Mother's Day is May 8th so it's time to start planning! We all know how hard our moms work every day of the year, so this year dad and the kids should show her the ultimate gesture of appreciation: Breakfast in bed! (Now, if you happen to be a mom reading this and want to pass it on to your kids or husband as a subtle hint: just make some Orange Puree a few days ahead and leave it in the fridge with the this blog and recipe printed out underneath it ; )
Nothing beats a warm, comforting quiche right out of the oven to make any mom feel loved. Here's my quick, unbelievably delicious quiche recipe that I've been working on all year which will be perfect, guaranteed. I've named it "Veggie Patch Spinach Bites Quiche" since it uses Veggie Patch’s Spinach and Cheese Bites as an instant and outrageously delicious crust.
WOW are they good! Using the Spinach and Cheese Bites also makes the prep time way faster, easier and more delicious than traditional quiche. No need to measure out flour, fold in butter and roll out the dough, hoping it turns out right. Simply line the pan with the Spinach and Cheese Bites and cover them with the whisked ingredients. Then pop it in oven till it's set and top with cheese. It's done when the cheese has melted and it looks bubbly and lightly brown on top.
Let cool for a few minutes before cutting a wedge, and serve on a special plate (not one that's used every day) with a side of fresh squeezed OJ and a bud vase. You'll all be heroes and mom won't know what hit her!
Have a happy Mother's Day everyone!
With healthiest regards,
VEGGIE PATCH SPINACH & CHEESE BITES QUICHE
Makes 6 to 8 servings
3/4 cup shredded low-fat cheddar or Colby cheese, divided
1/3 cup liquid egg whites (3 large egg whites)
2 large eggs
1/4 cup low fat milk
1⁄3 cup Sneaky Chef Orange Puree (see Make-Ahead below)
1 package (11 pieces) Veggie Patch Spinach & Cheese Bites
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease or spray a 9 to 12 inch pie pan.
Place Veggie Patch Spinach & Cheese Bites on bottom of pie plate and bake for 13 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, egg whites, Orange Puree, milk and 1/4 cup of the cheese.
Remove Spinach & Cheese Bites from oven and pour mixture over the top of the Spinach and Cheese Bites, then top with the remaining cheese. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until eggs are set and cheese is lightly browned and bubbly. Let stand five minutes, then cut into wedges and serve.
Sneaky Chef Make-Ahead Recipe: Orange Puree
1 medium sweet potato or yam, peeled and coarsely chopped
3 medium to large carrots, peeled and sliced into thick chunks
2 to 3 tablespoons water
Place the sweet potatoes and carrots in a medium-sized pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook for about 20 minutes, until carrots are very tender. Careful—if the carrots aren’t tender enough, they may leave telltale little nuggets of vegetable in recipes, which will reveal their presence to your kids, a gigantic no-no for The Sneaky Chef.
Drain the carrots and sweet potatoes and put them in the food processor with 2 tablespoons of water. Puree on high until completely smooth—until no pieces of vegetable show. Stop occasionally to push the contents to the bottom. If necessary, use another tablespoon of water to smooth out the puree, but the less water, the better.
This recipe makes about 2 cups of puree. Orange Puree will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or you can freeze 1⁄4-cup portions in sealed plastic bags or small plastic containers, and store for 3 months.