Waste not…

October 5th, 2008

A challenge to living alone is the inevitable problem of leftovers. It seems that no matter how hard I try to half, third, or fourth recipes, I always end up with too much food. Not wanting to waste any food, I find that I am eating the same thing for the next couple days. It gets so boring! This quiche was born out of this problem…

Last week, I had some italian parsely going bad in the fridge so I made some pesto. For those “How I Met Your Mother” fans out there, you will notice that I added peanuts just like Ted did a few episodes ago. It is a really different and interesting twist. I liked it alot. After having pasta and pesto for three days, I still had so much pesto left. What was I going to do?

I decided upon this Italian inspired quiche using more leftovers from my fridge…onions, cheese and tomatoes. Overall, I liked it. The pesto and cheese worked well together without being too over powering. Next time, I would add more vegetables. Of course, now I have an entire quiche to eat…and I still have more pesto! Ah, so this is why freezers were invented?

Ginny’s Pesto Quiche
(based on a recipe from Joy of Cooking)

1 pie crust
3 tablespoon pesto (see below for a recipe)
8 oz. of cherry tomatoes, sliced in fourths
1/2 onion, chopped
1 1/2 cup Five Italian Cheese mix, Shredded (or you cheese of choice)
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

1. Heat oven to 375°F.
2. In a prepared pie crust, spread the pesto on the bottom of the crust.
3. Sprinkle with the tomatoes, onions and cheese.
4. In bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, salt and pepper together.
5. Pour over the other ingredients in the pie pan.
6. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the center is set.

Italian Parsley Pesto
1 bunch of Italian Parsley (about 3 cups)
3 garlic cloves
1/2 cup Peanuts
1 cup Parmesan
3 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

1. Place all ingredients in the food processor and mix until smooth.
2. Add more olive oil as needed.

12 Responses to “Waste not…”

  1. VeggieGirl on October 5, 2008 4:10 pm

    Gorgeou quiche – definitely freeze those leftovers!! :0)

  2. Deborah on October 6, 2008 10:34 am

    I cook for 2, and still find that there are always leftovers! But this quiche sounds delicious, and the pesto sounds so interesting that I want to give it a try!

  3. LyB on October 7, 2008 6:31 pm

    I have been on such a pesto kick lately. I’ve used it in pasta, on pizza, in sandwiches, but I wouldn’t have thought to use it in a quiche. What a great idea!

  4. Elle on October 7, 2008 8:35 pm

    I saw that episode–one of our favorite shows! I love quiche, and this one looks fabulous!

  5. Lore on October 9, 2008 1:09 am

    Believe it or not I could eat an entire quiche like yours by myself :) (I’d like to thank my mom for the wonderful genes I’ve been blessed with :) ) )

  6. Emiline on October 9, 2008 1:54 am

    Hi!! It’s been awhile.
    I will come live with you in Chicago! I love that city. And I’ll go to culinary school and bake you stuff. And you can make me quiche. It’ll be great.

    Your brownies look good, too. I’ve been wanting to try the KH brownie.

  7. Resa on October 10, 2008 1:45 pm

    Eating the same thing for a couple of days is not boring. I enjoy my 28 PB&Js a week.

  8. Manggy on October 12, 2008 9:29 pm

    Hee… I have those same fears about living alone myself! Same food every day! :O You could also grow your own parsley by the windowsill to remedy the problem of requiring little bits of parsley at a time :)

  9. Kevin on October 14, 2008 6:25 pm

    Yep, it is sometimes hard to find enough recipes that only make one or two servings. I like to make two big meals per week to get enough leftovers for lunches for the work week. After that I try to make things that are only one or two servings so that I can get some variety.

  10. admin on October 14, 2008 6:35 pm

    Veggie Girl- Thanks! Unfortunately, I left it in the fridge too long and now it is not quite freezable…sad…me and my laziness

    Deborah- I find that when I cook for two my boyfriend is still heading to the kitchen to find something else to eat…hehe! Give it a try…I really liked it! :)

    LyB- I think I’ve caught the same pesto bug…I ate so much pesto that now I need to take a break…

    Lore- haha! That is something to be proud of…I inherited my ability to eat a whole bag of m&m from my mother…

    Emiline- that sounds great to me! :) I would love to have some of your baked goods!

    Resa- shh! don’t tell anyone but i’ve been doing the same alot lately…well Peanut Butter, Banana and Honey…

    Manggy- I really do need to start an herb garden…i have plenty of window sill space!

    Kevin- you always do an excellent job at it! :)

  11. Marc @ NoRecipes on October 19, 2008 7:18 pm

    I’m the same way about wasting stuff. Sometimes I’ll recycle stuff 3-4 times. This quiche looks great!

  12. Tim on October 20, 2008 2:53 am

    For some reason the parsley I used to buy (I grow it now) used to last forever in the fridge. It was a little worrying, really.

    This looks great by the way, it’s hard to go wrong with pesto!

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