Everyday Mom's Meals: Carton Smart Christmas

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Carton Smart Christmas

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carton Smart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

What do you think would happen if every single person on this Earth made one small, but incredibly smart decision every single day? Sure, something that small might seem insignificant to us as individuals, but let's face it, the small things add up and pretty soon they can make a big impact! Tetra Pak applauds these small, but oh so smart decisions and the big difference they can make. And that's why this holiday season they are encouraging all of us to Become Carton Smart
Tetra Pak wants to inspire each of us to make small, smart decisions when cooking for our families and stocking our pantries throughout this holiday season. And these products from Pacific Foods, a company focusing on doing what is best for their customers, the environment, and their employees, are the perfect place to start! The starter pack is a great beginning to these smaller, smarter decisions. Included are: 
Pacific Foods Chicken Stock
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Pacific Foods Pumpkin Puree
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Pacific Foods Cranberry Sauce
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Tetra Pak® cartons are perfect for those living smartly because they are made of 70% paper, from selectively harvested, re-grown trees  that are Forest Stewardship Council certified. They use 1/3 of the packaging, compared to cans. Cartons are space saving, easy to store and easy to open. (I love that they don't take up a huge amount of space in my pantry, and are easily stackable too!) Plus, the unique packaging process preserves the flavor and nutrients of the food without the use of preservatives! They are recyclable and result in 60% landfill waste than cans. And finally, they are re-closable so you can use what you need and save the rest for later.

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With my starter pack I decided to swap out the Pumpkin Puree in one of my favorite recipes to make this time of the year. From a simple weeknight dessert to a yummy holiday party treat, this is the perfect, quick sweet treat. 

Pumpkin Fluff
1 (8 oz.) carton Pacific Foods Pumpkin Puree
1 small box instant vanilla pudding, dry
1 c. Cool Whip
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice*
In a medium bowl combine pumpkin puree and dry pudding mix. Stir well. Add pumpkin pie spice. Mix. Fold in Cool Whip to combine. Chill at least an hour before serving. Top with whipped cream if desired.
* To make pumpkin pie spice combine:
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
This will give you 1 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice. Use 1/2 for this recipe and store remainder in airtight container. 

For more info on being Carton Smart this holiday season, be sure to Tweet @CartonSmart and Follow #CartonSmart on Pinterest
How can you be #CartonSmart this holiday season? From using small, smart recipes that use ingredients in cartons or share some of your smartest holiday entertaining tips with me!
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