Valentines Day DIY – Valentine Fortune Cookie

Melissa, February 6, 2015

This homemade craft is such a creative way to share how you feel about someone! What you need: – cardstock paper – glue stick – scissors – white paper – pen Directions: 1. Cut cardstock into 4 – 5 inch circles 2. Gently fold/roll your circle in half so that one end slightly overlaps with the other 3. Glue in the center of the rough end to hold the roll together 4. Find the center of the opposite end and push gently with you finger so the paper folds in on itself 5. Bring the ends together until it looks like a fortune cookie.  Hold the ends in place with more glue 6. Write your Valentine’s message or fortune on a slip of paper, and slide it into one of the open ends of the cookies

Valentines Day DIY – Heart Shaped Crayons

Melissa, February 6, 2015

This cute Valentines day craft is the perfect gift to give to your little ones or for your little ones to share with their friends!  They will have as much fun making this craft as they will coloring with it after! What you need: – crayons – silicone heart shaped mold – baking sheet Directions: 1. Preheat your oven to 250F 2. Remove all the wrappers from the crayons 3. Cut the crayons into small pieces 4. Place the crayon pieces in the silicone mold 5. Place silicone mold on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes 6. Remove from oven and let them completely cool 7. Push up from the bottom of the mold to remove    

Valentines Day DIY – Chocolate Strawberry Hearts

Melissa, February 6, 2015

This tasty treat is such a fun spin on regular chocolate covered strawberries since they are in the shape of a heart! What you need: – Milk chocolate (we used chocolate chips) – Sprinkles – Strawberries – Toothpicks Directions: 1. Cut the tops off the strawberries and then cut in half lengthwise 2. Stick a toothpick through each half to attach them 3. Dry strawberries as much as possible so the chocolate will stick 4. Melt your chocolate on the stove 5. Pour the chocolate onto the strawberries, and then flip over to cover both sides 6. Shake sprinkles on top if desired

Valentines Day DIY – Wean Green Favorites!

Melissa, February 6, 2015

Have you been looking for Valentine’s Day Gifts that are unique, eco-friendly and awesome? So were we;) Here are some DIY VDay presents that will make everyone smile! 1 – Chocolate Strawberry Hearts 2 – Heart Shaped Crayons 3 – Valentine Fortune Cookies  4 – Homemade Valentine Bubbles  5 – White Chocolate Bites

BPS = BAD

Melissa, January 22, 2015

When I started working at Wean Green I told Melissa (the boss) that I used BPA-free plastic containers.  I thought she would be so proud until she asked me “what do you think they use instead of BPA”?  This was such a great perspective that I never even considered.  In most cases when companies take out the BPA the replace it with BPS which is just as bad.  This local study has asked the same question and gave some answers: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/bpa-alternative-disrupts-normal-brain-cell-growth-is-tied-to-hyperactivity-study-says/2015/01/12/a9ecc37e-9a7e-11e4-a7ee-526210d665b4_story.html?tid=sm_fb Kat

Cribsie Awards GIVEAWAY!!

Melissa, January 20, 2015

We are joining up with our favorite Cribsie Award nominees to bring you the ultimate prize pack valued at over $1,000! The prize pack contains awesome products from: Wean Green Lollaland Beco Baby Carrier Bebe Au Lait Silikids Earth Mama Angel Baby Happy Family Au Lait Puj Eco-Kids Contest will open 9AM MST on January 21st and will end Friday January 23rd at midnight. Click on the link below to enter!  Good luck! Enter The Cribsie Giveaway Here!  

Wean Green’s Cribsie Choices!

Melissa, January 15, 2015

Congratulations to some of our favorite brands for their Cribsie nominations!  We are so excited to also be included in these awesome awards!  We have gone through and voted for our favorites in each category.  We wanted to share our votes with you so you can see who got Wean Green’s stamp of approval!  If you haven’t voted yet you can do so by clicking here.        

WG’s Favoirite Marni Wasserman Recipes

Melissa, December 17, 2014

Narrowing our favorite Mani Wasserman recipes down to our top 5 was a very hard task!  Here are our favorite 5, but be sure to check out her other recipes as well because they are equally delicious! 1. Brown Rice Pesto Pasta 2. Yam Pecan Loaf 3. Tender Cocoa Cream Cake 4. Black Bean Salad with Fresh Mint 5. Surreal Sweet Potato Leek Soup

WG’s Favorite Annaliisa Kapp Recipes

Melissa, December 16, 2014

We can always count on Annaliisa’s Organic Kitchen for some healthy and delicious menu ideas!  Here are our top 5 favorite recipes from Annaliisa: 1. Gingerbread Delight Smoothie 2. Kale and Apricot Salad with Creamy Hemp Dressing 3. Coconut Curry Stew 4. Raw Chocolate Chai Goji Granola Bars 5. Sweet Potato Chickpea Quinoa Burgers

WG’s Favorite Weelicious Recipes!

Melissa, December 15, 2014

We absolutely love all of Weelicious’ recipes!  They are all so easy, fun, healthy and a hit for the whole family!  Here are our top 5 favorite Weelicious recipes: 1. Pumpkin Waffles 2. Broccoli Cheese Patties 3. Spinach Cheddar Chive Scones 4. Green Machine Pizza 5. Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps

Wean Green Holiday Traditions

Melissa, December 12, 2014

We absolutely love this time of year especially with all the traditions that we have!  Here are our favorite traditions from the Wean Green Team!  Happy Holidays from our Families to yours!   Melissa –  Christmas Eve has quickly become one of my favourite times of the holidays!  My beautiful sister has carried on a tradition started by my parents when we were kids and I love it.  For as far back as I can remember we have a massive FONDUE every Christmas Eve.  The food spread is amazing – we enjoy meats, cheeses (with batter), breads, veggies, seafood and so much more.  We always have a few oil fondue pots as well as an amazing cheddar cheese fondue & some amazing batter!  And of course it wouldn’t be Christmas Eve with out a few glasses of white to wash it all down. One of my favorite things about the night is that we always have some ‘extras’ that had no plans for Christmas Eve.  My stomach always hurts after the meal, not be cause I overindulged (which I probs did) but because I LAUGH so hard all dinner.  The excitement and joy of the holidays could easily be captured at our dinner table.  Isn’t it funny how food can create such amazing family moments?!  Thanks mama and seester for making these memories for me and my family! Dana – My Father-in-Law served a mission for our church in Finland from September 1965 to April 1968.  When he had children of his own a few years later, he decided to incorporate his time in Finland with his own family Christmas traditions. This is how the tradition goes.  On Christmas Eve, when singing Christmas carols, if you happen to sing THIS song, you may receive a visit from Joulupukki, the Finnish Santa Claus.  Joulupukki usually brings a small gift and makes sure that all the kids have been good. My husband and all his siblings have continued this tradition in their own families.  Our kids now enjoy visits from Joulupukki each year.  The kids love it so much that by 2-3 years old they can sing the Joulupukki song by heart! Kat –  Every Christmas my family has a big fondue dinner.  There is usually upwards of 15 people that gather around about 5 fondue pots!  We love the cheese fondue and beef fondue but we have also recently introduced chicken and seafood in as well.  On top of this we have a variety of veggie side dishes and other foods that taste delicious with warm fondue cheese drizzled on top!  If anything drops on the floor we don’t have to worry because we have our cleanup duty (our dog Roxy) under the table on patrol at all times throughout the meal! After fondue we all gather around the tree and each pick 1 gift to open that night.  Once we are done opening the gifts, it is back to the table for dessert.  We have a chocolate fondue with fresh […]

2014 Holiday Gift Guide Contest

Melissa, December 5, 2014

This is the perfect contest for all the foodies out there!  Enter for your chance to win a prize pack full of cookbooks from all of our Gift Guide Chefs, a copy of our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and a $100 Wean Green gift certificate! a Rafflecopter giveaway

2014 Favourite Foodies!

Melissa, December 4, 2014

These amazing foodies have contribute their favourite recipes to Wean Green’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. And the festive recipes are spectacular! Check them out. Learn about them. Follow them. Love them!   Joy the Baker                            weelicious     Marni Wasserman                     Meghan Telpner     Annalissa Kapp     

Comfort Food Recipe – Italian Tortellini Soup

Melissa, December 4, 2014

I had the absolute privilege to live with my in-laws for the first year of my marriage (I know rare thing).  One of many things that my Mother-In Law (Mog- Mother of Gibb) taught me was to refine my non-existant cooking skills.  The whole family refers to her as the soup queen and this is one of my favorites.  Whenever I eat it, it reminds me of my very caring Mother-In-Law, who shows her love through food 🙂 Mog’s Italian Tortellini Soup 1 lb Italian sausage 1 cup coarsely copped onions 2 garlic cloves, sliced 5 cups beef broth 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup dry red wine or water 2 cups (4 medium) chopped, seeded, peeled tomatoes 1 cup thinly sliced carrots 1/2 tsp basil leaves 1/2 tsp oregano leaves 8 oz/ 213 ml cal tomato sauce 1 1/2 cups sliced zucchini 2 cups frozen tortellini 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 1 medium green pepper cut into 1/2 inch pieces Grated Parmesan and/or Mozzerella Brown sausage meat in soup pot; reserve 1 tbsp drippings.  Set browned meat aside.  Saute onions and garlic in reserved drippings until onions are tender.  Add beef broth, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano, tomato sauce and sausage.  Bring to boil, reduce heat; simmer uncovered 30 minutes.  Skim fat from soup.  Stir in zucchini tortellini, parsley, and green pepper.  Simmer, covered, an additional 35-40 minutes or until tortellini are tender.  Top with Parmesan cheese and Mozzerella.  makes 8 servings. If you batch cook, do not add tortellini’s until you are reheating it. I hope it warms your heart like it warms mine 🙂

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Melissa, December 3, 2014

It is here and it is wonderfully delicious! This year we decided to get our most loved foodies together to share their favourite holiday recipes with everyone. The result = my favourite gift guide yet! Don’t forget to watch for the contest to win this printed book as well as cookbooks from all of our contributors. A foodies dream gift! Click on the photo below to see the guide in full size. Looking for a little more inspiration for this gift giving season? Check out Wean Green’s Gift Guides from previous years! 2011- ‘Think Outside of the Cube‘ 2012- ‘Do-It-Yourself Master‘ 2013- ‘Stocking Stuffer Favourites‘  

TheBabyGuyNYC 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Melissa, December 1, 2014

TheBabyGuyNYC has just released his 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!  Check out what his favorite brands are this holiday season including Wean Green!    Click on the photo above to see the full guide!  

Comfort Food Recipe – Glazed Chicken

Melissa, November 27, 2014

  Ingredients: 1 lb chicken 1 beaten egg 1 cup flour 1/2 cup butter Glaze: 3 Tablespoons soya sauce 3 Tablespoons water 1/2 cup vinegar 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt Directions: Dredge the chicken in the flour Brown the chicken in the melted butter Cover chicken in glaze Bake at 350 for 30 to 45 minutes Enjoy!

Comfort Food Recipe – Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Melissa, November 20, 2014

In the winter there is nothing better than coming home to a plate of homemade spaghetti and meat sauce!  My mom always makes huge batches of this and freezes ahead of time so that we can enjoy is throughout the winter without having to make from scratch each time!  Here’s the recipe: Ingredients: 1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef 1/2 tsp sage 1 tsp oregano 1 tsp basil salt and pepper to taste 1 medium onion, finely chopped 15 large mushrooms, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 28oz (796 ml) can tomatoes, chopped 14oz (398 ml) can tomato sauce 5 1/2 oz (156 ml) tomato paste 1 tsp sugar Instructions: In a large heavy bottomed pot, brown meat with spices, onion, mushrooms and garlic until onion is soft.  Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, paste and sugar.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered, at least 1 hour.  Correct seasoning to taste.  Store in container and freeze.  

Comfort Food – Spinach Artichoke Pesto Pizza

Melissa, November 13, 2014

Winter Warming I am always a few weeks late on putting on my winter padding.  It takes some good, warm, comfort food to warm up these toes.  With temperatures well below zero throughout the winer I have become the Queen of Comfort Foods.  My masterpieces include an array of pastas, pizzas, stews, soups to casseroles!  Nearly half of my recipes were actually stolen from the real Queens (enter Grandma, Auntie, Mama, Sister and Weelicious among others).  To start this season off right I decided to share one of the recipes that I actually didn’t have to steal. Spinach Artichoke Pesto Pizza Ingredients: 1 pizza crust (I eat gluten free) 1/2 cup pesto (good recipe HERE) 1/2 cup chopped spinach 3/4 cup chopped artichoke hearts thinly sliced pepperoni 3/4 cup mozza pinch of parm Directions: Preheat oven to 400.  Spread the pesto over the pizza crust.  Add the spinach & artichoke hearts.  Sprinkle with cheeses and then add the pepperoni.  Bake for 10-15 minutes (if store bought crust bake according to their instructions).  Cool, slice and enjoy!!  

Comfort Food-Chickpea Stew

Melissa, November 4, 2014

There is something about a cool fall night, and a warm delicious stew…the two just go together perfectly. As a vegetarian family, I am always trying to come up with new and exciting meals for my family. Our meals are always made from scratch, with real food and usually get the two thumbs up from both the men in my life. Last fall, as we entered soup season in our home, I tried my hand at a new soup recipe using chickpeas. I had never used chickpeas in a soup before and thought, why not? So I got to work in the kitchen and what I created was better than a soup, it was a stew. It was delicious, filling and warming on a cool fall evening. I have passed this recipe around to a few families, it also makes an appearance in my book, Raising Happy Healthy Babies, and it always receives rave reviews. So, here it is for you today. If you find yourself needing something to warm you on a cool fall night or a cold winter day, give this chickpea stew a try, I am sure it won’t disappoint.   Chickpea Stew 1 tbsp coconut oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 carrots, chopped in bite size pieces 1 stalk celery, finely chopped 1 sweet potato, chopped in bite size pieces 1 cup frozen sweet corn 1 cup frozen peas 1 398mL can diced tomatoes 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth 2 tsp herb de Provence 2 cups chickpeas, cooked, or equivalent canned 1 cup short grain brown rice, rinsed ¼ cup parsley, chopped Heat oil over medium heat; add onion and sauté 3 to 4 minutes.  Add garlic, carrots, celery, sweet potato and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes. Add corn, peas, tomatoes, vegetable broth and herb de Provence and bring to a boil. Add rice, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 40 to 45 minutes, until rice is tender and chewy. During the last 15 minutes of cooking add the two cups of chickpeas. Remove from heat, add chopped parsley and serve. Hope you and your family enjoy it!

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