I don’t know what’s with me lately but I feel totally uninspired in the kitchen. I’ve been making a few delicious things here and there that I’ve been excited about (and have shared with you) but to be honest, our dinner-times have been seriously lacking in the exciting department. Whether I’m meal planning or trying to decide what to make last-minute, my brain is just not co-operating and I’m in a dinner-time funk.
I think part of my problem is that I’ve been feeling this self-imposed pressure to make more complicated dishes. I see all of these inspiring people, with kids, making fabulous involved meals day in and day out and I felt like I needed to step up to the plate. But, after a few attempts at more complicated recipes that ended in failure I was brought down a bit and feeling a little like a farce.
Then I was reminded of something I’ve known for a long time – I just need to be myself and not try to live up to other people’s expectations. I’m not a multi-tasker. Making a complicated and involved meal while my kids run around my feet, means that either the kids will destroy the house, that dinner will be a flop or that I’ll be so stressed out by the end of it all that I’m sitting on the edge of insanity. Or, all of the above. That’s why I like to keep dinner-time simple. Why did I forget this?! Simple = delicious in this house.
Now that I’m embracing this fact once again, I’m hoping the mojo finds it way back soon. Hello, Quick Ham and Cheddar Quiche, I’ve missed your simplicity.
P.S. It probably goes without saying but I’m going to say it anyways, this is the perfect way to use up that Easter ham!
Quick Ham and Cheddar Quiche
This can also be made in a 9-inch pie plate but you will need to increase the baking time.
- 1 cup chopped ham
- 4 green onions, chopped
- 3 large eggs
- 1.5 cups milk (I like to use whole milk for this)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Add the ham and green onions to a small pre-heated skillet with a bit of oil. Cook until the ham crisps up a bit and the onions are softened. Sprinkle evenly over prepared crust.
Whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour over ham and green onions. Top with cheese.
Bake at 400ºF for 30 minutes or until set in the centre. Let cool 15 minutes before cutting and serving.
No-Roll Pie Crust
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 2 tablespoons milk
Combine flour, sugar and salt in a 9×13 baking pan. Stir in oil and milk until evenly combined. Crumble over the bottom of the pan and press down to cover the entire bottom of the pan. Fill and bake as directed above.