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Lunch Box: Quiche

Hard for the kids to spell, but hardly a difficult sell.

What's for Lunch?

The perfect make-ahead meal, quiches can be baked three to four days in advance, then refrigerated and sliced to serve as needed.

Pack a cold slice for school lunch (keep it cold with a frozen juice carton), or if the kids are home on holiday break (and you've got your hands full) they can pop a slice in the microwave.

Serve this quiche with a piece of fruit, and skim milk or water (and we threw in a festive dessert too):

Spinach Quiche

Spinach Quiche Photo by Meredith

Lunch Box Logic

  • Make ahead. Bake ahead of time and refrigerate, or freeze for longer storage. (Defrost in the refrigerator overnight.)
  • Make it lighter. Follow the recipe as written, but just skip the crust. Now, you've got a frittata!
  • Make it for one. Try making individual quiches using a muffin tin. The baking temperature will be the same, though baking time might vary--just keep an eye on them to be sure they don't burn.
  • Make it different. We chose a spinach quiche, but there's more where that came from. Feel free to swap it with a different one to suit your child's tastes:

Crab Quiche

Crab Quiche | Photo by Meredith

Quiche, Because...

  • It's a great way to use up leftover meat and/or vegetables.
  • If your kids aren't keen on green, quiches are the perfect hiding spot for veggies!
  • They are easy to make vegetarian.

Broccoli Quiche

Broccoli Quiche | Photo by chibi chef

Eggs Make the Meal

Why? Well …

  • They're good for you! Eggs are an excellent source of protein, containing about 6 grams, with only 4.5 grams of fat (and only 1.5 grams of that is saturated).
  • They're cheap. You can purchase the bulk of your dish for less than four dollars!
  • They're delicious. Need we say more?

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