Sunday, December 4, 2011

Crustless Veggie and Cheese Quiche Cups

These little quiche cups are responsible for helping me to curb my appetite.  They taste wonderful and because they are protein and vitamin rich, you will feel full and satisfied long after you've enjoyed this delicate dish. Enjoy two in the morning followed with a cup of coffee and some fruit or nuts, pack two or three quiche cups along with a tossed salad and some soup into your lunch pail, or simply eat two with your vegetable of choice for a quick and guilt-free dinner.  I made 24 quiche cups this week, stored them in a resealable plastic container in the fridge and my family enjoyed them for 5 days.  On these cold mornings, I like to give the kids something warm to start their day, so I warm-up the quiche cups on a baking sheet along side some bacon and send them off with plenty of amino acids to nourish their growing brains. Hope you find this recipe useful for regulating your weight and feeding your family.

2 tbsp olive oil
1 bunch of fresh whole spinach(about 10 oz) or 10 oz thawed and rained frozen spinach, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, diced 
2 large field mushrooms, chopped
3 large garlic cloves, minced
8 large eggs, beaten
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray. Heat olive oil on a skillet and add onions(yellow and green), spinach and mushrooms. Saute for 2 minutes. Add garlic, stirring frequently( careful not to burn the garlic) continue to saute veggies for 2 more minutes.   

2. In a large pitcher or measuring cup, beat eggs and add cheese, salt and pepper to the mixture.  With kitchen tongs, place an equal amount of vegetables into each of the 24 muffin cups and top with egg and cheese mixture(only fill muffin cups 3/4 full, the egg will rise). 

3. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.  Store left-over cups in a plastic container with a lid in the fridge for up to 7 days.

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