Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe

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Quiche. It’s what for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving for busy people like us. Make it once and enjoy the leftovers for whichever type of meal you prefer later. Not to mention the combinations are endless. I recently whipped up a delicious quiche that I’m sharing here for a Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche recipe. The brussels sprouts added a nice, sweet taste to the overall flavor. Yum!

Though it’s one of few things I think re-heats okay in the microwave, I think the best way to re-heat quiche is in the oven. I like to cut a slice up and bake it until it’s heated through for that fresh-baked taste.

The next step is to figure out what you want to serve the quiche with. I like my quiche with toast and coffee for breakfast and with a salad for dinner. All the sides are simple, making this overall meal experience tasty and easy.

Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe

Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe

 

Brussels sprouts are easy to shred (check out my recipe for easy sautéed brussels sprouts), but if you’re extra short on time, try the pre-saved ones available at Trader Joe’s. You’ll get enough to eat as a side vegetable for a different meal and the leftovers will already be cool to save you even more time.

Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe

Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe

Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe

I recently found these frozen pie crusts at my local health food store. They come in a variety of flavors, including spelt and gluten-free. My favorite is the Organic Whole Wheat 9″ Pie Shell by Wholly Wholesome.

Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe

Hello, delicious Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe!

Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe

Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe

Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe

Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe
 
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Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe is super simple to make. Enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This is a great use for eggs that are about to expire or if you need to do meal prep for the week and need easy eats. Serve with toast, a salad, and/or fresh fruit to complete the meal.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ½ tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1 cup shaved brussels sprouts
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 frozen pie crust (see photos for the clean eats version I found at my local health food store)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium heat. When it’s ready, add the butter, oil, and brussels sprouts and cook, stirring frequently, for 2-3 minutes, until the brussels sprouts have softened nicely. Set aside to cool. Wait until the brussels sprouts have cooled before proceeding so they don’t cook the eggs when you add them in the next steps.
  3. In a large bowl, combine eggs and milk and whisk till evenly combined.
  4. Stir in brussels sprouts, cheddar cheese, garlic salt, and black pepper.
  5. Pour egg mixture into frozen pie crust and bake for 45-55 minutes, until the center is set.
Notes
NOTE: This recipe would be a great use for leftover cooked brussels sprouts (click here for a recipe for sautéed brussels sprouts). Simply skip the brussels sprouts cooking step and if yours aren’t already shaved, chop them pretty small.



NOTE: Keep a frozen crust in the freezer for convenience.



Cooking tip: If when you check the quiche to see if it’s done the center is sunken, then you need to cook longer. The center should be puffed up a bit.

What’s your favorite quiche ingredient combo?

Amped Up Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe

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You’ve already seen my recipe for a simple, 3-ingredient almond butter smoothie. This time, I’m bringing you an Amped Up Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe! I just made a couple simple additions to my basic recipe to make the smoothie extra healthy.

Amped Up Almond Butter Smoothie

My simple almond butter smoothie has three ingredients:

  1. banana
  2. milk
  3. almond butter

Amped Up Almond Butter Smoothie

I added a couple health-boosting ingredients to the basic recipe to turn it into an Amped Up Almond Butter Smoothie.

Dates

Dates add a little extra sweetness to the flavor of this smoothie, but they’re good for you, too! According to The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, a “single date has calcium and magnesium in an almost perfect 1:1 ratio (15 mg to 14 mg), 1 1/2 g of fiber, and more than 160 mg of heart-healthy potassium. There’s even a smidgen of vitamin A, plus trace amounts of a half dozen of other vitamins and minerals.”

Ground Flaxseed

An article about flaxseeds on whfoods.com says, “The seeds of most plants are rich in nutrients and can provide us with health benefits. Yet flaxseeds are also nutritionally unique and offer us health benefits not found across the board within the seeds food group. The nutritional uniqueness of flaxseeds features three nutrient aspects.” You can read about those three aspects (omega 3 fatty acid content, lignans, and mucilage (gum) content by clicking here.

Cinnamon

According to Dr. Oz, “As we age, many of us may experience muscle and joint pain due to arthritis. Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory compounds that can help relieve that pain. Furthermore, cinnamon’s antibiotic properties help prevent urinary tract infections, tooth decay and gum disease, and have been shown to kill the harmful bacteria, E.coli.”

Healthy and delicious!

Amped Up Almond Butter Smoothie

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This Amped Up Almond Butter Smoothie takes a classic recipe up a notch with a couple simple, healthful additions. Read more about why these ingredients are healthy above in the blog post.
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened rice milk)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 date, pitted
  • dash of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Place milk, banana, almond butter, flaxseed, and date in the blender.
  2. Cover and blend until ingredients are processed and smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Taste test and if desired, blend in sweetener of choice to taste.
  3. Pour into a glass and add a dash of cinnamon on top. Enjoy!
Notes
This single serving recipe multiplies easily to server more

 

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What are your favorite ingredients to amp up smoothies?

Healthy Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe

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I think some of my friends think that I always maintain healthy eating habits. But, sometimes I have a tendency to get caught up with things and start skipping out on some of those habits. Work gets crazy, and my schedule becomes overwhelming. Once in awhile, I find myself missing out on sleep and making poor food choices. And sometimes those choices are less about picking unhealthy things than remembering to incorporate good, nutritious ones into my daily eats/drinks.

I was in one of those slumps recently. One thing that helped me out was buying some locally made vegetable juices (from Viva Raw) and having a smoothie every day or so. I really think the vegetable and fruit nutrition helped me get back in gear. It also gave me an excuse to play around with smoothie recipes. I decided to try a simple Healthy Almond Butter Smoothie first. Next, I tried an extra-healthified Almond Butter Smoothie. The recipe for the simple version is at the end of this post. I’ll be sharing the other one soon.

Healthy Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe

I love creative ingredients and all, but sometimes it’s nice to make something with just a handful of staples. This healthy Almond Butter Smoothie is made with only three ingredients. And, none of those ingredients is a sweetener! Yup, this smoothie uses the natural sweetness of a banana.

Healthy Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe

The key ingredient is a good almond butter. You’ll get almost all of your flavor from this ingredient, so pick one you enjoy eating. This Once Again Raw Creamy Almond Butter was on sale recently, so I decided to check it out. I’m not gonna lie, I prefer an almond butter made with roasted almonds and salt for a deeper flavor. This one is quite light.

Healthy Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe

However, for a non-homemade almond butter, the ingredient list is impressive.

Ingredients: raw pasteurized almonds

Yup, just one ingredient. No chemicals or additives. Just straight up almonds.

Healthy Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe

This smoothie is a great everyday smoothie, but there are also a ton of ways to jazz it up. More on that on my next post for the Amped Up Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe.

Healthy Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe

Healthy Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe
 
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This Healthy Almond Butter Smoothie recipe is a cinch to whip up. It only uses three staple ingredients, too, and you can easily add in others to your liking. Remember to choose an almond butter you really love since it will be the main flavor of this smoothie. Did I mention there are no added sugars in this smoothie? Woohoo!
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened rice milk)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
Instructions
  1. Place milk, banana, and almond butter in the blender.
  2. Cover and blend until ingredients are processed and smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Taste test and if desired, blend in sweetener of choice to taste.
  3. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe uses the sweetness of bananas for natural sugar. If it’s not sweet enough for you, you can blend in some more sweetener of choice.

A frozen banana is recommended for a nice, frosty texture. But, you can sub a non-frozen banana. I’d just recommend adding a couple cubes of ice to the mix.

 

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Ready to take your smoothie to the next level? Try this Amped-Up Almond Butter Smoothie:
Amped Up Almond Butter Smoothie
(Click image or link above to check out this recipe)

Go Green with this healthy Piña Colada Green Monster Smoothie Recipe:
Healthy Piña Colada Green Monster Smoothie Recipe #healthy #smoothie #breakfast #greenmonster
(Click image or link above to check out this recipe)
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Have a great week! And, remember to eat your fruits and veggies!

Grand Brunch at Jasmine Porch (With a Special Vegan Meal)

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On Sunday, we enjoyed the most expensive brunch I’ve ever had.

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We were originally going to hit up the Italian restaurant at Kiawah Island, but they were closed for a private event. So, back to The Sanctuary we went. The choices were the pool restaurant or Jasmine Porch. With my dad being vegan now, we decided to explore Jasmine Porch. There wasn’t much on the menu dad could eat, so he talked to one of the managers who said they’d take care of him. And they sure did! (see near the end of the post for his special vegan plates)

Just twist my arm to support the restaurant that works with local farmers!

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The brunch includes a mimosa bar complete with orange juice, champagne, and fresh fruit.

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I didn’t take photos of every single item on the brunch buffet, but here are some of the highlights…

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{smoked salmon and caper frittata}

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I started with a very small plate of breakfast items. I didn’t want to fill up!

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Brunch is always better with an ice sculpture.

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This was a playful version of shrimp and grits, which was my sister’s favorite.

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An incredibly moist pork tenderloin was available at a carving station, along with peach BBQ sauce.

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I enjoyed a plate full of the lunch-like dishes, the collards being one of my favorites, before hitting up the dessert table.

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I loved the earthy display of the dessert bar.

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{Mini coconut cakes}

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{Individual bread pudding}

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{Chocolate covered pretzels and a mini strawberry shortcake}

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{(I believe) lemon merengue tarts}

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Sis got a nice plate of sweets, including a slice of peach pie.

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{My dessert plate}

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And now for the vegan plates!

Dad ended up speaking with the chef and mentioned loving lots of vegetables. The chef and staff took care of all of us at a level I’d relate to the Ritz – top-notch! Dad got to enjoy a few specially created vegan plates for his brunch.

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They served a play on their chick pea salad with extra vegetables.

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And this dish was super fun – quinoa with swiss chard, tomatoes, in a mushroom broth.

Dad also enjoyed a bowl of their refreshing gazpacho.

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And for dessert, they served up their vegan sorbets – watermelon, coconut, and a side of fresh fruit. Dad was incredibly happy with his delicious, vegan brunch.

Thank you to Jasmine Porch for making my birthday weekend delicious for our entire family!

Labor Day Eats

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If you celebrated, I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend. Mine was full of fun – from meeting new friends and enjoying a delicious Egyptian feast to taking Bailey to an apple orchard. I’m going to go a little out of order for now and share some photos of my eats from this past Monday (more on Friday and Saturday soon!).

I haven’t shared my eats as much because they’re pretty boring these days. I’ve eaten a lot of repeats (egg and toast for breakfast, grilled chicken with broccoli and a starch for dinner, etc.) and I’ve been eating out a lot since starting my new project at work. I have been sharing more photos of my eats on Instagram if you want to follow there, but for now, here are my Labor Day eats:

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Hubby had purchased some baking potatoes last week since we’ve been on a big oven-baked potato kick lately, but we didn’t end up cooking them when we had originally planned. I turned them into Stuff-Your-Face Breakfast Potatoes, and they were great with a fried egg (see, I told you I eat eggs a lot!).

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Lunch was some frozen and re-heated spinach soup. I’m planning to share the soup recipe because it was easy and tasty. The leftovers freeze well, too, when you need a quick and light meal. More on that another time.

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For dinner, we definitely grilled out. We had coupons for ground beef from Earthfare, so we mixed that with some spice blends from Savory Spice Shop to create extra-flavorful burgers. We also grilled corn and asparagus for our sides.

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We finished the first mason jar of my parents’ chip-shaped pickles, so we decided to crack open a jar of spears. They were so good with this dinner!

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Yum!

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My big (food) project for the day was making apple pie from scratch. I used Simply Recipes’ easy pie crust recipe and based the filling off of a couple different recipes.

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We were talking in a meeting about how in the north, Labor Day is a distinction in not just the start of school but also a change in weather and attire. (I wouldn’t know since I’ve always lived in the South) I’m so glad we’ll get to enjoy some warm weather for a bit longer down here. I’m looking forward to more days relaxing in the house with windows wide open (the ones that aren’t painted shut, at least) and more meals outside.

But, I’m sure I’ll soon be looking forward to fall – wearing boots, cozy sweaters, and hot cocoa. I definitely love the way the seasons work here in the South!

Breakfast with At Journey’s End B&B {St. Augustine, FL}

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For our night in St. Augustine, we decided to stay at a B&B called At Journey’s End. The B&B was top ranked on tripadvisor.com and is #1 of B&Bs that are pet-friendly. Perfect for us and Bailey!

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The B&B was all booked up for the weekend.

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We loved the personalized greeting sign near the front door.

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Let’s get straight to breakfast, shall we?

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We started with a fruit, yogurt, and granola bar.

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{above the dining room table}

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I loved the sunlit dining room. The warm tones and golden light made it so inviting.

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The main table was full, so we took a side table near the windows.

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{My starter}

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For the main event, Tim served a recipe he’d collected from his travels – coconut waffles with St. Bart’s bananas. The breakfast was a great summer choice, and I loved the tropical theme. There was maple syrup served on the side, but we didn’t even need it. The bananas were all the topping we needed for the waffles, and they were warm and soft from being baked in the oven. I really liked the little bits of coconut in the waffles, too! Yum!

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And here are some more photos from At Journey’s End B&B:

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I loved their eclectic selection of art and collectibles.

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{The B&B is right next to Flagler college on a quiet little street with other B&Bs}

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I love lions!

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There were so many pretty flowers all around the outside.

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{The view of the porch from the carriage house where we stayed, behind the main building – the porch was great for relaxing, especially being on the quiet street}

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And here’s the At Journey’s End pooch. Cutie pie!

We had a great stay with At Journey’s End and hope to visit again soon!

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Check out the previous posts from our Florida trip here:

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Next up – lunch in St. Augustine on the country’s oldest road before we hit the road again!

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