“Be Carton Smart This Thanksgiving”

This post brought to you by Carton Smart. All opinions are 100% mine.

For years, my favorite holiday dishes have taken the heat off the turkey, and turned it up on the sides.  I have been a vegetarian for over 15 years and can't remember the last holiday that allowed a bird to be my centerpiece.  With that in mind, I have always tried to make equally as conscious decisions about the food I bring to the table.  Although I don't expect everyone in my family to consider their earthly impact at holiday time, I make sure that my meal is guilt free.

I always spend some time dressing up whatever meat alternative roast I decided on that year.  I don't eat too many "mock meat" products and try to go pretty natural with fresh vegetables, holiday times are a time to indulge!  In addition to some of my favorite fresh vegetables, you can never go wrong with the cranberry sauce.  Cranberry sauce has always been a welcome and tasteful addition to my vegetable plates.  The sweet and tart flavor pairs well with hearty and rich vegetables, fake turkey, or even the real stuff for my carnivorous family members.  Pacific Foods Organic Jellied Cranberry Sauce, has definitely become the right choice, that can make me feel good bringing it to the table.  The ingredient list is short enough for you to know its quality.  It's taste is supreme without all the added preservatives and other junk.  Most of all, the packaging is simple and sustainable.  Using 1/3 of the packaging compared to a can, Pacific Foods Organic Jellied Cranberry Sauce comes in a Tetra Pak® carton, that is made of 70% paper, from selectively harvested, re-grown trees and its entirely recyclable.  If you aren't feeling the love now, you might never! 

Cartons help save space, they are easy to store and you don't even need a can opener.  I know that the last thing I want to fool with on Thanksgiving day are my faulty can openers.  Yes, I have more than one that doesn't work well, what can I say?

When we are considering the things that we are thankful for, I like to leave the world with a little thank you as well.  I try and keep it clean, live sustainably, recycle, and eat healthy for myself and for our earth.  Pacific Foods is making it awfully easy for me to do just that. 

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Become Carton Smart and learn about the packaging that results in 60% less waste in the landfill. 

Pacific Foods has good quality products like the Organic Chicken Simply Stock:

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Organic Pumpkin Puree:

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Organic Jellied Cranberry Sauce:

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Now, for what I am also thankful for, Pumpkin Pie!  Good thing I can count of Pacific Foods for that as well, by enjoying their Pacific Foods Organic Pumpkin Puree!  Enjoy this Vegan Pumpkin Pie recipe on me!



  • 1 package 14oz silken (soft) tofu
  • 1 16 Pacific Foods Organic Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp molasses
  • 1 pre-made pie crust


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all ingredients, except for pie crust, in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into your pie crust.

Bake for one hour.

Chill before serving and top with a non dairy whipped cream or ice cream of your choice.  (Non vegans can use the real stuff)

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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…or even an egg! 
• Cartons are space saving, easy to store and open. Keep your pantry neat and toss your can openers. , stackable and space saving. 
• 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.

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  • Lisa Brown on November 11, 2013

    I would definitely use the carton pureed pumpkin and make a pumpkin spiced smoothie. I have used their pumpkin before and it’s great.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  • Mami2jcn on November 11, 2013

    We always make turkey sandwiches with the leftover Thanksgiving turkey, so nothing is wasted.

  • Jessie C. on November 12, 2013

    We like using carton miso broth to make quick noodle tofu soup.

  • Ashley H on November 13, 2013

    I use beef broth in a carton to make roast beef for holiday dinner.

  • Carolsue on November 14, 2013

    I make Turkey Tortilla Soup like this:
    3 cans of Rotel, 2 cans Mexicorn, 2 can black beans drained, 1/2 pkg taco seasoning, 2 cups leftover shredded turkey & a carton of chicken broth
    This uses cartons AND leftover holiday turkey to save waste!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net
    P.S. The rules say, “To enter, leave a comment on your blog sharing …..”
    Do they mean THIS blog or MY blog?

  • Neiddy on November 15, 2013

    I like using leftover chicken to make Arroz con Pollo, my family loves it and I get to stretch leftovers even further. Iā€™d use Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Stock to make this delicious recipe.
    Arroz con pollo ā€“ Chicken with rice
    Ingredients: leftover cooked chicken,1 cup rice,3 cups chicken stock,mixed veggies,1/2 onion, 1/2 green bell pepper,1 tomato, 2 cloves garlic,1tbsp butter, 1 chicken bouillon cube, salt and pepper.
    Directions:In a skillet saute onion, tomato, bell pepper and garlic. Add the rice and when it begins to turn gold add the chicken, mixed veggies, bouillon cube and chicken broth.Stir gently and reduce the heat to low. Cover the pan and cook until the liquid is absorbed.

  • ELIZA ELLIOT on November 17, 2013

    I use cloth napkins to reduce waste -it also gives a formal feel to my dinner. We use washable dinner and service-ware and I love to use these cartons ā€“ they do taste fresher and I make multiple recipes so that nothing is wasted. I use the organic pumpkin puree for my pumpkin recipe too! truckredford(at)Gmail(dot)com

  • Julie on November 18, 2013

    I use chicken broth from cartons in my stuffing
    thanks for the giveaway


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