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Have a little fun with Mini Ham and Asparagus Quiche. Make them with a spicy chipotle sweet potato crust and onion ring crust.
You know your family loves food when they all like to think of new ideas for food. I love when we have a brainstorming session. Everyone feeds off each other and cannot wait for one person to finish, so they can get their idea out there. It isn’t just my husband; even my little one and parents love to get in on the action. You here “Wait, wait, I got it” or “that’s a good idea, but how about adding some crab”. Everyone tries to one up the other. My 8-year old daughter has taken to just randomly making up recipes. She will tell me step by step how to make the recipe she has thought up. The last one was to take french fries, dip them in batter then fry them. I had to stop myself from laughing, but inside I was dying. Double battered french fries are probably a “thing” at a fair or somewhere they batter and fry everything. I still have a recording on my phone she made of her describing a sandwich she was thinking about. It is so sweet to hear her little voice.
Believe it or not, that is how this recipe was born. Her deep fried battered french fries turned into mini quiche. The idea got even better when we decided to make half the quiche with Alexia Spicy Sweet Potato Fries and the other half with Alexia Crispy Onion Rings. With a quick trip to Walmart we were all set. We even came home with an extra bag of Alexia Classic Fries. I like to keep my freezer stocked with Alexia products, as they are made with all natural ingredients. I can feel good about feeding them to my family, plus they are a life saver some school nights. My husband happened to be on a business trip, so my daughter and I decided to take these babies for a taste run. She was so excited. She was a little less excited when she saw the asparagus, but I reminded her while asparagus is green, she does love the “trees” as we call them.
While I cut the asparagus and ham, she was busy cutting meyer lemons in half and juicing them. My Dad had given us a big bag from his tree. I know – super lucky! She wants to have a lemonade stand this summer, so she dutifully juiced them all and froze the juice. By that time I was ready to smash the french fries. That, of course, is a kid’s job. She loves to mash up anything. We got them into the muffin tin. Next came the onion rings. I pulled out the biggest onion ring I have ever seen. Umm, this is not going to fit. “Oh no” she gasps, “We can’t make them?” I dug into the bag and found quite a few small ones. We then broke up some of the other larger onion rings to fit. Next we spooned the egg mixture into the cups and put them in the oven.
“Are they ready yet?” was asked about five times in the short span of the cooking time. Then they needed to cool! That was torture for her. Finally they were ready to taste. She starts to grab one. “Wait! You can’t eat the prettiest ones” I tell her. Oh Mama! I just love when she calls me that. I pick out a few I want for the pictures and cut up one of each variety for us to taste. She takes one with the onion rings, and I take a half from the sweet potatoes. “Yummy, these are really good Mama.” I agree Ly. Next thing I knew she has eaten my half of the onion ring quiche too. “Don’t you want to try the sweet potato one?” I asked. “No, this one is better” she replies. I finally got to taste one with the onion rings. Yum, I liked the spicy sweet potato fries slightly better and she loved the onion ring quiche. Either way, these quiche are true winners. I just love cooking and sharing with my little one. What about you? Do you cook with your children? What are some of your favorite memories of cooking together?
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Happy Healthy Eating,
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