Cooking does not come natural to me. Actually, I didn't start cooking regularly until I had children. Even then, I'd mostly cook a simply healthy dinner for my daughter and then my husband and I would get take-out for ourselves. Not only was that killing our bank account, it wasn't healthy. About a year ago, my husband and I decided to change our ways. Our motivation was our ever-expanding waistlines, coupled with a need to save money. We vowed to take our lunches to work and eat a home-cooked meal every weekday.
It was challenge I eagerly expected, which surprised me because I'd always been a reluctant cook. I never learned to cook as a kid or a young adult. I didn't have much practice, so therefore I had little confidence in my ability to prepare a meal that anyone other than my two toddlers would want to eat. Nevertheless, I threw myself head first into the challenge. I borrowed more cookbooks than I can count from the library, scoured Pinterest for recipes and cooking blogs, and spent hours each week developing weekly meal plans. And it worked. We lost weight (my husband lost more than I did- don't you hate that?) and we started to see a bit of that lost cushion in our budget.
Over the year, we've fallen off the wagon of the wagon a couple times, but for the most part we've stayed the course. And despite the pounds lost or the money saved, what I am most proud of is that we've established a wonderful nightly ritual for our children where we sit together as a family, enjoy our food together, and talk about our day. That really is what's all about, isn't it? My husband and I thought that we were doing our kids a favor by feeding them healthy dinners and then pigging out after they went to bed. But in reality, we were cheating our children by not modeling healthy habits, and we were cheating ourselves out of health and financial gain. Now, now...don't get me wrong, my husband and I still enjoy ordering take-out for just the two of an enjoying some couple time. But now, we try to limit it to once or twice a week, so that it's more of a treat and something to look forward to.
The other day I was home by myself (what??!!) and decided to cook a quiche for that evening's dinner. This one of my favorite weeknight go-to recipes because it's yummy, healthy, and EASY. Can't beat that. I got the recipe from All Recipes.com.
AND....Of course, since I am a photographer, I decided to document the cooking process. I've written out the below after the photos. Oh and as you can see in the photos, I had a little spillage when I added the egg mixture. That was because I used a regular pie crust and not a deep dish one. If you use a regular sized pie crust, maybe just use 3 eggs instead of four. Hopefully, you enjoy the recipe and the photos! Bon appetit!
Spinach and Cheese Quiche
1/2 cup butter (or the oil of your choice)
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 small onion chopped
1 (10 ounce) package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 (6 ounce) package of herb and garlic feta, crumbled
1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese (I used Monterey Jack because that's what I had on hand)
1 (9 inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust (I used whole wheat crust)
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
2. In a medium skillet, melt butter/oil over medium heat. Saute garlic and inion in butter until lightly browned, abut 7 minutes. Stir in spinach, feta and 1/2 cup of Cheddar cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into pie crust.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into pastry shell, allowing egg mixture to thoroughly combine with spinach mixture.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Sprinkle top with remaining Cheddar cheese, and bakes an additional 35 to 40 minutes, until set in center. Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving.