What with swimming, gymnastics, more swimming, piano, jump-rope early in the mornings and a zillion other social engagements, I feel drained at the end of each day. It's tough to do it alone. I tip my hat to the single moms out there. I am physically exhausted and ready to throw in the towel after a week and a half! But I have to make it through another 3 weeks. It helps to be part of a cooking co-op. It takes a lot of pressure off trying to figure out what dinner should be.
Yes, I'm trying out a cooking co-op that 4 families in my neighborhood have been participating in for the last 7-8 years at least. They each cook 4 meals by the end of each month and exchange containers of frozen delights with the other families. Each family ends up with 12 different entrées, and 4 of their own, which help jumpstart the meals on busy weekdays. Dishes can be soups, sandwiches, burritos, pasta sauces, anything that will freeze well.
Then again there are days when I long for my own cooking despite the hustle-bustle and sometimes a simple one-dish meal like a Veggie Egg Bake is the answer!
- 6 eggs, (3 yolks and 6 egg-whites)
- 8 oz (1/2 bag) frozen chopped broccoli
- 8 oz (1/2 bag) frozen chopped spinach
- 1/2 cup green olives, chopped
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 1 cup cheese, pepper jack preferably
- jalapenos for garnish, optional
- Preheat oven to 400F
- In a wide and flat over-proof casserole dish, make a layer of the frozen chopped broccoli
- Add the chopped red pepper evenly over the broccoli
- Add the chopped green olives (preferably the kind with stuffed pimentos)
- Add the frozen chopped spinach
- Season with salt and pepper
- Whisk the eggs until they are fluffy. I use my hand-whisk and whisk them in a tall narrow jar or glass for about 5 minutes for best results
- Pour the eggs over the veggies
- Cover with a layer of cheese
- Garnish with jalapenos
- Bake at 400F for 30 minutes or until a knife stuck in the middle of the veggie egg bake comes out clean
If you're wondering why only half the dish has the jalapenos, well, my daughter is not quite ready for the heat that generates!