Packing school and office lunches on a daily basis can seem like a daunting task. The contents can get repetitive and the process itself can become less than exciting for the person who is actually doing it.
Today’s recipe, Pizza Mini Quiches, can bring a much-needed variety to any lunchbox, as well as new excitement into the kitchen. Who wouldn’t want to help make “pizzas”?
In the last couple of months, I’ve partnered with Wolf to inspire you to reclaim your kitchen and try to make more meals at home. You’ve left me speechless and humbled by sharing hundreds of comments letting me know about your mealtime routines and the things that inspire you to make better meals for your family.
There were also a lot of comments wishing that meal making wasn’t all up to us, the adult in the household. I think I can speak for the majority of us when I say that we wish we could get others more involved in the kitchen when it comes to packing lunches.
I’m often asked about the foods I make for my family and how I find the motivation to pack other things that aren’t sandwiches every day. I’ll tell you that when it comes to adding variety to the lunch routine, we all need a little inspiration –myself included.
My favorite recipes are those that come together quickly, have relatively few ingredients, can be made ahead of time, and are simple enough for young kitchen helpers to assist in the making. Kids can help whisk the eggs, shred cheese, and even fill the mini muffin cups with the mixture.
These mini quiches are super easy to make and just like traditional pizza, can be customized to have everyone’s favorite toppings. Eggs and milk are the base (instead of pizza crust) and the variety of toppings you can add in are unlimited.
Of course, these mini quiches aren’t the only thing that is sent for lunch. They are the protein component of the lunch and the perfect meal builder. I typically add fresh fruit, veggies, an additional source of complex carbohydrates, and a treat on occasion.
Check out how easy it is to make these mini quiches in this quick video.
My favorite way to get others helping in the kitchen is with the prep-work. I nearly always have my kids wash all the produce when we get home from the grocery store. When the food goes in the refrigerator clean, it cuts down on prep-time. Other simple tasks include filling snack containers with pre-cut veggies, helping make dips, prep sandwiches, and even make simple recipes like this one.
We make these quiches nearly every week. And each week one of my kids gets to pick what goes in them. My daughter loves coming up with crazy combinations like broccoli and ham, tomatoes and bacon, and the biggest fail to date: apples and cinnamon (not a good combination with eggs). Some of the better ones were zesty mini quiches, spinach and bacon, and ham and cheese.
If you’ve wanted to get your family more involved in meal making but aren’t sure where to begin, head over to Reclaim the Kitchen for many helpful tips and recipes. All it takes is finding one recipe or one kitchen skill that gets our family excited about cooking to get everyone enthusiastic about their role in the kitchen.
What are some of the ways you get your family involved in making meals? What are some prep-ahead tips you’ve implemented?
- 6 eggs
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 cup of your choice of pizza toppings, chopped
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 24 count mini muffin pan.
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs and milk.
- Add in chopped pizza toppings and shredded cheese.
- Mix to combine all ingredients.
- Distribute egg mixture evenly into muffin pan cups.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes.
- Allow mini quiches to cool in pan before carefully removing with a small knife or spatula.
Red lunchbox pictured in the post is a Yumbox.
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