Sunday, October 18, 2009

Spinach Quiche

I love brunch on the weekend. Mainly because it means I can get away with making only two meals that day instead of three. Generally the kids prepare their own breakfast, consisting of organic cereal, sprouted grain bread toast, oatmeal and other such easy fare. While still living in the "stick house" ~that's the name full-timing RVers and FOTR (families on the road) give a brick and mortar house opposed to the kind on wheels like we live in now, it was part of the boys' morning routine to make their own breakfast before school. I think by the age of 5, both of them could scramble eggs all by themselves (they had a little supervision). Now, five years later they are both excellent junior chefs. I picked up a couple of whole wheat organic pie crusts the other day made by Wholly Wholesome and stuck them in the little rv freezer.

I like to make my own pie crust sometimes too. With the pre-made crust it made it easy this morning to whip up a yummy Spinach Quiche:

1 whole wheat organic pie crust
Frozen or fresh organic spinach...fill up the crust.
1 cup grated organic cheese, whatever kind you like or have on hand
7 organic free range eggs-fed an organic diet
1/2 c. organic half & half
freshley grated nutmeg (about an 1/8 - 1/4 tsp)
sea salt
freshly ground pepper

Pre-heat oven to 400 to 450 degrees (we have a combo convection/microwave oven in our RV)Place frozen or fresh spinach in crust. Top with cheese.

Beat eggs with half & half, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Pour egg mixture over spinach and cheese in crust.

Bake for 40-60 minutes. RV ovens are tricky so you will have to watch your quiche. If you used frozen spinach like I did,  it will take longer to cook than if you use fresh spinach.

You can make a quiche with any kind of ingredients that you like, mushrooms, broccoli, bacon, sausage, just cheese... I always use organic ingredients because it is one way I can support  sustainable farming practices with my purchases. Sure it cost more but I choose to pay on the front end instead of on the back end. Visit the Organic Consumers Association's web-site and
learn more about organics. When it comes to meat, we are hyper concious...we look for local free range, hormone free, humanely treated, grass/pasture/organic fed meats. We also eat a lot less meat than we used to eat.  

My family ate conventional food for years until I stopped and took the time to do the research. When I did I uncovered so many things about food. As a former chef, restauranteur and baker my eyes were opened to what is really going on with our food sources. We've been deceived in so many ways! My biggest concern is with GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms). Only a very small percentage of consumers know about this practice and GMO's are in every form of conventional food. I have many reasons for opposing GMO's but here are five reasons taken from Joel Salatin's book, "Holy Cows and Hog Heaven" in his praise of Jeff Smith's book, "Seeds of Deception" .

Reason #1
It violates God's Plan...Plants should reproduce from their own seed & the seed should germinate true--children should look like their parents. Anyone who has a shred of belief in a Creator's design should dismiss genetic engineering outright (Thank you Joel for saying that!)
GMO's are NOT necessary to feed the world. - There is plenty of research to support this. Read Joel Salatin's and Jeff Smith's books for a better explanantion.
GMO's do NOT create safer food. Why should these entities that do GE (genetic engineering) who lie to their employees, pay way too much money for lobbyists and lie to their customers be trusted to be honest with our food supply. Believe me it is profits before people.
They Cannot be Controlled.
Already we are seeing where organic crops are being tainted by GMO pollen drift.
It enslaves farmers and ANYONE who wants to grow their own food and save seed to patented life forms owned by multi-national corporations. When the US patent office was established one thing that was exempt from being patented was plants but that changed in the 1930's. Should corporations own the rights to seeds? If corporations alter indegenous crop varieties with cross pollination and in turn say that they have the rights to those seeds, is that right?

I urge anyone who consumes food to do the research and decide. For me...the first reason I gave was the only reason thatl I needed. For you it may not be what inspires you to make a change. I figure our grocery bill has increased about $50 a week for making a change to organics...that's about $7 a day. Start out with small...the first thing I switched to was dairy.
It may seem like a lot but when I figure out all of the positive impact that makes, somehow it all seems worth it.

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