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Menu Plan for the week of March 22, 2013:  Thursday's Recipes

Ham and Pepper Quiche 

Cooking time:  50 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     I don't make pie crusts but we like quiches and tarts.  The solution is to make the crust with rice, quinoa or even pasta.  A brown rice crust makes a much healthier alternative to a buttery short crust pastry... And, with the slightly nutty flavor, we like it better'.  If you have any ricotta left, spoon it on the peppers and reduce the shredded cheese a bit

Ham and Red Pepper Quiche           Preparation and cooking time: 20 prep,  30 baking
    The rice makes a lovely crust, much healthier than the traditional pastry... and easier too, especially if you cook the rice earlier.

1/2 cup brown rice, quick cooking
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup (4oz, 120gr)  shredded cheese, divided
4 eggs
1 tsp olive oil
6oz (180gr) ham cut into small pieces
1/2 red bell pepper
1/2 green bell pepper  
3 - 4 tbs snipped, fresh garlic or regular chives  or 1 tbs dried chives
1/4 (2oz, 60ml) cup Greek yogurt
3/4 (6oz, 180ml) cup milk (or all milk)
olive oil

The rice:  Cook the rice in stock. If doing in advance, refrigerate until needed.  If doing now, spread the rice on a plate to cool for 5 minutes before making crust.
The crust: Lightly whisk 1 egg.  Mix cooked rice, 1/4 cup cheese and egg.  Pat into a lightly oiled quiche or 10" (25cm) pie plate, working it up the sides a bit for the edges.  Bake in 400F (200C) oven for 10 minutes.
The filling: Cut peppers into thin strips. Cut ham into small pieces. Heat oil in nonstick skillet and lightly sauté pepper strips. 
Whisk 3 eggs, yogurt and milk together.  Add the chives. 
To assemble:  When crust is done, remove from oven.  Spread the pepper strips evenly over the crust. Spread the ham on top.  Sprinkle on the remaining 3/4 cup cheese.   Pour egg mixture over all and bake, 30 minutes, 400F (200C).  Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes before cutting.

Note:  I usually put the quiche dish on a baking sheet to make it easier to handle – it gets kind of full…

Cooking schedule: 50 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large skillet, large bowl, whisk, quiche or pie plate,
baking sheet, small saucepan with lid for rice
Cook rice if not done earlier
Turn oven on 400F (200C)
Whisk egg
Add cheese, rice, combine
Lightly oil quiche plate
Pat rice in plate for crust, bake

Slice peppers and sauté
Cut ham
Shred cheese if needed
Snip chives if needed
Whisk 3 eggs, yogurt, milk, chives
Remove crust
Assemble quiche
Bake quiche
       30 minute break while it bakes
Remove quiche, let rest
Cut and serve

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