Thursday, August 22, 2013

Crustless Garden Veggie Quiche

We have been blessed again this year with garden veggies! I know a lot of people plant zucchini but then don't know what to do with it other than to make a bunch of zucchini bread. I for one, although I do love a good piece of zucchini bread, couldn't wait to start adding it to our regular meals. Lasagna, beef stroganoff, stir fry and vegetable soup, to name a few.

Today it was quiche.

I started out with a bit of baby spinach from the bottom of the bag that was neglected to be used in a salad. It wouldn't have made a good salad anymore- it was kindof limpy looking. Not gone bad, but it was close.

Part of it I cooked and made into baby food, but after the first two bites the boy had had enough of that, so I pureed up some peaches to add to that.

The other part of it I thought I'd whip into a quick quiche. We had lots of eggs in the fridge, so that sounded like a quick easy lunch. I cracked some eggs into the pie pan, and then added the rest of a bag of cheddar we had in the fridge, probably about 3/4 cup? Then that spinach, and then remembered the ham we had cooked a while back and had bagged in the freezer.

I start feeling a bit reflective of the If You Give A Mouse a Cookie at this point. But this is how I cook.

Then I remembered the frittata recipe I drooled over at Apples to Applique, and the fresh sweet potatoes waiting to be turned into baby food. I took a little one and diced it.
And no quiche is complete without onion, so I sliced off the side of a large onion and diced it while I was at it.

And then I remembered the two large zucchini in the crisper and decided that would also be delicious in there. So I made little sliced quarters of that too, and dumped it in. I leave the peels on, by the way. It's easier to cut, and it adds vitamins.
By this point, my original 6 eggs weren't going to be enough, so I added two more and stirred them in.

Then I realized to my dismay, that with all these ingredients it was going to take my "quick" quiche longer to cook than I had originally planned.
That's okay. It is a whole lot yummier than I had originally planned.

Here's the recipe minus the jabber. J

8 eggs
¾ c. shredded cheddar
1 small sweet potato, diced
1 c. fresh baby spinach
¾ to 1 c. sliced and quartered zucchini
¼ to ½ c. diced onion
¾ to 1 c. diced ham

Stir all together into greased pie pan, making sure eggs are broken and blended well with veggies, and that varieties of veggies are evenly distributed.

Bake at 350 for 45-50 min, or until set.

Ingredients are flexible, as well as quantities. I almost never measure as I cook, so these are guesses as to how much of what is in there. That being said, you can be flexible too, if you don’t have one or another of the ingredients, or if you prefer broccoli over spinach, etc. I wish, for example, that we had mushrooms on hand that I could have added. Mmmm, would have have been yummy or what?

Let me know what you come up with!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Counting 1000 Blessings - August 2013

1          640 Reading him to sleep, not because I have to, but because I want to. He won't be this little very long.
            641 Making music! One shaker has dry beans, the other has dry rice. He started making music along with the CD we had playing. That's my boy!
            642 Family night geocaching. 4 for 4, and I even found some before my husband this time!
2          643I spy two love birds and the rest puffing out their feathers to dry after the rain.
            644 So thankful for coffee today
            645 Butternut squash soup as I study
3          646 Reading together. I love watching these two.
            647 Baby napping on the lazy river
            648 Ice cream as a family. My precious father in law suggesting, “Let’s get out the sprinkles. And the peanuts. And the caramel topping.” I just love him.
4          649 Oatmeal with blackberries and agave on this rainy morning. Sitting with my boy who is getting oatmeal with peaches, agave and cinnamon.
            650 Finally figured out how to fix something that’s been bugging me for over a year!
            651 He listens so intently to the Jesus Storybook Bible even though its for 4 & up.
5          652 three batteries make my child’s face light up!
            653 canteloupe that looks like a ball
            654 Beauty from the inside out shines brighter
6          655 cicadas making Ivan laugh
            656 Burst water balloons sprinkle the sidewalk
            657  Holding hands at the grocery store
7          658 Park bench
            659 lunch from my in-laws
            660 texts to and from my daddy on his birthday
8          661 bubbles with daddy
            662 barefoot boys
            663 long evenings
9          664 you are the salt of the earth. Mt 5:13 reminder today to be good and salty- not bland.
            665 Cooked a whole bag of sweet potatoes to make into baby food. Mixes with alot of things and he goes through it so fast!
            666 He eats a whole banana these days!
10        667 Mike losing his hair to chemo
            668 Things around the house breaking
            669 Having to choose one side of the family over the other
11        670 DecoArt coupon
            671 Isaiah 40:30-31 Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
            672 New Hello Mornings group and good coffee
12        673 The sky was delicious tonight!
            674 The flowers are always yellower on the other side of the fence.
            675 Do you see it? Was gonna wait till tomorrow but looked at what the gift for today was and it fit so well... #geocaching #31in31 Working on the 31 days of geocaching for August!
13        676 Cotton clouds fill up the sky
            677 sky let go
            678 Pizza with rain pattering outside, husband and son at table with me. Heaven.
14        679 beautiful park we have stopped at multiple times, only to find out there's a cache there.
            680 Another #nofilter sky God made.
            681 Carma playing with Ivan
15        682 Pain medicine
            683 Phone charger
            684 Sweet nurse
16        685 New order gives hope
            686 Family in Christ
            687 Brothers who love on Ivan
17        688 Coupon workshop
            689 Hug from friend Sarah
            690 Coffee. enough said
18        691 Faith Spoken Of post God’s spirit helped me write
            692 Love on paper pad
            693 My little blond boy loves his hungry caterpillar book.
19        694 Money back
            695 Little laughs
            696 Pre-nap snuggles
20        697 Skype faces
            698 Husband entertaining us at lunch
            699 Big laughs at bedtime
21        700 Quiet time
            701 Nap
            702 Good news
22        703 1 Jn 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith
            704 My husband’s support for my ministry
            705 Walk with my guys
23        706 Old icing
            707 New cake
            708 Old friends
24        709 Swirls from the coffee maker
            710 This sweet boy helping grandma snap beans. ♥
            711 My hubby making time to geocache with me – love that he places importance on my goals J
25        712 homemade coffee creamer. #letshavecoffee
            713 watching the incredibles together while daddy works on the computer and I work on a sock monkey for my shop.
            714 relationships
26        715 Found these notes from bible study 5 years ago. Feeling blessed every bit as much as I did when they were penned.
            716 Today we celebrated my father in law's 40th spiritual birthday! What a #legacy he has already! I pray it continues with our kids & theirs.
            717 blessed garden
27        718 New recipe
            719 New food
            720 New sock monkey
28        721 After rescuing the cheerios from the ants yesterday, this breakfast feels like triumph
            722 tooth number eight
            723 family who helps
29        724 garage sale with friend
            725 antiques and free donuts
            726 #hot. 94 degrees is the indoor temp. Finally got down below 90 outside so we could open windows and let the "cool" air in!
30        727 Canning again today
            728 The sun did cool things to my picture :) #31in31 #geocaching
            729 micro SD card - moving 1000s of pictures and videos from my phone to the computer
31        730 80th birthdays
            731 Soft serve
            732 Coleman truckload sales