Book Club Night

I love book club nights.  Recently, it was my turn to host the book club meeting.  I had already read the book, so that part was done.  Now the food planning and prep comes into play.  I want to be health-conscious and try some interesting recipes.  Some work, some don’t.  And these poor ladies were the guinea pigs!

This week I tried my hand at a quiche for the first time.  It was adapted from this blog and then I added my own little twist.   My version of the quiche resulted in this final product.  I must say it was good.  I wish it were a little thicker, but I didn’t want the added calories!

My version of the recipe:

6 egg whites
2 whole eggs
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
½ pepper
Pinch of salt
¼ cups Parmesan cheese – grated
A small handful of Gruyere cheese – shredded
2 cups asparagus cut into thin diagonal slices

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray quiche pan or pie plate.  Mix all ingredients together and pour into greased pan.  Bake approximately 45-55 minutes. Cut into 8 slices.  Approximately 65 calories per slice.  Incredible.

QuicheThis quiche is not a deep dish, thick pie, so keep checking it after 35 minutes of cooking time to make sure you don’t overcook it.  The sides will pull away from the pan and the center should not be runny.  Use a toothpick to make sure it comes out clean.

Just imagine the possibilities with this basic recipe.  You can use egg substitute, add different veggies, and different cheeses or spices.  Play with it and don’t feel guilty if you eat more than one slice!

 

LasagnaIn addition to the quiche, I made this lasagna recipe exactly as it called for, except for the cooking time.  I made sure I rearranged my schedule in order to get home to turn on the crockpot for the 3-hour cook time.  After 2 hours the lasagna seriously started smelling really done, so I turned the crockpot to warm and let it sit until we were ready.  The lasagna was ok.  It needed more puree and I just didn’t have enough.  It was embarrassing hearing my book club ladies crunch on the part of the noodles that didn’t get the puree.  I’m surprised one of them didn’t lose a tooth chewing it!  They were very kind about it and kept eating, and pretended I couldn’t hear.  Love these ladies.

My dessert was very low fat and delicious.  It came from here.  And, stupidly, I forgot to take a picture of it.  I am mad at myself for that.  But, I will definitely make these again.  DessertSuper easy, super good, and super cute!  I’m stealing the picture from the blog.  My recipe version used the Whole Foods angel food cake, toothpicks for smaller kebobs, and I melted a ¼ cup of dark chocolate chips to drizzle.  Enjoy!

Such a great night with great ladies discussing a crazy book – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (every book club needs to read this one) – it totally made my week.  Looking forward to next month!