This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carton Smart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Can one person make a difference? Sometimes it can feel like one person making one choice doesn’t matter but it can! Small decisions can add up and Tetra Pak applauds the thousands of small decisions made that add up to make a big difference. Tetra Pak is the makers of carton packaging. The packages are design not only for environmental friendliness but also for efficiency – one small way to live smarter.
So why chose products packaged in Tera Pak cartons?
- They are made of 70% paper, a renewable resource, fro selectively harvested, re-grown trees that are FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council)
- These cartons use 1/3 of the packaging compared to cans
- They save space and are easy to open and store.
- The packaging process preserves the flavors and nutrients without the use of preservatives.
- They are recycleable and result in 60% less lanfill waste than cans
- The cartons are reclosable so you can use what you need and save the rest for later.
This holiday season, Tetra Pak would love for each of us to Become Carton Smart and make a small decision to swap out one ingredient in a favorite seasonal recipe for a product packaged in Tetra Pak packaging.
You could use Pasicifc Foods Organic Pumpkin Puree for your classic pumpkin Pie.
Or use Pacific Foods Oragnic Jellied Cranberry Sauce for your must have cranberry loaf at the Thanksgiving table.
One of my favorite dinner items to make this time of year is chicken noodle soup. So, I chose to use Pacific Foods Organic Simply Chicken Broth to make tortellini chicken soup. I it changes things up a bit by using tortellini in place of regular egg noodles and then complimeted it with some italian spices. It was a fun change from my usual recipe.
In the spirit of the holiday season, Tetra Pak is also giving one lucky reader a $500 Visa gift card along with a $500 donation to the winner’s charity of choice. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post sharing your small, smart recipes that use ingredients in cartons or “smart” entertaining tips that produce great tasting food with little waste. You have until at 11:59 p.m. EST on January 1, 2014 to enter.
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 4 carrots, diced
- 4 stalks of celery, diced
- 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 bay leaf
- 12 cups of chicken broth
- 1 (16 oz) pkg. cheese tortellini (fresh or frozen)
- 2 bouillon cubes
- salt and pepper to taste
- shredded parmesan cheese, optional for serving
- 4 cups shredded cooked chicken
- In a stock pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, carrots, celery, Italian seasoning, and bay leaf. Cook until vegetables are tender.
- Add the chicken broth and bouillon to the pot and bring to a boil.
- Add tortellini and simmer for 5 minutes or so until tortellini is tender.
- Add cooked chicken and simmer for a couple of minutes until heated through.
- Serve topped with parmesan cheese if desired. Serves 8-10.