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Monday, November 15, 2010

I love nights like this!

Easy meals.  It is what a weeknight meal should be. Period.  Easy to make, easy to clean up after all is said and done.  Quiche, Frittata, Omletes are that kind of meal.  I had originally planned to make a Ham and Cheese Frittata this evening.  I didn't want the crust from a quiche.  Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy the buttery taste of crust.  Just wanted to avoid the extra calories. Then I thought I would just do a crustless quiche.  My Teen loves quiche.  Crazy - she doesn't like to eat eggs in the morning.  But she gets super excited when she sees quiche on the menu. 
I learned something today as well.  There is more of a difference between a quiche and a frittata than just the crust.  A quiche is a few eggs, a little cream and "goodies" baked in a pie shell.  A frittata is like an omelet, just more servings.  Starts out on the stovetop, more eggs to liquid ratio, then finished cooking in the oven.  All kinds of goodies can be added to either. Think of either meal as sort of "clean out the fridge" kind of night.  Asparagus and Ham.  Potato, Bacon, and Ham.  Spinach and Cheese.  Broccoli and Cheese.  Ham, Peppers and Cheese.  Crab and Cheese.  Tomatoes, Peppers and Spinach.  Substitute the cheeses - colby jack, swiss, feta.  See, just use what's on hand.
So tonight, I pulled out Ham, Onion, Spinach and Colby Jack Cheese.  I choose to do a quiche version instead of a frittata as I wanted the 25 min free while it was cooking to play with the kids. 
Steamed diced carrots, heated leftover rolls, and made a salad.  Super easy!
Here's how I threw together our dinner tonight:
1/4 cup diced onion
1 1/2 cup fresh spinach
6 oz deli ham, diced
6 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup skim milk
2 tbs flour
1 cup shredded colby jack cheese, divided
Seasonings - I use a small premade grinder of country herbs -rosemary, sage, kosher salt, thyme

Heat a tablespoon olive oil in medium size pan.  Saute onions till soft.  Add spinach.  Cook for 3-4 minutes on medium heat.  Mix beaten eggs, milk, and flour.  Add spinach, onions, and ham.  Mix well.  Add 1/2 cup of cheese.  Pour into pie dish.  Spread remaining 1/2 cup of cheese over egg mixture.  Add a tablespoon or two of seasonings to taste.  Bake 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.


  1. This is a perfect brunch dish. It has a little bit of everything good. I would skip the ham but the rest is just perfect. I have a feeling, if I make this for my husband, he would be thrilled.

    Thanks linking this to "Let's Do Lunch".

  2. Thank YOU for allowing me to do so! Enjoying your blog and the meatless Mondays!
    I have to ADD ham to make my Big Guy happy! :)