• July 17, 2015

    Kid-Friendly Mini Quiches

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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

    These muffin-tin sausage and cheese mini quiches are super kid-friendly and freeze beautifully for quick breakfasts on-the-go.
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes
    Course: Breakfast
    Cuisine: American
    Servings: 16
    Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD

    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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    Hi, I'm Jennifer Pallian, BSc, RD. I studied cooking, baking and food chemistry in a university lab, have years of experience as a professional test kitchen recipe developer and providing technical baking support to bakeries and home bakers. Want to know why your bread didn't rise? I've got your back.I now work full-time as a blogger, putting the years of science and baking to work right here. On Foodess, I share the best recipes in my arsenal - tested-till-PERFECT recipes for cozy baking, easy recipes for weeknight meals and delicious globally-inspired comfort food, plus lots of science-based cooking and baking tips. Welcome!

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    Courtney Rae Jones

    These look amazing. Best combination of flavours!

    Myfudo

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

    DalmatiaGourmande

    Amazing Valentine’s idea! Love your photos!

    Alicia @bakeaholic

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

    sara

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

    Guest

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

    Guest

    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!

    Kristin

    Um…these look delicious.  Need I say more?

    Ingeborg Gulla

    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

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

    Alicia @bakeaholic

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

    Redpath Sugar

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

    Kristin

    Um…these look delicious.  Need I say more?

    Ingeborg Gulla

    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

    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

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

    sara

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

    Courtney Rae Jones

    These look amazing. Best combination of flavours!

    DalmatiaGourmande

    Amazing Valentine’s idea! Love your photos!

    Myfudo

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

    Guest

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

    Kristin

    Um…these look delicious.  Need I say more?

    Kristin

    Um…these look delicious.  Need I say more?

    Ingeborg Gulla

    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

    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!

    Alicia @bakeaholic

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

    Myfudo

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

    Ingeborg Gulla

    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

    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

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

    sara

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

    Guest

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

    DalmatiaGourmande

    Amazing Valentine’s idea! Love your photos!

    Courtney Rae Jones

    These look amazing. Best combination of flavours!

    Myfudo

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

    Kristin

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

    Kristin

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

    Alicia @bakeaholic

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

    Ingeborg Gulla

    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

    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!

    Ingeborg Gulla

    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

    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

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

    DalmatiaGourmande

    Amazing Valentine’s idea! Love your photos!

    Kristin

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

    Myfudo

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

    Kristin

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

    Guest

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

    sara

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

    Alicia @bakeaholic

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

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