There are sooo many things to do with an empty pie shell. Think of it as a totally blank canvas and go from there. I think first of quiche. I make literally 10 different types of quiche with veggies, different types of cheeses, and leftovers.
Think also of fruit pies. The skies the limit on fruit pies with all different types of fruit, different toppings and so on. Think also of summer pies, I love the one you make with jello, cool whip and jello pudding. Yummy.
I am sure you could think of many more things to do with an empty pie crust. Also, one can do so much with imagination. Foods are such a pallet. Think about tastes you love and combine with other tastes you love. Also, think about all of the new fruits and veggies that are out there now.
Finally, I do not mean to be a nag, but also check out labels as you shop. We now know sooo much more about nutrition and health. Take advantage of all of this new knowledge.
Butter, marg, or oil to lightly grease the pan (I bake this in my big ceramic pie plate)
12 oz. of frozen broccoli thawed, broken apart and stemmed. If you use fresh broccoli make it into small pieces and use about 2 cups
8 oz. cheese You can use any kind you like. I like really sharp cheddar but you may also use, feta, milder cheddar, or just about anything except the soft cheeses. You can also make a combination of several different kinds of cheese if you like.
1 pint of cottage cheese (I like the small curd)
1/3 cp. flour
S and P to taste.
Set oven to 350 and grease your pan. Par boil or cover with boiling water to lightly cook broccoli-Microwave for 40 seconds will do the same. Add everything but eggs, flour and salt and pepper. Wisk eggs, flour and s and p until there are no lumps. Mix all ingredients and spread in the dish. Bake for about 40-45 minutes until not sqishy to the touch in the center. This is good with a mixed green salad or, actually even though I hate to say it, French Fries!!
So here I am with my empty plate at the church potluck and I spy what I thought were those yummy spinach balls. I grab a few and pop one in my mouth before I even sit down. UGH!! It is full of sausage. Okay, so that is not a disaster for everybody, but I have not eaten meat for over 30 years and I love my vegetarian, plant based life. Just in case YOU might want a REAL spinach ball, I thought I would share the REAL recipe:
Big (10 oz.) package of frozen chopped spinach, cooked. (Really drain it well)
One cup of seasoned not chicken or pork etc. stuffing mix. Get the herb seasoned stuffing mix or make your own out of bread crumbs or Panko.
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese. I just use the kind in the plastic jar since this is cooked.
3 beaten eggs
A bit of the green part of an onion fine chopped-or not. You may not like this.
4 Tablespoons marg. melted in the microwave
Combine all ingredients making sure your spinach is nearly dry. Roll into the size of small meatballs. (Ha, Ha, No Meat!) Bake on an ungreased coolie sheet for about 10 minutes at 350.
PS You can freeze these for an appetizer or whatever but take them out and cook from frozen for about 20 minutes at the same 350. These are really easy and very healthy and yummy.
Mix a package of any type of muffin mix. (Think Martha Washington in the packets) and mix it with the appropriate fruit-perhaps blueberry or chopped apple depending on your muffin mix choice. Add 2/3 cp. milk and one egg. Mix well and use it to make pancakes. This recipe has fewer calories than my Krustez mix or the Bisquick mix, and it is really yummy. I have even thought of adding a packet of the appropriate type of instant oatmeal. What do you think???
1 cup of fruit-chopped and drained and the same kind as your yogurt (I like blueberry)
Whole container of lo-fat Cool Whip
Prepared chocolate or graham cracker crust or four clear glass cups with perhaps a little of your chosen fruit on the bottom
Mix all ingredients and pour into your chosen method and scrape your bowl with a plastic spatula. Refrigerate for several hours until set enough to slice or spoon out without dripping. Serve for dessert with a nice cup of spice tea.
Roll out the dough even more and cut out little circles about the size of a large jar lid. Put something in the middle of each little circle: a bit of meat, some cinnamon and sugar, some ricotta cheese, and so on. Fold the circle over and bake until lightly browned. This is about 15 min. at 350.
These little half circles are easy to dress up on a passed appetizer tray and if you use your imagination you can do some really unique fillings. ENJOY!
We have talked a lot about smoothie recipes, but I don’t think we have shared what I call the “winter” version. Think about YOU at Starbucks and what you might order hot. A latte perhaps, some sort of delicious coffee concoction with mocha or a chocolate flavoring?
Well, all you have to do is leave out the ice cubes (Duh) and add a tablespoon or so of protein powder and put it in the blender, and you have a really yummy “winter smoothie.” I also like to sub non-fat milk and use a powdered coco mix like Swill Miss. Try it!
Max and Ruby are great favorites of my grandson and we love to make Max and Ruby apple pie together. No, there is not really a Max and Ruby apple pie, we just made that up. We also made up this recipe which has most of the usual ingredients, but we always include going out together to our local farmer’s market when we can to pick out the apples. How much more fun is this??
PS When apples are not in season we do the same thing at the grocery store.
Max and Ruby Apple Pie
For pie crusts we use the Pilsbury ones that come in the red package in the freezer section. We roll them out so that it seems like we are making pie crusts, which BTW I do not do anymore.
1/2 cup regular white sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
Your taste: cinnamon and or nutmeg
6 to 8 apples (depending on the size of the apples and the size of your pie pan)
Just a bit (1 or 2 Tablespoons) of butter or marg.
Toss all ingredients gently with your hands-this is part of the fun.
Arrange apple mixture in the bottom crust and place top crust over. Pinch the edges together (this is fun too) and make slits in any design you like on top. We like to cut lightning designs in the top crust!
Bake at 400 degrees for about 50 minutes. Start to watch the crust at about 45 minutes. Pie should be light brown on top and bubbles of yummy apples should be coming up.