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For my last post, I shared a couple of my favorite summer breakfast recipes that my kids love – easy overnight oats and acai smoothie bowls. (click here for breakfast recipes) If your kids, like mine, still seem to want lunch every day, I have a few easy favorites that should satisfy everyone for lunch – or even dinner.
Muffin Cup Mini Quiche
These little muffin cup mini quiche treats are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. They work well at a party or in your child’s summer lunch cooler to enjoy by the pool. I make these all the time! For the basic ingredients, you are going to need eggs and egg whites, something green – kale or spinach, milk, cheese, and maybe some onion, mushrooms, and bacon.
Everything is better with bacon. The ingredients in these mini quiche cups can be flexible depending on what you have in your crisper! Five minutes to prep, 25 minutes to cook. Done. These are perfect to make ahead and have on hand.
Muffin Cup Mini Quiche Recipe
- 4 eggs
- 4 egg whites
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/3 cup shredded cheese (I used a local buttermilk cheese)
- 1/2 small onion , diced
- 8 oz mushrooms , chopped
- 2 handfuls of kale , cut in ribbons, no stems
- 4 slices of bacon , chopped
- In a large pan, cook bacon. Remove bacon and let cool.
- In the same pan, saute onion and mushrooms. Add chopped kale. Season with a little bit of salt and pepper.
- In a large bowl (preferably one that you can pour from), whisk together eggs, egg yolks, and milk. Add cheese.
- Spray a 12 cup muffin pan with cooking spray. Pour custard into muffin tins almost halfway.Add the kale and mushrooms. Top with bacon.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps
This is a fake recipe. Do you have a favorite chicken salad recipe? Do you have a favorite pre-made chicken salad? Even better! Grab your favorite chicken salad and a head of romaine lettuce or buttercrunch lettuce – use something that looks nice enough to eat instead of bread. Wash enough leaves to feed your family or friends … and then let everyone make their own chicken salad lettuce wrap! Almost cheating, right?
Middle Eastern Grain Bowl
If you’ve already been in love with taco bowls and burrito bowls, you need to step up your rice bowl game with a Middle Eastern grain bowl. Grain bowls can appeal to everyone. You can start with your favorite rice, or try something different and use couscous, farro, or quinoa.
Top your rice with some hummus or tzatziki (or both!), some chickpeas, chopped tomatoes and cucumbers, olives, and maybe some pickled red onions.
My kids love when I make falafel – and it’s gluten free – so sometimes we top ours with a chicken kabob or some falafel. You can also pick up some falafel at the grocery store or any Greek restaurant. Drizzle with tahini. Enjoy!