Saturday Brunch….all about the greens and fruits in the fridge!

It’s Saturday morning and I woke up with lots of energy, so I started cleaning, organizing, and washing clothes….then at the first promptings of hunger, went to the kitchen and decided to make my crust-less green veggie mini quiches, while waiting for the washer and dryer to finish its work.

What exactly did I put in these mini green wonders? Everything but the kitchen sink! In true fashion, it’s all about what you have handy.

  • 1 white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 10 oz. box of frozen chopped spinach (easier than chopping fresh spinach any day!)
  • 6 finely chopped portabella mushrooms
  • about a cup of chopped fresh broccoli
  • Italian sea salt and freshly grated black peppercorn
  • a handful of frozen peas

How does this start? I begin by cooking the onion with a dash of sea salt and freshly grated black peppercorn, while the frozen spinach cooks.  Once the spinach is done, I drain it and add it to the onion and allow it to mingle, while adding in the fresh broccoli and portabella mushrooms.  I let it cook for about 2 minutes or so, until the broccoli starts turning that bright beautiful green color, and turn off the heat.

In two separate bowls, I add

  • 4 beaten eggs
  • at least 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup organic shredded cheese (whatever kind you have in your fridge)
  • and then I choose one bowl into which I add bacon bits and more cheese, while in the other bowl, it has more veggies than the egg and milk mixture.

Then using a cupcake pan, with a large spoon, I fill them up to a little over brimming, as when this cooks, it will decrease in size as the eggs cook.  It’s good to leave them in a 350 degree oven for at least a good 45 minutes, so that it’s well done and not runny.

I typically take it out of the oven and choose to wait at least a good 15 minutes, as when it’s just taken out, it’s piping hot and will disintegrate should you choose at that time to unmold them. I use a knife to first cut around and then a nice large spoon to take them out.

The day before I had gone to my neighborhood Aldi’s, and saw that the nearby French bakery, Bonjour! was open…..so after loading the car with my groceries, I ran over to see what they had….and ended up purchasing two amazingly decadent French croissants….yes, totally decadent.

So once the mini quiches were not as hot, I sliced a croissant and in went a mini quiche, creating a new style of breakfast sandwich, which was gone in just a few minutes.

The pleasure of not having to run out the door for errands led me to take my time and get creative with the fruits at hand, so I cut up a large kiwi, sliced strawberries, and created mini skewers with red grapes and fresh pineapple pieces.

End result? A delicious brunch, with plenty of leftovers – as you will have at least a dozen mini individual quiches that you can eat as a snack, as a meal with a side salad, with fruit, or use any bread to create a sandwich, or eat them as is, either hot or cold.  I love having these, as it’s a super fast meal to put together any time.

I hope you will make these for you and your family.  They are a treat, as you’re having a meal which is healthy (healthier if you leave out the croissant, of course!) and very filling.

Have a great Saturday!

 

What’s that, you ask? Why it’s my Spinach-Onion-Green Pea dip!

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In my excitement to attend my very first Wine & Write event this past Thursday, I wanted to create a vegetarian green appetizer…..so off I went to the fridge to see what I could find. Out came a 1 lb. fresh package of spinach, a frozen bag of green peas, 8 oz of cream cheese and fresh parmesan cheese.  First I sautéed two large white onions, sprinkled them with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, then placed the spinach in the pan and allowed it to cook down.  Then I placed the cream cheese in the pan for just 2 minutes to it would come to room temperature faster.

I drained part of the liquid the onions generated, took out the onion, spinach and cream cheese with a slotted spoon, and pulsed the mix in a food processor, while the frozen peas cooked for just 2 to 3 minutes in the remaining liquid in the pan.  Added the peas into the mix as well as half a cup of fresh parmesan cheese and pulsed until it was creamy, and Voila! It became a highlight at the event.  You could definitely add different ingredients to elevate the “greenness” of this dip – such as add kale or any other greens you have available, or for those that adore bacon, add just a few dried pieces of bacon.

You could add this on top of your couscous or quinoa, to rice, to chicken for a creamy chicken casserole, or just enjoy with pita chips or water crackers. So many choices…..

Stay tuned because I was thinking this would make an absolutely delicious stuffing for handmade raviolis!

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20 Minute Green Lunch!

What happens when I’m hungry, want a light lunch and it needs to be healthy, green and quick?

I run to the freezer! I knew I had chicken breast strips, but also pulled out a bag of frozen spinach, riced cauliflower with garlic, and another of broccoli.

Cooked the chicken stovetop with the freshly squeezed juice of 3 lemons, cracked peppercorn and sea salt, and then mixed together the spinach, cauliflower and broccoli with 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese and Voila! After chopping the chicken and allowing it to hang out with the veggies, I had my light green healthy lunch finished and ready in 20 minutes!

The great part about this meal is that it will keep well in the fridge or freezer.  If you make a larger amount, you could actually portion it out for your lunch for the week or dinners, with a nice green salad.

 

 

Cheesy Spinach Quiche

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What is a great addition to a Saturday brunch? Spinach quiche! This crust-less version I believe is a healthier option.  And the best part of any quiche is that you can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner! For breakfast alongside an English muffin and a cup of fresh fruit, for lunch with an abundant side green salad, or for a quick dinner, either hot or cold, accompanying a hot cup of tea or coffee; a slice of quiche makes even for a great snack. So many options for a versatile dish that takes just a few minutes to put together, letting the oven do all the work for an hour at 350 degrees.

Here are the ingredients for this version of spinach quiche, with which two quiches were made.

1 package of creamed spinach

2 packages of frozen spinach

8 slices of baked bacon, crumbled

freshly grated black peppercorn and salt

10 eggs

2 cups coconut milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup fresh parmesan cheese

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions: Whip 5 eggs in each bowl with one cup of coconut milk and 1/4 cup heavy cream. Then integrate a few turns of freshly grated peppercorn and a dash of salt, mixing in approximately half the crumbled bacon, and cheeses.

I microwaved the creamed spinach, and placed half in each bowl, mixing it into the eggs, along with the cooked and drained frozen spinach; placed in an oven safe dish in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour.

Enjoy!