#Throwbackthursday Wean Green Mama-Melissa Gunning

Melissa, January 9, 2014

A little bit about me, the Wean Green Mama. I compost in high heels. I sort my recycling in designer jeans.  I shop at the organic grocer with a beautiful shade of pink lipstick and I lead an eco-chic sorta life! I grew up on cheezies, chicken fingers and those wonderful mini pizzas that McDonald’s has since removed from their menus.  My mom scrubbed the toilets with bleach every weekend and I loved the smell! I thought recycling was for hippies(don’t worry I love hippies) and that composting had to involve lots of worms. When I run into people from my past life they always wonder what happened to me.  It’s simple. I married for looks and ended up falling madly, deeply in love with a dirt loving, earth hugger.  I didn’t fall into this earth lovin’ life easily.  It took the hubby a little while to convince me not to throw absolutely everything into the garbage and that riding my bike to work would actually help save the planet. Ever since I started over populating the Earth over 8 years ago I have been very conscious of living environmentally friendly. I purchase less, reuse more and recycle everything! As I venture into the big scary world of starting a business I have re-examined all my eco ways and I am excited to start a journey to ‘green’ my home, business and family.  Follow my journey and discoveries as I throw out (recycle) the plastics and bring in the organics. Follow my new blog series, Wean Green Mama’s World!

Snacking on Somersaults

Melissa, January 9, 2014

I spontaneously took up running about eight months ago. After having never run so much as a mile in my entire life, I decided I should run a half marathon. And while I didn’t actually run the whole thing, I did complete a half marathon in April. Part of the fun of running is the community, which is so supportive, even of new slow runners. As a matter of fact, the sales person from whom I bought my race day shoes from was the person who ended up winning the half marathon! Another part of the community is the pre-race stuff: the expo in which runners get treated to free goodies and motivational workouts and treats. While I was at the expo for my race, I came across Somersault Snacks. They’re crunchy little nuggets made out of sunflower seeds. Which, honestly, sounded kind of gross. But they’re lower in fat than nuts, while still having protein in them. Confession: I’m a carboholic who needs more protein in her diet. So I tried the sample they were offering. The Kid was with me and saw me eating, so of course, she demanded some, too. Really not thinking an 18-month-old would enjoy these, I gave her one. To my surprise she loved them as much as I did! While we all know it’s healthier—mentally and physically—to sit around the table and eat together, the reality is sometimes we have to eat, or at least snack, on the run. The easiest things to grab are usually carby: snack bars, crackers, cereal… Since discovering the Somersaults, though, I always keep a couple flavors around for quick and non-messy snacks to fill our Wean Green Snack cubes when we’re headed out to run errands or to the park. Whee! 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.

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

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