Worth the wait

This time, it wasn’t my fault the breakfast I’d planned turned into lunch.

Oh, no. I arose at the early (for me) hour of 9 a.m. to make sure I’d have plenty of time to make a Potato-Crusted Spinach Quiche. It was a recipe I’d been looking forward to trying all week, and I didn’t want to forfeit the opportunity because I decided to sleep in.

Quiche assembly took longer than I’d planned. First, I had to  make — and pre-bake — the potato crust. While the crust was in the oven, I made the filling. Cooking, draining and chopping spinach, whisking eggs with ricotta and shredding Swiss cheese in the food processor took me longer it took the crust to bake.

Finally ready to bake

Finally, I got the quiche together and put it in the oven … where it had to bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes.

By this time, I was starving. The few nibbles of already-browned potato crust weren’t hacking it, and I knew there was no way I’d be able to wait out the 50-minute baking time — then a 10-minute cooling period — without starting to gnaw on the furniture.

I’ve been reading some of the CarbLovers success stories, and remembered someone talking about a corn tortilla topped with 1 T of chocolate chips, warmed briefly in the microwave and rolled up. She said she subbed it for the chocolate croissants she loved.

I decided one of those would be an excellent way to tide myself over until the quiche was ready to eat. While it wasn’t quite as tasty as the chocolate croissants I ate when I visited Paris as a college student, it was delicious in its own right — and CarbLovers friendly, to boot. (Corn tortillas are one of the “Carb Stars” you’re supposed to have one of at every meal.)

A seemingly interminably hour-plus later, the quiche was ready to eat. By this time, I could no longer call it breakfast because it was nearly noon. That’s how I ended up having breakfast for lunch — again.

Turned out beautifully …

Love those colors!

Being not much of a lover of cooked spinach, I was a little skeptical. But it surpassed my expectations.

Not only did it taste fantastic, but it also filled me right up. A single serving was one-quarter of the quiche. That’s a lot of food! And the serving weighed in at 8 WW Points.

I’d say it was definitely worth the wait. But next time, I’ll know: This isn’t one of those quick-fix, hectic morning kinds of breakfasts. And it’s not something to try to whip up when you’re starving.

A generous serving

Isn’t it strange how, as an adult, you eat things you hated as a kid? When I was younger, I didn’t eat cooked spinach and I wasn’t a big fan of eggs — unless they were deviled eggs. Then I’d eat ’em right up.

I also used to HATE oatmeal-raisin cookies and anything lemon-flavored. But now lemon-flavored desserts are among my favorites. (I’d rather have the Yoplait Delights lemon parfait than any of the other flavors.)

What foods/flavors did you used to hate that you’re lovin’ today?

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2 responses to “Worth the wait

  1. That is a beautiful quiche! Sorry it was such a long process to make. I hate when recipes take forever. At least they USUALLY end up worth it. 🙂

  2. Pingback: Hit and miss | Adventures in weight loss, cooking and life·

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