Monday, January 10, 2011

Perfect Snow Day Dinner

Emily lay there like a slug. It was her only defense.

We had a day filled with sledding and snowman building. How was your day?

We ended it with the perfect snow day dinner. Quiche is so easy and inexpensive to make, but I rarely do it because of the long baking time. Not an issue today.

Stay with me here if you could use some comfort food.

By subbing out the cream and whole eggs, this quiche is lighter than your standard version. You can make this even lighter by making it crustless, but isn't that the best part?

Egg Beaters are on BOGO sale this week at Publix so I stocked up (with coupons they are $.65 a carton). More chicken sausage was involved too.

I started by putting 8oz fresh spinach in a covered pyrex dish and microwaved it for 2 minutes. Then I took a paper towel and squeezed out the excess water.

Into the mixing bowl went:

  • 2 diced apple-maple chicken sausages
  • 1 1/2 c Egg Beaters
  • 1/2 c skim milk
  • 1 c part-skim mozzerella (gruyere would have been lovely if I had it)
  • a hearty pinch of salt and pepper, garlic powder, dried parsely, 2 chopped sage leaves, and a dash of cinnamon

  • Poured into a pre-made pie crust and topped with another 1/4 cup of shredded mozzerella

    As an afterthought I sprinkled 1/4 tsp of nutmeg on top, and a smidge of chili powder to contrast the sweetness of the apple-maple sausage. For color, there's also good dose of paprika on there.

    Baked at 425 degrees for 45 minutes, then let it rest for 5 before serving

    Served with a side salad, it made our bellies happy

    Two more chicken sausages down, 10 more to go. I look forward to trying the rest of the recipe ideas y'all suggested.


    1. I love quiche! What a great comfort food... perfect for a snowy night. You seem to be getting some amazing deals on food at the grocery store, how do you get good at couponing?! :)

    2. You had me at Quiche! Of course I could eat that daughter of your's up too. How sweet is she? Thanks for the recipe. I did not know you could microwave the spinach.

      Maybe you could do a low-fat mac and cheese with those sausages?

    3. Yum! I made a frittata yesterday, so sort of had the same general idea. Did you see my shout out to you with the chicken sausage??