Let’s talk about the breakdown of the family unit. Yeah, I’m going to talk about the things you aren’t supposed to say. We live in a very different world than we did only twenty-some plus years ago. Homes are broken, no one talks to each other, and most parents don’t parent. Instead family members are more like cohabitating individuals rather than a connected unit.
The film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, is a nod to what the family unit used to be and what it should be. The Coopers battle children’s book miss-prints, wardrobe malfunctions, car wrecks, and an unfortunate event concerning cough syrup all in one day. However, the most memorable, most endearing part of this no-good tale is this family’s love and support for one another. They aren’t just individuals existing; they are friends and genuinely care about each other’s successes. Call me old fashioned, but I believe that if families still kept the same Beaver Cleaver 1950’s values as the Coopers, our society might be far more peaceful.
A majorly iconic dish made in this film is the crustless quiche created by Papa Bear Cooper. I decided to replicate the dish with some minor adjustments. First of all, I’m not a fan of egg yolks so I decided to double the amount of eggs the recipe calls for, but only use the egg whites. I also used reduced fat cheddar cheese as my cheese of choice to cut down on the fat content but also still get the golden brown on the top. Lastly, the milk in the recipe calls for whole, but I don’t drink or use whole milk often enough so I went with fat-free. The result? Delicious.
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- ½ onion, diced
- 2 cups sliced mushrooms
- 6-8 oz. spinach
- 8 egg whites
- 1 cup fat-free milk
- ½ cup heavy cream
- Salt and ground pepper
- 1½ cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 3500 degrees
- Grease an 8×8 glass baking dish OR 10-inch pie plate.
- Heat butter and olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Stir in onion and sliced mushrooms and cook until soft, stirring occasionally.
- Add spinach and continue cooking until moisture evaporates. Set skillet aside.
- In a bowl, whisk eggs, cream, milk, salt, and ground pepper. Add cheese, spinach, onion, and mushroom.
- Pour mixture into the greased baking dish.
- Bake in preheated oven until lightly golden and center is solid. (~30-35 min; you should be able to insert a knife cleanly in the middle)
- Let cool before cutting into slices and serving!
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