra flavor   Add them all together in your favorite wean green container & shake, rattle & roll. Voila! Grab a piece of your fresh bread & dip away. Yumminess! If you work from home, you can add a glass of wine to your enjoyment! 😉 A Word From Laura: I’m excited to be joining the LitterLESS Lunch Team & sharing the YuMMY FuN you can have packing your creative lunch in your Wean Green containers. I love being a part of something that promotes HaPpY + Healthy eating and LitterLESS Lunches! Happy + Healthy Food = a Happy + Healthy YOU.

Slow Cooker Party Mix

Melissa, December 14, 2013

This Slow Cooker Party Mix recipe is an easy and delicious snack for all!  We love it because you can create it in bulk without having to dirty many dishes or spend a lot of time.  This mix is great for teachers, friends, or anyone in your life that you want to spread a little holiday cheer with!  The snack mix packs perfectly into our Wean Bowls and Snack Cubes, which is a perfect keepsake for the special people in your life to hang onto after they are done snacking!  Bring this mix to holiday parties and it will be a guaranteed hit! Download Gift Tags Here!

Starting Solids – Dried Baby Food

Melissa, December 12, 2013

I recently came to discover that along with the jars and pouches of baby food you can buy, you can also buy dried powder baby food. Since my baby is now past five months and will be starting solids soon, I decided to get some of the dried peas. My husband and I like to joke around with our baby, and tell her how she will soon be eating mashed peas, and how yummy they will be. The idea is that you mix the powder with breast milk, water or formula. You can easily control how thick the baby food gets by adding more or less liquid. When your baby gets older, you can use the powder as an ingredient to sneak some vegetables into their food, such as by adding it as a pasta topping. I opened a packet and decided to see how it worked. I divided it into two 2 oz Wean Green containers, and added two tablespoons of water to one of the containers. I mixed it and before I knew it, it was just like the jarred baby food. I decided to store the other dry half by sealing it in my other Wean Green container to use later. Overall I was impressed, and think it would be especially useful for travel.  I especially like that you have the option of adding breast milk or formula to it. A Few Words About Katie: My name is Katie P and I am the mother of a baby girl, who was born in January 2013. My husband and I are both vegetarians and have a passion for cooking with local and organic ingredients, using less toxic household products and reducing the amount of waste our household generates. I am excited to join the LitterLESS lunch team because I enjoy cooking and preparing creative meals. My husband and I try to take our lunch to work most days. Being a new mother is exciting but also very time consuming, so I am always trying to find ways to create healthy and quick meals. Going forward I plan to make baby food for our daughter, as well as make meals the whole family can eat. I use my Wean Green containers to hold ingredients I will be cooking with, as well as for dinner left overs, snacks and lunches. I also plan to use them for purees and baby snacks. I also have my own blog dedicated to becoming a new mother at www.plusoneblog.com

Turtle Bites

Melissa, December 11, 2013

Creamy caramel and smooth milk chocolate… need we say more?  We love making and sharing these tasty treats, especially around the holiday season!  They are perfect for nearly everybody since they are gluten free.  Share them with those that are important for you this season (if you don’t eat them all before you give them away!) Download Gift Tags Here!

Lunch Time Quinoa, Roasted Red Pepper, Rice and Chicken

Melissa, December 10, 2013

We wanted a filling meal and decided to make our own creation – start by making quinoa (which is a grain that’s PACKED with lots of great protein and fiber!) and a little rice and then add some chicken and roasted red pepper. Yum!!! We were able to put a good amount in our wean green container 😉 A Few Words About Dave And Emily: Dave is a technology buff. He has been using computers since he was 5 and is known to his friends as the go-to-guy when they have tech questions. He has reviewed both software and hardware, mac peripherals and various tech-related items for multiple magazines and newspapers. He spends a lot of his time researching the latest tech gadgets and always has something to say. He loves a good deal. Since he was a child he always has enjoyed watching cooking shows and making various creations in the kitchen. Emily is ecstatic to be a new mom. She is loving every minute of it and can’t get enough of her new bundle of joy. In between changing diapers, feedings and laundry, she likes to scope out the best bargains, spend time with her extended family and help out new and expectant moms by giving advice out. She is a school teacher and works with students with special needs and just received her advanced degree in assistive technology.

Homemade Granola

Melissa, December 8, 2013

There are so many things that we love about this homemade granola recipe.  First of all it was made by our friend and amazing culinary nutritionist, Marni Wasserman.   Second, the recipe is absolutely delicious!  It makes for a great holiday gift, especially for the health nuts in your life!  It is also great to make in bulk and store in Wean Green containers so have for yourself! Download Gift Tags Here!

Oatmeal with peaches and mango

Melissa, December 5, 2013

A few words from Megan My name is Megan and I am a Flight Attendant, married to a Pilot and mom to my adorable 6 month old son. I love to travel and document our life adventures over on my blog http://flythefriendlyskies.blogspot.com. We are excited to show our son all about the world we live in and he has already taken 8 flights and has a stamp in his passport. I am so very excited to join the LitterLESS Lunch team! Since becoming a mom, I’ve been a lot more aware of what we put into our bodies, where our foods come from and what we can do to minimize the waste. We’ve joined a CSA from local farmers, have been eating more organic and in season foods and using Wean Green cubes for my sons foods. I hope to teach my son about where our foods come from and what we can do to litter less as he grows!

Mocha Cocoa

Melissa, December 4, 2013

This sweet treat will be perfect for anyone on your list!  We love this recipe for quick stocking stuffers and for those who you want to give a little something to.  You can also adjust the recipe to fit into Wean Cubes for individual servings, which is great for on-the-go mochas!  We are going to be making a couple of these to have around our houses and office this holiday season 🙂 Print Gift Tags Here!

Red Potato Salad

Melissa, December 3, 2013

Ingredients 3 lbs medium red potatoes, cubed into bite size pieces 4 stalks celery, sliced 1/4″ thick 2 cups carrots, shredded (about 1 large carrot) 1/2 a large red onion, cut into dice and with layers separated 1/8 cup fresh dill, chopped 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped 6 tbsp veganaise (or other mayonnaise of choice) 4 tbsp organic olive, canola, or flaxseed oil 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp mustard seeds 1/4 tsp ground black pepper juice of 2 limes or 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or other vinegar of choice) Directions Steam potatoes on high heat for 10 minutes, until they can be pierced with a fork but are still firm. Run under cold water so they do not continue cooking, strain in a colander, and set aside. Mix veganaise, oil, salt, pepper, lime juice, mustard seeds, dill and parsley in a large bowl, using a fork or whisk. Once thoroughly combined, add the steamed potatoes, celery, and carrots. Gently mix for several minutes, until vegetables and potatoes are evenly coated with the dressing. Set aside for at least 30 minutes to let flavours marinate. Toss again before serving, serve cold or at room temperature. Enjoy! A Word From Lalia: Lalia Frolick began the Found Frolicking blog in order to write about life as a “crunchy” mama. Her blog is a little bit of everything: she shares her reflections and experiences of motherhood along with recipes, DIY projects, reviews, promoting giveaways, and more! She grew up in San Francisco, California, and was raised to have a global appreciation of diversity and cuisines from India, Greece, Thai, Italy, and more. Although Lalia has been living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (as if you didn’t know where that is!) for over 4 years, she hopes to return to California soon to be closer to her extended family. She currently lives with her husband, 1-year-old son, and two furry rascals: a chocolate lab and a manx cross (that’s supposedly supposed to be a cat, but he acts more like a small dog).

2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Melissa, December 1, 2013

Fill Your Stockings With Wean Green! CONTEST

Melissa, December 1, 2013

Fill Your Stockings With WEAN GREEN! 7 Days of Wean Green This fun contest will help you get some stocking stuffer shopping out of the way!  Wean Green is partnering up with tons of our favourite companies to compile 7 different stockings this season! The contest will run December 7th to 14th, and 1 stocking will be given away each day!  Keep your eyes posted on Wean Green’s Facebook to figure out which stockings are going each day!  For a full list of giveaways and great stocking stuffer ideas, check out our 2013 Gift Guide here! Hints: Instructions: Use the following link to start!  You can play every day of the giveaway so be sure to get your social media going all 7 days!  You will get an entry for doing the following: Like all of the Giveaway Company pages on Facebook (1 entry) Follow all of the Giveaway Company accounts on Twitter (1 entry) Pin an image on Facebook from this years’ Gift Guide (1 entry) Share contest on Facebook using #WeanGreenStuffs’13 (3 ENTRIES!) Want to earn brownie points (and extra entries)? Share Wean Green’s Gift Guide!  

Pork Cheeks In Honey And Spices

Melissa, November 28, 2013

On a recent trip to Paris, I had this dish at Le Petit Pontoise for lunch and it was unforgettable.  I found this recipe on the web and decided to try it out.  It was as close to what I ate in Paris from recollection and it was wonderful.  It’s a really rich stew so packing some baguette slices to soak up the sauce is a welcome addition.  Even day-old baguettes work fine. A Few Words From Rosella: I live in San Francisco.  I’m married and mother to a beautiful 2 year old boy.  I have a wonderful job working full-time for a software company.  I am passionate about photography, food, and travel.  I love to cook when I can and I enjoy trying new recipes.  My current obsession is dark chocolate, sea salt chocolate chip cookies. I am thrilled to be a part of the LitterLESS Lunch Team because I like knowing what ingredients make up the food that my family eats.  I’m fortunate to live in an area that has an abundance of organic foods readily available but sometimes it’s still difficult to find healthy options when we go out, so packing along a lunch saves money and provides my family with a healthier meal or snack when we go out.  Wean Green glass containers come in so many different sizes, it’s easy to pack something simple as crackers for the little one, to full meals for the adults.

Brownie Mix

Melissa, November 21, 2013

These ooey-gooey brownies will make the perfect gift for the sweet-tooth’s in your life!  All they have to add is butter and eggs to this pre-made recipe and they have their brownie batter!  We’ve gifted this recipe countless times and it has always gotten rave reviews!  Be sure to include the recipe tag that is linked to this post! Download Gift Tags Here!

Sweet, Sweet Salsa!

Melissa, November 19, 2013

There’s something particularly amazing about noshing on salsa with fresh tortilla chips while relaxing at an outdoor table, especially in the summer. And possibly with a festive beverage. Are you with me? So what could possibly top this experience? How about making the salsa fruit and the chips cinnamon-flavored? A few years ago, I was looking for an appetizer to bring to a potluck and I found a recipe for fruit salsa with cinnamon tortilla chips. This recipe gets rave reviews when I take it places. Kids love it (although it’s easier for the little guys to eat with a spoon). I appreciate it because, while it does have sugar in it, it’s a pretty healthy idea for a dessert, and a fun thing to do with fruit when just eating it seems a bit boring. Additionally, I love recipes like this because it’s one you can hand to ten different people, and you’ll end up with ten different interpretations of the exact same directions. My tip: I am not a fan of super-chunky salsa, so I pulse all the fruit in my food processor, which lets me get much smaller pieces than I would get cutting it up by hand. Whip up a batch of your own and enjoy some sweet summertime salsa! A Word From Christina: Hi, I’m Christina Marie! I’m the at-home-mom to a daughter born in September of 2011. My family (including my husband and our two English Springer Spaniels) lives just outside of Arlington, VA. I’m so excited to be part of the LitterLESS Lunch Team! While I’ll admit that I’ve got some less-than-environmentally friendly habits (paper towels, anyone?), my family and I try to be conscious of the easy ways we can help keep our planet healthy. One of those easy ways is avoiding disposable dishes and tableware—even with babies, toddlers, and children. My daughter has always used glass dishes and even as a toddler, she knows to be careful with them. (When she gets feisty at the table, she drops her cup and her silverware, but never her dishes.) LitterLESS Lunch helps show the multitude of glassware options available, the Team members will demonstrate the different types of people who use them and ways in which they’re used, and—even better—the LitterLESS Lunch Team helps provide tasty and healthy ideas about what to put in them.

Picnic Lunch!

Melissa, November 7, 2013

When we head to the park, the kids love it if I pack them a lunch and we have a picnic before we play. I love the variety of sizes and colors Wean Green offers and the kids love having their own assigned colors as well! Today’s lunch was organic peanut butter and honey on whole wheat bread (look for the 100% whole grain symbol on the bag for the most whole grain), organic grapes and carrots, and ranch (we like Brianna’s brand). Once their bellies were full, they were all ready to burn some energy!  A Quick Note From Jen: I am so excited to be part of this team! I can’t wait to create and share healthy lunches that I make for my family. I also hope to inspire others to do the same for their family. We use Wean Green for not only lunches, but for easy to grab snacks, dips, baby food, and storage. I will be the first to admit I am not the healthiest eater (trying to change that), but I don’t want that to be the case for my children. I want them to crave the healthy stuff and make it easy for them to grab something nutritious from the fridge or pantry.

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