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.

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

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