Broccoli Quiche

 

I Love Broccoli Quiche!

Quiche is great for any meal, but it is especially nice for a brunch idea this time of year. This is a very simple but delicious meal for the whole family.

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Broccoli has to be one of my favorite vegetables. My family never ate broccoli when I was growing up, so when I was introduced to it at my neighbor’s house – I fell in love -veggie love! It then became my first choice in veggies and still is. So, that’s why I like broccoli quiche so much.

Some of the great things about quiche are that you can make it ahead, it is perfect to bring to a potluck dinner because it is easy to transport and it is simple to reheat the whole quiche in the oven for about 15 – 20 minutes @ 350 degrees. Like a casserole, after the initial preparation, cooking and clean up, it is a very easy thing to serve and most of the mess is already dealt with. 🙂 And, the best thing, is that it tastes great. Hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I do!

Broccoli Quiche
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Recipe type: Brunch
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Serves: 4 to 6
 
A classic favorite the whole family will enjoy
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1½ cups broccoli florets, steamed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped small
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1½ cups sharp cheddar cheese (or flavorful cheese of your choice)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs soy sauce
  • ½ tsp onion granules
  • ½ tsp garlic granules
  • For Crust:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 stick of butter, cold and cut into small slices
  • a pinch of salt
  • ½ cup of ice water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine all the crust ingredients with a pastry blender or fork until it resembles coarse balls about the size of small peas. Gather up the dough and gently form into a large ball and cut in half. On a lightly floured surface, gently flatten one of the balls and start rolling it out with a rolling pin until the crust is a little larger than your 9" pie plate. Gently fold the crust in half and lay in the pie plate and unfold. Position it with your hands and cut off extra overhanging crust - leaving about an inch of overhang to turn under and flute. Flute around the entire crust. This recipe makes 2 crusts.
  3. Prebake your crust for 5 minutes @ 350 degrees (put dry beans - enough to cover the bottom of the pie shell - in your unbaked crust while you prebake to prevent the crust from bubbling - remove the beans after the crust is prebaked)
  4. Whisk together your eggs, milk and seasonings and set aside
  5. Saute your onion and steam your broccoli
  6. When crust is out of the oven, cover the bottom with ½ the cheese, the sauteed onions and the steamed broccoli.
  7. Sprinkle raw minced garlic (or saute it first, if you prefer) over the top of everything
  8. Pour your seasoned egg/milk mixture over the other ingredients
  9. Top with the remaining cheese
  10. Bake @ 350 degrees for 1 hour (Check by jiggling it. If it just slightly jiggles, take it out, it is done. But if it seems too loose and still jiggles a lot, bake it about 5 - 10 minutes longer - make sure to check it)
  11. Take out of the oven when done and let stand for about 10 minutes to set up before serving.

 

Black Bean Casserole

…with Corn Tortillas too…

This is a tried and true recipe! I have made it many times and it has been a good one. Many of my friends have asked me for the recipe because, well…I guess you could say it is YUMMY!

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My family loves black beans. I make them in the crockpot almost every week. I love the crockpot, it makes things like beans so simple – soak them overnight, drain them in the morning, put them into the crockpot with fresh water and salt and you’re done. I start mine on high and let it go like that for most of the day and then turn it down to low until we are ready to eat. So simple – but so good!

Anyway, this recipe can be made with either canned black beans or ones that you cook yourself either in a pot on the stove or in a crockpot.

Here is the Recipe:  

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped onion (2 large)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped green bell pepper (2 medium)
  • 1- 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup picante sauce (or salsa)
  • 2 teaspoons – 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 – 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 – 15-ounce cans black beans, drained OR 4 cups cooked black beans
  • salt to taste
  • 12 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack cheese (8 ounces)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced (optional)
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce (optional)
  • sliced green onion (optional)
  • sliced pitted ripe black olives (optional)
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream or plain Greek yogurt (optional)

Directions:

1.  First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees

2. In a large skillet, combine onion, bell pepper, undrained tomatoes, picante sauce (or salsa), cumin, garlic and salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered for 10 -15 minutes ( or until your onions and peppers are how you like them) – then stir in the beans.

3. Spread one-third of the bean mixture over the bottom of a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Top with 6 of the tortillas, overlapping as necessary, and 1 cup of the cheese. Add another one-third of the bean mixture; topping with remaining tortillas and remaining bean mixture.

4. Bake, covered, in a 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes or till heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Put back in oven to melt the cheese. Take out of the oven and let stand for about 10 minutes before serving.

5. Optional – top with tomato slices, shredded lettuce, green onion and olives, light sour cream or plain Greek yogurt.

Serves 6 to 8

(adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook)