Archive | October, 2014

Healthy Brunch Menu: Hash Brown Quiche

23 Oct

Let’s say you’ve just been invited to an Easter or spring brunch, or you want to make something special for your mom on Mother’s Day. What to bring? What to make? Hmmm…

Here’s the answer: Quiche! Not just any quiche, this is a simple Hash Brown Quiche that’s gluten-free (bonus points!) and has ham, which adds great flavor and is healthier than bacon. We’ve served the Hash Brown Quiche with side salads or fruit salads. And of course, we personally think that fresh ingredients pair well with fresh flowers, like our new line of Easter bouquets!

Here’s the Recipe:

Ingredients:

–          24 oz. frozen shredded hash browns, thawed

–          1/3 cup butter, melted

–          1 cup shredded hot pepper jack cheese

–          1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese

–          1 cup diced ham

–          ½ cup milk

–          2 eggs

–          a dash of salt & pepper

To Start:

–          Preheat oven to 425 degrees F

–          Grease a 9” or 10” pie dish

–          Press thawed hash browns into your pie dish. Essentially you are making a ‘crust’ of hash browns so build up the sides of the dish as well. Melt your butter and then brush or dab all over the hash browns.

–          Cook for 25 minutes

–          Then mix together your eggs, milk and salt & pepper. You can add more seasonings if you like, but we found that the hot pepper jack cheese adds a lot of flavor.

Next:

–          Once the hash browns have cooked for 25 minutes, take them out and reduce your oven temp to 325 degrees F.

–          Fill potato crust with ham and cheeses. Pour the egg/milk mixture over the top and place back in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until set.

Options & Notes:

For the ham, we went to the deli section of the local grocery store and asked for a ½” to 1” slice of their ham. That way you don’t have to bake a whole ham for this recipe. Like most quiche dishes, you can change a few things up like combining different types of cheese or adding minced onions. If you’re dying for bacon or a veggie in your quiche then add it in and let us know how it goes!

Could the Lunches This Mom Packs Be Any Cuter?

10 Oct

Bento Box MonstersIt’s not uncommon for parents, when they’re concerned about their kids missing them at school, to sneak a little note into the kids’ backpacks or special treat in their lunchboxes to cheer them up. But Li Ming, a stay-at-home mom in Singapore, has taken that concept to a whole new level with the elaborate bento boxes she makes for her two sons.

Bento Box Monsters

Ming says she “started bento-ing” in 2008, when her older son was in nursery school, and graduated to making the more involved, ultra-adorable charabens, or character bentos, when he began primary school in 2011. “He missed me terribly then and had problems adjusting to the longer hours at primary school. I started packing him charabens, along with lunch notes, hoping to cheer him up and let him feel my presence and love through them,” she explains on Bento, Monsters, the blog where she documents her bentos and offers recipes, tips and tutorials.

When Ming’s younger son began school, she started making them for him as well. Now, every week, she turns out about six charabens — featuring Spider-Man, Hello Kitty, Super Mario and other characters — she recently told the Daily Mail.

Bento Box Monsters

Bento Box MonstersMing says she originally got ideas from bentos others had posted on the Web, but now she gets them from everywhere — posters, stickers, literature, her sons’ requests. The ones “that involve more characters or require lots of seaweed cutting” take the longest to complete, she tells FN Dish, but it’s worth the time she puts into it.

“I really enjoy bento-ing,” she says, adding that the biggest reward is “seeing my boys enjoying their food.”

Ming is planning to publish her designs in a book, which she expects to release in the United States next fall.

Photos courtesy of Bento, Monsters.