Yearly Archives: 2014

WG’s Favoirite Marni Wasserman Recipes

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

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!

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

  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

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

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

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!

LitterLESS…. Halloween?!?

In my 194 days of LitterLESS Lunches I have ran into a stumbling block….aka Halloween. Even the ‘healthier’ options are all pre-packed (for some reasons that I do understand). This got me thinking of parties in the classrooms. While we are all working hard on keeping our lunches LitterLESS what about events like Halloween? I know that in my daughter’s class a sign up sheet went out for food items as well as ‘napkins’ ‘disposable plates’. Why not just ask parents to bring in a ‘reusable container’? This would also double to get rid of some of the food waste as well (have you ever seen a six year old walk up to a buffet and only serve themselves what they were going to eat). They could enjoy goodies from their friends’ homes, choose their favourites and bring home anything they didn’t eat! Brilliant;) Ha! I do encourage you to look at ways to green your Halloween. Here are a few good sites and reads for a greener Halloween: Green Halloween Not So Scary Halloween Treats 10 Sweet Tips for an Eco-Friendly Halloween Eco-Friendly Halloween by Inhabitots 13 Healthy Halloween Treats Your Kids will Devour I hope your 194 days of LitterLESS Lunches has been rocking! I’d love to hear what you’ve been packing-please feel free to share on the 194 Days of LitterLESS Lunches post!

Wean Idea-Tea Leaves

Keep your tea leaves as fresh as the day you bought them. Even better, bring them to the store and have them fill your containers directly to avoid the wasteful packaging they come in!

The Great Canadian GIVEAWAY!

  In celebration of Canadian Thanksgiving we have put together The Great Canadian Giveaway – prizes from some of our fav Canadian Companies! How to enter:  Post a picture or share a story about how your family acts like Canadians! Some examples include pouring maple syrup on anything, wearing toques anytime of year and living in an igloo. Note: Canadian companies will be closed on October 13th to give thanks to all that is Canadian! Contest open to anyone that can show some Canadian pride in the countries of US & Canada. ENTER HERE October 10-14th

Preserving Nutrients in Fruits & Vegetables

As you discover the benefits of making your babies food in your own kitchen you need to be aware of how to best keep the nutrients locked into those fruits and veggies. While my mother, her mother, her mother’s mother (you get the picture) have always told me to boil all my fruits and veggies when preparing them for my babies, there are actually better ways to prepare them to ensure that the nutrients stay locked into these wholesome meals. Check out the lists below for the best way to retain the nutrients in fruits and vegetables. Note: Microwaving doesn’t even come close to the best way to prepare babies food! Best Served Fresh avocados, bananas, blueberries, cantaloupe, melons, cherries, oranges, grapes, kiwi, papaya, pears, strawberries, cucumber, Best Steamed apples, mango, plums, prunes, asparagus, broccoli, beets, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, parsnips, peas, spinach, summer squash, tomatoes, Best Baked apricots, peaches, nectarines, pumpkins, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, turnips Best Boiled cranberries, green beans, lentils, dried beans, corn,

Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen (no we are not convicts but these foods are!)  Sometimes purchasing organic foods is not available for certain foods at certain times.  If you choose to purchase ‘regular’ foods instead of ‘organic’ beware of the dirty dozen! The dirty dozen list is a list of the highest pesticide residues in produce.  It includes: PEACHES, APPLES, SWEET BELL PEPPERS, CELERY, NECTARINES, STRAWBERRIES, CHERRIES, PEARS, IMPORTED GRAPES, SPINACH, LETTUCE, POTATOES The Environmental Working Group has a great article about the infamous Dirty Dozen, check it out:

Get SET! Weelicious CONTEST

    Back 2 School means packing lunches. We have lots of EMPTY containers and weelicious gives us yummy recipes to FILL them.  Be SET for litterless lunches this year! ENTER CONTEST HERE!  

Eco Friendly School Supplies

The most eco friendly school supplies you can send your child to school with this year? Their school supplies from last year! If they have completely destroyed that opportunity (as mine have) make sure you are aware of what evil chemicals can lurk in the school supplies you send. Here are some awesome back 2 school school supplies that don’t involve chopping down the rainforest or bathing the class in nasty toxins. Top Ten ‘Must Haves’ for an Eco Friendly School Year: [SlideDeck id=’2353′ width=’100%’ height=’300px’]