Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easter Brunch - Quiche, Soup & Salad

Spinach or broccoli quiche, carrot soup (naturally), and salad.

Of course this is easy! Simple recipes are The Extraordinary Mother's way. But you can also impress your guests - or at least treat yourself to extraordinary, delicious, healthy meals!


Shopping List
3 Eggs
1 cup cream (you may use half n half)
8oz Swiss cheese (cheddar may be substituted – taste will be milder)
1pkg frozen spinach (or broccoli)
1 frozen pie shell

Pantry Check
Black pepper

Thaw and drain spinach (or broccoli). Chop then sauté onion in butter. In a small bowl combine flour and cheese. In a larger bowl beat eggs then add cream and dash of pepper. Add cheese mixture, onion, and vegetable. Mix well. Pour into pie crust. Bake at 350F for 1 hour. Yes, it IS that easy! Let me know if your guests don’t keep asking you, “You really made this yourself?”

Carrot Soup

Shopping List
2 Apples
Carrots (4 carrots minimum, I use more for a thicker soup)
1 cup white wine
1 quart chicken or vegetable broth

Pantry Check
Black pepper
Ground ginger

The great thing about soup is there is just chopping, cooking, and then pureeing. Easy as pie? No, easier! Also, everything is made in one pot, so choose one big enough and begin by melting TBSP of butter in saucepan. Sauté chopped onion and garlic. Add chopped apple and carrot and sauté about 4 minutes). Add wine and broth. Bring to boil then reduce to a simmer. Sprinkle soup with pepper and ginger and simmer 20 minutes.

Next, an immersion blender is your best friend, but a blender will do. Either puree with the immersion blender or in batches in the blender.

Serve quiche and soup with a salad (green or caesar). For dessert serve homemade carrot cake - that recipe is for another day!


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