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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Be #CartonSmart This Holiday Season

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carton Smart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I recently received the opportunity to review a great new product, Tetra Pak cartons from Pacific Foods. Now some of your favorite foods, vegetables, stocks, etc. can be found in these cartons instead of cans. I can’t wait for you to see what it means to Become Carton Smart.
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With the Holiday season upon us, I have been baking and cooking up a storm. And I still have to cook everyday meals for the rest of the week! That's why I love this go-to recipe for just this time for year. It's filling and perfect for when you have been cooking, cleaning, or shopping all day and just don't feel like making dinner. What I love are quick easy solutions, what I dislike are are canned messes that leave you with a metallic taste.
One of my go-to easy recipes is Creamy Crock Pot Spaghetti.
Creamy Crock Pot Spaghetti Recipe with SmartCarton
Super easy to make between the hustle and bustle of the season and very yummy. Creamy Crock Pot Spaghetti requires chicken stock and since I received some Organic Chicken Stock to review, I thought this recipe would be a perfect opportunity to test it out.
Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Stock
A little product info about why Tetra Pak cartons are pantry stables for those that enjoy living smart:
• Tetra Pak® cartons are made of 70% paper, a renewable resource, from selectively harvested, re-grown trees that are FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council).
• Cartons use 1/3 of the packaging compared to cans.
• Cartons are space saving, stackable, easy to store and open. Keep your pantry neat and toss your can openers!
• The unique packaging process preserves the flavor and nutrients of food without the use of preservatives. Product quality is exactly the way it was intended to be.
• Recycleable and in fact result in 60% less landfill waste than cans.
• Cartons are re-closable so you can use what you need and save the rest for later.
And since I have been trying to reduce my families chemical intake, I felt these are a perfect solution!
Here is what I received from Pacific Foods:
Pacific Foods
As you can see, I also received Pacific Foods Pumpkin Puree which I used to make my first ever Pumpkin Pie and Pacific Foods Cranberry Sauce that was super easy to open! I brought the Cranberry Sauce to my mother's house for after Christmas dinner and everyone loved it!
Check out this fun infographic to learn more!
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  1. I'm so happy to say that while I'm reading this the baby's sippy cup is full of Pacific Almond unsweetened vanilla organic milk, my daughter's eating cereal full of the same milk and my coffee's got the same too. Pacific is the BEST!

  2. Yum! I haven't thought to do crockpot spaghetti yet. I also did the carton smart campaign and since then I've been noticing tetrapaks EVERYWHERE!

    If you're interested, here is what I posted about:

  3. That's pretty cool! Organic food items AND recyclable packaging: That's what I'm talking about!

  4. I love how you spread the word on taking care of our environment and how to live organic and still eat some yummy food! :)

  5. I really want to try the Creamy Crockpot spaghetti. I've heard of crockpot spaghetti and this looks really good. I like the idea of thinking more about what your foods are packaged in!

  6. I never would have thought of spaghetti in a crock pot but this sounds intriguing and I would love to give it a try

  7. I cook my spaghetti in a crock pot, for awhile I thought I was the only one! I think it turns out so much better!

  8. That's pretty cool! Organic food items AND recyclable packaging

  9. I love their spicy black bean and kale soup. I'm vegan and they have a NUMBER of vegan options (including nut milks).

  10. I love this information on the cartons, I didn't know at all that they are so much better than other kinds of packaging. Pacific makes one of my favorite soups, the roasted red pepper tomato.

  11. Cassandra Madsen3/31/2014 12:54:00 PM

    I love the Pacific brand, feels so good to buy!

  12. I have used these carton items and I like the chicken stock to make my Crockpot chicken noodle soup. All of these products are great to use, and I got such a good deal on them at the grocery outlet!

  13. Thanks for explaining about this type of packaging.

  14. I love Pacific Organic soups and broths - and the packaging is part of what makes the brand so special!

  15. i love Pacific! yummy

  16. Most people would never know that this sort of thing is happening. We use chicken stock from the carton as well as rice milk.

  17. I never knew that the Tetra Pak cartons were eco-friendly! That's great! I love Pacific products, especially their Butternut squash soup..Mmm. Never knew they made a pumpkin puree- I'll have to try that!

  18. my wife uses pacific stock for all the cooking. chicken stock, beef stock, good stuff!

  19. I just read the comment of Pacific's Roasted Red Pepper soup; I must find it. I think these Tetrapaks are a great idea

  20. Pacific has great products. This post made me hungry for Thanksgiving food! I'll have to try these products when November tolls around. Cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie are my favorites!

  21. i buy lots of things in cartons because i think they last longer and are easier to store. i love the pacific brand as well because they make a lot of items in cartons.

  22. I've been using Pacific soups in a carton, and they are so much nicer than canned soups!

  23. I am not familiar with this brand, but I will say that the organic cranberry sauce looks fabulous!

  24. From your review and seeing all the comments here, I will be getting some of this and the spaghetti would be something I could do for the kids. They love spaghetti and I think the cream cheese in it would make it even better

  25. Wow this is really great I can be Carton smart by reusing the carton too, making little gift baskets with candy for the kids class and even pencil holders, plus enjoying a tasty meal. Love i.

  26. I will have to see if they are in my area!! I don't think Ive seen Pacific before!! Looks like they have just about everything this lady needs ;)

  27. I think we have to be carton smart to help save the environment all the time. We cannot wait for a holiday, we need to practice every day.


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