7 eggs plus 5 sausages plus 25 minutes and 400 F = what?

Easy lunch box ideas for kids: sausage and cheddar quiche; fruit and yogurt parfait; and banana-dulce de leche sushi. http://www.LunchBocBlues.com

Now that’s the sort of word problem I can wrap my head around.

With a replenished supply of eggs, I decided last night would be quiche night. I’d discovered a prepared pie crust in the freezer, so while Parker and I worked on a critically important Lego project involving weapons of mass destruction, I let that thaw on the counter.

When we were done annihilating the universe, I unrolled the crust, fitted it into a tart pan, then scattered slices of pre-cooked chicken sausage over the bottom. Top it with some shredded cheddar and I was ready to move on to the eggs.

To keep it on the healthier side, I whisked together eggs (last night I used seven because I had a lot of sausage filling) with a splash of milk and a bit of salt and dried thyme. Dump it over the eggs and bake at 400 F for about 25 minutes.

One tip… To make it easier to move tart pans (especially those with removable bottoms), always set them on a baking sheet before filling. Then just set the whole thing in the oven.

The beauty of a quiche like this is that it provided not only dinner last night, but also breakfast this morning and lunch this afternoon. My boy would live on quiche if I let him.

I also made him some banana-dulche de leche sushi. I usually do this with peanut butter by spreading it over a whole-wheat tortilla, then I add a banana, roll it up and slice it into sushi pieces.

Today I had the brilliant idea of using dulce de leche instead of peanut butter. Don’t do it. Dulce de leche drips too much. What a mess. I’m sure he’ll still eat it, but it was dripping all over the place.

Finally, I layered yogurt with sliced berries for a simple parfait, then sprinkled cinnamon maple sugar over the top.

And that brings to a close yet another week in the lunch box trenches.

The winner of yesterday’s lunch gear giveaway was… Gina L. Parker was seriously impressed by the idea that somebody else took a picture of her lunch and posted it! So grab a seat in the cafeteria by posting your own lunch pictures! Have a great weekend.

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14 Responses to “7 eggs plus 5 sausages plus 25 minutes and 400 F = what?”

  1. Jackie says:

    Mmm quince.Eggs played a role in last nights dinner for us too. As a single mom I pack my daughter’s lunch every day. She is 11 and not too old for mom to pack her lunch(hope that day is not in our near future). Today’s lunch was Lemony Egg Soup(last night’s dinner),chinese pea pod and rice stir fry(also leftover), dried apircots,and plain low-fat greek yougurt with a swirl of honey on top. And of course a water bottle. Will try to upload to Instagram if I can figure out how my phone’s camera works and if Rana(my daughter) does not grab her lunch before a snap a photo. :)

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Ha! Please do upload. That meal sounds amazing! I often have two or three dozen eggs on hand. With a few eggs, I feel I can do pretty much anything. And I’m with you — hoping my little guy never outgrows letting me pack his lunch. Don’t even like to think about that.

  2. Meg Cronin says:

    Quiche is great, but frittata avoids the crust. A good frittata is swiss chard and goat cheese. My family eats this happily, believe it or not. Oh, add minced red onion, too .

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Frittatas are great. They are one of my crisis night go-to dinners. And they are so easy to customize. I have several small skillets, about 6 or 7 inches. I use one for each of us, making it easy to do personal-size frittatas with the add-ins we like. I load mine with veggies, his with meat and cheese (and a few veggies).

  3. Gina Lindsay says:

    Thank you! Your quiche looks yummy and so does that yogurt!

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Thanks. Believe it or not, I made that yogurt. I had some almond milk that needed using up. So I dumped it in the yogurt maker with a few tablespoons of Greek yogurt as a starter. By morning I had a pretty tasty yogurt. I used up the last of it today (Sunday) by turning it into a banana-orange smoothie as a snack for Parker.

      • Gina Lindsay says:

        Wow! Yogurt is the next thing that I want to learn how to do.I have been working on mastering breads (pita, bagels, etc) and am about ready to move on to yogurt now.

        • J.M Hirsch says:

          Yogurt is incredibly easy. Best to use an inexpensive yogurt maker, which holds things at the right temperature. But it’s effortless.

  4. Sara says:

    I agree 100%, your quiche looks like it came from a professional bakery.

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Ha! Nope! The magic of a fluted tart pan! Creates a nice edge every time.

      • Sara says:

        I’ll have to get myself a flutted tart pan then! Quiche filling is similar to scrambled eggs it’s not easy to master and keep it from becoming too liquidy.

        • J.M Hirsch says:

          The tart pans are great. And cheap. For the filling all I do is whisk some eggs, then add a splash of milk. That’s it. Some salt, pepper and thyme season it just right. I arrange the meat and cheese in the pan, then just dump the eggs over them.

      • Sara says:

        I’ll have to get myself a fluted tart pan then! Quiche filling is similar to scrambled eggs it’s not easy to master and keep it from becoming too liquidy.