Monday, January 14, 2013

quiche to the rescue!

In the past, I never much cared for eggs.  I've grown to "accept" them over the years, and eat them frequently now, as John loves eggs.

Quiche may be one of my new favorite recipes -- it's relatively simple to prepare, protein-rich, easily customizable (clean out that veggie drawer!), and while it makes a delicious supper, it makes an even better work lunch in leftover form!

I really enjoy Real Simple's recipe for Basic Quiche, finding it adapts very easily to whatever ingredients I have on hand.  This time 'round, I subbed whole milk for the half-and-half, and added 2 cups of chopped broccoli.  I can't wait for lunch today!

Must have been good, as John took a picture of his clean plate:


I'm planning on disappearing from the blog for a bit, folks.  John and I have done practically NOTHING besides plan our wedding these past couple of weeks, as we are wanting a short engagement and our wedding date is fast approaching!  We'll keep eating heathy foods, of course, just likely simpler, not necessarily "blog-worthy" meals.  :)  See you soon!

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

late luck

I had planned on making a black-eyed pea and collard green soup on New Year's Day; I finally got around to making it tonight!  I wonder if my black-eyed pea luck will be late?  (I'm guessing not, as it's already been a pretty great year!)

Collard Green & Black-Eyed Pea Soup, topped with Coconut Bacon, and a side of Buttermilk Cornbread.

Off to read The Kitchen House.  Looks like I have a "theme" evening ahead of me!

Thursday, January 03, 2013

delayed soup

Here's that meal of wild rice soup and popovers I had planned for New Year's Eve!  A day late, but definitely not short at all.  :)

Wild Rice Soup is a Minnesota thing, but I frequently can't enjoy it, as it almost always contains chicken.  I use this recipe as a base, adding a bunch more veggies, (using a full cup each of carrot, onion, and celery, plus three cups of mushrooms,) extra rice, and sometimes cubed seitan.  With these changes, and simply swapping in vegetable broth, you get a thick, rich, veggie-packed wild rice soup that I'd bet most omnivores would happily devour, never noticing the absence of chicken!

On the side . . .

My popovers "popped over," but then they deflated a little.  Hmm.  They still tasted good, just weren't nearly as impressive as they could have been.  Anyone have thoughts on why this could have happened?

What are your family's New Year's traditions?