(Vegetarian) Cheeseburger quiche – it’s what’s for brinner #MeatlessMonday

So….I recently acquired a stepdaughter. Kind of a long story how that came about lol But all you really need to know is that she’s 16, her name is Reese, and she’s a meat eater lol. She’s only been here for a few months so it’s been a bit of an adjustment since we went from having zero kids to suddenly having a 16 year old teenage girl living with us. The other week she actually started calling me her stepmom (she even introduced me as her stepmom to her coworkers) which, I’m not gonna lie, was a little weird at first. But in a good way. I always questioned if being a mom was even in the cards for me as I’ve always felt a lot younger than I actually am so I just never felt like I was “mom material”. But I’ve really liked being a mom figure to Reese and it seems she sees me as a mom figure which is really bizarre but really cool. When she needs to talk she tends to come to me and it makes me happy knowing she’s comfortable enough to come to me. I’m really trying to be there for her in whatever way she needs. She didn’t have the best upbringing so I’m hoping I can help provide some stability for her and be a role model for her.

So to help make her feel a little more at home with us, I’ve been trying to make homemade meals for her when I can. I know that Reese survived off a lot of fast food so I wanted her to have some home cooked meals for a change. And the dietitian in me really wanted to just provide some “real” food for her for a change. Enter the cheeseburger quiche.

I ran the idea by Reese before I made this to make sure it was something she would even be into. Turns out, she loves cheeseburgers so I knew this would be right up her alley. In place of the meat, I subbed in quorn meatless grounds so we would have a meat flavor in there without the actual meat. One thing I did not want to happen is to have to meal prep separate meals every week so I tried really hard to come up with a good recipe that Reese and I would both be willing to eat. I paired the filling with a savory pie crust and oh boy was that combo a winner! Reese and I ate this up in no time. I will definitely be adding this into my rotation of meals for us. What are some of your favorite meals to cook for your kids? This is sort of new territory for me so any and all suggestions are welcome!

 

Cheeseburger quiche

Whole wheat pie crust

⁃ 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

⁃ 1/2 cup self rising flour

⁃ 1/2 cup butter, room temp

⁃ 2 tsp onion salt

⁃ 2 tbsp egg, beaten

⁃ Water, as needed

In a bowl mix flour and onion salt then cut in butter. Use hands to incorporate then stir in beaten egg. Mixture will probably be dry so add 2-3 tbsp water and work in with your hands until mixture is slightly sticky and forms a ball. Wrap with cling wrap then let chill in fridge for 30 minutes.

Cheeseburger quiche filling

⁃ 6 eggs

⁃ 1 cup milk

⁃ 1 cup shredded or cubed Cheddar cheese

⁃ 1 cup quorn meatless grounds

In a skillet, heat up quorn grounds until cooked then set aside to cool. Whisk eggs with milk then add in the meatless grounds and cheese. Be sure to save some cheese for topping at the end. Preheat oven to 375 dehrees f and spray an 8x8inch baking dish. Press crust into the baking dish and up the sides then pour quiche filling inside. Bake for about 40-50 minutes or until completely cooked in the center. During the last minutes of baking, top with more cheese. Let cool before cutting and enjoy.

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