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    Coffee Two-Ways with Keurig K-Duo

    September 9th, 2019

    Coffee is an every day thing for many of us but sometimes there is little time for it. Keurig® has come out with a new appliance that works in a way that helps the household in many ways. The Keurig® K-Duo can save everyone money by in many ways. Check out the link at the end to know how to purchase this awesome coffeemaker.


    Coffee time

    Our mornings start as soon as the kids are up and the coffee is brewed. As many times as I try to schedule the coffee to be ready in the mornings, I usually forget. My husband is usually the same so if there are mornings we have no coffee, it can be seriously dangerous.

    After that, having any coffee is futile. I can only focus on getting the kids their breakfast and getting them to school. Once 10:00 rolls around, it is virtually impossible. Does anyone go through the same issue? Sometimes I fool myself thinking it is okay to reheat coffee from the previous day. I get scolded. Amusing yet?

    Keurig K-Duo Essentials Coffee Maker

    We have been long time fans of Keurig®but it has been a few years since we have purchased a new appliance. My husband’s Keurig®at the office keeps his coffee drinking in order while my Keurig®Rivo works like a gem making espresso, cappuccinos and lattes.

    Keurig® K-Duo Essentials™ Coffee Maker can serve two purposes and it includes a K-Cup® and brewing coffee with ground coffee. I was able to try the Green Mountain ground coffee and K-Cup® option and they were both comparable. On a busy morning, I inserted a K-Cup®pod and depending on my coffee mug size, I could make an 8-ounce, 10-ounce or 12-ounce cup of coffee.

    On another morning, I was able to use my travel mug to brew my 12 -ounce coffee before I left for my errands. It was quick and convenient.

    What about brewing coffee on a low-key day or evening when entertaining friends? The Keurig® K-Duo Essentials™ Coffee Maker can also brew coffee pretty quickly for 12 people. After having a dinner party a few days ago, I knew I was going to need one more pot of coffee and well, having an extra pot was GREAT!

    One of the great features of this coffee maker is the the pause & pour feature allowing the Keurig®
    K-Duo Essentials™ Coffee Maker to be paused in mid-brew for 20 seconds, so anyone can pour fresh, hot coffee right away.

    More Features

    There is really no clean-up fuss with this coffee maker. With an auto-off feature for both the brewer and heating plate, this energy-efficient coffee maker also contains a unique 60 oz. single reservoir that is shared between single serve and carafe brewing making refilling easy.

    When I have shared with friends about this appliance they are astounded at how affordable it is. The K-Duo Essentials™ Coffee Maker has wonderful options for the every day busy family and can only be purchased at Walmart. Check it out below:

     

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    Baked Turkey and Cheese Empanadas – Power Your Lunchbox

    September 3rd, 2019

    We are happy to see the school year start again even though we had a super fast summer. Back to school means a lot of planning and thinking of healthy meals for my family. If you struggle with this on a daily basis, do not worry! There are so many resources, like Produce for Kids, a cause marketing organization that creates programs that provide fun and easy recipes for busy families. In addition to these resources, Produce for Kids has partnered with 9 produce brands for the back-to-school initiative called Power Your Lunchbox. I will share what it is all about below.

    Pushing Past Picky

    Do you constantly struggle what to pack your kids for school because either it basically all comes back home or it is simply wasted? One of the biggest desires for my kids has been for them to learn how to eat and to basically choose what is good for their bodies. Is this to hard for a 7, 6 and 4 year old? Perhaps for the youngest, but it truly starts at home.

    When I started preparing foods when my girls were babies, I made sure at least 85% of everything I gave them was homemade. I also loved giving them a variety on their plate so they could savor and enjoy the fruits and veggies. I can truthfully say that my older girls can be very outspoken on what they do and do not like because they have tried them but either the consistency or flavor of some random fruit or veggie will not be the end of the world.

    Giving Choices

    I start with asking my girls what favorite meals they would love at lunch time and I make a list. I know my two girls love:

    • tuna fish and crackers
    • rice and beans
    • hummus and pretzels
    • peanut butter and jelly

    Other times I will surprise them and create something for them. What makes it even more fun is having a variety of color in a lunch box. If you do not have a bento box, you could vary lunches by using one like this one by Bentology. Each compartment can hold a fruit, veggie, protein, treat and perhaps a dip or healthy carb. If you do not use one, you can still pack a variety of small portions. These kids only have about 20 minutes to eat lunch so it should not be so complicated.

    This year I am introducing the Thermos food jar so I can send in their favorite soup, chili or leftovers.

    As I created a special recipe for my girls I decided to share the recipe with you.

    Baked Turkey and Cheese Empanadas - #poweryourlunchbox

    Power Your Lunchbox

    Produce for Kids has done a great job creating a space to inspire families and schools around. They want to see you create nutritious lunches and meals to make a healthier school year. Why don’t you join us and show us your creations using #poweryourlunchbox? Check out the website to see how you can support this initiative by finding kid-friendly and dietitian -approved lunchbox recipes.

    Power Your Lunchbox Sweepstakes

    This year, the program’s health-conscious brand partners have committed to providing 180,000* meals to Feeding America’s programs that impact families and children. These brands are:

    • Bee Sweet Citrus, Crispy Green®
    • GROW Bananas
    • Litehouse®
    • NatureFresh™ Farms
    • Pero Family Farms®
    • RealSweet®
    • WHOLLY® GUACAMOLE
    • Zespri® Kiwifruit

    *$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks

    Check out the website for ideas and at the same time check out the sweepstakes to win an Echo Show. Good luck!

    Baked Turkey and Cheese Empanadas - inside

    Baked Turkey and Cheese Empanadas

    Prep Time: 20 minutes

    Cook Time: 20 minutes

    Ingredients (serves 10)

    • 10 defrosted dough discs (Found in freezer section by Goya)
    • 8 ounces turkey deli, chopped
    • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
    • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
    • 1/2 cup black olives, sliced
    • egg wash (1 egg whipped)

    Instructions

    Remove dough discs from packaging. Preheat oven to 375F and begin assembling empanadas.

    Baked Turkey and Cheese Empanadas - prep

    Spread 1 Tablespoon of Dijon mustard in the dough disc. Add 1-2 Tablespoons chopped turkey, 2 Tablespoons of shredded cheese and 1 Tablespoon of sliced olives in the middle of the disc. Bring dough edges together and seal. Use a fork to finish sealing the edges.

    Baked Turkey and Cheese Empanadas - egg wash

    Repeat with the rest of the dough. Place the empanadas on the baking sheet about 1 inch apart and brush each empanada with egg wash. Bake for 20 minutes and remove from oven.

    Baked Turkey and Cheese Empanadas - in the oven

    Cool empanadas and pack 1-2 empanadas in kids’ lunches. These freeze well and can be thawed before packing into lunch.

    Baked Turkey and Cheese Empanadas - finished

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    Grilled Veggie Salad with Tangy Flax Vinaigrette

    August 16th, 2019

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    The summer is almost over and all I want is more grilled veggies. Summer is for corn, squash, tomatoes and everything that is seasonal. I am thankful for a time to create after an evening of grilling. Barlean’s Flax Oil made a lovely ingredient in my Tangy Flax vinaigretteBarleans sponsored post

    Grilled eggplant

    Summer is for Grilling

    What is your favorite food to grill? I have too many to chose from but there is something special that happens when vegetables are grilled. There is not only char but there is a sweetness that comes out to each.

    • red bell peppers
    • onions
    • mushrooms
    • zucchini
    • corn (my husband’s favorite)

    Sometimes we grill burgers and add a side of grilled veggies and it is simply heavenly. After dining at Chima Brazilan Steakhouse and having a lovely grilled cold salad, I was inspired to make my own version.

    Marinated Grilled Veggie Salad with Tangy Flax Vinaigrette

    Barlean’s Organic Flax Oil

    I remember my grandmother keeping Barlean’s flax oil in the refrigerator. She not only took it as a supplement but also in her kitchen. Here I am, now making it part of my pantry and celebrating Barlean’s 30-year anniversary of making healthy oils and supplements.

    The organic flax oil is pure and is non-GMO, vegan, cold-pressed, raw, kosher and more! For every Tablespoon of flax oil there is 7,640 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids. Taking Omega-3s is helpful for the following:

    • depression
    • anxiety
    • eye health
    • brain health
    • reducing symptoms of ADHD
    • improving mental disorders
    • and more

    Grilled Veggie Salad with Tangy Flax Vinaigrette - plated

    Grilled Veggie Salad with Tangy Flax Vinaigrette

    The recipe is easy to make ahead of time and serve to guests the day after. The longer that the veggies marinate in the vinaigrette the better. The flavors just get better but I am sure this salad will be consumed pretty quickly.

    A variety of seasonal vegetables can be grilled and added to this salad but I chose to use:

    • eggplant
    • onions
    • mushrooms
    • peppers

    After grilling these vegetables I added a few fresh components: parsley, cherry tomatoes, and the vinaigrette. While the salad tastes really great the same day, it tastes even better the next day after the vegetables have marinated in the vinaigrette.

    Marinated Grilled Veggie Salad with Tangy Flax Vinaigrette - closeup

    Try this salad before the summer is over, or pin it for indoor grilling during the fall and winter season. Get creative with Barlean’s organic flax oil in your kitchen and try my recipe. It is also great drizzled on yogurt, oatmeal or smoothies too!

    Grilled Veggie Salad with Tangy Flax Vinaigrette

    by Noelle Kelly

    Prep Time: 10 minutes

    Cook Time: 20 minutes

    Ingredients (6 servings)

      Grilled Vegetables

      • 2 small Italian eggplants, sliced in half (about 2 cups after cooking)
      • 2 small white or yellow onions, peeled
      • 2 small yellow bell peppers
      • 6 button mushrooms

      Fresh ingredients

      • 1/3 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
      • 2 Tablespoons parsley, chopped

      Tangy Flax Vinaigrette

      • 1/4 cup Barlean’s organic flax oil
      • 3 garlic cloves
      • juice of 1 large lemon
      • 2 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
      • 1 teaspoon salt
      • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
      • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
      • 1/2 teaspoon basil
      • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasonings

      Instructions

      Grilled Vegetables

      Spray vegetables with olive oil spray and place eggplant halves on the grill, the whole onions, the whole peppers and the mushrooms. Cook for 20 minutes and remove from grill. Cool on a plate.

      Grilled Veggie Salad with Tangy Flax Vinaigrette - ingredients

      Vinaigrette

      Meanwhile, prepare vinaigrette. Add all ingredients in a jar and mix well.

       

      Assemble

      Chop up the eggplants in 1/2 inch cubes. Remove seeds and pepper core and dice the bell pepper. Quarter the grilled mushrooms and chop the grilled onions. Place in a salad bowl and toss with vinaigrette.

      Grilled Veggie Salad with Tangy Flax Vinaigrette - served

      Serve immediately or refrigerate overnight for an amazing salad with great health benefits.

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      Pollo Al Jugo Chileno [Chilean-style Chicken Au Jus]

      August 14th, 2019

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      One of the reasons I started my website was to keep a journal of all the family recipes I grew up with. Many are based on memories and flavors of how my grandparents and parents cooked and prepared dishes. I am thankful that Rumba Meats has given me an opportunity to create dishes that are both traditional and modern.

      Growing up with 2 cultures

      When I look back at my childhood I am thankful because I was exposed a little to both the Chilean and Mexican cultures. Truthfully, I find that my memories are surrounded solely around food. Ask me about holidays, traditions and such and sadly, I would not be able to tell you much. That does not mean that I have not done my own research to know more about both countries.

      My mother came to the states at an early age, as did my father, so while they both retained their identity to both their countries, they shared their love for each country through food.

      Rumba Meats Pollo Adobado - plated meal

      Chilean Family

      My mom was the cook in the family for the most part but when my mom needed help my dad came in a cooked one meal. Ok, he knew how to cook eggs really well, but he knew how to prepare Chicken Au Jus, Chilean-style. In Spanish it is called Pollo al Jugo and it is a quick meal stewing chicken with a lot of sliced onions, peppers, and carrots.

      Do you have a memory that is focused on a particular dish that your parent prepared? 

      My other meal memories happen to be all focused around my grandparents. They both loved cooking and many times they were both in the kitchen. I never received any recipes from them because my grandmother told me I was to watch and learn.

      Pollo al Jugo - Rumba Meats - bite size

      I love sharing the world with my kids through food. My girls did not get to meet their Chilean great-grandparents but I make sure to share with them what I enjoyed eating with them when I spent time with them.

      My girls also do not get to see their grandfather because he is far away, but I make sure to share my sweet memories of when he got in the kitchen and made dinner for his family.

      Pollo al Jugo Chileno - flat lay

      Rumba Meats

      Have you made it to Giant Food Stores or Martin Food Stores yet? While a regular Pollo al Jugo comprises of a quartered chicken or chicken thighs and legs, I decided to use Rumba Meats Pollo Adobado. If you have not tried this pre-marinated chicken, it is not only convenient, but it is super tasty! My dad’s recipe was even more delicious!

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      Make sure to head down the Meat section of the store to find this brand and my my recipes! I have enjoyed making them a part of my meal planning especially meals for new moms and friends who have needed a meal this summer.

      Make sure to check out my Arroz con Pollo (Red Chile Chicken and Rice) recipe and my Pollo Ranchero Tostadas, which have received many views in the past couple of weeks.

      Rumba Meats - quick weekday meal

      The chicken itself can be grilled on a cast iron and simply served with 2 easy side dishes and dinner is ready within 30 minutes or you can make a quick Chilean meal and bring a new world of flavor to your table within 30 minutes. Enjoy!

      Pollo Al Jugo Chileno ingredients

      Pollo Al Jugo Chileno

      I will tell you a funny story. After dinner was consumed my family, my middle daughter, who is 6 years old, goes upstairs and comes back down with $1. She proceeds to tell me what a wonderful meal I had prepared and wanted to show her appreciation with her payment. I seriously laughed out loud because this has never happened before. There is true joy when you kids love and enjoy their mother’s cooking.

      I hope that you make this dish. Make sure to tag me with #singerinkitchen on social media or email me and share some family recipes you love. Thanks!

      I have included a recipe for creamy mashed potatoes because this dish is best enjoyed with them along with a Chilean tomato salad.

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      Pollo al Jugo Chileno con Puré de Papa {Chicken au Jus}

      by Noelle Kelly

      Prep Time: 15 minutes

      Cook Time: 20 minutes

       

      Ingredients (4 servings)

        For Chicken Dish

        • 1 package Rumba Meats Pollo Adobado
        • 8 carrots, peeled and sliced
        • 2 large onions, sliced
        • 1 green bell pepper, cored and sliced
        • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
        • 2 bay leaves
        • 1/2 teaspoon salt
        • 1 cup of water
        • 1 cup white wine

        For mashed potatoes

        • 8 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
        • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
        • 1/3 cup milk
        • 1/4 cup sour cream
        • 1/2 teaspoon salt
        • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, ground

        Instructions

        The whole meal is made complete with mashed potatoes and tomato salad.

        Add cubed potatoes to a large pot and cover with water. Heat water and bring the water to a boil. While the potatoes cook, pan fry the chicken thighs in a Dutch oven on medium heat.

         

        Pan fry on each side for 7 minutes.

        Rumba Meats Adobado

        Remove from heat and place chicken on a dish.

        Meanwhile, add the carrots, onions, peppers, and garlic and saute’ veggies in the chicken drippings for about 5 minutes.

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        Add the salt, bay leaves, water and wine and mix well.

        Lastly, place the chicken thighs back into the pot cover pot. Cook the chicken for another 15 minutes.

        Stir well and add mixture back in to the stew. Cook for another 5 minutes and turn off heat.

        Pollo Al Jugo Chileno in pot

        While chicken is cooking, check that the potatoes are cooked by checking them with a fork. If cooked, drain the water and return potatoes to the pot.

        Turn heat on the low. Add the butter and milk to the potatoes and mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Add the sour cream ,salt and pepper and continue mashing. Switch to a wooden spoon and whip the potatoes until creamy. Keep warm until chicken is ready.

        Serve 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes with 1 chicken thigh and a spoonful of veggies and broth.

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        Medterra CBD Oil Tincture {Review}

        August 8th, 2019

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        Medterra CBD oil tincture

        National CBD Day!

        Happy National CBD Day! It is the second year to celebrate CBD or cannabidiol,  a chemical compound from the cannabis plant. It can be taken on its own, added to foods or drinks and more.  I personally have been taking hemp-derived CBD since last year and I have a chance to share about Medterra CBD Oil Tincture. CBD oil and Hemp oil are different in that hemp oil does not contain CBD. It is coming from the seeds of the plant whereas CBD oil comes from the whole plant itself.

        One of the things I like to let my readers know is that I only review and share about products that I have tested and decided to make my own.

        What is the endocannabinoid system?

        When I was in high school and college, I took my share of biology and chemistry classes and I was super interested about my body and chemical compounds. Never in that time did I learn or hear anything about the endocannabinoid system and that is only because it was discovered in the early 1990’s.  This system is  biological and are composed of neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors within the body and brain.

        Medterra-Endocannabinoid

        CBD is one of the primary cannabinoids found in hemp. There are two main cannabinoid receptors called C1 and C2 that are found as cells throughout the body. The receptors play a huge role in the physiological processes responsible for helping the memory, mood, and discomfort.

        This is a lot of science but for anyone dealing with discomfort, or mood imbalances or for answers for issues they cannot quite pinpoint, there is some comfort in knowing that that something new can be something good for the body.

        I suffer from heat- and exercise-induced migraines. Sometimes they happen when I drink red wine or when I am extremely tired. I only discovered last year that CBD is the only supplement that really helps.

        Medterra CBD oil tincture - dosing

        Medterra CBD Oil Tincture

        Medterra CBD Oil Tincture is made with Medterra’s 99%+ CBD and MCT oil in strengths of 500 mg, 1000 mg, and 3000 mg. It is grown and extracted in the United States and is fully compliant under the Kentucky Department of Agricultural Industrial Hemp Pilot
        Program. Each CBD Tincture contains 30 servings and can be taken day or night,
        sublingually. All of Medterra’s CBD products contain 0% THC, guaranteed.

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        I have been using the 1000mg tincture daily. I started at half the recommended dose and gradually increased mostly in the evenings so I could relax and sleep. Here are a few things I struggle with:

        • Migraines
        • Stress
        • Anxiety
        • Sensitivity to noise
        • Claustrophobia

        My life has been surrounded with stress for as long as I can remember. While I cannot at the moment find time to relax and do yoga, I have chosen to take CBD to help with overwhelming stress or anxiety. Before I know that at migraine is about to present itself, I take a dose of CBD oil and it reduces my symptoms better than any other product I have tried.

        How do I know which CBD oil I should take?

        Not every CBD oil is created equal. Read, research and learn. Medterra utilizes a whole plant CO2 extraction that allows them to draw the CBD from the plant material and filter out unnatural substances, maximizing pure CBD concentration. Each and every product that leaves Medterra’s facility is third-party tested to ensure consistency and quality.

        Knowing the dose should take is next. I did not exactly know what dose I should be taking but Medterra shared how much CBD is actually in each dropperful:

        All of the Medterra Tinctures, regardless of potency, are offered in a one ounce bottle and contain 30, 1mL servings. The dropper applicator has measurement markers on it (0.25, 0.50, 0.75 and 1mL), allowing for accuracy and flexibility of serving sizes.

        Below is a breakdown of milligrams per dropper (mL), based on the strength of our different tinctures. There are 30, 1mL servings in each bottle:

        500mg = 16mg of CBD per dropper
        1000mg = 33mg of CBD per dropper
        3000mg = 100mg of CBD per dropper

        I looked for a calculator that would be better suited for a first timer and it calculated pretty much what I am currently taking. Beyond that, everyone will have different results so make sure you start small and increase little by little to help with symptoms.

        Here is another sample dosage calculator found here:

        CBD dosage calculator

        Where to find Medterra

        A 1000 mg bottle typically retails for $55.99. Medterra CBD Oil Tincture is available to purchase at your local retailer and on medterracbd.com. To find this product in your area, visit medterracbd.com/store-locator.asp for the full list of locations. Learn more by connecting with Medterra online:

        Website
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        Use promo code MomsMeet to save 15% off your first Medterra
        order by visiting momsmeet.link/medterra or clicking here.

         

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