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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Spring and St. Patrick's Day time are at hand, and we are ready.

To help celebrate, try these -- a quick Quiche or a Leprechaun Pie.

Quick Quiche For Spring

For a tasty brunch dish, that is both fun and pretty, try a quick quiche.

The basic recipe and my most recent spring adaptation follow. The cheery colors and flavorful filling seem to promise that spring is on the way.

Basic instructions:

* Layer two cups filling ingredients in an unbaked deep dish pie shell,

* (Low fat examples may include shredded cheese, cooked chicken or bacon, finely chopped broccoli or spinach, peppers, mushrooms, shredded carrot, onions, etc.),

* Beat together six eggs and one cup low-fat milk, one-half teaspoon to one-quarter cup herbs according to taste,

* Place filled pie shell on cookie sheet in pre-heated oven and bake at 375 until knife inserted in center comes out clean -- approximately 30-40 minutes.

My spring version of the filling for two quiche with a star fruit surprise follows (layered filling should be two cups per quiche).

Ingredients:

* Three-fourths box of portabella mushrooms sliced lengthwise,

* One-two small unpeeled yellow summer squash in one-quarter inch slices halved, one-half each of two large colorful peppers, and one-half medium onion, narrowly sliced and chopped,

* Six cups baby spinach, quite finely chopped,

* Six slices precooked bacon snipped into narrow widths with shears or knife,

* Shredded mozzarella cheese to layer,

* One star fruit sliced crosswise (optional), and

* Mrs. Dash, Original

Directions:

* In a tablespoon of olive oil, lightly sauté portabella mushrooms for about four-six minutes; drain and blot on paper towels,

* Meanwhile, narrowly slice and chop one-half each of two large colorful peppers, the small squash and one-quarter to one-half onion, according to taste. Saute lightly and drain as above,

* Steam six cups very finely chopped baby spinach about two minutes and drain, pressing out liquid,

* Cut six slices pre-cooked bacon into narrow widths with cooking shears or knife,

* Layer equally in two pie shells, with mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with Mrs. Dash. Top with a few slices of mushroom and slices of star fruit,

* Prepare egg and milk mixture above, doubling the amounts, and using about three tablespoons dried basil as the herb. Pour over the mound of layered ingredients, and

* Bake as above and enjoy

Leprechaun Pie

A fun pie for St. Patrick's Day or any day.

Ingredients:

One reduced fat graham cracker crust,

* Eight ounces tub fat free whipped topping, thawed,

* One box fat free pistachio pudding, and

* Twenty-ounce can crushed pineapple in own juice, drained.

Directions:

Mix thoroughly the whipped topping, pudding powder and drained pineapple. Pile into crust, chill and enjoy.

Number of servings: Eight

Recipe adapted from SparkPeople.com.

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