Would I be correct in assuming that most of us don’t have the time first thing in the morning to make ourselves a huge breakfast? When I work full time, I barely have enough time to brush my teeth in the morning, let alone make breakfast. Last month I wrote about eating fruit for breakfast, which is an excellent alternative to a huge meal, especially when you’re in a hurry. However, it’s not for everyone, and sometimes I just want a nice savory morning meal in a hurry. Here enters the quiche, a seemingly complicated dish that can actually be SUPER easy and made the night before. My goal was to make it with no recipe, because the last thing I want to do first thing in the morning is look at a recipe.
Start by putting your choice of veggies in an oven safe dish like this. I used carrots, mushrooms, and avocado because it’s all I had left. I would recommend using stronger tasting veggies though- like green peppers, onions, etc. I thought mine was a little bland. I’m also a huge fan of feta cheese, so if you have some try it! Or any other kinds of cheese if you want. If you got a raise at work or are feeling extra flavor hungry, add some cooked bacon. (Shhh…. you didn’t hear that from me…)
Mix together about 4 eggs and roughly a cup of milk. I know people use half and half, but I’m trying to make this semi-healthy and cheap, so milk it is! A few recipes I saw added a little bit of flour to thicken it up a bit. I put about a tablespoon in there, but use wheat flour if you have it. Also, I used what I had left of my asian dressing for added flavor, but you can skip that if you want. Pulverize for a few seconds in a mini blender or by hand.
Pour the mixture on top of the veggies.
Bake for 35-40 minutes at 350* or until it looks golden brown on top. You’ll know when it’s done. Jiggle it, if it doesn’t jiggle, it’s done. (Don’t forget the Texas Pete hot sauce with this! mmmm)
Yeah, I ate it on a plastic fish plate… so what?
So, practically how can this fit in your every day schedule? Well, it took me maybe 7-8 minutes from start to finish. If you don’t have 7-8 minutes in the morning, put it together the night before. You could either cook it the night before or cook it in the morning. When you get out of bed, throw the quiche in the oven and go get ready! That way it’ll be ready by the time you leave. You could also portion it out bag it up for the next few mornings.
This is a simple, healthy alternative to sweet morning junk food which we all love and adore, like muffins and cinnamon rolls. Do everything you can to NOT eat that stuff in the morning- it ruins your system for the day. I used to do it too- chocolate muffin and Diet Coke from the machine was my usual breakfast. Not cool.
4 eggs – $.40
1 cup milk – ~$.15
2 mushrooms – $.10
1/2 carrot – $.08
1/2 guacamole – $.25
4 servings – $.98
1 serving – $.24