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!

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A brunch appetizer?

Just needed something crunchy….so twice-toasted English muffins, a dollop of organic berry jam, a slice of gouda cheese and a nice large strawberry….who could ask for anything else?

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Cooper’s whaaaat? Hawk, that is!

I have to admit I have a FAV new restaurant and I capitalize it because it’s a MUST to visit. Cooper’s Hawk has seriously made a dent in my food budget, and I truly relished my many visits to the International Drive location in Orlando, FL during the International Christian Film & Music Festival last week!

This is the first restaurant where I can say that I totally delighted in each bite of a Brussels sprout salad – amazingly light and lemony, it was a wonderful addition to the carne asada flatbread…..I liked it so much, I had it twice in one week!

For $14.99, a large plate of carne asada flatbread with the Brussels sprout salad could very well feed two, but I admit I enjoyed every single bite and finished my plate.

In South Florida, there’s one in Doral and another in Pembroke Pines. You have to visit so you can see and taste their wide variety of white and red wines…..definitely appealing, as well as their home made chocolates…..envision a bite of cheesecake enveloped in white and dark chocolate…..5-5-2019 After ICFF 4275

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7th Annual International Christian Film & Music Festival – May 1-4, 2019 Orlando, Florida

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Excitement prevailed at the 7th Annual International Christian Film & Music Festival, presented by 24Flix, with over 170+ submissions in a wide variety of categories, covering film, documentaries, animated shorts, best screenplay, TV shows, best song, music videos, best actor categories, et al!

Registration began at the Wyndham Orlando Resort location the afternoon of Tuesday, April 30th, and screenings ran through Saturday, up to the 8pm Awards show, which was graced with musical presentations by Jaci Velasquez with Nick Gonzales, as well as Janelle Arthur, from the 12th season of American Idol.

This year’s festival included special presentations from Karen Abercrombie, an award winning actress, known for her outstanding role as “Miss Clara” in 2015’s “War Room,” who spoke of her journey and encouraged those who were blessed to attend her presentation “You were created to create,” as well as T.C. Stallings, who focused on “No compromising.”

Marty Jean-Louis and his lovely wife Nerlyne established the International Christian Film & Music Festival in 2012 to encourage as well as provide through http://www.24flix.com family friendly entertainment options through a wide variety of movies and TV shows.

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With active participation from each continent, film producers, directors, and executives, as well as singers, songwriters, actors, writers and media presenters joined hundreds of participants who eagerly attended the festival to celebrate family friendly content.

 

 

 

 

 

Scrambled eggs with broccoli – Green Saturday morning delight!

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What comes together in a blink of an eye for a quick Saturday breakfast? Scrambled eggs, of course! As I’m working hard at leaving carbs out of the equation, I reached for the broccoli staring at me when I opened the refrigerator door. Come with me, and chop, chop, it was ready to be included in the pan with the eggs.

Since the beginning of this year, I have not eaten bread, biscuits, or toast! This has truly been quite an experience, and frankly, one that I never thought I would be able to sustain for a very long time.  I come from a carb-happy family, in which bread, biscuits toast and/or crackers are incorporated into each meal….each meal! My Aunt Neni, who I adore, doesn’t understand how I can have a meal and not finish it off with a piece of bread – yes, you read that right….that’s her “after dessert” treat!

I chose this green path for my health and I am happy, thrilled, shocked that I was able to lose 10 lbs within the first couple of weeks – totally unheard of as that had never ever happened before.  Yes, I jump started a cleaner way of eating using Dr. Gundry’s The Plant Paradox.  I am so grateful for this book – the recipes are super easy and delicious, and as I love to cook, I’ve tweaked some of them according to my personal taste.

But back to the eggs…what did I put in them?

A small handful of shredded Gruyere

2 chopped chicken and apple sausage breakfast links, Applegate Naturals – found them at Whole Foods and had to try them, and

a dash of freshly ground pepper, and that’s it! No added salt of any kind due to the sodium in the breakfast links, and after the eggs were almost done, the chopped broccoli went into the pan, and Voila! A delicious breakfast without bread.

Yes, I can eat meals without bread, Tia Neni!

Homemade Turmeric Bread!

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Yes, turmeric has become a part of my life, especially after finding out that it has such great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits….and mixed with black pepper…watch out~! You’ll be full of energy, besides enjoying this combination in a wide variety of dishes. But my choice was…..creating turmeric bread for English tea in the afternoon!

I even had a slice of it with leftover fruit salad this morning. Since I am still very much on a Goji berry kick, having left the Goji berries in the freezer, it was super easy to use the Bullet to pulverize the berries and create “Goji dust” with a few dashes of ground ginger over a simple salad of strawberries, melon and banana….need I say more? Major yum factor!

 

Chocolate, Goji Berry & Oatmeal Cookies!

What’s the best thing about a rainy Sunday?  I can bake to my heart’s content!

My new go to ingredient is Goji berries……out came the oatmeal and chocolate bits and thus the afternoon tea hour will be hosted alongside a plate of amazing flavorful and not overly sweet Goji Berry-Chocolate-Oatmeal cookies!

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Chi-chi-chi-Chia madness!

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This week it’s all about chia seeds…..so for Labor Day made yummy oatmeal-honey-chia bread and oatmeal-raisin with chia seeds cookies!  Healthy and terribly delicious, as well as filling, one cookie or slice of bread goes a long way.

Isn’t it fascinating that Chia is the Mayan word for strength? It appears that Aztec warriors ate chia seeds to give them high energy and endurance; just one spoonful of chia seeds could sustain them for 24 hours!

They are rich in fiber, omega-3 fat, protein, vitamins and minerals, as well as alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid besides being very high in fiber, providing nearly 11 grams per ounce.

So one slice of bread or a cookie will definitely boost your energy levels!

Happy Labor Day!

 

Poronponcitos!

8-20-2017 597If you were to ask me where the name for these baby turmeric cheesy biscuits came from I’d have to say from my fervent imagination!

It’s a basic biscuit recipe with added teaspoon of turmeric, a healthy heaping cup of the cheese of your choice, freshly grated black peppercorn, and, of course, almond milk.

What could possibly be better with Trader Joe’s Peach Bellini jam?  That’s right….nothing!

Major yum!