Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Mini Quiches with Duxelles & Baby Broccoli (Whole30 Day 15)

I've only been back at school for two days, and I'm already ready for another vacation!  On my first day back, I accidentally left my computer at school.  Luckily a friend was still on campus and was able to find it and stash it in her locker, so nothing happened to it.  I was stuck without it at home, though, which meant I had to break my blogging streak.  It was a little disappointing, but I figure it's more important to keep up the healthy eating than to blog about it everyday, right?  Tuesday was the longest day ever with class from 8 to 1:30 and back-to-back sessions in the clinic from 3 to 5.  Today, I finally made it into the kitchen.

My Whole30 is officially half over, and I'm so happy to be eating such great food.  I have almost no cravings for off-plan foods, although there was one rough evening when I was getting ready to go to dinner at a friend's and Ben had my favorite kind of pizza delivered.  To his credit, he thought it would arrive after I'd left.  I was starving and I would have loved a slice of that pizza...but I love having my pants fit better even more.  I stayed strong, made it to my friend's house, and enjoyed a delicious Whole30-compliant meal there.  I even managed to sit calmly at the table while everyone else had cake and ice cream!

Who cares about cake and ice cream, though?  We have mini quiches with duxelles and baby broccoli.  These are the best grab-and-go breakfast I can think of.  Duxelles, made with mushrooms, shallots, garlic, and ghee, give great flavor to these quiches.  They're packed with protein, and they're super cute.  What more can you really ask for from a breakfast?

Mini Quiches with Duxelles & Baby Broccoli
Yield: 12 mini quiches
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes

Ingredients (inspired by Two Peas & Their Pod):

For the duxelles:

2 tablespoons ghee
2-3 tablespoons minced shallots (1 large or 2-3 small shallots)
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup minced mushrooms or mushroom stems*
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the mini quiches:

1 bunch baby broccoli, ends trimmed and finely chopped (stalks and all!), or 2 cups finely chopped broccoli florets
6 eggs
1/2 cup egg whites
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Olive oil, for greasing the pan

*I used the stems from 16 brown mushrooms that had served as hamburger buns for this recipe.

Preheat the oven to 350, and grease a 12-cup muffin pan with olive oil.

To make the duxelles, melt the ghee in a medium skillet over low heat.  Add the shallots and garlic and saute, stirring frequently, until softened but not browned, 3-4 minutes.  Add the mushrooms and raise the heat to medium.  Cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms have released their liquid and most of it is gone, about 10 minutes.  Season the duxelles liberally with salt and pepper, then set aside on a plate to cool.

Return the skillet to medium and add the chopped broccoli.  Cook, stirring frequently, until bright green and crisp tender, about five minutes.  Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.  Stir in the duxelles and broccoli.  Divide the mixture among the 12 greased muffin cups, filling each one about 3/4 full (I used a 1/3 cup measure, not quite full, to portion the batter quickly).  Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until just set in the middle.

Gently run a knife around the edge of each quiche, and carefully scoop them out with a spoon.  Enjoy hot or warm.  Leftover quiches can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days and reheated.

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  1. way to go, maestra! stay strong :)

  2. These are so cute and look awesome. Beautiful photos.

    1. Thank you, Abbie! And thanks for the pin!


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