Be Merry and #CartonSmart this Holiday Season

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carton Smart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
If every single person makes one small change in their daily lives, collectively we can make a huge positive impact on our world. Tetra Pak encourages all of us to Become Carton Smart and make a smart choice this holiday season by choosing foods packaged in cartons when filling our pantries and feeding our families. Pacific Foods is a brand that is committed to doing the right thing for you and me, the environment, and their employees. They have a huge selection of pantry-stable foods, from chicken stock to pumpkin puree and cranberry sauce, all of which I received to create a holiday meal.
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Tetra Pak cartons are made of 70% paper, a renewable resource, from selectively harvested, regrown trees that are FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council). Cartons use only 1/3 of the packaging compared to cans, or even an egg! Cartons are also recyclable and result in 60% less landfill waste than cans. The unique packaging process preserves flavor and nutrients without the use of preservatives.
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Cartons are so easy to store because they take up less room and are even stackable in my pantry. I was very pleasantly surprised to discover they are very easy to open too! They are also recloseable so I can use just what I need, then store the rest in the fridge right in the carton.
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I used my Pacific Foods Pumpkin Puree to create White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins that are incredibly moist and delicious. I mixed a 18oz white cake box mix with the carton of Pumpkin Puree, plus 1 tsp ground Saigon cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, and 3 tsp white sugar. Then I folded one cup of white chocolate chips into the batter.
Then I sprayed some cooking oil on a muffin pan, preheated my oven to 350 degrees F, and spoon-scooped the pumpkin batter into the pan. The Pumpkin Puree is wonderfully thick and so fresh! I baked them for 25 minutes and my house smelled amazing.
They came out so delicious-looking that it was hard to let them just sit there on the counter to cool down. When my husband and my son got home, it was decided we were having dessert first. They are so moist and simply dreamy!
I made Garlic Chicken with the Pacific Foods Chicken Stock. I poured the entire carton into a 9"x13" baking pan, stirred in a tablespoon of chicken rub spice, placed five boneless chicken pieces into the Chicken Stock, then sprinkled chicken rub on each piece. I chopped half a white onion and added the pieces around the chicken, sprinkled some minced garlic on top of each chicken piece, then covered the pan with foil and baked at 350 for an hour. The Garlic Chicken was incredibly juicy and very tasty!
I whipped up a five minute stuffing as our bread side and simply opened the carton of Pacific Foods Cranberry Sauce for our fruit side. It slid right out of the carton onto the plate and all I had to do was slice it. I'm not one to eat much cranberry but this Cranberry Sauce is awesome. It was a simple and delicious meal, with no leftovers, to celebrate my son arriving home from college for the holiday break!
You can be Carton Smart too! First you can Follow #CartonSmart on Pinterest and Tweet @CartonSmart then shop your local store for Pacific Foods packaged in Tetra Pak cartons. Share your #CartonSmart holiday feast! What will YOU make? Do you have smart entertaining tips for great tasting foods with little waste? I'd love to hear your ideas!
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