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.

Maple Pumpkin Spice Almonds

Melissa, November 6, 2013

In the spirit of Fall, I thought I would create something reminiscent of all the wonderful flavors that this time of year brings.  These make a delicious snack or can also be added to salads, yogurt, oatmeal, or whatever your heart desires.  Pumpkin is full of amazing nutrients: vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, fibre, potassium, and magnesium, to name a few. Not only are pumpkins fun to carve, they make a wonderful addition to cooking and baked goods!  Hope you enjoy these little gems!! Ingredients -3 cups almonds, raw -3 tablespoons organic pumpkin puree -3 tablespoons maple syrup, raw -1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice -1/2 tsp vanilla extract -1 TBSP coconut oil, melted Instructions 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In a medium size bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract and melted coconut oil. 3. Then, add in raw almonds and toss. Make sure all almonds are evenly coated. 4. Finally, spread almonds onto baking sheet and place in oven. Roast almonds for 20 minutes tossing at 10 minutes and 15 minutes. Note: When you take the nuts out of the oven, they will not be crunchy at first. Let them cool for at least 20-30 minutes before eating or store in an airtight container

Pizza Dippers

Melissa, November 5, 2013

If you are looking for something fun for your kiddo’s lunch (or your own!), these pizza dippers will fit the bill. The beauty of this lunch is you can customize it to your child’s favorite veggies or just use what you have on hand. It’s a nice lunch to use up those extra veggies lingering in the crisper drawer. Any cheese cut in small stick like pieces would work as well. I chose mozzarella since it’s a popular pizza cheese and you can buy string cheese and just cut it in half and then in half again to make it really quick. Add a 100% whole wheat bread (I chose pita bread) or if you are grain free, you can just have more veggies or a grain free bread option. This homemade pizza sauce is super easy to make yourself or you can use some leftover pasta sauce. I love the smaller Wean Green containers for sauce and, of course all of the Wean Green containers are leak proof which insure your sauce won’t leak all over your lunch container. I’ve added in a side of Kalamata olives in one of the smaller Wean Green containers so the juice doesn’t get on the other dippers.  Finish off this lunch with some delicious fruit for dessert like the honeydew pictured here. Bon appetit!   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.

Grades Of Green – Trash Free Lunch Challenge!

Melissa, November 4, 2013

We have been so honoured to work with Grades of Green for the last few years, and we just LOVE what the challenge they currently have in place!  Grades of Green’s annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge is a competition between Los Angeles County schools to see which school can reduce their quantity of trash the most.  This year, there are already twenty-six new schools competing to reduce lunchtime waste!  Out of these twenty-six schools, the top three will receive science grants!  Collectively, they will divert thousands of bags of trash destined for landfills this year alone.  Even more importantly, it will teach kids better habits that will protect the environment in the years to come. Grades of Green always come up with creative ways to get students motivated to live a more trash free lifestyle, and we hope that you will support them as much as we do on this challenge!  Learn more about the challenge here.

Waldorf Salad

Melissa, October 31, 2013

Waldorf Salad is one my favorite salads, I love the combination of sweet and savory ingredients. It’s an easy lunch to take on the go, just put the salad without the dressing in a large Wean Green container, and put the dressing in a second, smaller container.  I recently made this for me and my husband, but I think it is a salad the whole family can enjoy, kids may like that it is somewhat sweet, with the added grapes and apples. What you will need: 2 red apples chopped 2 ribs of celery chopped ½ cup shredded carrots 1 cup grapes ½ cup chopped walnuts 1 bag of spinach ¼ cup mayonnaise ¼ cup plain yogurt 1 tablespoon lemon juice Salt and pepper for taste   Serves 4 Combine apples, celery, carrots, grapes, walnuts and spinach. In a separate container combine yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice and salt and pepper for taste. Mix in the dressing right before enjoying the salad.   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

Power Breakfast: Chia Seeds And Yogurt

Melissa, October 24, 2013

We love a great breakfast and the wean green containers are great for portability, especially breakfast! We fill the round wean green container with strawberry yogurt and then a tablespoon serving of Chia Seeds (if it sounds familiar, yes, they are the same seeds as the Chia Pet – but they are actually healthy!). By the time I get to work, the seeds “gel” in the yogurt and it tastes really great! 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.

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