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.

Don’t Forget Composting!

Melissa, October 23, 2013

So you’ve been packing trash-free meals with reusable containers for a while now, right? But what happens to that banana peel or vegetable leftovers after lunch? Today’s blog post is a reminder to consider composting. Composting is nature’s way of recycling. Leftover food scraps, leaves and yard trimmings can easily be broken down into humus through the composting process. Talk to your child’s school about “Campus Composting,” another activity from our friends at Grades of Green. They have all of the steps necessary to implement this program on their website: http://www.gradesofgreen.org/initiatives/trash-redux/campus-composting. On average students throw away 2 oz. of compostable material everyday at lunch. Campus Composting keeps this material from entering landfills. Not to mention, it creates great soil that can be used on campus grounds or sent home to families to use in their gardens!

#WeanGreenSwag

Melissa, October 21, 2013

We are SOO excited to have brought home our favourite products from last weeks ABC Kids Expo. Go social and ‘like’ everyone on facebook. We will be adding more details every day to the giveaway list. That is 5 days of awesome prizes totalling far beyond what our tired brains can add up after this busy trade show! a Rafflecopter giveaway GIVEAWAYS!                                                  

Black Bean Burgers

Melissa, October 16, 2013

I am always happy when I cook up something new and my little man loves it – it kinda makes my day! They are super easy to make, provide a lot of fibre, protein, minerals – manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and iron, and vitamins – thiamine, folate, beta carotene, vitamin C and B6 and taste delicious. So here it is: Black Bean Burgers 2 cups black beans, cooked, or equivalent canned 1 small onion, chopped 1 to 2 cloves of garlic, chopped 1 tbsp coconut oil 1 sweet potato, chopped and steamed ¼ cup salsa 2 tbsp ground flax 2 tbsp tamari 1 tbsp miso 2 tsp mustard 1 tsp herb de Provence ¼ to ½ cup brown rice bread crumbs   Heat oil over medium heat, add onion and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes; add garlic and sauté another 2 to 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, except brown rice bread crumbs, mix well to combine and heat through. Add brown rice bread crumbs, mix well. Remove from heat and mash to desired consistency (we left ours pretty chunky).  Let mixture cool to touch. When cool, form into burgers (I have gotten 5 or 6 burgers depending on size) and place on baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, turning half way through, until golden and crispy on the outside and soft and moist on the inside. Enjoy! What is your little food critic eating lately that is making you happy?

Mashed Potatoes and Peas

Melissa, October 10, 2013

A Few Words About 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!

Save Money By Going Green

Melissa, October 9, 2013

You may have heard that going green saves money. But wouldn’t it be nice to see some real numbers? The graphic below is from Grades of Green’s Trash Free Tuesdays activity. As you can see, using reusable containers and packing food from larger supplies rather than individually wrapped portions does save money! For more ideas on how you can do this, check out our Back 2 School Guide. Who wouldn’t want an extra $300 each year?

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