Lightened Up Ham & Spinach Quiche

Lightened Up Ham & Spinach Quiche -  Chew Nibble Nosh

What have we got?  We’ve got HAM!

Every year after Easter, I run into the same predicament…what to do with all of this leftover ham?  This deliciously light and fluffy quiche took care of a bit of it last night. This may be my new go-to quiche base as it baked up so nice and light. My girls, who are admittedly quiche-wary, even gobbled up their slices and openly discussed how much they were enjoying it.  What’s up with that?  It seems the copious amounts of chocolate eggs and jelly beans put them in a good mood.

Eggs in Purgatory

Eggs in Purgatory - Chew Nibble Nosh

So, you know my picky eater, Avery?  Well, Avery has recently developed an obsession with competition cooking shows.  Her favorite being Worst Cooks in America on Food Network.  (If you haven’t watched it, you should check it out.  It’s really kind of fantastic.)  The whole premise of the show is celebrity chefs coach horrible cooks from around the country, and turn them into REAL, honest to goodness chefs.  It’s a pretty incredible transformation, and actually a pretty funny ride along the way.  One, of many reasons, why a lot of the people involved in the show don’t know how to cook, is because they are honestly afraid of trying new things. (Sound familiar?)

Orecchiette Carbonara with Brussels Sprouts

Orecchiette Carbonara with Brussels Sprouts - Chew Nibble Nosh 5

This is my new favorite comfort food meal for 2016.

It combines one of my favorite cozy Italian dishes, creamy Carbonara pasta, with my favorite winter veggie.  It comes together quickly, and simply, and just a few fresh, honest ingredients pack a whole lot of flavor.  In fact, the first time I made it, Avery (my youngest, and not my most adventurous eater…but she’s trying) commented that “Wow, the noodles give the brussels sprouts such great flavor!”  Ha!  Well, no, probably the other way around, but whatever works in her little head to get her to eat her veggies is fine by me.  That’s something she wouldn’t have done last winter.  My family enjoyed it so much that I’ve made it twice in the past few weeks, and we can’t get enough of it!

Crunchy Peanut Butter Caramel Eggs

Crunchy Peanut Butter Caramel Eggs - Chew Nibble Nosh

Looking for a special treat to share with your little bunnies this weekend?  These may just be the perfect thing, and the little bunnies can even help make them, which makes them even better.

These little eggs kind of remind me of a Watchamacallit bar.  Remember those?  They were one of my favorite candy bars as a kid, so it may be why I was drawn to these guys in the first place.  They have this crispy, crunchy, chewy, peanut-buttery center drenched in just the right amount of chocolate.

Overnight Artichoke and Ham Breakfast Bake

Overnight Artichoke and Ham Breakfast Bake - Chew Nibble Nosh

 In our house, special holidays deserve a special breakfast, and Easter is one of those days.  I don’t like to spend my Easter morning running around the kitchen, though.  I’d rather spend that special time soaking in the memories with my family (and quite possibly, swiping chocolate eggs out of my daughters’ Easter baskets…but you didn’t hear that from me.)

Make ahead breakfasts make my holidays a lot less stressful, and this latest one I’ve concocted is perfect for springtime.  Speckled with spring colors, and light, fresh flavors, this breakfast turned out to be just what the Easter Bunny ordered.

Easy Overnight Breakfast Enchiladas

Easy Overnight Breakfast Enchiladas - Chew Nibble Nosh In my humble opinion, one of the greatest food inventions of all time has to be the overnight breakfast casserole.  When company comes to stay and you want to treat them to something special, it’s so nice just to be able to pop something into the oven that’s ready to go, rather than bustling around the kitchen before your first cup of coffee.

I’m always looking for delicious, new, simple breakfast ideas and this one was a lot of fun.  I ran across the recipe a while ago, as I was putzing around on Pinterest, and it came from a blog called Inspired Taste.  It’s been sitting there, on my Food board, just waiting for guests to arrive.  Last weekend, my mother and father-in-law came to visit, so I finally had my perfect testing opportunity.

Potato and Boursin Frittata

Christmas morning is magical, and breakfast on Christmas should be equally as special.  I usually try to do something a little out of the norm for Christmas morning, but I’ve had years when it seems that I’ve spent most of the early hours of the day in the kitchen cooking, instead of enjoying the morning with my family.  It’s always nice when breakfast can be made up the night before, and just popped in the oven, like with the Overnight Blueberry Stuffed French Toast that I posted last year.