WFMW: Make-Ahead Mini Quiches

Recipe for Make-Ahead Mini Quiches via GivingUpOnPerfect.com

I am not a morning person. [People who have lived with me, feel free to hashtag that with #understatement…]

I’m not. I like staying up late and do it even when I shouldn’t, even when I have to get up early (or what morning people call “late”). So mornings are not my friend. But I’ve learned that breakfast – that meal that insists on taking place in the hateful morning – makes or breaks my day.

At least when it comes to diet. If I eat a lousy breakfast – or, even worse, skip it altogether – I can guarantee I’m not eating a salad for lunch or a piece of fruit for a snack. I probably won’t even drink any water. And by the evening, I’m bloated and miserable and so frustrated that one more day was wasted with bad health choices.

But if I start the day with a good breakfast – something healthy that will stick with me, keep me full for a few hours – I’m a whole lot more likely to make better choices throughout the rest of the day. And who doesn’t want to make more healthy choices?!

The problem is that, even though I know all this, I still hate mornings. And dragging myself from bed to couch (or bed to nursery to couch) is the best I can do for those first 30 minutes or so of my day. So cooking up a plate full of protein (aka, scrambled eggs and turkey sausage) or whipping up a low-fat fruity smoothie? IS JUST TOO MUCH WORK.

Still, I need to figure this thing out. I can’t keep driving through McDonald’s and wondering why the scale only moves up. Plus, I need to do better for my girls. I need to feed them better (not that they’re complaining about cheerios or chocolatey protein breakfast bars), and I need to set a good example for them. All that said, I’ve been on the hunt for healthy make-ahead breakfast solutions the past few months.

The first make-ahead breakfast recipe I decided to try was for “Omelet and Potato Breakfast Bites.” After researching the definitions of “omelet,” “quiche” and “frittata” (Yep. That’s how dedicated I am to providing you with the best information. Or, I’m a nerd. Whatever.), I decided these lean more toward the quiche end of egg dishes.

So – Make-Ahead Mini Quiches it is! But, really, you can [obviously] call them anything you want. Just don’t call them late to breakfast. Oh, shoot! What a terrible joke! I tried to resist, you guys, I did.

ANYWAY. I tried these this week, and they are super easy and very tasty. Another recipe I read said that, no matter what other ingredients you add, green onions are a must. Since I didn’t have any on hand and found my mini quiches a teensy bit bland, I’m going to make sure I don’t make that mistake again. Or I’ll add bacon. Or BOTH…

Make-Ahead Mini Quiches

Make-Ahead Mini Quiches

24 tater tots
8 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1 cup meats and veggies, diced

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, then microwave the [frozen] tater tots. Grease muffin tin with baking spray, then put three tater tots in each cup. Smash them down (with the bottom of a small cup or, if you like, a baby bottle that you just washed because washing bottles never ends) into a potato crust. Bake for 10 minutes.

While the potatoes are baking, mix together eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper if you’d like. Once the potatoes are cooked, sprinkle meat and veggies in each cup. Pour egg mixture over each cup and top with shredded cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until egg is completely cooked.

I put turkey sausage and red pepper in my little quiches, but next time I’m definitely trying bacon and green onion. I’m also considering trying it without the tater tots (to make up for adding the bacon!). I refrigerated mine because I knew we’d eat them the next morning, but you can certainly freeze them and microwave individually for a fast, healthy breakfast.

Make-ahead breakfast foods definitely work for me!

What’s your favorite breakfast food?

 
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Monday Morning Mmmm: Baked Apple Bites

Thanks to the wonderful world of Pinterest, I have developed a burning desire to make donuts this fall. Apple donuts. Pumpkin donuts. Chocolate donuts. I mean – Donuts! Who makes their own donuts?

Clearly, a lot of people. Because they are all over the Pinterest.

Apparently, you can bake donuts (and, therefore, call them healthy). And you can use a donut tin that looks like a muffin tin (who knew?) or a donut cutter that is basically a donut-shaped cookie cutter (seriously! who knew?). I realize these are probably basic facts that any decent cook knows, but I’m telling you it has blown my mind.

I decided (despite my proclamation that I’d no longer be tempting you – and me – with recipes for delicious sweet treats) to try making donuts for my Bible study group. Last week was my turn to take the morning snack, and I thought these oven-baked apple donuts from Chocolate Shavings looked perfect.

And they WERE delicious. I mean, just look at that! One of the girls at Bible study actually said they “were like heaven in my mouth”! But I’ve got to tell you two things.

First, I just can’t call them “donuts.” I made them in a mini muffin tin, so to me, they’re muffins. Not donuts. And second, I wanted to believe that the apples and whole wheat flour I used would balance out the large amounts of butter included. But that’s not really true.

Mostly, though, I want you to know that yummy as these were, I don’t think they count as actual donuts. So I am now forced to try another donut recipe sometime in the future. [Consider that your unhealthy-but-delicious warning!]

These little apple bites (muffins? fritters? I don’t know what to call them!) are messy and a little bit bigger than bite-sized. So I won’t judge you if you just get down to business with a fork and a glass of milk. No, I won’t. You could also make three dozen instead of two, which would eliminate the bigger-than-bite-size problem. I can’t help you with the messy part, though. That’s just the beauty of food rolled in butter and cinnamon sugar.

Baked Apple Bites
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Recipe type: Breakfast
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1½ cups apple, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ⅓ cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup milk
  • To Coat:
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk the flour, baking powder, sugars, salt and and nutmeg. Add the cold, chopped butter. Mix with fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. (To be honest, though, mine never actually looked like crumbs.)
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg. Add the milk and apples. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir with spoon (being careful not to over-mix). The batter will be thick. Place a spoonful into each mold of a buttered mini muffin pan. (I recommend using two muffin tins so they are smaller and more bite-sized.)
  3. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Remove from the tin and lightly brush each donut with the melted butter. Dunk in a bowl with the sugar and cinnamon. Shake off excess sugar and serve warm.

I’ve got to tell you. As part of our conversation during Bible study, I was explaining to my [new] friends that I’m not comfortable in my role as stay-at-home mom. But the whole thing fell pretty flat when faced with these delicious “donuts” that I’d just happened (ha!) to whip up that morning.

No, I’m not bragging. I stand by the statement that I’m not all that domestic. But this recipe is easy and delicious, so what can I say? Maybe I’m getting something right? (Never mind my rededication to healthy eating. Just never mind it.)

Do you make your own donuts? Do you feel like you’re domestic? And have you ever heard of a donut cutter?

This post will be linked to Mouthwatering Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Tuesdays at the Table, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, 33 Shades of Green, Sweet Tooth Friday and Foodie Friday.

Product Review: Western Bagel Alternative Bagels™

As of today, I have paid for three months of Weight Watchers…and have lost a total of 2.4 pounds. This is not good. Fortunately, WW’s fall campaign, Lose for Good, has inspired me to renew my dedication to losing weight and improving my health.

Lose for Good is a national campaign promising that for every pound lost with WW between September 7 and October 18, WW will donate the equivalent of one pound of food to someone who needs it. In addition, local offices are collecting food for local hunger relief programs. The meeting I attend will be donating food to Harvesters.

As part of my new and improved attitude toward eating healthy and losing weight, I bought some new bagels. I’d read about 1-point bagels several times, but had never gotten around to buying any. After all, they’re more expensive and only sold at Hy-Vee (while I normally buy most my groceries at Walmart). But this week…this week, I’m being healthy. So, new bagels it is.

Western Bagel Alternative Bagels™ are very good. I got the Sweet Wheat variety, and they’re quite yummy. Sweet and wheaty. The bagel is definitely smaller than the ones I like to buy at Einstein Brothers (check out their site – it’s a really good one). But it tastes good, and when I add my fake cream cheese, it’s a pretty good breakfast. And thanks to the extra fiber in the bagel, it lasts longer than a bowl of my favorite, not-as-healthy-as-it-seems cereal.