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Easy Vegetarian Quiche Recipe

I absolutely love this recipe (source:allrecipes.com), which is my go-to vegetarian Quiche recipe to refresh my memory on what I need and steps, but for months now have created my unique loaded vegetarian Quiche recipe, and wanted to share; even added some cool photos.  I truly love the taste and texture of this Quiche and it is a huge hit with hubby and anyone else who tried it (I am rather selfish with it).

Because I am picky and do not like mushrooms or onions, it is always best for me to make my own recipe at home.  I know what I like, and this Quiche encompasses most of the ingredients I love, well, except for chocolate.  I’ll save that for another recipe.  The crust is yummy too and the Kroger brand comes with a pack of two rolled crusts.  This is an easy recipe, except for cutting.

INGREDIENTS:  Note: I use these, but you can modify any of these, or add onion and mushroom if you like those ingredients.  I do not like them.  You can also add zucchini, different color peppers, green chile, and whatever other veggies your heart desires.

Pie Crust (I use the Kroger-brand pie crust and it is great), 1 green pepper, 1 roma tomato, fresh spinach, broccoli florets (fresh), 4 leaves basil (chopped), cauliflower (optional), 1 clove garlic, onion salt, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper (or to taste), 4 eggs, heavy whipping cream, olive oil, and shredded sharp cheddar cheese (1 cup or to taste).

Here are the steps and some photos to go along with them:

1.  First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Thaw your pie crust outside the fridge for 10-15 minutes – do not, I repeat DO NOT thaw in microwave.  Made that mistake before, and it got ugly.  While thawing, cut up your vegetables and get ready to cook.

2.  I dice up one fresh tomato, about 1/4 of a green pepper (small cubes), spinach leaves (fresh), cut the basil, broccoli, cauliflower florets and any other vegetables of your choice.

20150726_1332063.  Put olive oil in pan -about 2 tablespoons, I use a garlic crusher and crush one clove in the oil, while it is over low to medium heat.  Then throw in the vegetables and cover to sauté them – salt to taste, or put onion salt, and pepper/creole seasoning, etc.

20150726_1332134.  Unroll the pie crust into a glass pan (preferred over metal) because it seems to cook more evenly, and bake for 5 minutes (NO MORE) so the crust gets a little cooked.  Pull it out, and gently pop any bubbles.

 

5.  Place20150726_134213 about 1/4 of the cheese or more on the bottom to coat it.  Then put veggies mixture on top.  I like the cheese on bottom because it coats it and prevents the vegetables from making the crust too soggy.  If you want to make no – crust muffins in a muffin pan, put the veggie mixture into the cups, sprinkled with cheese on top.

20150726_1342166.  Take the eggs and mix them with 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, and then whip vigorously for about 2 minutes.  If you do not beat the eggs well, you will end up with an omelet or fritata – you need to beat the eggs well to get the Quiche consistency.  You can use milk in place of whipping cream.  Pour the egg mixture on the top of the veggies.

20150726_1414537.  Bake for 30-35 minutes (depends on altitude), and once the middle is heated throughout or toothpick inserted comes up clean.  I also made the no-crust muffins and those cook for only about 25 minutes.  20150726_141446

 

8.  Let sit for about 5 minutes and then cut, and enjoy!  Yummy!

 

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Walmart To Go Grocery – Gobble it up this Holiday season

Too cold to head outside?  The weather outside is certainly frightful here in Colorado at times, so don’t fret and order all your holiday fixings from Walmart Grocery To Go!   Make sure to register here for Walmart Grocery To Go, so you can set up your account, so when you are ready to order, you are good to go!   Pick your delivery date and time first, then start adding items to your cart, check out, and voila!  You are set!

20140319-210318.jpgYou can order all the fixings, beverages, sides, and even your turkey, if you eat turkey for Thanksgiving.  For a vegetarian like me, you can make a list of all the ingredients for your veggie sides, and order it all now.  In fact, you can make your list this week, and order everything for delivery set in the future.  So, if you already know what you need, you can order it all now, and set it for delivery later this, or prepare for that Christmas or holiday dinner now.   Set the delivery date/time as soon as you log on, so you can snag the best date for you, and give yourself a day, in case of weather or unforeseen holiday delays.  20140316-231916.jpgThen, you can use the time you saved to clean your home to host Thanksgiving dinner, or to spend time with your loved ones this holiday season.  And beyond Thanksgiving, I know many people are planning Christmas, and other holiday parties.  Save time, money, and hassles of traffic and lines of holiday grocery shopping, and order from Walmart Grocery To Go – either for delivery or for pick up.  Whatever you decide, the service reduces the stress of the holidays through convenience. Happy Holidays!

Disclaimer: As a participant in the Walmart Grocery to Go program, I’ve received a personal invite and payment for my time and efforts in creating this post. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.  Don’t forget to CLICK HERE so we both get a $15 credit at WALMART To Go! 

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Chipotle’s Sofritas have come to Colorado- try it today!

TM registered- Chipotle

Chipotle has rolled out its Sofritas in Colorado.  Sofritas  are compromised of shredded Hodo Soy tofu (non-GMO) braised with chipotle chiles, roasted poblano peppers and spices.  I don’t eat meat but I hear the texture is just like meat, and personally, I loved the flavor!  It is mildly spicy (not overwhelming), and the spices flavor this vegan protein quite well.  Being a vegetarian, I am very excited about returning for more!

sofritas inside soft corn shell
sofritas inside soft corn shell

Sofritas was introduced in Chipotles in California last year as a test market, and has finally made its way east to us.  So yummy!  I had the opportunity to try it out* and I chose to get mine in the tacos.  I tried it with 2 soft corn shells, and 1 flour.  What a yummy vegetarian, protein-filled lunch, and the price in most Denver markets is only $6.24 for three tacos, a giant burrito, or you can still do the naked bowl.  You can add all the same toppings, and ingredients to this vegan alternative to meat.  I topped mine with black beans, cheese, lettuce, brown rice, and my choice of salsa, and sour cream.  Unlike the veggie burrito/tacos, guacamole is extra when you order the sofritas.

*Required Disclaimer: I was offered a free Sofritas (value of $6.24) coupon to try this item out.  This did not influence my post, and the review is honest and based on my personal experience with the item. 

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Chipotle catering in Denver – post-event Review

I wrote previously* about the introduction of Chipotle Catering in Denver.  I had the opportunity to see their catering options at an event held in HQ Denver and post about their various different options and the pricing too.

Chipotle Catering
Chipotle Catering

Well, we got to try it out ourselves this past weekend and it was, well…. a lot of food!  We had the catering for 20 people and it was the BIG SPREAD.  Check out their entire menu and options here.  We had 2 trays of chicken since we do not eat beef and did pork in addition to the chicken.  There were 2 different types of rice – brown and white; and beans came in pinto (contains bacon) and black.   This spread came with the fajita veggies, tortillas, taco shells, and chips and all the salsa.   It has been 5  days and we still have a ton of food left over.   Chipotle really gives you a lot with their catering option.  We got all the serving spoons from them, signs for the salsas (so much flavor), and all the sterno and dishes to keep the food warm.  All of it was put into reusable bags to carry home easily.  They provided serving bowls for your guests, napkins, and spoons and forks. And, if you return all the equipment, you get a coupon for a free entree on another day.

photo 2 (2)All in all, the catering option went very well for us, and my 40th birthday bash but the sterno is very, very hot and it is not adjustable so it burned some of the rice, veggies, and chicken.**  So, if you can, wait to light that when all your guests arrive and only light it if you need.  Have people heat up their food in the microwave because sterno tends to scare me.  In any case, if Chipotle could do adjustable sterno (so you could turn the flame low or high) that would be ideal.   What a fiesta and the food was perfect for everyone including kids because they could pick and choose what they wanted to eat.  Chipotle catering is perfect for vegetarians, gluten-free, dairy-free guests, and for kids.  And if you do not want to do this much (the big spread) you can do a smaller version, or chips and salsa only, and as always, burrito in a box.  This burrito option comes with chips and salsa too!  You just can’t go wrong with Chipotle catering.

*Disclaimer: as previously posted, I was compensated with free catering for 20 people (the big spread) for writing about the new Chipotle catering option in Denver and for taking my time to attend the Chipotle HQ event.  The opinions listed here are mine alone and do not reflect any views from Chipotle corporate.

**PLEASE NOTE:  I attended a Chipotle-catered event last night, and it seems we did it wrong.  You do not place the sterno below the pans.  You put about 3-4 cups of water in each LARGE pan, then you place the food pans inside of these pans.  Then, you light the sterno underneath it, so the food stays warm from the heat of the water, and it’s not a direct flame.  DUH!

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3 Sons Italian Food- Arvada, CO

3 Sons Italian restaurant is an amazing Italian restaurant- a gem of a place tucked away in West Arvada, on the corner of Indiana and 64th.  This place is family-owned and run, a small business, and their menu is amazing.  The prices are reasonable, their happy hour and lunch offerings are great, and their service is always with a smile.  We love, love 3 sons and we hope you do too.   It is a family place and you can take the kids but keep in mind that if you do a 3- course dinner, it is casual and takes time to make your meal.  Kids aren’t always patient.  We generally go to their happy hour with the kids because the food is quicker.  But if you are looking for a place this Valentine’s Day, check out their 3-course dinner and make a reservation today.  It is a romantic, cozy little restaurant and the prices are just right to make this place perfect for you and your Valentine.

If you have followed me on yelp or trip advisor, I rave about this place, and I hope you like it too!

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