Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Breakfast Quiches

Paul and I have decided to try working out in the morning now. We are going to wake up at 6 a.m. and just get it over with. Working out at night sucks. Who has the energy for that in the evening?! All I want to do every night is sit on my butt and clean the house up for the next day during commercials. We will see how it goes! I need a little more clean eating and a little less cookies and cuppycakes also. So, maybe I will start after tomorrow night. We are going to a fancy shmancy restaurant with some friends and eating a ton. And then Friday, we have company coming into town. Maybe we start eating better on Monday. Yeah...Monday...

These breakfast delights aren't that horrible...

Mini Breakfast Quiches / Baked Ham and Egg Cups
Recipe by Our Best Bites
4 eggs
1 C egg substitute* (or an additional 4 whole eggs instead)
3/4 C shredded low-fat sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 C shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 C cottage cheese
5 oz frozen spinach, defrosted, water squeezed out and roughly chopped
(that's half a standard frozen box of spinach)
1/3 C roasted red peppers, diced
1 oz finely diced ham, canadian bacon, or crumbled bacon (about 1/4-1/3 C)
1/4 C sliced green onions
1/4 t kosher salt
1/8 t black pepper1/2 t hot sauce
foil muffin tin liners OR 12 slices ham
*1/4 egg substitute = 1 whole egg, so if you're using all eggs, or some eggs and some egg whites, you can adjust accordingly.
Put your apron on and ...
Preheat oven to 350
In a bowl, combine all ingredients (except ham slices) and stir well.
If using ham slices, spray muffin tin with non cook spray and place one piece of ham in each well to form a bowl.
If using foil muffin liners, spray the insides of the liners with non-stick spray.
Evenly divide egg mixture between the 12 muffin wells (about 1/4 C each), being careful to keep ingredients well dispersed. You want them to fill right up to the top.

Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. The tops should be puffed and just barely set on top. Eggs will sink after cooling.
Store them in an airtight container in the fridge, or freeze them. When reheating in the microwave, make sure to take off the foil liner! And if you're reheating from frozen, I try to take them out the night before so they can thaw in the fridge. Then when you microwave them, set them on a folded paper towel to drain excess moisture.
Eat them alone, or for a well-rounded breakfast crumble on top of a piece of whole grain toast along with a glass of milk and a piece of fruit. Makes 12.

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