Vegetable Quiche = Fantastic Brunch

Sunday’s are meant for sleeping in and brunch. I have a fantastic recipe for you. This vegetable quiche with an almond flour crust goes along nicely with that a nice spring salad. The best part is, not only is this meal super healthy, it tastes fantastic too! We also had some cinnamon raisin bagels for toasting (carbs = life when you’re a runner).

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Vegetable Quiche (gluten free)

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 2 1/4 cups Almond Flour
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2-3 Tablespoons water
  • Fresh Rosemary and Thyme, chopped up (about 2-3 Tablespoons)
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste

Filling:

  • 7 eggs
  • 1/3 cup plain almond milk
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • broccoli, cut up into very small pieces (1/2 – 3/4 cup)
  • 2-3 large handfuls of spinach
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 1/2 cup cheddar and/or fontina cheese

Directions

1.) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2.) Mix together all crust ingredients and then press into a greased pie pan to form the crust.

3.) Bake for 15-17 minutes. Make sure the crust doesn’t become burnt!

4.)Saute the onion, garlic, broccoli, and spinach in a pan for about 8 minutes. Set aside to let cool.

4.) Whisk together the eggs, almond milk, salt, and pepper. Add the cheese and the cooled down vegetables and mix together well. Pour the mixture into the baked pie crust.

5.) Bake in the oven for about 30 – 35 minutes. Check to make sure the center is firm and a toothpick comes out clean. Set aside to let cool for 10 minutes then serve immediately.

6.) This makes a great easy breakfast the next morning too! 🙂

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Middlebury Maple Run

Well, hello.

It has been awhile since I’ve written. Between work becoming even busier than I ever thought possible, school finals, and training for races all while trying to stay sane, I needed to drop some things from my life to power through the days.

What’s been happening since we last talked, aside from what was mentioned above? I had a birthday, went to Acadia to relax in nature, training like crazy for upcoming races, and conquered another half marathon. Phew. That’s a lot.

I’ll be talking about all of that on the blog in the upcoming posts, but today I want to talk about my half marathon I ran yesterday. Was it hilly and windy or what! I signed up for this race thinking there were a few rolling hills, but then a flat last half. Well, I soon discovered that it was crazy hills the entire race (along with an intense headwind) so once I accepted that fact, I moved on to powering through it. I started out fast – sub 7 minute pace per mile fast and that definitely wore me down (note to self: starting out at 6:20 is not smart). I leveled out at 7:20-7:35 for the next several miles until the hills drained my energy. Then I was going anywhere from sub 7 on the downhills to a 9 minute pace on some of the uphill. I really had to dig deep throughout this entire race to stay focused and on pace.

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The things that helped me the most – my wonderful partner stationed himself at the start, halfway point, and the end. When I was struggling at mile 5, I knew he would be right up head soon. When I was struggling at mile 10, I knew it was just 3 miles and he’d be cheering me on.

Another thing that helped was not letting myself turn thoughts negative. I used to mentally shut down in races and my pace would suffer. Instead, I told myself you can do this. You ARE doing this. You ARE perfectly capable of running this pace. The hills and wind from mile 10-13 got me good though and physically and mentally my body just wanted to quit so I kept repeating something I learned from my partner’s tae kwon do class. One of the tenets of tae kwon do is perseverance. I just kept repeating “persevere” over and over and over again. It helped significantly.

I didn’t have stomach issues this time! I cut out the peanut butter on my toast before the race and added a banana about 90 minutes before the start. I had gummies with me and they never have given me a stomach ache on long runs, but I didn’t want to chance it. Instead I took in gatoraid at every aid station – mostly just a couple of sips, but it was enough to get me through.

I was 5th in my age group. The top 10 percent of female runners and top 20 percent of all runners. I finished in 1:43:34 just a few seconds shy of my PR, but given the difficulty of this course with nonstop hills and headwind, I think this was an incredibly successful race. Next one is 3 weeks out!!!

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