Yummy Quiche

Whenever my mom comes to visit she makes quiche, which always makes me very happy.  Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this versatile dish is always a crowd pleaser!  I hope you love my mom’s Mexican inspired vegetable quiche as much as I do.  For this recipe we use a frozen gluten free pie crust that you can find at Whole Foods or Sprouts (FYI the gluten free crusts tend to be a touch smaller than average glutenous sized pre-formed pie crusts).

1 cup of broccoli florets, or zucchini

1/2 onion caramelized

1 small can diced jalapeño

1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese

1 1/2 cup pepper jack

Salt and pepper to taste

4 eggs beaten

1/3 cup milk

3 dashes of nutmeg

Caramelizing the onions takes about an hour, including prep, but the process is totally worth it in the end!  Dice half an onion and caramelize onions, heat about a teaspoon of oil in a pan on medium heat, add sliced 1/2 onion to the pan and cook on low for 45 minutes, stirring constantly.  Take off the heat once tender and place in bowl.

Sauté the broccoli, or zucchini, and the can of jalapeño until tender.  Make sure that the juices are fully evaporated so that your quiche has the right consistency, be especially careful if you use a wet vegetable like zucchini or mushroom.  Combine vegetable with the caramelized onions.  Pre-heat oven to 425°.

Add the cheese to bowl and mix thoroughly.  Take the mixture of vegetable and cheese and put in pie crust.  Mix eggs and milk in measuring cup so that it is easy to pour.  Make a hole in the center to add egg and milk mixture.  Wait until the egg mixture reaches the side of the crust. Do not fill to the top of the crust edge, it will overflow.  Top with a sprinkle of nutmeg, prior to popping into the oven.

For a nice even bake place quiche on the middle rack.  You will know your quiche is done when it is golden brown on top and there is only a slight jiggle in your filling.

Enjoy!

Bake at 425° for 45 minutes

Weeknight Spaghetti Squash

Thanksgiving and Christmas have come and gone, and I am still struggling to wake up from my food coma. After inhaling all of the holiday southern food I am looking far something different for my tastebuds.

I love Italian food!  It’s a fantastic comfort food, that is great for a mid-week dinner.  As a gluten intolerant individual it is not always easy to fulfill my craving.  Thankfully there is spaghetti squash to help create gluten-free friendly Italian dishes.  One of my favorite ways to prepare this miracle squash is with pesto and veggies

1 Spaghetti Squash

1 7oz container of pesto

1 container heirloom cherry tomatoes

2 yellow squash

3 garlic cloves or 2 tsp of minced garlic

Olive Oil

Salt and pepper (to taste)

Garlic Powder (a pinch)

Preheat oven to 400°.  Cut the spaghetti squash in half, make sure that cut away from yourself (safety first!).  Drizzle olive oil on each half, about a tablespoon per half, lightly sprinkle salt and garlic powder on squash.  Place on pan and roast at 400° for 45 minutes, or until tender (to check poke with a fork).

While the spaghetti squash is cooking, halve the tomatoes and dice the yellow squash.  Sauté the tomatoes and yellow squash, for about 7 minutes so veggies are al dente, with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.  Place pan to the side until spaghetti squash is done.

Allow the spaghetti squash to cool somewhat and get ready to shred!  It is easier to use a kitchen towel to help grip the roasted squash while holing the squash at an angle and shredding it with a fork into a large sauté pan.  Sauté the shredded spaghetti squash with a teaspoon of olive oil and the minced garlic for a minute, and then add pesto.  Cook until all flavors are incorporated, which should only take about 5 minutes, then mix in sautéed veggies.  Top with parmesan and enjoy!

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Trader Joe’s Holiday Hacks

Sooo its that time of year, when you have a ton of gatherings, parties, and family dinners and you almost always need something to bring.  Year round I have a serious obsession with all things Trader Joe’s.  When it comes to hosting or attending  seasonal festivities TJ’s helps make everything bright.  These are the five ways that Trader Joe’s has saved my holiday season.

  1. So much holiday gluten free goodness! I am currently hooked on their new Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread/ Muffin Mix which is $3.99.  These babies only require 2 eggs, water and oil and in 22-25 minutes you have a fall celebration in your mouth!  They are super flavorful and seasoned to perfection.  They are so yummy and easy that my husband started baking them, and then ate the fruits of his labor…..
    • If you need other GF friendly holiday staples try their GF Cornbread Muffin Mix, Stuffing, and Pumpkin Pancake Mix.  All of these have been tested by gluten intolerant and gluten tolerant alike, and loved!
  2. Silk Almond Hazelnut Creamer $4.99 + Houseblend Coffee $13.99= a great start to your day.  Finally there is that autumn chill in the air that makes a morning cup of coffee extra rewarding!  I love sharing coffee and conversation when guests are visiting.  Whether it is a mid-day pick-me-up or an aid for early consciousness this combination is a fall hug from the inside out.
  3. Looking to roast your turkey with fresh organic herbs?? Organic Thanksgiving Herb Bouquet, $3.99 to the rescue!  Use this enticingly scented bundle of sage, rosemary and thyme for turkey, stuffing, or even butternut squash soup.  These savory herbs are also great for earthy aromatic table settings.
  4. Wanna be the hostess with the mostess?!  Keep on hand TJ’s Cranberry Chevre Log $3.99, Erath Pinot Noir $12.99, and their Fig & Olive Crackers $3.99, and you are sure to impress any friends and family that stop by unexpectedly.  The tart cranberries, atop the flavorful crackers, paired with the smooth fruity red is a well balanced combo that certain to leave everyone satisfied.  If you do not drink alcohol warm up some of their yummy Apple Cider which is $2.99 and throw in a fragrant cinnamon stick in for extra cheer.
  5. Carrot Souffle, is it dessert or an addition to dinner?  Thankfully this versatile deliciousness can cover so many bases you will be prepared for dinners and potlucks all season long.  This pre-made side-dish is great for those who don’t have time to cook but still want to bring a crowd-pleaser.  Only $4.99 TJ’s Carrot Souffle is a steal.

I hope these tips will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest.  Being prepared can help this season filled with memories and not stress.  Be sure to check in often for more hosting tips to ensure all of your events are beautiful and go smoothly.

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**I have included the  prices of these items at my local Trader Joe’s, sorry if they do not reflect the pricing in your area.