Brie, Caramelized Onions & Asparagus Quiche

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It’s all about the Brie baby! This quiche recipe does disappoint in the flavor department and you can make it n advance and heat when ready. However, if you ask me, the best time to eat it is 30 minutes after you remove from the oven. This will ensure that the egg and cheese set a little but are still soft enough that you can cut through a little easier.

Quiches are a big thing in my house, like potatoes. I love that I can make so many different flavors in a pie shape and you really can have them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I will say though, they don’t last long at all in my house.

If you want to go the extra mile and make the crust, I applaud you, I, however, love the frozen ones and there are 2 per pack. You can leave them in the freezer until you are ready to make them and all you have to do is get the filling ready.

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and while the oven preheats, you will start with the onions. In a medium non-stick saute pan, add the olive oil and onions and cook on medium-low until the onions are a golden brown color. If you want to start with a higher heat, by all means, but you will quickly want to lower the heat so they don’t burn. Once they are cooked to your liking, remove from the pan and set aside. Don’t clean the pan because you will reuse for the asparagus.

Remove the pie crust from the freezer and let sit for about 10 minutes. Poke a few holes at the bottom with a fork to make sure they don’t bubble up. Place in the oven for about 8-10 minutes, remove and let sit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

While the pie crust is in the oven, Cut the tips of the asparagus off. The easiest way is to take one and start bending from both sides. When the spear snaps, that will be your base to cut the rest of the asparagus. After you cut the tips, cut the spears again either in half or in threes, depending on how large they are. I personally like them to be about 2 inches long each.

In the same non-stick pan on medium-high heat, add the rest of the oil and the asparagus and cook for about 2-3 minutes and then remove and layer the bottom of the pie.

In a  large bowl, add the eggs, salt, pepper, onion powder garlic powder, and dry oregano. Beat well so it looks like all the spices are incorporated. Don’t worry if the oregano floats to the top, right before you pour into the pie, you will beat them once more.

In a separate medium bowl, mix the asparagus, onion, and brie together. Feel free to cut the brie however you like. Since brie comes round or triangular, I usually will cut thin slices and then cut those in smaller pieces. Pour the onion, brie and asparagus mix inside the pie and spread throughout the pie as evenly as possible so each slice gets an even amount.

Pour the egg mixture on top, but remember to beat a little before. Place the pie on a cookie sheet and place in the oven for about 40-45 minutes. Remember to let the quiche sit for about 30 minutes before slicing.

Happy Cooking!

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Banana Cupcakes with Honey Cinnamon Buttercream

Banana bread is my staple recipe, so what better way to make them then as individual cupcakes.  When you make banana bread, it’s a little different because, you slice a piece and then you can add butter, cream cheese or honey. However, like a cupcake, you need a little somethin, somethin…I decided on honey, cinnamon buttercream. The frosting is so good, I need to create a few other recipes to add it to.

I am always experimenting with my banana bread recipe and while creating this one, I added poppy seeds. Well, needless to say, it was a great addition!

These are simple to make, but having ripe bananas are very important to the flavor and texture. You want the skin of the banana to be yellow with a few black specs. If there is a large bruising, don’t worry, just cut that part out.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees before starting to prep the recipe. This always allows enough time for the oven to reach temperature, by the time you are done. 

Also, line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners to have those ready. You can also prep a 24-cup muffin pan if you want smaller cupcakes. 

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix the butter, mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla. You can use a hand mixer if you want or simply use a rubber spoon. 

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well. Once everything is mixed together, add the poppy seeds and stir.

Scoop the batter into each individual liner using a scoop spoon; if you are using the 12-cup muffin pan, use a 5 cm scooper and if using the 24-cup muffin pan, use the 4 cm scooper.

Place in the oven and bake about 25 – 30 minutes for 12 or 24 cupcakes. I always start with a smaller amount of time and then test with a toothpick. If still not cooked through, I continue to cook in 5-minute intervals.

Remove cupcakes from the oven and let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the pan and place on a wire rack and let cool completely (30 minutes to an hour). 

Pipe the buttercream frosting on each individual cupcake and ENJOY!

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Simply Hash Browns

Who says hash browns have to be for breakfast only? This recipe can accompany several big hitter entrees, as well as any breakfast egg.

You can certainly make this recipe with fresh potatoes and a food box grater or you can use Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns that are very good. For this recipe, you want to get the potatoes that are not flavored.

The best way to have them ready and thawed is to place them in the refrigerator overnight.

Since I am using the Lipton onion soup mix I am not adding fresh onions or any other veggies to keep it simple. You can certainly add whatever you like to the hash browns if you want to change up the texture.

I recommend you cook the potatoes before the rest of the meal and then let them stay warm in the pan while you finish the meal. This will ensure that the potatoes cook all the way through and have the texture you want.

I served these with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce or avocado hollandaise sauce.

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Onion & Mushroom Quiche

Quiche is a very popular dish in my home. I serve it any chance I get, whether just for dinner, brunch for an event or as a gift. There are many options for flavors also, so you can make a different one each time.

Since I have two vegetarians in my home, if I am only making one, then it is always vegetarian. This quiche is a deep dish pie crust, that I actually like better because there is less spillage with the egg mixture and you can fill with more of the start ingredients. You can certainly use a regular pie thickness, just make sure to adjust the quantity.

When I make a quiche, I like to cook all the ingredients prior to adding them to the quiche. I also season them separately, especially if I am going to create layers. In this case, I sauteed the onions first with a little olive oil and salt and then removed from the heat. To the same pan, I added the mushrooms with a little more olive oil and some salt. Since mushrooms soak the olive oil, you want to make sure that you add enough so the mushrooms will sear nicely and get golden brown.

Mix the mushrooms and the onions together before you add to the pie to make sure that every bite has a little of everything.

When you mix the egg and milk together, that is the time you want to season the eggs to make sure it’s well incorporated throughout the mix. Then you pour that in the pie and top with the cheese. If you see the egg mixture is overflowing a little, place the pie on a baking sheet to avoid a mess in your oven.

Allow the quiche to rest after cooking for at least 15 minutes. This is to make sure the egg doesn’t fall apart when you slice into it.

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Asparagus & Mushroom Omelete

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This is a quick, delicious and healthy meal I came up with one morning on the first week of my 30-day challenge. I actually used the left over asparagus from another meal, along with some portobello mushrooms that I had in the refrigerator. I try to always have egg whites and eggs for quick breakfast ideas like these.

There are so many ways to make an omelet tasty and I not only try to use fresh ingredients, I also use spices and herbs.  This recipe’s start herb is rosemary to kick of the holiday season flavors.

I chose to serve the omelet with arugula as that is what I had in the refrigerator. But I also really enjoy greens as a side for my breakfast. I simply added a mixture of 1 part lemon juice, 1 part olive oil and a pinch of salt over the arugula. It is a great combination, trust me.

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Pumpkin Waffles

Not many people can resist a waffle for breakfast. Unfortunately, most waffles are usually part of any diet. However, I’m here to tell you this pumpkin waffle recipe is! 

I started a 30-day Paleo challenge weeks ago and the item I miss the most is bread, so instead of cheating, I created this recipe. I did take a few other recipes and did a little experimenting and this is the final product. It is so good that I almost thought I was cheating.

This recipe made 3 large waffles and could have made 4 thinner waffles, so it depends on how much batter you pour into the waffle maker.  Since maple syrup and honey are just added sugar, I served them with a pineapple jam and a sweet potato butter that I make (recipes to come). You can also serve these waffles as a savory dish by removing the stevia. They can also be made as pancakes or mini blinis instead of a cracker.

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Spinach and Cheddar, Crustless Quiche

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Quiches have always been a crowd pleaser and I love to experiment with the flavors. They are also extremely easy to put together so you can make a few different flavors to ensure that all taste buds are accounted for.

By definition a quiche is a baked flan or tart with a savory filling thickened with eggs. As long as you get the right mixture, you too can create your own flavors. Try some out and share with me your recipes.

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Best Soft Boiled Egg Recipe

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Do you struggle trying to figure out what to make for breakfast? This egg recipe is a quick and easy way to make sure you eat a little protein in the morning.  Think of it like a poached egg but easier. The recipe takes about 7 minutes and you can pair it with anything you want, toast, crackers, bacon, sausage, etc.

Simply take a medium size pot and add enough water that when you add the egg it submerges completely under. Place the pot on high and let boil. When the water is boiling, add the eggs, one at a time, with a spoon and place the time for 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat, pour out the hot water and refill the pot with cold water. Let sit for about 1 minute and then peel the shell off the egg and place in a small serving bowl. They will look just like the photo above. DELICIOUS!

 

Broccoli & White Cheddar Quiche

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I love to make quiches of all flavors. I think it is such an easy way to always have something in the fridge that is healthy and bite size to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are so many varieties of quiches…some with a small number of ingredients and others with a bunch of ingredients, it’s up to you. Either way, they are simple to make and they are always a crowd pleaser.

This quiche that I made has a small amount of ingredients and was probably the most popular have made thus far, go figure. It was practically gone in one sitting by my husband.  In another post, I explained how I always season my eggs prior to cooking them so that the entire dish is well proportioned with the seasonings that I choose.  If any of you make this dish, please let me know what you think and make any suggestions, I would love to hear them.

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INGREDIENTS – Makes 8 slices
Per Slice – Calories 246  Fat 26g  Carbs 16g Protein 10g

  • 9 inch pie crust
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 medium onion (small dice)
  • 1 cup white sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano

HOW TO MAKE IT…

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. With a fork poke wholes at the bottom of the pie crust and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes and then let cool.
  3. Meanwhile, saute the onions with the olive oil on a non stick pan until translucent or lightly browned (your preference).
  4. Layer the bottom of the pie crust with the onion and then add the broccoli and on top of the broccoli the cheese.
  5. In a bowl beat the eggs and the egg yolk with the salt, pepper and oregano until well mixed and then pour over the entire pie. Pour slowly to make sure that all of it stays in the pie.
  6. Place in the oven (still on the baking sheet) and bake for 35- 40 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven when the egg is cooked through and let cool for about 5 – 10 minutes to let everything settle.
  8. Cut in 8 slices and enjoy!

I usually provide additional ideas, but the cooking instructions will probably change, so stay tuned and I will make other quiches and post them for you to enjoy.