Quiche her?! I hardly know her!

Egg pie

Lets get real – I think I’m hilarious.  A quiche pun? C’mon!

A few months ago I visited a friend I’ve known for about 15 years.  Ugh.  How have I been alive long enough to know someone for 15 years.  Of course, I was like, in junior highschool when I met her, but this makes me feel hip-achingly old.  Anyway, I visited her and her gorgeous family in their gorgeous new home. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous.  She used her amazing state of the art kitchen to make us dinner while I entertained her brilliant handsome little boys playing ‘Prisoner of War’ – aka trapping them underneath a laundry basket and sitting on it so they can’t get out.

I’ve been craving this quiche ever since that night, because seriously, one bite of it and I was ready to move into her house and live there forever.  She’s beautiful and quite positively the most upbeat positive person I have in my life.  So of course she’s thin and radiant and can eat a quiche made of eggs, whole milk, fatty breakfast sausage, and about a pound of cheese.  Just thinking of that makes me barf.  (Should I mention barf on a baking/cooking blog?  Probably not.  My bad.)

Anyway, I lightened this up to a tolerable level and its still amazingly delicious!!

Golden crust and toasty cheese? Yes please.

Serves: 4

Recipe:

2 whole eggs

1/2 cup liquid egg whites

1/4 cup skim milk

1/3 cup cheddar cheese

1/4 cup diced red onion

4 turkey breakfast sausage patties

1 tsp garlic powder

black pepper, to taste

1 cup broccoli, steamed and softened and cut into bite size pieces

1 refrigerated 9″ pie crust

(You can also add salt to taste, but with the pie crust, cheese, and sausage there are already hyper-tension levels of sodium in this thing.  Ease up.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put pie crust into a 9″ pie pan or whatever you have.  I used the classiest dish in my apartment – a disposable aluminum tin that I have had leftover from making some kind of dip for a party a few months ago. Beat eggs, egg whites, and skim milk in a mixing bowl.  Chop turkey sausage into bite size pieces. Stir cheese, sausage, onion, garlic powder, black pepper, and broccoli into egg mixture. Pour egg mixture into pie crust.  Bake in oven for 45 minutes.  Remove and let cool.

Eat Up!

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Diet Friendly Pudding Cups

doesn't taste like cardboard

Ok, so today is my first ‘detox’ diet day.  On this detox I’m allowed 2 containers of yogurt.  I decided that a container of sugar free pudding can replace a container of yogurt.  Its less calories and same amount of fat.  Don’t you worry how I justified this to myself.   Anyway, I’m also allowed egg whites, minimal amounts of butter/oils, and two cups of oatmeal per day.  So I concocted these mini ‘dessert crusts’ that I decided I’m allowed to have one per day.  I’m going to fill these cups with pudding or fruit and yogurt.

To make the oatmeal crusts

2 cups oatmeal

1/4 cup smart balance light, melted

6 tsp of splenda

1 egg white

Combine all ingredients.  Spray cupcake tin with non stick cooking spray.  Push oatmeal mixture and form ‘cups’ into the bottom of the cupcake tins.  Bake at 350 for about 15 – 18 minutes.  Let cool.  Makes 12 ‘cups’

Each of these crusts has 70 calories! The one I took a picture of was filled with 1/2 a sugar free pudding cup and a little bit of frozen chocolate cool whip. With those extra toppings the total calories of this snack was 110.  And it was delicious and sweet and I am looking forward to eating it again tomorrow.

Enjoy and stay skinny in 2012.