Low-Fat Spinach Cheddar Quiche with Oat Crust

Low-Fat Spinach Cheddar Quiche with Oat Crust

Poor little creme brulee dishes. You just sit in my cupboard waiting and waiting to be used. Every time the cabinet door opens, your little nonexistent hearts race with anticipation. “Is she? Is she going to make creme brulee?!” I disappoint you time and time again. You feel worthless. You are not fulfilling your destiny.

Surely there must be another use for you…

Ah, yes, breakfast. Quiche. Individually sized. How perfect. Why did I not think about this before? You now feel loved.

These little quiches are perfect for brunch and would be great to enjoy on Easter morning while you watch the kiddos tear into their baskets and hunt for eggs. I’ve cut the fat by using a low-fat oat crust that contains much less butter than traditional pie crust. I’ve also adjusted the fat in the filling by subbing skim milk for heavy cream. You can also cut fat by using some eggs white or egg substitute. A quiche with all the flavor, but much less guilt! Sounds good to me! These are great for company, especially if you serve them in individual servings!

Peach Grapefruit Sangria

Peach Grapefruit Sangria

Sangria. I freaking love it. Sangria makes me think of warm weather and being outside. Sitting on the porch in a nice comfy chair, looking at some pretty scenery, a pool, kids playing. Surrounded by good friends and family. Ah, heaven.

Now, if only that was the actual situation at my apartment. Instead of seeing a beautifully landscaped backyard, I see another building, bugs, and the annoying kids in the complex who play on our back stairs and mess things up on our porch (“Damn you kids, get off my lawn!”) and just leave their popsicle and juice box wrappers. Sigh. At least I can pretend I’m sitting poolside sans tons of bugs and misbehaved children and have a pitcher of this sangria.

Oh, and quick side note. I just realized that the last three posts I have done all have booze in them. No, I do not have a drinking problem. I just like using booze in my cooking. Except for this sangria, I do love to drink this sangria. I love this sangria because the grapefruit gives it a nice tang and it’s not overly sweet. Peaches are one of my favorite fruits and work so well in this sangria!

Slow Cooker Chili Lime Pulled Pork Tacos

Slow Cooker Chili Lime Pulled Pork Tacos

Do you ever get an urge to really clean your house? I don’t mean just your usual dusting and vacuuming, but a REALLY good cleaning? I officially declare this past weekend Spring Cleaning Weekend. That’s what went down in this house. We dusted everything, scrubbed the kitchen and bathrooms. I even cleaned all of the baseboards. Holy dust, Batman! I washed all the rugs and blankets. Now I just have to re-organize our pantry and I think I will feel complete.

I also spent a good part of Friday and Saturday night going through the monstrous stack of cooking magazines I have collected over the last few years. Seriously, I had magazines going back to 2008. I went through each one and pulled out all of the recipes I wanted. Then I got a binder and page protectors and got to work on making my cooking magazine cookbook. The old magazines get to be hauled down to the recycle bin by my poor husband. Hope he doesn’t break his back carrying them down the stairs.

With all the cleaning happening, I wasn’t feeling up to making a big dinner. A slow cooker meal was definitely in order. We love Mexican food in this house. We could probably eat it everyday and be really happy. Instead of our usual chicken or beef tacos, I opted for pork this time around. This was a great meal to eat after all the cleaning!

Awards and Thank Yous

I  received the 7×7 link award from Ramona of Curry and Comfort.

The rules of this award are to thank the person who gave it to you (Thanks, Ramona!!), and then to share 7 random facts about yourself. It’s been a while since I’ve done this, so I will share 7 more random things with you all:

1. I’ve lived in Cleveland, OH, Los Angeles, CA, Orlando, FL, and now Tallahassee, FL.
2. I met my husband in high school when I was in the 9th grade and he was in the 10th grade. We had science class together. He sat behind me and bugged me all the time. I only pretended to hate it sometimes. We lost touch when I moved to Florida after I finished the 10th grade and then we reconnected again through MySpace back when MySpace was still cool and the rest is history!
3. I have two brothers and 1 sister. One brother is only 2 years younger than me, but my other brother and sister are 15 years younger than me!
4. I hate mustard and white chocolate. Hate them both. Sorry. However, I WILL eat a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie. I don’t know why.
5. I have a sick addiction to all things Coach. Bags, shoes, accessories, jewelry, everything. I especially love the key chains they make that are different animals. Every time a new one is released, my husband and I decide if it is one that I HAVE to have.
6. I also love anything owl-related.
7. My other addiction is nail polish. I have so many, it’s not even funny. Letting me lose in Ulta is a dangerous, dangerous thing to do…

Ok, hope you enjoyed those facts! See you all tomorrow with a new recipe!

Strawberry Champagne Sorbet

Remember last week when I shared my Strawberry Sherbet recipe? Well, after making that deliciousness, I had a lot of strawberries left over. I decided to keep the frozen treats coming.

So strawberry sorbet it was. But, not just any old strawberry sorbet, this one has champagne in it. Champagne makes everything better, especially when combined with strawberries. I’m definitely making this one again, except next time, I’m doubling the recipe and adding more champagne. It’s like happy hour and dessert all in one. Happy Friday.

Macadamia Crusted Tilapia with Mango Pineapple Salsa

Do you ever have one of those weekends where come Sunday night, you don’t really know what the heck you spent the entire weekend doing? Kind of like when you read a page in a book and when you get to the end, you have no idea what you just read? That was me this weekend. I don’t think I did anything. Aside from cooking, grocery shopping, and lunch with the hubs, I did a whole lot of nothing. I wasn’t feeling too hot on Friday night and ended up going to bed really early. I know, I’m so wild.

Oh, and how annoying is it when you have a recipe all planned out and when you get to the store, they don’t have one of the ingredients you need? I had that issue with this recipe. My original plan was to use mahi, but the store had none. Sigh. I called two other grocery stores and neither of them had mahi! What. The. Heck?! Since I already bought all of my other ingredients the previous day, this recipe WAS going to happen. So, I surveyed the fish they did have and decided on tilapia, which actually worked really well. This dish is nice and light and really refreshing with the mango pineapple salsa! I served it over some rice with a hint of lime and with some roasted plantains! Yum!