Crustless Breakfast Quiche

I guess this is quiche? We had tons of of leftover “stuff” I needed to use up before it went bad. Frittata is usually fried (right?), and I wanted to at least keep this mostly healthy.

Anyway, I wanted to have nice Sunday breakfast with hubs, so I came up with this. It has eggs (duh), tons of spinach, bacon, parmesan, and potatoes. Super simple and super delicious. You get 1/8 of the “pie” for less than 200 calories and 11 grams of protein. Woo!

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Post cheese, pre-bake.

Post cheese, pre-bake.

Crustless Breakfast Quiche

Ingredients:

  • 9 large eggs
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 6 slices bacon (I used center cut)
  • 1 c. spinach, chopped
  • 1 potato (baked or pan fried and diced)
  • 1/4 c. grated parmesan
  • Salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350. Spray round dish with non-stick spray (I actually have a quiche pan…haha…but a pie pan would be fine)
  • Spread (sprinkle?) diced potato on bottom of dish. This probably won’t cover the dish, and that’s alright 🙂
  • Whisk together seasoning (to your taste), eggs, and heavy cream until nice and fluffy. Pour over potatoes.
  • Layer spinach over eggs. The spinach will kind of sink down, but will mostly remain on the top half.
  • Sprinkle bacon and cheese over quiche.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes, or until done and set in the center. I think mine took just over 30? Ovens vary 🙂

I served this with fruit and sriracha (duh). And coffee. Because coffee is everything on a Sunday morning 🙂

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Pretty, huh? YUM. This can easily be altered to use leftovers. Diced ham, tomatoes, and swiss would be delicious!

What’s your favorite Sunday breakfast?

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Lemon Blueberry Cake

Hello, friends!

I do apologize for being MIA. Nursing school has gotten even crazier, if you can believe that. I’ve got tons of posts I’m working on. Hopefully they’ll get out to you over the next couple of days 🙂

If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t, you should! Here), you know that I baked the most wonderful lemon blueberry cake last week. I originally found the recipe on Pinterest from one of my favorite blogs, Sally’s Baking Addiction. You can find the original recipe here. I only changed a couple of things to suit what I had on hand.

It’s such a great lemon-flavor! The tart cake is well-balanced with pops of sweet blueberries and a delicious cream cheese frosting.

All of my the lovely ingredients. I find it easier when baking to measure everything out ahead of time.

All of my the lovely ingredients. I find it easier when baking to measure everything out ahead of time.

Action shot!

Action shot!

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Seriously guys. Delicious perfection.

Seriously guys. Delicious perfection.

Lemon Blueberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

  • Cake:
    • 2 sticks room temperature butter (Kerrygold is my favorite, but I only had just your standard, unsalted butter on hand)
    • 1 1/4 c. granulated sugar
    • 1/2 c. light brown sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1 tbsp. baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1 c. buttermilk
    • Zest and juice of 3 large lemons
    • 2 pints of blueberries (I reserved a couple handfuls for decoration) mixed with a tbsp. flour
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:
    •  8 ounces cream cheese (do yourself a favor and get the full fat fun stuff)
    • 1 stick unsalted butter
    • 3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
    • 3 tbsp. heavy cream
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • Dash of salt

Method:

  • Cake:
    • Preheat oven to 350. Spray two cake pans with non-stick spray
    • Beat butter on medium speed until nice and fluffy
    • Add in sugars, and continue to beat until creamed. Don’t forget to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed!
    • Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until creamed.
    • On medium-low speed, add in powder and salt. Add in flour a little bit at a time. Immediately move on to the next step.
    • Add in lemon juice, zest, and buttermilk. Mix until combined and lump-free.
    • Gently fold in blueberries. Gently, ya’ll.
    • Resist urge to eat batter.
    • Pour into cake pans (batter will be super thick). Bake until toothpick comes out clean. I believe these were in my oven for about a half hour.
    • After the cakes are done, let sit for about 5 minutes. Transfer cakes to a wire rack to cool completely.
    • Allow to cool completely before frosting. You do NOT want to deal with that mess 🙂
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:
    • Beat together cream cheese and butter until totally smooth
    • Slowly add in powdered sugar.
    • Add in heavy cream, vanilla, and salt.

Once the cake has completely cooled, frost to your little heart’s content. If you’d like, you can “make it pretty” by arranging blueberries or lemon slices on top. Just make sure you refrigerate the cake for an hour or so before serving. Otherwise that sucker is going to fall apart. I stored mine in the fridge too. Trust me: it’s moist enough that the fridge totally doesn’t ruin it 🙂

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I do love me some cake.

What are some of your favorite indulgences? Let me know below!

Yogi Surprise: Unboxing and Review

I can’t even tell you how excited I am to FINALLY get to do this post! I ordered my Yogi Surprise box at the beginning of March, and I finally got April’s on the 11th.

For those of you who have no idea what Yogi Surprise is, let me just enlighten you 🙂 It’s a $44.95 per month, monthly subscription box that promises 6-8 full priced items. Typically, these items add up to a value of at least $70. This month added up to $71. Each item is handpicked to enhance your yoga lifestyle, and to “complement your way of being.” Each box comes with a card that describes and prices each product. Did I mention each month they send someone on a yoga retreat?? Friends, let me tell you that this box is AMAZING. This was my first one, and I will most certainly be continuing this subscription.

I’m just going to go ahead and jump in! Descriptions of the products themselves are under each photo. I’ll include a link to subscribe, as well as links to where you can find these products at the end of the post 🙂

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Plus, the box is purple. Anything purple has to be perfect.

Inside of the box. It's so neatly packed! I was in love before I even opened it.

Inside of the box. It’s so neatly packed! I was in love before I even opened it.

First we have a Vanessa Valente Crystals Quartz Starter Kit. The packet came with a mantra to repeat as you hold the crystal, helping to keep that positive energy flowing.

First we have a Vanessa Valente Crystals Quartz Starter Kit. The packet came with a mantra to repeat as you hold the crystal, helping to keep that positive energy flowing.

This is Essential Living Foods Superfood Trail Mix. I was particularly stoked about this one. I immediately opened it and started munching! SO good! It has cashews, coconut, and goji berries (among other yummy things!). It's organic, kosher, and vegan.

This is Essential Living Foods Superfood Trail Mix. I was particularly stoked about this one. I immediately opened it and started munching! SO good! It has cashews, coconut, and goji berries (among other yummy things!). It’s organic, kosher, and vegan.

This is a Rosewood Mala bracelet. It is beautiful, and serves as a reminder to "focus your energy and intentions." I immediately integrated this into my practice, and it really helps this scatterbrained girl focus at the beginning and end of a yoga session!

This is a Rosewood Mala bracelet. It is beautiful, and serves as a reminder to “focus your energy and intentions.” I immediately integrated this into my practice, and it really helps this scatterbrained girl focus at the beginning and end of a yoga session!

More food! This is a GoodOnYa Organic, Gluten Free breakfast bar. I have not had a chance to try this yet, but it looks promising. It has simple ingredients and is insanely healthy.

More food! This is a GoodOnYa Organic, Gluten Free breakfast bar. I have not had a chance to try this yet, but it looks promising. It has simple ingredients and is insanely healthy.

This is an Essence of Nature Tree-Free Natural Paper Journal. It's crafted with post-consumer and agricultural waste. I am excited to start using it as a record book for my practice!

This is an Essence of Nature Tree-Free Natural Paper Journal. It’s crafted with post-consumer and agricultural waste. I am excited to start using it as a record book for my practice!

The left product is a Grey Sage Smudge Stick bundle. I have not used it yet, but its purpose is to provide powerful cleansing of energy and atmosphere any where that needs it! The product on the right is a Frisky Fish Roll On "Exhale" Essential Oil Perfume. I was particularly stoked about this. I am an essential oils fiend and this blend of eucalyptus and lavender is particularly amazing.

The left product is a Grey Sage Smudge Stick bundle. I have not used it yet, but its purpose is to provide powerful cleansing of energy and atmosphere any where that needs it!
The product on the right is a Frisky Fish Roll On “Exhale” Essential Oil Perfume. I was particularly stoked about this. I am an essential oils fiend and this blend of eucalyptus and lavender is particularly amazing.

 

What do you think? Something you’d be interested in? Follow this link to subscribe:

Yogi Surprise. Bonus: Use coupon code LOVEYOURSELF or GRATITUDE for 20% for the life of your subscription! 

It’s seriously amazing, and I know you will love it as much as I do!

Want to purchase the above products? Follow these links:

GoodOnYa Organic Breakfast Bar

Rosewood Mala Bracelet (Similar)

Essence of Nature Journal

Essential Living Foods Trail Mix

Frisky Fish Essential Oil

Grey Sage Smudge Stick (Similar)

Vanessa Valente Crystal

Mini Stuffed Peppers

I have a serious love for stuffed peppers. And I have a serious soft spot for all things mini. Just so cute! Kroger’s mini peppers were on sale for $1.99 (whaaaat?), so I grabbed a bag and decided to make baby stuffed peppers.

Great idea in theory. Those suckers are way difficult to stuff. Nonetheless, they were delicious, cute, and quick, and I WILL be making them again. Maybe with an Italian twist?

Anyway, I paired these Mini Mexi Peppers with refried beans (I LOVE them!). How hilarious is this can?

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How cute are these?

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I never said they were pretty.

I never said they were pretty. I got a little excited with the cheese and missed some peppers….

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Mini Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients:

  • 8 mini sweet peppers
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 c. shredded cheese (I used fiesta blend for some added spice!)
  • 2+ tbsp taco seasoning (amount totally depends on your preference)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • “splash” of olive oil
  • 1 can Rotel (or other tomato and green chile brand)
  • 8 jalapeno slices (I used pickled because that’s what was on hand)

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Seed and half the peppers, long-ways. Put pepper halves in a bowl of hot water to soften and become more pliable.
  • Cook garlic cloves with oil and turkey and seasonings until brown and no longer pink.
  • Add drained Rotel, and mix well. I kind of break up the tomatoes a little bit to make them mix better with the meat.
  • Drain peppers and set them on a cookie sheet.
  • Stuff each pepper as best as you can 🙂
  • Top with the cheese, and jalapeño slice on each pepper.
  • Bake until the cheese is bubblin! I chose to broil mine a bit, because I LOVE that browned cheese taste! YUM.

If you try this recipe, let me know! Instagram me @lovethekate using #feistyfrench. 

I look forward to hearing from you!

Let me know what other posts you’d like to see on the blog below!

Surviving Restaurants: Fast Food

Hey, guys!

So I have decided to start a new mini series called “Surviving Restaurants.” We don’t eat out very often, but I know there are a lot of people who do. One problem I used to always have going out to eat would be what to order. Obviously. It is so super hard to order something healthy when all of these “cheesy” or “fried to a golden brown” entrees are yelling at you. This series will explore different tips and tricks to eating out, from fast food to coffee shops to your typical sit down restaurants.

Since I just had Taco Bell for dinner (when the hubs is away, the wifey will….eat Taco Bell?), it seems fitting that the first part of this series deals with a fast food.

As much as I hate to admit it, fast food is sometimes too convenient to pass up. We really don’t eat it very often, maybe once or twice a month. I try to avoid it, because holy moly fat and sodium. Honestly, sometimes I crave Taco Bell. This was one of those days. I’m only human! One who really loves Taco Bell…

Anyway, here are a few quick and dirty tips for behaving at fast food restaurants.

  1. Suck it up and look at the nutrition information. For me, I can usually be talked out of a bad decision with nutrition information. Most people have smart phones, and can quickly look up calorie and fat content for just about any order on the planet. Seriously. Probably the entire planet.
  2. Remember how food makes you feel. If you’re given the choice between a greasy hamburger and a grilled chicken salad to eat before a race, what should you choose? Obviously the salad. Remember how it makes you feel! Do you want to be able to walk after you eat, or would you rather feel like you’re busting out of your pants? Occasionally, busting out of your pants feels worth it, but is it worth that Big Mac? Honestly, probably not.
  3. Get water. Come on now, ya’ll. This should be a no brainer. I love me some Mountain Dew, but I would much rather devote 250 cals to food that will stay with me a little longer than 25 minutes. Water will also help fill you up so you don’t eat nearly as much. If you feel the need to drink soda, as I occasionally do, get a small and sip slowly. It will be just as satisfying, and you won’t sacrifice as many calories.
  4. Avoid combo meals. Yeah it may be cheaper, but you are most likely ordering way more food than you actually need to. If a combo meal really is the way to go for you, choose a healthier side. Most places offer “healthier” side dishes now, such as apple slices in place of fries. And never, ever super size. You do not need it, I promise you that!

What are some of your tips for healthy eating at restaurants? What else would you like to see in this series? Let me know in the comments below! Check me out on Instagram and Twitter (@lovethekate)