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Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 9, Sunday

Asparagus and Chevre (Goat Cheese) Quiche
Fresh Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar

Cooking time:  65 minutes for menu 40 is baking       Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

         The quiche is chock-a-block with vegetables, making a substantial dinner with very little meat... And very healthy...  I know tomatoes aren't in season yet, but the supermarket ones are fine for this. Cook the rice earlier if you can.  This would also make a lovely brunch dish.

Asparagus and Chevre (Goat Cheese) Quiche

Total time: 65 minutes
    The variations on quiche are almost infinite.  Because I have this one so packed full of good foods, it takes a bit longer to bake then usual.  I had it in the oven for 40 minutes.  The center should be dry in appearance and only slightly 'jiggly' when done.  My brown rice cooks in 15 minutes... If yours take longer, make it ahead of time, or substitute Basmati or Arborio.

chevre quiche Ingredients:

chevre asparagus Instructions:

Note:  I put the quiche/pie plate on a pizza pan before pouring the egg/milk over.  Makes it easier to get into the oven and catches any drips and spills - saving oven clean-up.

Fresh Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar

Total time: 10 minutes
   Really:  Strawberries and Balsamic vinegar go very well together.  As do strawberries and pepper...

Fresh Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 65 minutes for menu
Assemble all ingredients and utensils
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small saucepan with lid, quiche / pie plate, medium
saucepan, strainer, 2 medium bowls (1 used 2 X),
baking sheet, plate

Cook rice - saves time if done earlier
Turn oven on, 400F (200C)
Heat saucepan of water on high for asparagus
Trim asparagus, cut
Slice tomatoes
Slice cheese
Blanch asparagus
Remove asparagus, rinse with cold water, dry
    Wait for rice
When rice is done, lay on plate to cool
Whisk egg for crust

Lightly oil quiche plate
Add cheese to egg, stir
Add rice, stir
Pat rice crust into plate, bake
Tear Prosciutto
Snip herbs
    Wait for crust
Remove crust
Assemble quiche
Whisk eggs, milk
Pour egg/milk over top, bake
Prepare strawberries
Combine vinegar, sugar, add strawberries, chill
   25 minute break while quiche bakes
Remove quiche when done, let rest
Serve quiche
Serve strawberries