Unforgettable Easter Sides – The Asparagus Feta Crustless Tart

Asparagus Feta Crustless Tart

Finally it is Spring! Nothing like the sweet smell of rain in the air – mixed with the pungent smell of aged dog poo and dust. Hmmm – that made a dark turn fast… lol.

Actually… where we are, spring is one of those seasons that may just come for a day or two – sandwiched between an unexpected snowfall and bizarre “drinks on the patio” warmth. The one thing spring does bring is the hope of warmer weather, longer days, and the introduction of the long awaited fresh, local produce in the grocery store. If you are like me, by this time of year you are itching to put those heavy wintery dishes aside for a few months and welcome in the fresh light meals that seem to accompany the warmer weather.

Asparagus and Green Onion – two spring favs

Asparagus is one of my go to veggies in the summer. Grilled on the bbq with a little olive oil and lemon, you can’t get a better side for chicken grilled with our Everything Marinade.

But, if you are looking to kick up this veggie a notch, or for the perfect side for Easter brunch or dinner, you have to give this Asparagus Feta Tart a try. Really, if I am being honest, you can call this a crustless quiche, but my kids turn their nose up at quiche – so if I call it a tart, perhaps they will be more eager to try it? This is a new recipe I created out of the desire to make something with my fav veggie, create something low carb, and also a side dish that works for either brunch or dinner. If you try this, don’t be afraid to experiment. I used feta as the cheese because Danni tells me that goat feta is more easily digested but parmesan would work beautifully here too if you have that on hand.

Of course, this recipe is perfect to tuck in the lunch box. This tart cuts beautifully and can be served at room temperature. It is healthy and not a sandwich! 🙂 Make this for your athlete prior to a big game. It is loaded with protein, and LIGHT – this baby will fuel them without weighing them down. I would consider this the ideal “pre-performance” meal.

Asparagus Feta Crustless Tart

  • Servings: 8-10 depending on how you cut it
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The perfect low carb side dish for your Easter brunch or dinner!

Ingredients

1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
3 green onions or equivalent bunch of chives chopped
6 slices of turkey bacon (optional) – cooked and cut into bite size pieces
6 eggs
1/4 cup milk or your milk substitute of choice
454 gram container of ricotta cheese
1/4 cup feta – chopped in small pieces or crumbled
1 tsp. tarragon
salt and pepper to taste
Crumbled feta for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a rectangular 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, ricotta, feta and spices. Mix in onions and turkey bacon (if using)

Pour into prepared pan

Place asparagus on top of mixture in any pattern you desire!

Sprinkle feta on top.

Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes until slightly browned and firm to the touch. Let cool.

You can make this the day before, put in the fridge and re-heat for your brunch or dinner the next day!

Looking for other ideas for your Easter dinner? Why not try Danni’s Onion Casserole ? Thinking about making a turkey for Easter dinner? Check out my no-fail turkey recipe.

As always, comment, share, and let us know what you think – do you have a favourite way to use this yummy veg?

Happy Spring everyone!

xx

C

Kitchen Sink Cookies – the healthy way to clean out the pantry!

These Kitchen Sink Cookies ROCK! In honour of Earth Day, Danni and I are teaming up with Community Natural Foods to bring you creative and fun ways to reduce food waste in your home. It was about 10 years ago that I really started taking recycling, composting and food waste seriously. I have to say, I am not the most extreme. I am known though to sanitize and re-use my zip loc bags over and over and go through the garbage in the kids bathroom to make sure there is no hidden recycling. With the onset of residential compost service and pick up in our area, I have our family heavily utilizing the compost bin and drastically reducing our waste output. BUT wow, do you see how much food you are wasting. In the past few months I have some discovered some tricks and fun ways to reduce our food waste. Make sure you check in later this week for our post on the Top 10 Ways to Reduce Food Waste in the Home!

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Copycat Clean Shamrock Shake

Copy Cat Clean Shamrock Shake with Botanica Greens

Did you catch Danni and my Facebook Live the other day? If you missed it, we were reminiscing about the past. Fun clothes (Fancy Ass jeans and parachute pants), fun facts (our kids will never know what it is like to go to the video store on a Friday night to pick out a movie) and most importantly, fun foods!! Does anyone recall thinking Tang was actually “orange juice?” I know I did…

The reason for our trip down memory lane? Well, we were wracking our brains trying to think of a fun post for St. Patrick’s Day. Not being a beer drinker, the first thing that comes to mind for me is the infamous MacDonald’s Shamrock Shake!

oh ya, I’m excited…

Oh wow, did I love that pepperminty, delightful green treat that only came around once a year for a short time. Of course, in the “good old days” when I didn’t give a moment’s thought to what I put in my body, nor to how many calories said drink had, I took advantage any time my parents were willing to stop by the drive thru. YUM.

These days sadly, (or perhaps thankfully!) I see the list of 35 lovely ingredients including 2 dyes that are banned in parts of Europe, and I decide to pass. BUT, that doesn’t mean I don’t get the odd hankering for this treat from my youth…

Enter DANNI TO THE RESCUE – and our friends from Botanica who have a fabulous green veggie powder that they have generously provided for a giveaway this month. Green Powder? Shamrock Shake? Danni was on it, and she concocted a yummy “copycat Shamrock shake” that I (and those pesky teens who love a good milkshake) can’t get enough of.

First, let me tell you a little about the Perfect Greens powder and why we love it. According to the new Canada Food Guide (which just came out at the end of January) the “new plate” should be 1/2 fruits and veggies. This continues to be a struggle for me in terms of getting enough into the family without offering the same boring things they have agreed to eat, over and over. This powder is just a lovely mix of chlorella, spirulina, barley and wheat grasses plus some leafy greens to help top you up and get some more goodness into your diet. And did I mention it is organic?

Now back to the shake. You should make this. Now. It’s yummy, it’s healthy, and because your kids might even say “hmmm, this is good.” This alone is a pretty great reason to make it! It is the perfect clean Shamrock shake.

Copycat Shamrock Shake

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The perfect healthy copycat Shamrock shake to add greens to your diet, and surprise your teens!

Ingredients

1 scoop Botanica Perfect Greens
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, like Earth’s Own Organic
1/2 tsp Organic Peppermint Extract
2 scoops vanilla dairy free Frozen Treat (we like Coconut Milk and Screamin Brothers)
Throw everything into a blender, mix and serve.

AND since Mama loves a Shamrock shake, throwin’ it back just a few years and reliving my youth, don’t mind if I do…

Happy St. Paddy’s Day all…

xx

C