Waking up in the winter is hard to do. It’s dark, it’s cold and you’re sleepy from hitting the snooze button once, twice, maybe five times. Make your mornings easier by batch cooking these seasonal, warming quiche cups before the week starts.
Make 8fit’s Paleo Ginger Pear Quiche Cups on Sunday and have them ready to go for the week. Simply warm them up and enjoy. We recommend keeping prepared meals in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Benefits of Seasonal Ingredients
So, what makes these quiche cups seasonal? It’s the pear, onion, ginger and walnuts. These ingredients are typically harvested in fall and into the winter in some regions. Here is some nutritional information about each seasonal ingredient.
Pear contains over of 5 grams fiber which helps stabilize blood sugar and increase satiety. Pears also contain pectin, a soluble fiber that helps decrease cholesterol, increase detoxification and improve digestive health. The skin on pears contains phytonutrients that help decrease inflammation and prevent disease.
Onion has a strong fragrance because of the health-boosting sulfur compound. (Tip: Hold peeled onions under cold water for a few seconds to reduce the smell and tears that result when chopping.) Onions also contain chemicals that convert to allicin when the bulb is cut. Allicin decreases the risk of cancer, particularly cancers occurring in the gastrointestinal tract. Finally, these powerful bulbs contain quercetin which is associated with disease prevention (anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic).
Ginger relaxes the smooth muscle in the stomach lining and helps food move through the digestive system. This root also contains chemicals that can help reduce nausea and inflammation. Consume ginger to increases blood circulation and keep your body warm during cold winter months.
Walnuts contain high amounts of vitamin E which helps fight free radicals, prevent disease, balance hormones and improve skin. Eating just four walnuts a day has been shown to significantly raise blood levels of heart-healthy, plant-based omega-3, and support healthy cholesterol levels. Finally, it’s important to know that 90 percent of antioxidants occurring in walnuts are found in the skin.
This recipe is a part of our 1 and 2-week seasonal winter meal plans. Download the infographics and then add the recipes to your 8fit nutrition plan for the coming weeks. Ingredients will be perfectly portioned to suit your dietary needs.
Paleo Ginger Pear Quiche Cups recipe
- ½ zucchini
- 3 whole eggs
- 2 tsp ginger (grated)
- ¼ medium-sized onion
- ½ pear
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 4 walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line baking form of your preference with parchment paper (muffin tin with muffin liners also work well).
- Break the eggs into a bowl and whip until the yolks and whites are evenly mixed., Wash and grate zucchini and add to the bowl.
- If ginger is not already grated, peel, grate, and then add.
- Remove outer layer of onion then chop and add.
- Wash, peel and dice pear. Add it to the bowl.
- Stir everything together and pour into a muffin tin(s).
- Cook 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Chop walnuts and put on top of cooked quiche. Enjoy all of the muffins as your meal!