Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Get #CartonSmart with Tetra Paks from Pacific Foods @CartonSmart #Spon

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Get #CartonSmart with Tetra Paks from Pacific Foods @CartonSmart #Spon

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carton Smart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
 
As I look out my window today, I see a sea of white. My town is buried in snow right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t live a green lifestyle! My family makes the effort every day to reduce our carbon footprint. Teaching my girls about taking care of our planet is very important to me, and I believe it can be done easily by taking even the smallest steps each day. Taking canvas bags to the grocery store, carpooling, and recycling are some of the small ways in which we try to make that effort. As a consumer, I try my hardest to be environmentally responsible, but I also feel that brands and companies need to do their part in producing products and packaging that aren’t damaging to the planet. That’s why I love Tetra Pak cartons. Just by using Tetra Pak cartons in the kitchen, I am taking small steps to reduce the amount of packaging my family uses every day. While it may not be a huge gesture, Tetra Pak knows that when we collectively make the effort to live smarter, it all adds up to making a huge difference in keeping our planet clean.

Tetra Pak cartons are great for keeping pantry staples on hand. Since they are made of 70% paper, a renewable resource, from selectively harvested, re-grown trees that are FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council), and only use 1/3 of the packaging compared to cans (or even an egg!), they are perfect for those who want to live a smarter, greener life. Each carton is recyclable, resulting in 60% less landfill waste than cans. Since they are re-closable, you only use what you need, while safely being able to store the remainder for use at another time, you aren’t stuck wasting packaging or money on trashed product! That keeps packaging out of the landfills and more green in your wallet!

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Pacific Foods offers many delicious food options with the Tetra Pak cartons.  Pacific Foods Chicken Stock, Pumpkin Puree, and Cranberry Sauce are just a few of the items you can get in a Tetra Pak carton, but did you know that so many other foods are available in cartons as well? Pasta, beans, and gravy all come in carton form too! What is nice about keeping these items in the pantry is they are stackable and space saving. The unique packaging process preserves the flavor and nutrients of the food without the use of preservatives, so you are getting a high quality product, just the way it was intended to be. Pacific Foods are organic, never made with the use of chemicals, nor do they need refrigeration, which saves on energy too!

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I was sent some delicious products from Pacific Foods with the Tetra Pak Cartons to sample with my family.


One of my favorite dishes is Sausage Mushroom Risotto. Made with Pacific Foods Chicken Stock, it is chock full of the flavor my family loves, without the packaging waste we don’t love.



Sausage Mushroom Risotto

Ingredients:

6 Cups Pacific Foods Chicken Stock
1 lb ground sausage
3 tbs olive oil
1 lb portobello mushrooms, sliced
1 lb white mushrooms, sliced
1 and 1/2 cups Arborio Rice
1/2 cup white cooking wine
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
4 tbs butter
black pepper to taste

Directions:

In a large skillet, heat sausage over medium heat, breaking pieces with a wooden spoon. Heat until fully cooked. Drain off grease, set aside.

Warm 2 tbs olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Stir in the mushrooms and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Remove mushrooms and set aside.

Add 1 tbs olive oil to skillet. Add rice, stirring to coat with oil, about 2 minutes. When the rice has turned a golden color, pour in the wine, stirring constantly until the wine is fully absorbed. Add 1/2 cup of the stock to the rice, and stir until it is absorbed. Continue adding 1/2 cup of stock at a time, stirring continuously until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is al dente, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove from heat. Stir in mushrooms, sausage, butter, and Parmesan cheese. Season with black pepper, to taste.



Sometimes I don't finish off a whole carton, so I just love this little re-closable seal on top! It will keep my stock fresh for my next use!

This New Year, plan to do better for yourself and the environment. Become Carton Smart. If you would like more information on how to do just that, Follow #CartonSmart on Pinterest and Tweet @CartonSmart.

Are you Carton Smart? I would love to hear your ideas on more ways to become Carton Smart this year!
 

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43 comments:

  1. Carton Smart is so smart about their packaging. It's not only good but also environmentally smart.

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  2. food packaging is very decisive, whether it's food or not easily contaminated with bacteria, and one carton packaging material is good enough to be used as a solution. btw-very tempting recipe to try at home....keep happy blogging always...greetings from makassar - indonesia :-)

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  3. I've never heard of Tetra Pak cartons, but I love the idea of them. I mean, who needs needless waste, right?

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  4. we use a lot of Tetra Pak packed products in my country, from juices to cream, yoghurts and milk.

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  5. That Risotto looks and sounds delicious!

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  6. Cutting down on the waste is sure helpful indeed

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  7. I love the tetra pak cartions and I love that those ones have a resealable top! That recipe looks SOO tasty..something that would be perfect for a cold, snowy day like today :)

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  8. There are some products I buy at Trader Joe's that have this type of packaging... LOVE it. I love the soups they have there with the resealable tops. I would love it if other companies started being more CartonSmart.

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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  9. Now, you know me and I don't like food blogs or recipe stuff or cooking in general but I do eat Pacific brand things at times. I am very jazzed about that cranberry sauce. I will have to look into that. and THAT IS HILARIOUS (putting the 'hot' in scarf! lol).

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  10. Seems like they have a lot of great products. I'm really checking out that cranberry sauce, I'm going to have to check out the Pacific brand. Love the resealable packaging as well. Totally genius!

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  11. They sound like they make great products

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  12. i must admit i am not very green--but i liked these product ideas and the recipe looked scrumptious!

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  13. i made chicken soup with the broth so good

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  14. The organic pumpkin puree looks perfect for a yummy pumpkin bar recipe that i have been wanting to try!

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  15. It sounds great and like they are really good! I will have to check them out thanks!

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  16. I've never heard of these products specifically, but I like the general idea! And that sausage mushroom risotto looks amazing!!!

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  17. I have used these products before, I love the packaging.

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  18. The sausage mushroom risotto looks so good that I want to try now! Thanks for sharing the recipe which I'm sure my family will surely love. I agree with tetra paks, it is smart and safe!

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  19. I have seen that packaging in stores but honestly have not purchased any--but then I never saw the jellied cranberry---I will be actively seeking that out and will purchase in the tetra pack!

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  20. We are big risotto fans so that looks delicious. I like those types of cartons too-less wasteful.

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  21. I stared using tetra packaging for any foods that I can find them in months ago when I learned of them. I love that they are coming out and it makes things healthier. I can not wait to try that recipe - it looks so good.

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  22. This looks really good! I don't eat sausage though

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  23. Looks like you got something good.

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  24. Yummy. I am all into Organic products. They are a little on the pricey side but have a superior taste.

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  25. Tetra packs are an amazing invention. And that risotto looks sooooo good. I so want to try it out. Thank you for sharing!

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  26. Organic products are great! I try to use as much as possible

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  27. Never heard of these but they sound great i would love to try them.

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  28. I need to use stock more in my cooking. I actually have some but never end up using it. lol

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  29. i love these products and the broth makes the best soups

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  30. I would love to try the jellied cranberry sauce! The dish you made looks so good, makes me hungry.

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  31. I've never heard of these but they sure do look yummy. I would have to give them a try. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. I have never tried this brand before. But I would love to. Going to look for them at the stores!

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  33. I like the idea of Tetra paks. I've seen it in some soups and milk. The pumpkin puree sounds delicious!

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  34. I've never had risotto... I really should try it. That recipe looks awesome! The pumpkin puree could save me when making pumpkin pie too!

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  35. Yum, that looks good. Haven't heard of this brand either I wish the store would cover more products like this. We need better healthy foods on the shelf

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  36. I love the Tetra Paks. You can make some awesome pumpkin pie with that pumpkin puree, too.

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  37. I'm that person with a huge bundle of canvas shopping bags in the back of my car that I remember only as I load up my heavily laden plastic bags to head home. I really need to get better about doing more than just recycling. Good to know about Tetra Paks!

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  38. Ever since we got our huge green bin to recycle, we have been doing it more and more. I love the fact that their cartons are recyclable.

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  39. That recipe sounds yummy!

    I made a meal tonight. This has been the first evening since Tuesday that we've had water. I made Chicken Bitki, peas and oranges. I love having water once again. :)

    I'll have to try your recipe out.

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  40. I need to go check out their chicken stock and see all it contains. I have been looking for a stock with no yeast or sugars. Yummm to the recipe.

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  41. (Sausage Mushroom Risotto) My brother and I made some just mushroom risotto this past fall, and man did it ever turn out good. Oh, and when making this practice makes perfect, it can be some what tricky.

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  42. (Sausage Mushroom Risotto) My brother and I made some just mushroom risotto this past fall, and man did it ever turn out good. Oh, and when making this practice makes perfect, it can be some what tricky.

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  43. I love Pacific Foods broths - they are sooo good and of course I love the packaging. This recipe sounds delish, I'd like to try making it!

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Thanks for your comments! I appreciate every one of them :)

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