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postheadericon Quiche – A Healthy, Versatile Breakfast that Anyone is Sure to Love!

Quiche

Quiche – Fancy, Healthy, & Delicious!

Quiche

Quiche makes a really great (and healthy!) breakfast meal because it’s not only so easy to make, you can add your own choice of ingredients making it your very own healthy breakfast that will keep you feeling good throughout the day. A quiche can be described as an open-faced pastry with a filling that consists of eggs and cheese as the main ingredients. A quiche is a French food dish that has been around for hundreds of years, and can be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Quiche is a very versatile dish! You can make quiche with a crust or without, it’s up to you! You can cheat (as many of us do!) and buy a store bought pie crust, or you can make your own with the recipe below.

Easy Quiche Recipe

This is one of my favorite quiche recipes because it’s so simple to make. You basically add all the ingredients into one big bowl and then pour it into a well-greased pan to bake in the oven for 45 minutes.

Ingredients

6 large free-range chicken eggs 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (or your favorite!) 1/2 cup non-fat milk 1 tbsp butter, optional 1 tbsp cream, optional Add-Ins -Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Swiss Cheese, Goat Cheese, Brie Cheese -Mushrooms -Spinach, Kale, Broccoli, -Onion, Green Onion (sauté onions first for flavor and texture) -Tomatoes, Red/Green Bell Peppers -Sausage, Bacon -Crab (also add 1/8 cup of mayo)

Directions

Add the eggs and milk together in a large bowl and mix well. Add the cheese along with any or all ingredients you want in the quiche, and gently mix well again. Pour into a well-greased 9 x 9 pan, and put into a 375° oven for @ 45 minutes. Quiche is done when it is a nice golden brown on the top and fairly firm to the touch.

Pie Crust

Mix 1 cup of flour with @ 2/3 stick of unsalted cold butter (cut into small cubes) and 1/2 tsp salt. Add in a little less than 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1/4 cup of cold water. Mix well and then add the egg. Use your fingers or a pastry knife for best results. Put in fridge for about half an hour. Take out, roll out, and press into pan. Easy!

Tips

If you want to watch your cholesterol, use an egg substitute. If you’re vegan, use almond or rice milk instead of cow’s milk, as well as a vegan cheese instead of regular cheese. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, use vegan bacon. or soy sausages.

 

postheadericon Tomatoes – A Healthy Addition to Your Breakfast Meal

Tomatoes are Healthy!

I remember when I was a kid, I did not like Tomatoes. I thought they looked funny and when I finally got the courage to actually taste one, the flavor was not appealing at all (a dash of salt probably would have helped). As a lot of people know, when you grow up your tastes tend to change. Luckily for me I eventually developed a taste for eating Tomatoes. Tomatoes are officially listed as both a vegetable and a fruit.

How to Eat Tomatoes

I put Tomatoes in salads, in sandwiches, in pasta dishes, on burgers, on pizza, and use them as a side dish for a variety of healthy meals. Oh, and I absolutely love Tomato Soup, with a toasted cheese sandwich on the side, of course.

Tomatoes for Breakfast

For breakfast, sometimes I’ll put a few thin slices of tomato on toast with a little olive oil drizzled on top. Or I’ll add some slices on the side when I eat scrambled eggs. A good old-fashioned BLT is also quite enjoyable, yet I don’t eat them as often as I used to due to the high fat content in mayo, and the general unhealthiness that accompanies regular bacon. I also would eat more than one because they’re so good! (Maybe I can make a healthier version? hmmmm…). For a vegetarian breakfast, I eat them on a bagel along with a little Neufchatel Cheese and vegetarian bacon.

So how healthy are tomatoes?

Tomatoes… • are full of vitamins and antioxidants • include lycopene (a flavonoid antioxidant), which protects the body from harmful free radicals and are known to help prevent cancer • are rich in potassium • are low in calories • help to lower cardiovascular disease

A Few More Popular Types of Tomatoes

-Roma, Heirloom, Early Girl, Beefsteak, Plum, Cherry, Grape Did You Know… -Tomatoes are America’s fourth most popular vegetable? -Tomatoes are grown in all 50 states? With California growing a whopping 96% of them? -China is the largest producer of Tomatoes? -French people used to call the Tomato the ‘apple of love’? -The heaviest Tomato on record weighed in at more than 7 pounds? TIPS: -Tomatoes that are fully ripe when picked contain a lot more vitamin C ad beta-carotene -Storing Tomatoes in the refrigerator isn’t highly recommended as this can reduce flavor and firmness. Instead, store them in a cool dry place… -Tomatoes are more easily absorbed into the body if you add a little (healthy!) fat when eating them, such as olive oil or an avocado

 

postheadericon Vegetarian Breakfast – Bagel w/Cream Cheese, Tomato, and… Bacon?

A Great Alternative to Regular Bacon!

Choosing to eat a Vegetarian Breakfast is easier than some may think, making this healthy breakfast recipe a must for practicing vegetarians as well as one that people who aren’t vegetarians will surely like, as well!

Vegetarian

I ate this breakfast a lot while in college just a couple years ago, and loved it so much that I have made it a regular part of my diet. I had a few leftover pieces of bacon from breakfast the previous day and as I was making a bagel with cream cheese, I wondered what it would taste like if I added bacon. And since I love BLT sandwiches, and I had a few tomatoesthat were ripe, I began to experiment. I toasted the bagel until it was well done (I like just about all my foods well done), put about 2 tablespoons of cream cheese on top (watch those fat calories!), then the bacon, and then the tomatoes on top. I took a bite of my new creation, and liked it so much that I ate this as a mid-breakfast snack at least once a week.

BAGEL:

Choose a whole wheat or whole grain bagel that contains as few ingredients as possible. TIP – Wait until the bagel cools off for a minute or two before putting on the cream cheese so it won’t melt into the bagel. Unless you like that, of course! (A bagel is considered to be a vegetarian food.)

CREAM CHEESE:

Substitute Neufchatel Cheese, which tastes very similar and contains about 30% less in both fat and calories. (Cream cheese is considered to be a vegetarian food.)

TOMATOES:

Choose your favorite tomato – Roma, Beefsteak, Hothouse, it’s up to you! Remember to add a dash of salt to bring out that great tomato flavor! (Tomatoes are considered to be a vegetarian food.)

BACON:

Since eating bacon has been considered to be not so healthy due to the nitrates, I started to use Smart Bacon instead. This is a great bacon substitute for vegetarians! Although it may take some time to get used to the difference, I highly recommend giving it a try as it is so much better for you and can easily be integrated into your healthy diet regime. (Regular bacon is notconsidered to be a vegetarian food.)

Vegetarianism

I’ve only recently thought about becoming a vegetarian. I’ve always liked to eat meat, so although the thought has crossed my mind from time to time, I never thought about seriously until lately. I watched the documentary Forks over Knives and it was a real eye-opener. I’ve cut down on how much meat I eat, and am currently finding meat substitutes, such as the Smart Bacon mentioned here in this post. Now the idea of being vegetarian is appealing to me and I think about this every time I go grocery shopping. For instance, recently I wanted to buy lunch meat and I looked for a vegetarian substitute and found one. Although eating vegetarian foods will take some getting used to, that’s fine. I just add a few other foods (avocado, red leaf lettuce, provolone cheese) to make the overall sandwich one that is quite delicious!