Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Quickie? No Mr. President, QUICHE...

Gore and Bush were in a restaurant ordering brunch. The waitress asks Gore what he would like to order. After looking at the menu, Al says, "I would like Eggs Benedict."

The waitress says, "Fine, and what will you have President Bush?"
Perusing the menu, George says, "Well, I think I'd like to have a quickie."

Taken aback, the waitress responds, "Why Mr. President, that's awful!"

Then Gore leans over and whispers into Bush's ear, "George, that's pronounced 'quiche.'"


Mwa ha ha.  I've always loved that joke.  =)

So a friend recommended this quiche recipe to me and I had to give it a try.  I love egg-based foods, probably because breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.  I substitute Egg Beaters in everything, because the reduction in calories and cholesterol is so extreme and they taste the same to me.  Some people may disagree.

Adapted from Crustless Spinach, Onion and Feta Quiche on SparkPeople.com.

Spinach, Onion, and Feta Quiche

1 medium onion, diced
6 oz fresh baby spinach
1 cup Egg Beaters
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
pinch cayenne pepper
1 1/3 cups non fat milk
1/2 cup reduced-fat feta cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
2. Lightly grease a 10-inch quiche/tart pan (or a pie plate).
3. In a medium frying pan, cook diced onion with a bit of vegetable oil (or cooking spray) over medium-high heat until translucent and tender. Add in fresh spinach and cook until just wilted. Set aside to cool for a few minutes
4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk in milk, then stir in spinach-onion mixture.
5. Pour quiche base into prepared pan. Top with feta cheese.
6. Bake for 25 minutes, or until center is set and the outside edge is golden brown.
7. Let set for 5 minutes, then slice and serve.

I knocked off almost 40 cal. and 4 grams of fat per serving by subbing Egg Beaters (she had used half eggs and half Egg Beaters), whole wheat flour, and reduced-fat feta.  Prof. Peanutbutter ate three slices and I had two, plus we each had three slices of center cut bacon (because we're definitely not vegetarians!).  My meal totaled 273 calories!  That's it!  And we were both full.  Amazing meal.  Had the last slice for breakfast the next morning (we had this for dinner, though it works equally well as a breakfast).

Chef Shorty: 4.5 noms
Prof. Peanutbutter: 4 noms (He's not a huge fan of spinach.)

I'm definitely making this again and experimenting with different veggies and cheeses.  I'm thinking tomatoes, onions, peppers, and reduced-fat Mexican cheese next time!


1 comment:

  1. Hehe--I've heard the same joke but with Bill Clinton as the butt of it. Probably depends on the teller's political leanings!

    I don't like feta, but I think this would work with any white cheese--maybe swiss or monterrey jack would be good.