Iconoclastic

An ‘iconoclast’ smashes the icons.  Which is to say, defies the conventions of society.  Today we will be iconoclastic by leaving some cherished foodstuffs out of a Proper English Breakfast and preparing quiche without a crust.

Improper English 265 cal. 4.3 g. fat 17.2 g. protein 47.5 g. carb

A “proper English” is the full Victorian breakfast, serving every conceivable food you can imagine. This version leaves out the eggs and kippers [how improper!], but keeps the protein-rich baked beans along with the rest of the usual stand-bys.

Improper English¼ cup baked beans canned                                                                                                                        one 50-60 calorie sausage                                                                                                                        ½ piece of 70-cal toast                                                                                                                               half of a 2.5” diameter tomato                                                                                                                        1 oz mushrooms                                                                                                                                                a few grapes                                                                                                                                                      5-6 oz fruit smoothie or unpasturized apple cider                                                                           blackish coffee or tea or lemon in hot water

Cut the tomato around its equator and put one half away for later. Salt the tomato and put under the broiler until it softens. Cook the sausage and mushrooms in the same pan to heat through. Heat the beans – perhaps in e microwave. Toast the bread and brew the hot beverage. Pour the smoothie and plate everything. Cheerio!

Quiche:               291 cal                   17.7 g. fat                 24.7 g. protein              11.8 g. carb    GLUTEN FREE

I suggest serving this meal on a day when you have eaten one egg or none for breakfast. Eggs are good for us, but you don’t want to over-d0 it with any ingredient.

quiche w: tomatoone and a half 2-0z eggs HINT: Here is a way to use the eggs left over from last Thursday’s omelette.                                                                                                                                      2 oz skimmed milk                                                                                                                                          2 oz swiss cheese, grated   [1/4 cup]                                                                                                                           1.5 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated                                                                                                                3/4 oz asparagus cut in 1/2” pieces                                                                                                              1 oz brocoli, coarsely chopped                                                                                                                       1/2 Tbsp onion, chopped                                                                                                                               3 oz tomato, sliced into 3 slices                                                                                                           herbs [thyme, basil, rosemary, whatever], salt, pepper

Steam the vegetables to cook until tender. Set the oven at 400. Lightly oil 3 wells of a standard muffin pan. Put water [1/2”] in the empty wells. Or use a mini-muffin pan and plan to use about 6 of the wells. HINT: do not think to use fewer wells to create larger quiches — they puff up a bit while cooking.   Grate the cheese and toss lightly to combine. Beat the eggs and milk together and add the seasonings. Feel free to use lots of basil and thyme! Spoon equal portions of the vegetables into the prepared pans. Then top with cheese mixture. Pour the egg mixture over the veg and cheese. Bake until puffed and golden brown and a thin knife stuck in the center comes out clean and dry. Let the quiches cool briefly while you slice the tomatoes. Serve each quiche on a tomato slice or next to them.

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