Monday, October 18, 2010

Marvelous Mini Quiches

     Marvelous Mini Quiches


Do you ever find yourself browsing through the refrigerator looking for a quick snack or lunch ? These Marvelous Mini quiches are the perfect answer. They can be made in advance, will last for 4 days, or can be frozen for weeks and popped out as needed. They are fast and easy to make and can be made as low calorie with Egg Beaters and fat free cheeses and milk,or low carb with eggs, cream or milk, full fat cheese; your choice depending on the diet ( or not) that you are following this week! ( Am I right? a different diet each week?)


Mini Quiches On A Slice of Tomato

In addition, all kinds of add-ins can be added to the basic quiche recipe.
 I make them with low fat cheese, 0 %  fat Greek yogurt, olives, spinach, etc. and egg whites.
Add any vegetable- broccoli, spinach, artichokes, tomatoes, olives, etc.
Either way they are easy, fast , and good.. and high in protein.

Why I am making mini quiches!
The past month I have been having a wonderful time experimenting with tasty recipes for gluten free muffins, gluten free cookies, and pumpkin and winter squash recipes to use for my blog. I can honesty say we have been enjoying the pumpkin muffins, the sweet potato fries, the oatmeal raisin cookies and a lot of versions of butternut squash, but I am not enjoying the 6 pounds I've gained!

 I guess no matter how healthy complex carbohydrates are with all their fiber and vitamins, they seem to be a little fattening. The winter squashes, sweet potato, the cookies, the bean soups, the pumpkin muffins, did me in.

I was shocking when I stepped on the scale. I realize that for me, its time to get back to my lower carb meals. So, regardless of the beautiful fall produce, regardless of the cool crisp weather that begs for some hearty heavy soups, I am going to focus on lower carb eating at least for this week.

The first recipe that is a staple for my lower carb eating is my marvelous mini quiches that I rely on for a quick breakfast or on the go snack. These little quiches are very versatile.. they lend themselves to asparagus, cheese, red peppers, mushrooms, and all kinds of low carb add-ins.

Recipe:
1 and 1/4 cups Egg beaters  or egg whites or 6 eggs
1 cup fat free milk ( or rice milk, coconut milk, almond milk,)
1/2 cup fat free cheddar shredded cheese
1/2 cup fat free mozzarella shredded cheese
1/2 cup of scallions, sliced fine
1/4 cup pitted Calamata olives, sliced

Add- in Variations:  Put in or take out
Sauteed Spinach and Cheddar
Sauteed Spinach and cottage cheese ( 1/2 cup)
Sauteed mushrooms and onions
Cooked Artichokes, chopped ( Trader Joe's sells them in frozen bags. Simply saute for about 5-10 minutes)
Sauteed red onions
Capers
Asparagus with or without cheese
Cottage cheese ( 1/2 cup) and cinnamon



Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Simply beat eggs and milk with a fork. Add remainder of ingredients and mix until smooth. Spoon into greased muffin tins and bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes. These freeze well and can stay in the freezer for at least 6 weeks. You can take one out at a time and heat for a snack.

                                      Make my recipe or use one of the variations


Mix eggs, milk, cheeses, scallions, and olives


Spray muffin tin with olive oil spray and fill tins with batter




These golden little quiches come out light and fluffy 




Variations  some with spinach and some with sauteed mushrooms
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8 comments:

  1. These look great! I love the idea of making mini quiches, especially when served on a tomato!

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  2. I love quiche, though I haven't made any since going dairy free. I like the mini quiche idea. That would allow me to add cheese to some for the rest of the family.

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  3. These are too cute I love quiche and how you made them little! Found you over at Family Food Fridays...

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  4. Oh, how delish, and so cute, too! :-)

    Shirley

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  5. Hi Judee! Thanks for linking up with Family Food Fridays, I received your email and wanted to let you know that your recipe showed up just fine. You will see the little red x to let you know that it's your submission, no one else sees it.

    I love the little quiches! Thanks again and hope to see you next week. :)

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  6. These look so pretty. I wouldn't mind starting my day off with one of these. I love that they can be made low calorie.

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  7. Such a good idea! Might go and make some this week... :))

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  8. These are just perfect. I love minis and I love quiche and I like putting these on slices of tomato. I also like, freezing the, and taking one or two, whenever the desire hits.

    So, I like everything, especially your linking to MMM, so others can share in this.

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