Archive for March, 2010

Low Fat Spinach Quiche

Let me start by saying that I am currently baking my Oatmeal Crunch Apple Pie and my house smells amazing!  You really should try that recipe!  When you purchase frozen pie crusts they always come in 2 packs.  I really don’t like freezing the remaining crust  because they don’t wrap well and always end up with freezer burn.  So I decided to make this tasty quiche for my dinner tonight.  It will be a great main course for dinner at my mom’s tonight.  She is making a pot roast which I remember to be a fabulous recipe but I haven’t eaten pot roast in over 7 years!  The quiche is another of my quick, easy, and delicious recipes.  When I saute’d the veggies I cooked more than I needed and plan to grill a pizza for lunch using the same veggies.  I love cooking things that can work in more than 1 recipe!

Low Fat Spinach Quiche

Ingredients

1 8oz package frozen chopped spinach

4 oz sliced Baby Bella mushrooms

1 small onion sliced thin

½ cup julienned sun dried tomato drained

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 ½ cup egg substitute

½ cup fat free `half and half

1 8 oz low fat Swiss cheese julienned

1 tablespoon flour

1 frozen pie crust

Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning to taste

Directions

Defrost spinach and drain out all liquid.

Heat olive oil in a pan and sauté onion until they begin to brown a little

Add the mushrooms and sun dried tomato and some seasonings, sauté about 5 minutes then mix with spinach in a bowl

Toss cheese with flour until lightly coated, add to veggies

In another bowl stir egg substitute and half and half, add seasoning, pour over veggie mixture

Stir well and pour into frozen pie crust

Bake 350 45-50 minutes until lightly browned

Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes to set before serving

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Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Pumpkin Black bean soup is one of my favorite comfort foods.  I go this recipe out of a 15 minute meal cookbook.  After making a few changes to the recipe it can still be put together and served within 30 minutes.  The extra 15 minutes means more chopped and saute’d veggies which equals more flavor.  I realize it’s not quite the season for canned pumpkin but  I’m hoping people are as crazy as me and stock up on it during the fall for the rest of the year.  My daughter made this using fresh pureed butternut squash in place of the canned pumpkin and had very good results.

  • 2 15 ounce cans of black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 red or green pepper chopped
  • A few celery stalks chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree (be sure it’s pure pumpkin not pie mix!)
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  • ¼ chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (optional)

Saute onion, pepper, and celery in olive oil until translucent.  Add garlic and seasoning and sauté for another minute.  Add broth and black beans and bring to a boil over medium high heat.  Lower heat to medium and add in pumpkin puree.  Stir until well blended and simmer a few minutes.  Stir in lime juice.

When serving sprinkle fresh cilantro on top of the bowl.

Jonathan Safran Foer on Ellen Degeneres

I read the book Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer momentarily wondered why I was bothering.  I mean, I’m already convinced that eating a vegetarian diet is the best choice so why bother?  Well, it turns out that his book had a ton of interesting info that I didn’t know about.  He also presented all sides of the story including the story of a vegetarian animal rancher. Honestly after reading the veg rancher’s point of view, I still don’t get it but whatever!  Anyway JSF was on Ellen’s show and what I liked about him was his ability to use his research and information to help people make whatever decision they want.  Hopefully it will at least affect some people to cut down their consumption of animal products.  If you’re interested in viewing his segment here’s the link.