Monday, January 28, 2013

Country Quiche


Last semester, I felt organized and in control. Only 3 weeks into this current spring semester of business graduate school, I find myself frazzled, behind schedule, and praying for peace!

Enjoying a good winter ale while studying is one way to keep one's sanity...

Friends recurringly ask me why I continue preparing homemade meals when I am so pressed for time each day. Obvious health reasons aside, I keep trying to explain that, for me, cooking is relaxing, reassuring. Often, the steady rhythm of chopping vegetables and kneading bread dough feels like the only thing standing between me and a panic attack at the end of the day. If knitting, reading, or watching TV can be considered relaxing, why not cooking? Especially when the recipe is so simple, with such pretty, delicious results as this one...

Country Quiche

  • 1 pound smoked sausage, thinly sliced, OR 1 pound vegetarian "sausage" crumbles (we used Trader Joe's Soyrizo)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 4 egg whites
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2.5 cups reduced fat Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup green peas
  • Two 9-inch unbaked pie shells

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large skillet, cook the sausage or veg sausage until browned and cooked through, remove with a slotted spoon, and reserve.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the baking powder, tomatoes and eggs together.

Add the cooked sausage, the cheese, and the peas to the pie shells, dividing between the two pie crusts.

Add salt and pepper to the egg mixture and pour over the filling in the two pie crusts, dividing the mixture between both pie shells.

Bake until the filling is set, about 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Johanna GGG said...

I agree that cooking is relaxing and there is nothing like knowing what is in your food and eating what you love at the end of a busy day - glad you are still enjoying it even when you are busy

Ashley Bee said...

I agree with you, cooking is like therapy. It helps you wind down :) And then dishes bring you back to the real world, haha...

I love quiche. I often sub the pie crust for crescent rolls!