Quiche – The Crust = Frittata for breakfast! Or lunch! Or dinner!

Ding ding ding!  Call me slow on the uptake, but a brilliant thought occurred to me yesterday.  I have two absolutely  delicious Quiche recipes, courtesy of my very good friend Dorothy.  Why not just lose the crust and make it primal friendly???  I always used the store-bought, pre-rolled generic anyway, so it’s not a big sacrifice .  After I bake it when I have time, just slice, nuke and enjoy the next day!  Why didn’t I think of this easy, easy grab and go breakfast before???????  It is so much quicker to have eggs pre-prepared.  Add an orange and it’s breakfast!  Add a nice salad or soup and dinner is served!


Anyway, here it is.  Please keep in mind that the oven times might vary due to not having to cook the crust, so I may be off.  Start checking it after about 30 mins.  This does include a few teaspoons of flour, but I’m not picking nits.  This is primal/paleo friendly enough for me!


Grease glass pie plate with butter or spray canola oil

1 1/2 cups grated Swiss (.35 lbs.)

4 tsp. flour

Mix together in your pie plate

Add small dices of ham


Combine in another bowl:


3 eggs (pasture raised if possible)

1 cup light cream

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. dry mustard

Grated onion (2 tsp or to taste)


Beat – Pour over ham and cheese

Bake at 350 for 45 mins (give or take, see above)


You can also freeze this mixture.  Wrap in plastic wrap, then tin foil.  When ready to serve, uncover, put the frozen frittata into the oven at 400 for 1 hour.


Another variation is 1.5 cups of Gruyère, and no ham.  Top the egg mixture with mushrooms and thawed and thoroughly squeezed frozen chopped spinach.  Cold and tedious, but necessary!  This one is actually my favorite.



Duh! They are made out of corn!

Yesterday, I had to drive about an hour and a half to get my car serviced at the dealership.  I have a Mini Clubman, which I love, and that’s the nearest place to get it taken care of.  No problem!  The dealership will drive you to… the Mall!  The one that includes Nordstrom!  Yay!   Since I don’t have a Nordstrom near me, I was in Heaven!  I actually controlled msyelf – I got a winter coat with a hood (which I needed) on a great sale.  Also, I got a cute open knit sweater with a cami underneath it.  And that’s it!  I was proud of myself for not going crazy in my favorite store!  this includes the shoe department!  Trust me when I tell you this is a big deal!


So, now it’s time to drive home, it’s rush hour, and I’m tired.  “Shop ’til you drop” is a cliche for a reason!  I am very prone to “highway hypnosis” and am terrified that I’m going to fall asleep driving.  Coffee only works on me in the morning.  I can have it after dinner and still go to sleep on time and stay asleep.  So, I need to eat something crunchy and hope for some good tunes on the radio.  The nice people at the Mini dealership had a whole basket of snacks, and I chose Bugles because I figured they are in the potato chip family, which is allowed under paleo.  Way better choice than a cereal bar or cheese crackers?  Right?


So I’m munching away on this extremely salty, crunchy snack.  I’m about 9/10 through the bag and it hits me – these damn things are made of corn!  So much for avoiding grains.  Ugh!  To boot, my weight was up this morning because of all the salt and the grain based carbs!!!!!  Double ugh!  Luckily the cute sweater I bought covers my stomach.  Thank God for small miracles.  I can’t wait to get my oil changed in 2 months (only needs to be done once per year.  Did I mention I love my Mini?).  More Nordstrom fun!  Woo hoo!



I’m a cheap date

One thing I’ve noticed is that ever since I’ve started the paleo diet, I can’t handle my liquor!  I love a nice glass of wine with a good meal.  Ok, I also love a nice glass of wine at the end of the day when the kids are finishing up their homework an I’m tired of telling them to stay focused.  But I digress…

Now, after one glass, I have to stop!  Two used to be my limit (on the rare occasion I’ve had glasses #3 or 4, forget it!)  Has this happened to anyone else?  Did all that bread I used to eat absorb that much alcohol???  Geez!  No fun!

I am proud of myself for passing up the mushroom ravioli at a fabulous restaurant near my house.  Instead, I had sauteed prawns, scallops, kale and homemade mashed potatoes.  Yum Yum Yum!  I should have taken a picture.  Even when you go out to a restaurant, it’s easy to stay with paleo!

What’s your favorite thing to order at a restaurant?  And, am I the only one who has turned into a real lightweight??


My Daily Constitutional

I live in the Pacific NW, and this is the most walk and bike friendly town I’ve ever seen.  Rain or shine, people bike to work, walk their dogs, and walk for the heck of it.  Being a New Jersey transplant (you should have seen my big hair in college in the late 80’s), I am still not hale and hearty enough to brave the weather out here and voluntarily walk more than from my car to the grocery store if it’s raining out.  Which is very, very often.


Well, following Mark Sisson’s 21 day transformation, I’m making myself walk in this mess.  I do love his advice of getting most of your cardio from nice long walks that get you in your “fat burn” zone of 60-75% of your max heart rate (plus a sprint or two every so often).   I really don’t enjoy running, and since walking for 60 minutes equals running for 30 minutes in terms of calories burned, no problemo!  Also, I’d rather be outside and say “oooh!  They got new landscaping, and those other people are putting on an addition.”  I really hate the elliptical and other cardio gym equiptment, even if I get to watch TV.


Yesterday, it was just overcast, and I took a nice 30 minute walk with my old, arthritic and cancerous dog Penny.  You may not know this, but West of the Cascades is a temperate rain forest.  It’s almost primeval – ferns everywhere and giant towering pine trees with moss and lichen growing on them.  In the summer we have lots of delicious wild blackberries.  They even sneak into my landscaping, those wily things!  Anyhow, it’s absolutely beautiful here, the forest is incredible, and I felt like my “nature deficiency” was being mitigated.


Today – not so much.  I really had to make myself get out of that car (sans dog).  Luckily, it was the normal light rain, but without the wind, so I was able to use an umbrella.  It actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.  I could have used a pair of gloves at 40 degrees, but beyond that, it was fine.  I dread having to go out on a windy and rainy day.  No one around here uses an umbrella because it’s pointless.  The wind inverts it or rips it out of you hands.  Sadly, all of my coats (of which there are many) don’t have hoods.  I only own one thin raincoat with a hood.  I need another coat like I need a hole in my head, but it may be time to invest in a winter coat with a hood if I’m to continue with this walking thing. My husband will be thrilled.  Out here, if you wait for a nice day to do something, you’ll never get out.  It’s high time I learn to adapt to this wet climate.


Tomorrow I bang out my strength workout in the half hour between clients.  Maybe I’ll grab the dog and do another little walk.  She loves it and is impervious to weather. Unlike me!

The breakfast burrito

OK, I’ve come to the conclusion that the only quick breakfast you can order on the go is some kind of breakfast sandwich.  It’s really annoying.  I had a scant half hour between dropping the kids off and going to the dentist. So, I went to one of my favorite places, who said they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner (I’ve only gone for lunch or dinner).  Turns out, they don’t serve their full breakfast menu during the week, just on weekends.  My only choice, besides anything in the muffin family, was an egg, cheese, bacon and salsa burrito.


Needless to say, it’s a big mess unless it stays contained in the tortilla wrap, which I wound up eating.  Since I’m limiting my grain products to special occasions, I’m annoyed because wolfing down breakfast does not qualify as a special occasion to me.  I’m annoyed at myself for not planning ahead well enough to eat at home. I needed to get some stuff done, take the world fastest shower and blast the kids to school.  I guess I have to learn to be an earlier riser if I’m going to maintain paleo in the morning.  I’m also annoyed that the chef couldn’t just slap some eggs on the grill and give me regular bacon and eggs.  Geez!


Let’s not even mention that I need yet another crown due to a crack in my molar from clenching my jaw.  I just started noticing this new habit this past October, and I’ve done it enough to crack the damn tooth since my last cleaning.


I know exactly what triggered the jaw clenching too.  My dad was visiting for a month, and when I saw how poorly he takes care of himself, ignores his health problems and so forth, I found my jaw killing me after less than a week.  I love him so dearly, but he’s an old curmudgeon and is set in his ways.   Basically, he wasn’t doing what I told him to do!  haha!  Paybacks are a bitch, because I remember how I was as a teenager!  So, a new crown and a night guard are on their way.  Oh joy.


OK, I really would love some retail therapy but I have to get more stuff done in here.  I’d love to hear how you manage a paleo breakfast on the run!