Posted on Thu, May 02, 2013

how to feed your family using a Keurig brewerI recently enjoyed a spring break trip to Washington D.C. with my daughter.  If you have ever traveled to D.C. you know that it is not the cheapest place in the world to stay.  Hotels rates are through the roof, parking is a hot commodity and food is a total budget buster.

I was not going to let that stop me, I was going to make this trip happen by cutting as many costs as I could. I was determined to enjoy a memorable mother/ daughter trip without breaking the bank.  I made a few mistakes along the way- namely staying outside of town in a budget hotel…bad idea, we moved downtown on day 2.

But, I scored a huge victory when it comes to food, all thanks to the Keurig brewer that was in my hotel room! You may be thinking Keurig brewer…food…does not compute.  Well, think again.

I was able to make several meals using nothing other than the Keurig brewer! If you think outside of the box and take away the Kcup coffee a Keurig is basically an instant hot water dispenser.

I stuck with mainly instant oatmeal and ramens but, my success got me thinking, what else can I cook using a Keurig brewer? Here is what I came up with:

  • Cream of Wheat
  • Grits
  • Any canned soup
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Soft boiled eggs
  • Rice
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Dried fruits/ veggies
  • Hot dogs
  • Jello (if you have a fridge, we unfortunately did not)

Yes, I do realize that these are certainly not healthy foods that I would recommend eating on a regular basis.  But, if eating ramen and oatmeal is all it takes to spend priceless time with my daughter, I am willing to do it.  We supplemented with healthy snacks such as nuts, popcorn balls, fresh fruits, carrot sticks and celery.

We did splurge on room service once or twice but, for the most part we stuck to our Keurig made foods enabling us to enjoy Washington D.C. on a very tight budget!

Have you ever “cooked” using just your Keurig brewer or even an old school Mr. Coffee?

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