Grab-and-Go Mini Quiche


A few months ago, I shared that I was cutting out my Tim Horton’s habit in an effort to save myself some money. It’s worked out very well–to be honest, I can’t remember the last time I stopped at Timmy’s on my way to work. It’s been literal months.

I largely attribute that success to these mini quiche. On my way out the door in the morning, I can pour orange juice in my travel mug, grab these out of the fridge, and go on my merry way. I microwave them for 30 seconds when I get to work.

I like quiche for two reasons: I prefer a savory breakfast, and I can get creative with them.

I thought I would share my recipe so you can try them yourselves, if you feel so inclined!

To make the crust:
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 c olive oil
1/4 c cold water

To make the filling:
4 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 carton mushrooms (any kind)
1/2 roll pork sausage

To make:
1. In a large pan or pot, cook 1/2 roll of pork sausage. Once the sausage is cooking and the fat has started to render, add your onion and mushrooms. Stir until everything is cooked to your liking. Turn off the stove and let everything cool. 

2. To make the crust, first mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Add in the cold water and olive oil. Stir well. Once there is no flour left on the sides of the bowl, and the dough is a goopy-looking blob in the bowl, you’re done.

3. Grease a standard-sized muffin pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Roll pieces of the dough into 1-1/2 inch balls, and drop them into the muffin pan. Then smash them down and around the muffin pockets to make the shape of the crust.

4. Mix eggs and milk together in a bowl. Spoon the sausage-and-mushroom mixture into each pocket of the muffin pan. Carefully pour the egg-and-milk mixture into each pocket, stopping when each pocket is 3/4 full.

5. Bake for 20 minutes. If more time is needed, add on five minutes.

Open Letter to Myself on New Year’s Day, 2017

To Shelby,

You know as well as I that we(?) hate the “New year, new me” mumbo-jumbo blah-blah-blah. It’s a cliche and it’s not one that really stands, right? 2016 was by no means the worst year of your life, and it while it wasn’t always the easiest, you/I/we are feeling rather ambivalent about 2017. There’s no way to know what’s in store, and you are not a particular fan of resolutions, but here are things that I think we should work on for our own good.

DO WELL IN SCHOOL. You seriously cannot afford to not do well in grad school. If you don’t do well, even if the class is bullshit, I will find a way to kick your ass. And you will hate yourself. And you’ll cry over your student loan debt because you won’t be able to pay it off in a timely manner. Make school your priority. Please.

SAVE MONEY. You’re already pretty good at this, but you could do better. You don’t necessarily have to live like a cheapskate, because life would be no fun, but if you go every other month only spending what you have to on bills and groceries, etc., that would be great. You have insurance payments coming up and you want to make a year-end contribution to your Roth. Save as much as you can.

STOP EATING WHEN YOU’RE BORED. This one totally will not stick, but if you make it a week without bored-eating, I will… make you cookies. But seriously. There are 1000 other things you could be doing if you’re bored: go for a run, study, write a letter, ANYTHING but eating just because you’re bored. Even if you don’t completely quit eating when you’re bored, at least quit some of the time. It doesn’t even have to be 50% of the time. It can be like 15.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, STUPID. Resume running outside when the snow melts. In the meantime, do your muscle and joint exercises to build strength. Maybe give Blogilates a try or something. Go to bed at a reasonable hour. Eat things that are green, orange, and purple. Don’t go crazy on the sugar. Know when to take a break. Know when your break is over.