Mini Lunchbox Quiches

Mini Lunchbox Quiches

Mini Lunchbox Quiches I love quiche do you? For years, I’ve looked for a simple recipe that can be made with or without a crust. This recipe fits the bill. Mini Lunchbox Quiches are good enough for your work lunch or for an appetizer for a small group.

Mini Lunchbox Quiches Easier Thank They Sound

This recipe is considered to be Medium in difficulty though I felt it was easy. It doesn’t take long to prepare less than 20 minutes. The bake time is also less than 20 minutes and it makes 12 mini quiches

What you need to make Mini Lunch-Box Quiches:

recipes1 cup whole-wheat flour [I tried the Italian imported for a better flour]

1⁄2 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons (3⁄4 stick) unsalted butter, melted

4 eggs

1 1⁄2 cups milk [No non-dairy substitutes worked for me]

1⁄8 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

1⁄3 cup grated cheese, such as cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Havarti

Optional: diced protein like bacon, beef, ham, or chicken. Thinly cut slices of spinach leaves, broccoli tops, or diced onions. The pieces must be tiny.

Baking Tools:

QuichesTwelve 5-inch parchment paper squares. These I found at the same specialty market I got the flour. You can cut parchment paper too.

Easy Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 400°F. Line a muffin pan 5-inch parchment squares.

The crust which is optional in my opinion. I also made a crustless Paleo food. If you desire crust see below.*

  1. *In a medium bowl, blend the flour and ¼ teaspoon of the salt. Stir in the melted butter until the flour is completely moistened and then set aside.
  2. In a large glass measuring cup whisk together the eggs, milk, remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, and pepper.
  3. *Put 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture in the bottom of each lined muffin cup. Push it down flat with your fingers so it covers the bottom from edge to edge.
  1. *Sprinkle the cheese evenly on top of the little crusts if using the flour and then carefully pour the egg mixture on top, filling the cups two-thirds full.

If not making a crust, lightly spray the liners with olive oil from a mister, sprinkle the cheese evenly over the oil, and then carefully pour the egg mixture on top, filling the cups two-thirds full.

  1. Drop in a few pieces of your optional protein or vegetables. You may have to use less egg if you add heavier or larger pieces. I recommend ½ full cups and 2-3 tiny tidbits of protein and vegetables. My favorite is a few bits of Turkey bacon and onions each.
  2. Bake until the eggs are set and lightly browned on top, 18 to 20 minutes. Eat warm, refrigerate for later in the week, or freeze for another day. Again these are great for an appetizer or a small brunch group.

One Recipe Many Quiches

You can add other spices like a Mexican blend and then top with Salsa when you serve them. Try bacon or chicken with onions or spinach and serve with Green Chili Sauce. We made some with crumbles of Italian sausage, used mozzarella cheese, and onions topping them with a marinara sauce. The ideas are endless.

Please share your favorites and ideas in our comments. Thank you!

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4 Delicious Coconut Milk Recipes to Put Paradise on Your Plate for Meatless Monday

4 Delicious Coconut Milk Recipes to Put Paradise on Your Plate for Meatless Monday

4 Delicious Coconut Milk Recipes

Delicious Coconut Milk RecipesI must confess I love coconut anything. Discovering these 4 delicious coconut milk recipes definitely makes my mouth and stomach happy. We try to do the Meatless Monday thing and these are perfect.

These recipes are super easy too so they’re perfect for working couples or families.

Our first ‘share’ for delicious coconut milk recipes is pumpkin soup. The original recipe hails from across the ocean and Jamie magazine where famous British Chef Jamie Oliver delights plates. Our changes for Meatless Monday recipes are simple; make sure you use either local or organic ingredients. Next we’ve added some extra spices for flavor.

Pumpkin Soup with Chives and Ginger

Serves 4

You’ll need:

  1. Medium pumpkin cubed. About 8 cups according to Jamie
  2. 2 shallots chopped or green onions if you can’t find organic shallots.
  3. 1 liter or about 33 oz. of homemade organic vegetable stock. Natural food stores carry premade that works well
  4. 5 tablespoons of Fresh ginger grated. In a pinch by the jar version, that is fresh in your produce section.
  5. ½ cup of coconut milk.
  6. 1 tablespoon of organic chili powder [we found it at Whole Foods Bulk]
  7. A pinch of pie spice
  8. A pinch of Sea salt

How to make this recipe:

  1. Sauté in a large pot the pumpkin, shallots, and ginger until soft using a little olive oil or coconut oil.
  2. Add the vegetable stock, coconut milk, and spices bring the mix to a boil.
  3. Pour the mixture into your Vitamix or food processor and blend until smooth. Also, you can add chives to make this dish look and smell delicious.

meatless MondayServe in bowls with a side-salad for an excellent evening meal.  Use a squeeze of lime to add a tangy flavor. If you eat bread, crusty bread like Shepherds works well.

Finding delicious coconut milk recipes can be difficult. Many are heavy in fat and sugars. We like to make our Meatless Monday recipes healthy too!

Meatless Monday Recipes

Over the next four weeks we’ll be sharing Delicious Coconut Milk Recipes .Next up in for meatless Monday recipes: Vegan Sweet Potato Gratin

 

images: DreamsTime Article adapted from: http://www.organicauthority.com/