Be honest. How frequently do you eat breakfast?
I don’t have to tell you that it’s the most important meal of the day- you’ve heard it a million times! But despite knowing how awesome it is, so many people still skip breakfast most days, and very frequently because they feel rushed or that there is no time.
So, what if I told you that you could make a delicious spinach and cheddar quiche from scratch- in FIVE MINUTES- in your microwave? Well, you’d have to start making breakfast in the morning and stop with the excuses, that’s what!
Last year, Zach and I changed our morning habits to be able to have breakfast every day. I cannot tell you how much it has positively impacted our work days. We get up only fifteen minutes earlier than we had previously, and every morning before we get ready to head out the door, we put on last night’s episode of the Daily Show and eat our breakfast while watching it. Not only do we get to start our days with healthy food (sometimes it’s things like this quiche, but usually it’s something lighter like a yogurt parfait, oatmeal, or cereal), but we also get a good laugh in (because, Jon Stewart!), enjoy each other’s company, and don’t feel rushed or frantic at all. Sometimes we’ll skip the TV and sit outside on our porch and get some fresh air. Sometimes we’ll just sit at our kitchen table and chat. It sets the tone for the entire day for being healthy, happy, and calm.
This quiche tastes so so so good- it has that creamy consistency of quiche that isn’t too dry. It’s salty from the cheese and is packed with good-for-you spinach. And if you’re feeling really crazy like I was, you can even add a slice of cooked, chopped bacon to the mix (WHICH, by the way, you can ALSO cook in the microwave!). With or without bacon, this quiche is an excellent way to get a high protein breakfast with some veggies to get you going for the day.
If only I had known about this in COLLEGE! If you know someone who is living in a dorm right now or has no kitchen, do them a favor and send them this recipe. No more easy mac and ramen for them!
You can use frozen or fresh spinach for this. The key here is to get as much liquid as possible out of the spinach before microwaving the quiche. Otherwise, the quiche will be a little bit watery on the bottom. Don’t fret if this happens to you- it will still be delicious! But, here are some tricks to avoiding a watery quiche.
If you are using frozen spinach: Place the frozen spinach in a mesh sieve and run warm water over it until it wilts down a bit and thaws. Using a wooden spoon, press as much liquid as possible out of the spinach through the sieve.
If you are using fresh spinach: Fill your mug with fresh baby spinach leaves and add a couple of tablespoons of water. Cover with a paper towel and microwave for one minute, until leaves steam/wilt down. Drain the liquid from the mug and press the spinach with a spoon to ensure as much liquid is removed as possible.
Once you have your spinach prepped, just add it to a mug with an egg, shredded cheddar, milk, and salt and pepper (and bacon, if you are being bold). Beat thoroughly with a fork to mix well, cover with a paper towel, and microwave on high for 3 minutes (or until quiche is fully cooked).
That’s it! You now have a “fancy,” made-from-scratch, warm breakfast to kickstart your day.
If you get up early like me and Zach (we have to be at work at 7:25am), you may simply not be that hungry for breakfast. If this sounds like you, I recommend mixing up this quiche in a glass tupperware with a cover (like these 1-cup Pyrex containers– I have them and use them for everything! Baking, storing food, mixing, etc.). Then, you can take it with you to work and cook it up in the microwave there. Your coworkers will be mighty jealous of your awesome breakfast, that’s for sure!
Recipe below. And please, don’t feel that this meal is limited to breakfast. In my book, quiche is good for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Especially when it’s as delicious and easy as this recipe!
|Spinach and Cheddar Microwave Quiche in a Mug|| || |
- ½ cup chopped frozen spinach, thawed and drained (or ½ cup packed fresh spinach)
- 1 egg
- ⅓ cup milk
- ⅓ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 slice cooked bacon, chopped (optional)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- If using fresh spinach, place it in mug with 2 tablespoons of water. Cover with a paper towel and microwave on high for one minute. Remove from microwave and drain the water and liquid from spinach thoroughly.
- If using frozen spinach, make sure it is completely thawed and drained and add it to the mug.
- Crack the egg into the mug with the spinach and add the milk, cheese, bacon (if using), and salt and pepper. Mix until thoroughly combined.
- Cover with a paper towel and microwave on high for 3 minutes, or until fully cooked.