Ok, so I've been on a bit of a hiatus recently- basically, I am changing jobs, I moved apartments, and everything has been generally chaos... I haven't cooked or made jewelery, and poor little Charlotte has been all aflutter. But, things are settling down, and I'm back!
Want some proof? I give you... veggie quiche, the healthy(ish) version!
This was my dinner.. mmmmm.... even though it requires the oven, it still feels summery.
What you need:
--2 eggs and 3 egg-whites (or some combination basically equivalent)
--half a cup of milk (I used non-fat)
--half a cup of shredded cheese (whatever you have, also, it could be feta crumbles)
--veggies- whatever you have on hand. I used about half a bunch spinach, half a zucchini, half an onion and some miscellaneous pieces of red bell pepper
-- a decent sized potato (or a couple red potatoes)
As you can see from the ingredients list, this is not an exact science.
First, we're going to make a crust, you could use a pie crust, but we're going to use potatoes to avoid something full of either butter or trans fats.
Spray a pie pan or a cake pan with some olive oil. Slice the potato fairly thinly, and cover the bottom and sides with slices. They should pretty substantially overlap because they will shrink. Spray with a bit more olive oil, and cook at 375 for about 15 minutes, until they look sort of cooked, but not brown- like this:
In the meantime, saute the veggies until basically cooked (start the onions first, then add zucchini, then last wilt the spinach)- mine looked like this:
Beat the eggs with the milk, and add the cheese. Then put in some salt and pepper. Dump the veggies in the potato shell. Then pour the egg/milk/cheese mixture over it. Bake at 375 for about half an hour - 45 min, until it is nice and puffy and brown, like this:
Let it sit for a minute, then serve (mine is with strawberries, because its the season, and they were 99 cents... NINETY NINE CENTS when I was at the store).
AND, for my budget cookers, I calculated the total cost here- this ENTIRE THING cost $4.27, and as far as I'm concerned it doesn't get much better than that! (as usual, the cost estimation assumes you're a savvy shopper- I have a grocery store discount club membership and shop accordingly. I also calculated just the cost of the actual items used- like, only 5 of the eggs not the cost of the full dozen). Anyways, for 4 servings, you have a very manageable $1.06- what else can you ask for?