Friday, January 23, 2009

Slacker...that's my new name! But a Meal, a REAL MEAL!

I got a bit lazy for about a week and a half. I had planned a menu, but hadn't shopped for said menu or actually cooked from said menu! There was some eating out. I have to admit it. There was some overindulging (can you say "queso AND nachos"?) It was enjoyed, as all overindulging should be, but it's time for my birthday to be over!!!! I guess there is this slight joy at the fact that I am actually ending the overindulging! There was a time where that period would have lasted! =)

So, I had this menu planned and one of the items on it was a Crustless Quiche recipe from Pam Anderson's The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great. One of the things that I've really come to love about this cookbook is that it never locks you in to a one note recipe. Pam does an amazing job of giving you a very basic recipe and then multiple variations on it so that you can make it 5 times and it's never the same! I love that! Learn the basics and a couple of variations and your meal repertoire expands exponentially.

The recipe we made last night was a Crustless Quiche and the flavor variation was Quiche with Sausage, Apples and Sage. Doesn't it just sound yummy??? The weeone LOVES sausage and she hasn't met an apple she didn't like (although since her top two teeeth as still missing she's not eating them whole these days!), so it was a perfect recipe for us. It was a hurried night as she had guitar lessons and I had to work Softball Registration for the Oaks Dad's Club where the weeone plays softball, so a quick easy meal was in order and this completely fit the bill!

The basic quiche recipe came together in about 2 minutes since it's just a few staples (eggs, liquid eggs, evaporated milk, dijon mustard and salt and pepper). The most work was diced the Granny Smith apple and the chicken sausages and that took...oh...about 3 minutes! So really preheating the oven took longer than the hands on prep of the quiche. The longest part of the recipe was the baking - 25 to 30 minutes is what the recipe called for and it took about 5-7 minutes longer for us, so if you make this, don't plan a close call crazy night like I did!!!

This was right before the quiche hit the oven! There was no time for an "after" shot!

Overall this was an easy recipe that was good and we will repeat (at least in other flovor variations if not this same one!). The weeone and I both had a slice of quiche again this morning for breakfast, so it was definitely a cook once, eat twice kind of meal!

Quiche with Sausage, Apples, and Sage
The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight & Eating Great
by Pam Anderson

Serves 6

Basic Crustless Quiche

Filling ingredients of choice (see recipe that follows)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup liquid eggs or egg whites
1 small can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
dried herb of choice ( see recipe that follows)
Cheese of choice (see recipe that follows)

Adjust oven rack to center position and heat oven to 400 degrees.
Grease a 9-inch Pyrex pie plate
Prepare filling ingredients and set aside.
Whisk eggs, milk, mustard, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir in herb, cheese, and filling ingredients.
Pour mixture into pie plate and bake until just set, 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes. Cut into 6 wedges and serve.
(about 67 calories per serving without cheese)

Sausage, Apple and Sage filling recipe

2 teaspoons oil
1 large Granny Smith apple, cored and cut into medium dice
6 ounces fully cooked lean chicken sausages, quartered lengthwise and cut into medium dice
1/4 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
3 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese (about 3/4 cup)

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add apple; saute until caramel brown, about 4 minutes. Add sausages; saute until golden brown, about 2 minutes longer.
Add sage, cheese and filling ingredients to egg mixture.

(192 calories per serving)

So..what about you? Anyone have a lowfat and healthy quiche flavor combo that they love? Or a recipe for one of those crazy nights when you have all of 45 minutes to cook, feed everyone and run out the door? What do you do on those night? Used to be we'd hit the Chinese restaurant down the street or pick up some other sort of takeout...what do you do? I'd love some other ideas!

1 comment:

Sara said...

Looks great! I love to make fritattas, which basically turns out to be a crustless quiche. I add whatever is around - cheese, leftover vegetables, sausage. I try to keep stuff in the freezer for nights when I need a quick meal - mostly soups, but some other things too. Or I use my crockpot!