The Keurig 2.0 Brewing System

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This post was sponsored by Keurig.  All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.

If you’re a coffee lover, you’re going to be ecstatic about the Keurig 2.0 Brewing System.

Actually, even if you’re not a coffee lover (like me), you’ll find good use for your Keurig. I did! Get ready to make terrific hot and cold beverages from the most advanced beverage system Keurig has ever built.

If you’re novice to the world of Keurig, say goodbye to messy coffee grounds and filters. With the use of handy “K-Cups,” this machine neatly brews a perfect cup of coffee, tea, hot cocoa or iced beverage in under one minute–simply at the touch of a button. It also accommodates three different cup sizes for your drinking preferences.

So, I guess you’re wondering if this appliance can get any better? Of course.

The Keurig 2.0 is the first Keurig brewer with the ability to brew both single cup and four-cup carafe coffee.
So whether you’re trying to accommodate a group of people at a meeting, you’re hosting a dinner party or you simply want a single-serve drink, your needs are met.

I first laid eyes on the Keurig 2.0 at the Kidvuz Holiday Party back in December.  I was treated to a hot cup of hot chocolate as I talked to some of the brand representatives.  I was surprised to hear that this machine can brew more than 400 beverage varieties (including both hot and iced beverages) from 60+ celebrated brands including, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Snapple, Lipton, Swiss Miss and more (look for Keurig Brewed® seal). This feature is especially advantageous for families. My son and daughter were able to enjoy Keurig-brewed cups of hot chocolate and immediately after, my husband brewed a carafe of coffee— all in under one minute. Because of this versatility, we’ve given this appliance sacred placement on our all-too-small kitchen counter.

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The new brewer features advanced technology that reads each K-cup lid to insure that it delivers a perfect beverage every single time.  This helps Keurig deliver on its consumer commitment to produce excellent quality beverages, simply and consistently.

Other brewer features include a 60-ounce water reservoir, 2.4 inch interactive black and white touch display, and a strength control setting for brewing bolder coffee.

Check out this video to see for yourself:

From the moment I received my Keurig this past weekend, we ran out to our local Starbuck’s (which is thankfully only one short block away here in NYC) and stocked our kitchen drawer with K-Cups.  Next up, we’re going to sample the iced tea K-cups.  Ah,the brewing possibilities seem endless.

keurig2.0our kitchen drawer packed with K-Cups!

For more product information, you can go to www.keurig.com.

 

Turkey and Chickpea Stew

Turkey and Chickpea Stew

While we haven’t had much snow on the east coast, it is still winter.  For my family, that translates to meals that are comforting and filling.  As you might’ve imagined, my slow cooker has been put into overdrive and I feel as though baking in the oven adds another much-needed layer of heat for my apartment.

There isn’t a week that goes by without some sort of casserole or stew being designed.  There should be no intimidation factor here.  Most casseroles and stews are hassle-free to make.  As long as you’re comfortable using a knife, you should be all set.

I love this Turkey and Chickpea stew recipe from Seriously Soupy.  It’s simple and less labor intensive- requiring absolutely no chopping and dicing of the classic vegetables and potatoes.

It’s best, like every stew and soup, served with a nice warm slice of bread on the side.  And, it can keep in the freezer for up to a week!!

So, maybe you’ll get your stew on this weekend with your family?  This one won’t disappoint.

 

Fried Cauliflower Rice

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If you go online and search for rice-based recipes, there are myriad options. It’s totally overwhelming.

Did you know there are more than 40,000 different rice varieties? However, in my research online, I kept finding different variations of one recipe that totally peaked my interest: Cauliflower Fried Rice.

At first I mistakenly thought the recipe was a rice dish with bits of roasted cauliflower—a vegetable that is totally underrated in my household. However, Cauliflower Rice doesn’t contain rice at all. The “rice” part of the dish is simply cauliflower that’s been placed in a food processor and ground down to bits the size of rice.

This dish is phenomenal. The best part is that it’s also guilt-free. That’s right. It’s low-carb and gluten-free but, so flavorful and filling.

The cauliflower bits combined with the smoky-flavored crunch of the bacon and flavor of the eggs, garlic, carrots, green onions and cashews is nothing short of wonderful.

I had a bowlful for lunch and dinner too. One head of cauliflower makes at least 5-6 heaping servings.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with other add-on veggies like broccoli florets or even diced zucchini.

I KNOW you will enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flounder in Lemon Butter Sauce

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Back to reality.

Back to schedules.

Back to meal planning.

I took a nice long-two week vacation from making dinners 4-5 nights a week and it was wonderful. Not having to worry about meal planning on a tight weeknight schedule was such a stress relief. However, no sooner did I unpack our bags that I felt the pressure seep back in.

I figured I’d ease myself into the dinnertime routine.

Last night, I made one of Mom’s simplest recipes: Flounder in Lemon Butter. I knew my daughter wouldn’t be home for dinner so that gave me the latitude to delve into a fish dish for my son. Plus, we were just a table of two for dinner, which is so easy when you’re purchasing individual fillets of fish.

There are no curve balls here my friends. The Flounder in Lemon Butter recipe is exactly that: a flounder fillet with melted lemon and butter sauce on top. Then, you simply stick it in your oven and let it bake for 25-30 minutes. The dish was light and tasty and paired perfectly with our favorite kale salad. I purchased two local fillets from the market. They’re on the cheaper end so you won’t be breaking the bank like you would for tuna fillets.

Feel free to get experimental with the toppings. While I only used lemon and butter, some parmesan cheese, garlic, capers, etc… would render a wonderfully tasty fillet as well.

 

 

 

 

 

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