Vegan Green Chile Chick’n Mini Quiche. I’ve been wanting to create this recipe since I made my first batch of quiche for Lauren’s baby shower, waaaay back last summer. Sweet Potato & Kale and Broccoli & Cheddar came first, followed pretty quickly by a delicious Sausage & Cheese variety.
Mini quiche are surprisingly easy to make (with easy to find ingredients!), plus they’re light n’ healthy. They make a great snack or breakfast too. Which is why I wanted a fourth flavor option. And I knew it had to include green chile.
I know it’s only Wednesday but I’m already looking forward to the weekend. It’s a long weekend for me, and I’ll be cleaning out my garage. Sounds fun, no? My poor little garage is still stuffed to the gills with old cabinets, sinks, counters, and miscellaneous stuff from when we tore out the bathroom and kitchen before I moved in. I had heard a rumor that the HOA provided a roll-off dumpster once a year, so I decided to save my own money and wait to use theirs. And it’ll finally be here, Friday morning! So that, plus a little hiking and a little cooking, will be my weekend.
And relaxing. Definitely relaxing. I realized last night that it’s been 18 weeks since I moved into my condo. I’m really enjoying living alone. It’s great to come home to a kitchen (or living room, or bathroom) that’s just as clean and tidy as when you left it. I also like getting to watch tv, or read a book, or mix up a G&T whenever I feel like it!
What do YOU have planned? Whipping up a batch of mini quiche, perhaps?
My goodness but I read a lot in June! This was mostly due to the long weekend on the beach (and accompanying flights), but also to the rainy weather we had so much of last month. It was the perfect excuse to hole up with
a book my ipad and get some reading in!
- A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett … This might be the best book I’ve read all year. And I might still be saying that come December- it was that good! The first part of the book is a recap of Lindhout’s childhood and young adulthood, the latter of which was fantastic and full of travel. Until she’s taken hostage in Somalia and held for years. YEARS. I couldn’t put this book down. I was reading it one morning on the bus and literally missed my stop, that’s how engrossed I was!
- I’m Looking Through You: Growing Up Haunted by Jennifer Finney Boylan … Great book! It came up as a Goodreads recommendation because I like both memoirs and horror. I didn’t know anything about Boylan or her story, and it was very interesting timing because the week I was reading it was also the week Caitlyn Jenner was introduced to the world (Boylan is also trans). Parts of the book focuses on what it was like for her growing up as a boy, but the majority of it is about the haunting. If you enjoy memoirs and a good ghost story, this one could be for you!
- Chance Encounters: Travel Tales from Around the World by Janna Graber … I liked this book but didn’t love it. Not because the stories weren’t well written (they were) and certainly not because I didn’t enjoy the topic (travel = LOVE). I’m realizing that collections like this just aren’t for me. I much prefer a longer book filled with the travel adventures of one writer, rather than a multitude of shorter ones.
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins … Gah! I’m torn on this one. I enjoyed most of the book but hated the end. And I really didn’t see how it was like Gone Girl, other than the mystery aspect. But it wasn’t as much of a thriller or suspense as GG was. I wont spoil the ending for you.
- The Women by TC Boyle … Once again I’m torn, but this time it’s whether I hate or love Frank Lloyd Wright. I literally cannot decide if he’s a tragic heart or a master manipulator. But I do love TC Boyle 🙂
- Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on Their Decision Not To Have Kids by Meghan Daum … First of all, it’s “childfree” not “childless”. Thank you for letting me get that off my chest! Seriously though, I definitely identify less now by my decision not to have children than I used to. I’m not saying I regret or second-guess that decision (because I, very emphatically, do not!), I just feel like it’s a less defining factor now in who I am as a woman or even just as a human being. Reading this now, with such a an open mind, was very interesting. Each of the writers has their own reasons for not wanting children (all are childree by choice), and I found I was able to identify with quite a few of them. I would recommend this book to those who are also childfree and are feeling out of step with society, or even just enjoy essay collections. It’s nice to hear from people who have made such a major, similar, decision as I have.
- Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” by Lena Dunham … I know this book has gotten a pretty bum rap from my generation (apparently us Gen Xers don’t like those crazy millennials much!), but I liked it. A lot of what she said really reminded me of myself in my early 20’s.
- All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner … Mindless fiction. Total beach read!
Books for July 2015
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel … Post-flu epidemic America, some are trying to spread culture through music and theater, while some are simply still trying to survive. While a killer flu isn’t as exciting as the zombie apocolypse, I still really like this kind of book!
- Redeployment by Phil Klay … I’m hoping I’ll enjoy this book, which is supposed to give an up-close yet textured look at the cost of war, which sounds interesting, but it appears also to be a collection which, as I’ve learned, is not my fave. We will see!
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald … A classic. How have I never read this?
- What I was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman … This seems to be some combination of “Selfish” from last month, and a travelogue!
- How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran … I read How to Build a Girl a few months back and loved it. Moran is profane and interesting and a die-hard feminist. I’ve seen this book compared to Tina Fey’s Bossypants which I loved, so I have high hopes for it!
- Wish You Were Here by Stewart O’Nan … I’ve spouted off plenty of times about how much I heart O’Nan, and this is hands down my favorite book of his. It’s the first novel I read of his (I discovered him on a plane ride shared with a copy of Faithful, the story of the 2004 BoSox as seen through the eyes of Stephen King and his BFF O’Nan), and I’ve read everything he’s written since. Each summer I re-read WYWH along with it’s follow-up, Emily Alone. I think if I ever win Powerball, I’m going to hire O’Nan as my own personal novelist and force him to churn out stories about the Maxwell family just for me to read.
- Non-stick spray
- 12 strips Beyond Chicken
- (2) 12.3oz packages Lite Firm Mori-Nu Tofu, well drained
- 1/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 cup chopped roasted green chile (or 2/3 if you want more of that flavor in there!)
- Preheat oven to 375 and spray 2 muffin tins with non-stick spray, set aside.
- Pulse the Beyond Chicken strips in the food processor a couple times until they're shredded (12-15 seconds-ish), and remove from the processor. Combine the tofu, milk, and all the spices in the processor and blend until smooth. Add the shredded chick'n and the green chile back in and just pulse once or twice. Taste and add salt if needed.
- Reduce the oven heat to 350. Spoon mixture into the muffin tins and bake until the tops are golden and fork tines poked into the quiche come out clean, about 30-35 minutes. Serve hot, warm, or cold.