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Theo, my two-year-old, has been in the kitchen with me since he was about ten days old. I mean, at first, his only involvement was sleeping peacefully in his cozy carrier while I cooked, but as soon as he could sit in his clamp-on seat at the island, he had his own tasks. Even if that meant just stacking measuring cups, or playing with a whisk and water.

As a person whose own enthusiasm can’t be tamped enough to avoid making big messes, I’d never begrudge my kids the same fun. So now that he’s older, he helps me with pretty much everything that can be done safely (however messily) – in the past few days, he’s measured and whisked ingredients for muffins, beaten eggs for omelettes, tossed salads, plucked the stems from cherries, etc.

For this mini quiche recipe, Theo added the salt and pepper to the eggs and did a decent job beating them (“‘Eo stir it!”, he says). He spooned in the tomatoes and cheese, and put the paper liners into the muffin pans. Older kids could help grate the cheese and portion the egg mixture into the cups, too.

As a dietitian, I can tell you that involving your kids in the process (from growing or shopping for food, to helping plan or choose components of meals, to actually participating in preparation) is one of the best ways you can support them in becoming adventurous, healthy (read: non-picky) eaters. Plus, it sets them up with the food knowledge and kitchen skills they need to take care of themselves with nutritious, delicious meals down the road. Not to mention, it’s just a really fun thing to do together!

Kids love the novelty and cuteness of single servings just for them, and these little quiches are endlessly customizable to their preferences and/or whatever you have kicking around your refrigerator. Feel free to substitute finely chopped broccoli, asparagus, spinach (or whatever!) for the tomatoes, and/or use diced ham, turkey or chopped bacon in lieu of sausage.

I keep a stash of mini quiches in the freezer and microwave them for 60 seconds for quick weekday breakfasts. They’re great sandwiched in an English muffin, too.

Kid Friendly Mini Quiches

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 16
Breakfast
American

Ingredients
  

  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ¾ tsp coarse salt divided
  • ? tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups crumbled cooked breakfast sausage (from about 10 oz uncooked)
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup diced cored and seeded tomato

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare two standard muffin pans by lining 16 of the cups with paper liners.
  • Whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper; stir in sausage, cheese and tomato. Divide mixture among muffin cups (about 1/3 cup of egg mixture per quiche). Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the filling is set. Cool in muffin pan for 5 minutes, then transfer quiches to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • If desired, you can return the cooled quiches to the muffin pans and transfer to freezer, then pack into freezer bags once frozen.
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Courtney Rae Jones
Courtney Rae Jones
8 years ago

These look amazing. Best combination of flavours!

Myfudo
Myfudo
8 years ago

A ramekin-full of surprises…Bursting with the best flavors my tastebuds are craving for!

DalmatiaGourmande
DalmatiaGourmande
8 years ago

Amazing Valentine’s idea! Love your photos!

Jennifer Pallian
8 years ago

Thank you!!

Alicia @bakeaholic
Alicia @bakeaholic
8 years ago

These look so decadent, yet so easy to prepare. Just what I like. Also – Where are those delicate dessert dishes from??

Jennifer Pallian
8 years ago

They are actually just cheap-o ramekins for less than $2 apiece. I probably got them at Homesense (it’s a Canadian discount home decor store…).  They are pretty standard ramekins, should be able to get them at any kitchen-y shop. 

sara
8 years ago

these look AMAZING – chocolate and raspberry go SO well together! yum!!

Guest
Guest
8 years ago

I don’t like any berries, so what would you suggest to put on them other than berries? 😀

Jennifer Pallian
8 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Cherries!! Thawed if frozen.

Guest
Guest
8 years ago

I love it! This is a fantastic way to break in my new ramekins! I love that a whole new world has opened to be because of this new acquisition. The world is a lovely place. My rose-colored glasses are on just in time for the big Vday. Thanks for the inspiration!

Jennifer Pallian
8 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Haha love it!

Jennifer Pallian
8 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Haha love it!

Kristin
8 years ago

Um…these look delicious.  Need I say more?

Ingeborg Gulla
Ingeborg Gulla
8 years ago

These are SOOOO good! My-oh-my. I’ve slightly adapted the recipe, and posted my version of the cake on my own blog (http://culinaryfairytale.blogspot.com/2012/03/molten-chocolate-cakes.html). Amazing!

Myfudo
Myfudo
8 years ago

A ramekin-full of surprises…Bursting with the best flavors my tastebuds are craving for!

Alicia @bakeaholic
Alicia @bakeaholic
8 years ago

These look so decadent, yet so easy to prepare. Just what I like. Also – Where are those delicate dessert dishes from??

Redpath Sugar
Redpath Sugar
8 years ago

These look absolutely amazing! We’ve posted them on the Redpath Sugar website. 🙂 http://www.facebook.com/redpathsugar 

Kristin
8 years ago

Um…these look delicious.  Need I say more?

Ingeborg Gulla
Ingeborg Gulla
8 years ago

These are SOOOO good! My-oh-my. I’ve slightly adapted the recipe, and posted my version of the cake on my own blog (http://culinaryfairytale.blogspot.com/2012/03/molten-chocolate-cakes.html). Amazing!

Poppings
Poppings
6 years ago

Hi. Lovely recipe, I made this using an 10″ cake pan, it turned out delicious. The only thing is that it was really slim. My friend asked me to make it again this time I’ll try an 8″ pan. Also I’m wondering what type of flour to use, maybe if I used self raising flour it could have more height?

Alicia @bakeaholic
Alicia @bakeaholic
8 years ago

These look so decadent, yet so easy to prepare. Just what I like. Also – Where are those delicate dessert dishes from??

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago

They are actually just cheap-o ramekins for less than $2 apiece. I probably got them at Homesense (it’s a Canadian discount home decor store…).  They are pretty standard ramekins, should be able to get them at any kitchen-y shop. 

sara
8 years ago

these look AMAZING – chocolate and raspberry go SO well together! yum!!

Courtney Rae Jones
Courtney Rae Jones
8 years ago

These look amazing. Best combination of flavours!

DalmatiaGourmande
DalmatiaGourmande
8 years ago

Amazing Valentine’s idea! Love your photos!

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago

Thank you!!

Myfudo
Myfudo
8 years ago

A ramekin-full of surprises…Bursting with the best flavors my tastebuds are craving for!

Guest
Guest
2 years ago

I don’t like any berries, so what would you suggest to put on them other than berries? 😀

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Cherries!! Thawed if frozen.

Kristin
2 years ago

Um…these look delicious.  Need I say more?

Kristin
2 years ago

Um…these look delicious.  Need I say more?

Ingeborg Gulla
Ingeborg Gulla
2 years ago

These are SOOOO good! My-oh-my. I’ve slightly adapted the recipe, and posted my version of the cake on my own blog (http://culinaryfairytale.blogspot.com/2012/03/molten-chocolate-cakes.html). Amazing!

Guest
Guest
2 years ago

I love it! This is a fantastic way to break in my new ramekins! I love that a whole new world has opened to be because of this new acquisition. The world is a lovely place. My rose-colored glasses are on just in time for the big Vday. Thanks for the inspiration!

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Haha love it!

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Haha love it!

Alicia @bakeaholic
Alicia @bakeaholic
2 years ago

These look so decadent, yet so easy to prepare. Just what I like. Also – Where are those delicate dessert dishes from??

Myfudo
Myfudo
2 years ago

A ramekin-full of surprises…Bursting with the best flavors my tastebuds are craving for!

Ingeborg Gulla
Ingeborg Gulla
2 years ago

These are SOOOO good! My-oh-my. I’ve slightly adapted the recipe, and posted my version of the cake on my own blog (http://culinaryfairytale.blogspot.com/2012/03/molten-chocolate-cakes.html). Amazing!

Poppings
Poppings
2 years ago

Hi. Lovely recipe, I made this using an 10″ cake pan, it turned out delicious. The only thing is that it was really slim. My friend asked me to make it again this time I’ll try an 8″ pan. Also I’m wondering what type of flour to use, maybe if I used self raising flour it could have more height?

Alicia @bakeaholic
Alicia @bakeaholic
2 years ago

These look so decadent, yet so easy to prepare. Just what I like. Also – Where are those delicate dessert dishes from??

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago

They are actually just cheap-o ramekins for less than $2 apiece. I probably got them at Homesense (it’s a Canadian discount home decor store…). &#160They are pretty standard ramekins, should be able to get them at any kitchen-y shop.&#160

sara
2 years ago

these look AMAZING – chocolate and raspberry go SO well together! yum!!

Guest
Guest
2 years ago

I don’t like any berries, so what would you suggest to put on them other than berries? 😀

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Cherries!! Thawed if frozen.

DalmatiaGourmande
DalmatiaGourmande
2 years ago

Amazing Valentine’s idea! Love your photos!

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago

Thank you!!

Courtney Rae Jones
Courtney Rae Jones
2 years ago

These look amazing. Best combination of flavours!

Myfudo
Myfudo
8 years ago

A ramekin-full of surprises…Bursting with the best flavors my tastebuds are craving for!

Kristin
2 years ago

Um…these look delicious.&#160 Need I say more?

Kristin
2 years ago

Um…these look delicious.&#160 Need I say more?

Alicia @bakeaholic
Alicia @bakeaholic
2 years ago

These look so decadent, yet so easy to prepare. Just what I like. Also – Where are those delicate dessert dishes from??

Ingeborg Gulla
Ingeborg Gulla
2 years ago

These are SOOOO good! My-oh-my. I’ve slightly adapted the recipe, and posted my version of the cake on my own blog (http://culinaryfairytale.blogspot.com/2012/03/molten-chocolate-cakes.html). Amazing!

Guest
Guest
2 years ago

I love it! This is a fantastic way to break in my new ramekins! I love that a whole new world has opened to be because of this new acquisition. The world is a lovely place. My rose-colored glasses are on just in time for the big Vday. Thanks for the inspiration!

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Haha love it!

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Haha love it!

Ingeborg Gulla
Ingeborg Gulla
2 years ago

These are SOOOO good! My-oh-my. I’ve slightly adapted the recipe, and posted my version of the cake on my own blog (http://culinaryfairytale.blogspot.com/2012/03/molten-chocolate-cakes.html). Amazing!

Poppings
Poppings
2 years ago

Hi. Lovely recipe, I made this using an 10″ cake pan, it turned out delicious. The only thing is that it was really slim. My friend asked me to make it again this time I’ll try an 8″ pan. Also I’m wondering what type of flour to use, maybe if I used self raising flour it could have more height?

Myfudo
Myfudo
2 years ago

A ramekin-full of surprises…Bursting with the best flavors my tastebuds are craving for!

DalmatiaGourmande
DalmatiaGourmande
2 years ago

Amazing Valentine’s idea! Love your photos!

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago

Thank you!!

Kristin
2 years ago

Um…these look delicious.&#160 Need I say more?

Myfudo
Myfudo
2 years ago

A ramekin-full of surprises…Bursting with the best flavors my tastebuds are craving for!

Kristin
2 years ago

Um…these look delicious.&#160 Need I say more?

Guest
Guest
2 years ago

I don’t like any berries, so what would you suggest to put on them other than berries? 😀

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Cherries!! Thawed if frozen.

sara
8 years ago

these look AMAZING – chocolate and raspberry go SO well together! yum!!

Alicia @bakeaholic
Alicia @bakeaholic
8 years ago

These look so decadent, yet so easy to prepare. Just what I like. Also – Where are those delicate dessert dishes from??

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago

They are actually just cheap-o ramekins for less than $2 apiece. I probably got them at Homesense (it’s a Canadian discount home decor store…). &#160They are pretty standard ramekins, should be able to get them at any kitchen-y shop.&#160

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