Recipes: Spinach Quiche

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My co-worker made Quiche and had it for lunch recently. That inspired me to make my own. I found a recipe for the crust but I guess I was supposed to bake the crust by itself for a bit before adding the filling. Anyway, the crust didn’t quite come out as expected but it was only a thin layer on the bottom so it didn’t affect the taste.  I used a bunt cake pan so that I could lift the Quiche out of the pan. I was concerned that it might stick to the sides of the pan but it didn’t. I actually used a 9-inch cake pan with the bunt cake center. So it might look like a large quantity but it’s not.

 

 

In this recipe I used:

3 oz. of Feta Cheese

4 oz of a cheese blend (mozzarella, sharp etc.)

5 eggs

1 cup milk (estimated)

fresh spinach

1/2 onion

salt and pepper to taste

olive oil to saute the onions and spinach

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Pre-baking:

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Here’s my attempt at making the crust from scratch. Flour, butter, salt, milk and water.

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Day 5 of the 7-Day Diet

Woke up this morning feeling great and not tired. This of course happens on the weekend but never during the week when I just beg for morning to come later rather than sooner and usually wake up exhausted.

I gained weight!

I weighed myself and almost screamed in frustration. I’m actually up almost a 1/4 of a pound. Seriously?!?! I gained weight!

This is discouraging to know that restricting my normal diet resulted in adding weight. Maybe it was the potatoes in the soup I don’t know but I’ll be eating around the potatoes now.

For breakfast I cooked two of the three beef products I had purchased from Whole Foods for this diet/cleanse. I seasoned it well and added a lil Extra Virgin Olive Oil to the pan to avoid sticking.

beef tenderloinLet me just say that the Beef Loin Tenderloin Steak was superb. It was so tender and I could tell that before I even cooked it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m not  very knowledgeable about cuts of beef in general, but from what I heard on the news recently the names of the beef  and pork cuts will be changing to make it more consumer friendly.

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I ended up only eating one of the steaks it was so tasty but I a used half a teaspoon of A1 Steak sauce because I just love that stuff.  And I made one egg to go along with it. So I cheated a little but at this point I’m not sure it’ll make much difference in the program. I also had a little soup and a tomato while I was cooking the steaks.

For dinner I had more beef and a bowl of soup. I won’t have the 6 whole tomatoes recommended on the plan but the soup contains several tomatoes so hopefully I’ll have had enough.

Water intake should increase from 80 ounces to 112. I’ll try my best to get as close to 112 as possible. But it’s not looking good.

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Day 4 of the 7-Day Diet

Milk and Bananas?

Ok let’s give this a try. So I  decided to make a smoothie. I used about 4 bananas in addition to vanilla-flavored Almond milk and 1% milk.   I like bananas but I don’t typically like anything banana flavored. (So don’t give me a strawberry banana smoothie)  The banana smoothie was tolerable but definitely nothing I would revisit again if I didn’t have to.

Oh wait, you probably want to know if I lost more weight. Well I did, but still nothing to call home about. Only 1.2 pounds.  I’m not sure all this sacrifice is worth the progress I’m seeing.  If you’re keeping track up to this point. I’m down a total of 5.2 pounds in four days.

Back to the food…

I had a banana about 2 hours into my day. And snacked on the smoothie, literally all day.  On my way home I stopped at the grocery store to get the Lipton Onion soup mix and a can of corn for the soup.

As I was cutting up the veggies for the soup , I had about 2 cups of the almond and regular mix. It was pretty tasty. I think the vanilla flavor helped me drink two glasses. I’ve never been one to drink milk without the accompaniment of a chocolate chip cookie or a cupcake :-).

The GM soup…

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I used:

  • 12 cups of water
  • 4 packets of the soup mix
  • 1 extra large onion
  • 1 extra large tomato
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 6-8 red potatoes
  • celery
  • 1 cabbage head
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • baby carrots
  • sweet canned corn
  • seasonings

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I was surprised at how good the soup was and had a nice size bowl of it. My water intake was low today. About 30 ounces, I have no choice but to do better tomorrow.

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Day 2 of the 7-Day Diet

Last night I dreamed that I had consumed half a Mountain Dew, so I woke up with an attitude for ruining this diet. But as I was weighing myself I realized it was just a dream.  But more importantly I woke up with imminent urge to pee.  I had high expectations for at least three pounds to be erased from the number on the scale. But I was only down about 2.4. Better luck tomorrow.

photo 3Realizing it was a potato day made me slightly happy, and I ran downstairs to microwave it as I got ready for my day. A lil butter, salt and pepper and I was happy.

For lunch I had guacamole that I made the night before and instead of chips I used baby carrots and celery to dip it in.

For dinner I had sweet corn and broccoli. I’m at about 52 out of the 80 recommended ounces of water and I have about four hours left before bed. I

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