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Healthy Bites: Carrot Zucchini Mini Quiches
It’s not often that when I open the refrigerator something calls out to me and says “eat me! eat me! I’ll make an awesome recipe if you decide to grab me!” But this week, I had two sad carrots and one small zucchini in the produce drawer, and they did say: pick us and make […]
These Spinach and Bacon Mini Quiches are a great way to help our kids get more leafy greens in their diet. I too have green averse kids. So when I find a way to make a green food appetizing, I share it with you.
Perhaps you are thinking that a few quiches are not going to provide all the “green” nutrition a child needs in their diet. Sure, a single serving of these quiches might not be an entire day’s requirement, but they are a great start.
With an all-or-nothing mentality, one will not go far when it comes to making “yucky” foods edible. Food, like other things in life, is a choice. All we can do as parents is find ways to make things that are nutritious more appealing to our kids.
I had the opportunity to shoot a video for this recipe with my 3 year old. He called the finely shredded spinach “confetti” and the word stuck with us. When his siblings came back, he explained to them that he had made confetti eggs with bacon and cheese.
I’d like to eat him for breakfast he is so cute. He glows every time he is around food. He really surprised me and showed me that he could stand still in front of the camera and was able to follow the (easy) steps for this recipe. To see him in action, click on the video below.
Since leafy and crunchy greens are some of the most difficult foods to get our kids to eat, I often try to find alternative uses in some of our favorite recipes. I’ve shared my green smoothie recipe that doesn’t taste green, a blueberry muffin smoothie made with spinach, my broccoli nuggets recipe, and I’m currently developing a few others that will blow your kids’ palate away.
Why do I try so hard? Because I believe our children deserve it. We live in a world where food marketing campaigns have larger budgets than our children’s education and competing with foods presented in bright packaging can be a challenge.
These quiches are made in a single bowl and kids can help with the process (just watch the video). Something else I love is that they can be customized with different veggies. If you need them to be vegetarian, omit the bacon. Need to make them dairy free? Skip the cheese. I’ve even made a zesty version and they are delish!
You probably saw it in the video but I’ll tell you again. Leftovers make a great lunch! All you have to do is heat them up and send them inside a thermos or at room temperature in any lunch container. The lunch container shown with multiple compartments is a Yumbox. You can use momables15 for 15% off your purchase.
Today’s recipe, Pizza Mini Quiches, can bring a much-needed variety to any lunchbox, as well as new excitement into the kitchen. Who wouldn’t want to help make “pizzas”?
In the last couple of months, I’ve partnered with Wolf to inspire you to reclaim your kitchen and try to make more meals at home. You’ve left me speechless and humbled by sharing hundreds of comments letting me know about your mealtime routines and the things that inspire you to make better meals for your family.
There were also a lot of comments wishing that meal making wasn’t all up to us, the adult in the household. I think I can speak for the majority of us when I say that we wish we could get others more involved in the kitchen when it comes to packing lunches.
I’m often asked about the foods I make for my family and how I find the motivation to pack other things that aren’t sandwiches every day. I’ll tell you that when it comes to adding variety to the lunch routine, we all need a little inspiration –myself included.
My favorite recipes are those that come together quickly, have relatively few ingredients, can be made ahead of time, and are simple enough for young kitchen helpers to assist in the making. Kids can help whisk the eggs, shred cheese, and even fill the mini muffin cups with the mixture.
These mini quiches are super easy to make and just like traditional pizza, can be customized to have everyone’s favorite toppings. Eggs and milk are the base (instead of pizza crust) and the variety of toppings you can add in are unlimited.
Of course, these mini quiches aren’t the only thing that is sent for lunch. They are the protein component of the lunch and the perfect meal builder. I typically add fresh fruit, veggies, an additional source of complex carbohydrates, and a treat on occasion.
Check out how easy it is to make these mini quiches in this quick video.
One of the things that Wolf and I want to focus on in today’s post as part of their Reclaim the Kitchen campaign is to help you find ways to get your family involved in making meals. We are both committed to helping you take back your kitchen and feel good about the foods you feed your family. Check out this Easy Skillet Lasagna Recipe and How to Roast the Perfect Chicken; both are two awesome recipes to get cooking!
My favorite way to get others helping in the kitchen is with the prep-work. I nearly always have my kids wash all the produce when we get home from the grocery store. When the food goes in the refrigerator clean, it cuts down on prep-time. Other simple tasks include filling snack containers with pre-cut veggies, helping make dips, prep sandwiches, and even make simple recipes like this one.
We make these quiches nearly every week. And each week one of my kids gets to pick what goes in them. My daughter loves coming up with crazy combinations like broccoli and ham, tomatoes and bacon, and the biggest fail to date: apples and cinnamon (not a good combination with eggs). Some of the better ones were zesty mini quiches, spinach and bacon, and ham and cheese.
If you’ve wanted to get your family more involved in meal making but aren’t sure where to begin, head over to Reclaim the Kitchen for many helpful tips and recipes. All it takes is finding one recipe or one kitchen skill that gets our family excited about cooking to get everyone enthusiastic about their role in the kitchen.
What are some of the ways you get your family involved in making meals? What are some prep-ahead tips you’ve implemented?
Red lunchbox pictured in the post is a Yumbox.
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