It really is just that kind of day. Cold, snowy, and not even halfway through the week yet. Apparently it’s supposed to be, literally, 5 degrees for the next few days. I am so not prepared for that. People keep telling me that, with pregnancy, comes being hot all the time. Well, folks, I’m two days shy of the halfway point and I am waiting for it to hit me. NOTHIN!! I’m always freezing. *sigh*
Oh well, at least bacon always makes me feel better! OOOOOOO!!! And cheese, too, let’s not forget about cheese!!
One day soon, I may share a recipe with you guys that DOESN’T have bacon in it. Today is not that day. Today, I’m actually re-sharing a recipe with you. Bacon, Broccoli, and Cheddar Quiche! Noms! I first made this quiche on a snowy day in college. Of all of my “standard” recipes that I make fairly regularly, this is one of Johnny’s favorites!!
It’s really simple to make, because I use store-bought pie crust. Go ahead and judge me if you want, but I’ll be eating my quiche waaaaaay faster than you’ll be eating yours. 😉
All things considered, this quiche isn’t all too unhealthy, either, and we all know by now that makes me jump for joy! Also, for all you other preggers out there you can take solace in knowing that broccoli is loaded with folate, calcium, and vitamin C!! So mangia!
I have a few tips for keeping your quiche delicious, using the real ingredients that make it so perfect, while still keeping it on the lighter side!
- Use a ratio of half whole eggs and half egg whites: You still get the perfect yellow of the egg yolks throughout your quiche without all of the extra cholesterol with even more protein from bulking it out with egg whites!
- Don’t use cream: Use low-fat milk instead. I pretty much only ever have skim milk on hand. It’s all Johnny and I drink. I promise this quiche is still fluffy and rich with no cream at all!
- Layer your ingredients: This is key! Start with a layer of bacon on the bottom, that way even though you only use 4 slices (per quiche) when it’s crumbled up and covers the bottom of your pan you are guaranteed to have bacon in every bite and it will hit your taste-buds immediately! Then add all of the broccoli, which is also delicious, just ya know…not bacon. Pour your egg mixture in next. The last layer is the cheese on top. Rather than mix in copious amount of delicious cheese (which I’m certainly not always opposed to), just sprinkle a handful on top. The cheese gets melty and beautifully browned on top. Eating with your eyes is a real thing, ya know. You see the cheese on top and you know that means there is cheese in it (even though it’s just on top! tricky!) I promise you will be satisfied!
Bacon, Broccoli, and Cheddar Quiche
- 2 frozen, ready-made pie crust (thawed)
- 4 large eggs
- 4 large egg whites
- 1/2 cup non-fat milk
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 8 slices of thick cut bacon, diced
- 1 bag steam-able frozen broccoli prepared to package directions
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
Preheat the oven to 400 .
Prick the bottom of your pie crusts all over with a fork (to prevent bubbles from forming during cooking) and place in the oven for about five minutes, just until you begin to smell it. Remove and set aside.
Place the chopped bacon into a large frying pan. Cook over medium high heat until brown and crispy, about seven minutes. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg whites, milk, spices until it forms a smooth mixture.
Place your pie crusts onto a large cookie sheet (this makes transferring two quiches from the oven at the same time much easier).
Add the bacon to the bottom of your pie shells, followed by the broccoli. Pour half of the egg mixture into each the reserved pie crusts. Top each with 1/4 cup of cheese.
Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees and cook for 35 to 40 minutes or until the eggs are set and the cheese on top is melted and brown.
Let cool about 15 minutes before serving.
Yum! Don’t you just love getting a serving of veggies in at breakfast time?!
Maybe that’s just me??
Let’s try that again, then.
Yum, don’t you just love quiche!
Better yet…what’s your favorite BRUNCH food?!
Do you have any tricks for making foods that are typically unhealthy healthier?