Tuesday, August 19, 2008

No More Plastics

Plastics is a big discussion lately! Why? Well... for very good reasons. Most plastics contain BPA?

What is BPA?
BPA or Bisphenol-a is a chemical used mostly in polycarbonate plastics (PC), which are used in: baby bottles, sippy cups, sports bottles, canned food / formula lining, and jar food lids.

Why should I avoid BPA?

Bisphenol-a is a known endocrine disruptor. Meaning it has estrogenic properties which, in recent animal tests has shown to cause a bevy of health problems such as; precancerous tumors uro-genital abnormalities in male babies, a decline in semen quality in males, early onset of puberty in females. Research is showing that plastic containers, mostly those used to hold liquids and foods, are leeching Bisphenol into the foods and liquids they are holding. Heating food and liquids with these plastics is shown to increase the leeching of this contaminate.

Bottom line: It’s icky and if you don’t want to chance it, there are ways to avoid it.

My SIL sent me a fun, stylish Klean Kanteen http://www.reusablebags.com/store/stainless-steel-klean-kanteen-c-19_25_35.html to take the place of my bottled water or my not so earth friendly cups I was using! I LOVE this water bottle. Dishwasher safe and durable, but don't forget the sleeve to go around it so it doesn't sweat!

I also bought my kids a Klean Kanteen and SIGG cup http://www.reusablebags.com/store/reusable-bottles-sigg-bottles-c-19_33.html to replace sippy cups when we are out and about.

Here are a few websites that have stylish BPA free water bottles:

Here are a few solutions to your traditional tupperware:

An alternative for baby bottles and training cups:



More confused than ever about how to choose the best bottles for your kids....Check out this site and it will help you step by step!


Have you changed your water bottles or other plastic items? What one do you use?

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Easy Chicken Pasta

Easy Chicken Pasta

What's For Supper Ya'll?

White Beans, Pasta and Chicken
8 ounces dried cavatappi, fusilli, rotini, ditaloni, or other short pasta tubes
1 15- to 19-ounce can cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
12 ounces cooked chicken, shredded
1/4 cup snipped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley sprigs (optional - I usually skip it)
Olive oil (optional - but I recommend at least a little for moisture)
1. In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions; drain well and set aside.
2. In a blender or food processor, combine 3/4 cup of the beans and the chicken broth. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Place bean puree in pan used for cooking the pasta; bring to boiling. Return pasta to pan.
3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook garlic in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil for 1 minute. Add tomatoes; cook for 1 minute. Add the remaining beans, shredded chicken, snipped parsley, pepper and salt. Heat through.
4. Add the tomato mixture to hot pasta; toss to cost. Top with parsley sprigs and additional olive oil. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.
Posted by Stacy Nelson, Easy Dinner Recipes.blogspot.com

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