leftover stuffing quiche

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I’m back for more Thanksgiving chat. But this time around it’s all about leftovers.

How do you feel about them? Love them? Too soon to talk about them?

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Personally, I have a lot more fun with the leftovers than the actual meal. Last year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we picked up a whole turkey just so I could play with leftovers (Curried Lentil Turkey Soup!). Who knows if we’ll end up doing the same this year, but I’ve already gotten to play with stuffing leftovers so we’re off to a good start.

leftover stuffing quiche

Let’s rewind. Last week I made brown-butter challah stuffing for our work potluck. Not to brag or anything (I’m from the midwest after all, we don’t do that!) but it was really good. Like so good my husband said it was the best he’d ever had. It could have been the challah or it could have been the brown butter… I went all out. #worthit

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And I made extra to ensure there would be leftovers. Then I combined some of the world’s best foods – bread, butter, eggs and cheese – in one perfect quiche. (Technically, quiche has a custard base, but I didn’t need to add anymore cream to this dish, so I left it out.)

I don’t want to tell you what to eat on Friday, but….this would be a perfect choice. Just sayin’.

Leftover Stuffing Quiche

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Keywords: bake bread breakfast entree eggs cheese Thanksgiving fall

 

Ingredients (4-6 servings)

  • 5 eggs
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups stuffing, crumbled
  • 1 cup shredded cheese like cheddar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Whisk together eggs and season with salt & pepper.

Layer the stuffing in a greased 8×8″ pan.

Sprinkle cheese on top of stuffing.

Pour egg mixture over stuffing and cheese and bake for about 30 minutes or until eggs have set.

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PS: I’ll be back next time with something healthy!

pizza quiche

Yes. Pizza Quiche.

Let’s get the most important thing out of the way. This tastes amazing. And starting your day with pizza lends itself very nicely to having a good day. I did a study. Pizza = happy.

The other important thing about this pizza quiche? It’s healthy. It’s gluten-free, high-protein, low-carb, and could be paleo if you omit the cheese. (But whyyyyyy?) Eggs and vegetables (and sausage if you like) are all combined and baked until golden brown. The literal icing on the cake is some marinara and a sprinkle of mozzarella which melts into a gooey topping. The cauliflower isn’t very detectable, but gives the quiche more body and bite since it’s missing a crust.

Pizza for breakfast!

 

Pizza Quiche

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Keywords: bake breakfast gluten-free high protein low-carb sugar-free eggs Italian

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 4 cups cauliflower florets
  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 egg whites (the equivalent of 4 eggs if you want to use all whole)
  • 6 oz turkey or chicken sausage (optional)
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • other optional ingredients: shredded greens, diced onion or pepper, sauteed mushrooms

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

Steam and mash cauliflower.

Whisk eggs and egg whites together and season with salt and pepper.

Spray baking dish with cooking spray and layer cauliflower on the bottom.

Pour over egg mixture.

Sprinkle on additional optional ingredients.

Cover with foil and bake for about 45 minutes until egg is set.

Remove foil, spread marinara over the top and sprinkle with cheese.

Bake for another 10-15 minutes, until cheese has melted.

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summer harvest salad with grilled chicken {trader joe’s copycat}

I don’t buy salads from Trader Joe’s on a regular basis, but every once in a while, when they look particularly good and fresh, I’ll grab a few for a convenient lunch.  A few weeks ago I tried one that I loved.

Today I’m here to recreate the Harvest Salad with Grilled Chicken. This is a perfect salad for summer, as it takes advantage of summer produce and is nice and light- perfect for summer lunches or dinners. Salad greens are topped with green beans, corn, hard boiled egg, white cheddar cheese and some freshly grilled chicken, all dressed with a creamy dijon dressing. YUM!

Now if you’re anything like me, you’ll raise your eyebrow at the white cheddar cheese. On a salad?! I’ll take my cheddar with summer sausage and crackers please…but on this salad, it totally works so don’t be too nervous.

And now I’m obsessed with corn…

 

 

Summer Harvest Salad with Grilled Chicken

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Keywords: grill entree salad gluten-free high protein chicken summer

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

For the Salad

  • 1 lb chicken breast or thighs
  • 3 heads romaine lettuce, torn into small pieces
  • 12 oz hericots verts, lightly steamed
  • 1 1/2 cups roasted corn
  • 2 oz white cheddar cheese
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, sliced
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced

For the Dressing

  • 3 Tbsp grainy dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • salt, pepper

Instructions

For the Salad

Grill chicken until cooked and roughly chop.

Start building salads by topping romaine with green beans, corn, chicken, hard boiled eggs, cheddar and green onions.

Drizzle with dressing.

For the Dressing

Blend together all ingredients until smooth.

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perfect meatloaf meal

Meatloaf. It’s so meat & potatoes midwest right? Well, this is not yo mama’s meatloaf. (Anybody watch that show?) This perfect meatloaf meal was inspired by a My Fit Foods meal (more on them soon) and I recreated it at home for a bunch of meals this week. I’m really trying to focus on recipes that are easy, family-friendly and don’t require “weird health foods” – the main purpose of this blog is to share ideas to make life healthier in an easy, approachable way. If you have family-favorites that you’d like a nutrition makeover for, let me know!

Lean turkey is the center of this meal, rounded out with sweet potatoes (and a pat of grass-fed butter) and steamed green beans. This meal is filling, healthy and pretty easy to pull together. The meatloaf takes an hour to bake, and while its in the oven you can bake, boil, or microwave the sweet potatoes and steam the green beans. The recipe makes 8 servings so depending on your appetite, you can freeze half of it for later like I did!

Turkey Meatloaf

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Keywords: bake entree gluten-free high protein low-carb American fall winter

 

Ingredients (8 servings)

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond meal or bread crumbs
  • 2-3 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • salt, pepper, red pepper flakes

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all ingredients until mixed well. (hands work well!)

Form into 2 loaf-shapes on pans sprayed with cooking spray.

Bake for 60 minutes, until cooked through.

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Nutrition facts for 1 serving meatloaf: