First things first I eat’cha brains…
Just kidding. But I did eat something pretty spectacular last night…
After yesterday’s lament of boring food and not cooking enough, I went home and experimented! And I’m happy to report my Frankenstein-like endeavors were a success 🙂 The picture, however, doesn’t really do it justice:
I’m calling it a Crustless Quiche Souffle, because I wanted souffle, but souffle has flour (which I can’t have), and didn’t want the density of a quiche, especially if I couldn’t have delicious, flaky crust. So my Quiche Souffle brainchild was born.
You could really do this with any veggies and any cheese, even some meat for those so inclined, but this one is ovo-vegetarian friendly, cheap, high in protein and low in carbs, so win-win all around really.
Sam’s Broccoli-Cheese Quiche Souffle
- 4 eggs
- 1 c. milk
- 1 T arrowroot powder (coconut flour would also work well; just a good binder)
- 2 tsp (ish) baking powder
- 1 T parsley flakes
- 1 T garlic powder
- salt and pepper
- red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1/2 c. daiya
- 2 c. broccoli, broken into bite size piece
- 1/2 c. frozen peppers and mushrooms (I picked it out of a stir fry mix I had; improvisation is key)
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a glass or metal pan with olive or coconut oil. Over medium heat, sweat down the broccoli and peppers until soft. While that’s happening, beat together eggs, milk, starch, baking powder and spices. Once the veggies are down, fold veggies and cheese into your egg mixture. Pour into grease dish and bake for 40 minutes.
The result is decadent, healthy, fluffy, cheesiness for two (or in my case, two meals at least; it was so good I had the other half for breakfast!). Vegans, I’m thinking you could do this with some silken tofu and yield similar results. If anyone wants to try and has success, send pics my way and I’ll feature it in a post 🙂
Now more expo stuff!!!
Horizon Organic Dairy. I don’t really drink milk, but I’ve been having cheese from time to time and their mozzarella string cheese is a favorite of mine; just grab and go!
We also had the chance to interview the adorable Sara Loveday who handles their PR. Her company, WhiteWave Foods also handles Silk:
They have a new smoothie-like product called Silk Fruit&Protein that is pretty good. High in sugar, but I can pronounce all the ingredients. I also grabbed a couple of their juice-box style milks that will be popping up in my meals shortly I’m sure…
Because I was not planning on making a dinner that required 40 minutes of cooking time, I was pretty hungry by the time I got that sucker in the oven. I decided this was the perfect opportunity to try one of my many SWAGs…
Popcorners Sea Salt has only 3 ingredients: corn, salt and sunflower oil.
Disclaimer: I rarely eat anything with corn products. Why? Because companies don’t have to label if the corn is GMO, which it often is because Monsanto owns everything and corn that can be eaten right off the stalk isn’t grown on subsidized farms anymore; you have to find the smaller, family owned ones that sell to farmers markets. Just watch King Corn so I can get off my soapbox.
THAT being said, I figured I’d give free chips a shot. They were good; tasted more like healthy Fritos than popcorn, but they were salty and hit the spot for the time being. Would I buy them? Probably not, but more because of my corn vendetta than the actual product.
After dinner, I wanted something sweet:
Annie’s was one of the bigger sponsors at the expo so I have a couple things from them. I’ve gotta say, I really enjoyed this bar. It’s definitely more of a dessert than a meal replacement or snack, because there’s not much to it, but it the texture is that of a chocolate chip rice crispy treat which I LOVED. No marshmallows, so vegetarian friendly, but the cane(or brown rice?) syrup gave it that classic sticky composition from my childhood.
Okay, let’s be real, I made rice crispy treats all through college, ESPECIALLY once I found plain puffed brown rice and dandies. But now I make fancy quiche souffle so don’t judge me.
I continued to catch up on my hulu (for those of you with an acute sense of detail, yes, that is Once Upon a Time on my laptop above) and kept myself up longer than I should have… which resulted in some sugar cravings. What I really wanted was a giant chewy cookie of some kind…
Instead I took a short walk to starbucks to get me out of the house, got an unsweetened green tea latte, then came back to:
Some really amazing dark chocolate by Scharffen Berger. I couldn’t put my finger on why this bittersweet dark chocolate tasted so sweet and different, but the description on their website says it all:
“With its rich and pure complexity, our 70% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate is the ideal dark chocolate. It offers upfront notes of ripe raspberry and cherry that melts smoothly into rounder date and cinnamon flavors.”
Oh Scharffen Beger, it surely is ideal. It was exactly what I needed, in exactly the right portion. I was in heaven. PLEASE SEND BUCKET-LOADS!
I mean… Enjoy chocolate in moderation.
Today should be a running or Insanity day, but a friend from out of town is visiting today and I’m not sure what we’re doing yet or what time we’re doing it at… film kids are so indecisive.
Last time we hung out there were some delicious food adventures involved, so I have high hopes for this evening…
Last but not least: it’s Art Advocacy Day! Out Your Art!. Any art will do. Doodles, songs, poems, acting, dancing writing; just get it out there!