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Simple Recipe: Light Summer Quiche

Light Summer Quiche Recipe


  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 eggs, slightly beaten
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup steamed broccoli (optional – use whatever veggie you like)
  • 1/2 cup diced ham (optional)
  • 1 frozen deep dish, 9 ” pie shell



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place pie shell on a cookie sheet covered with tin foil (to protect the cookie sheet from overflow).

In a medium bowl, mix together shredded cheese and flour, tossing to coat the cheese with flour. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix beaten eggs, milk, salt and pepper (to taste). Add the broccoli and ham to this egg mixture; mix well. Add the cheese and gently mix together.

Pour into the pie shell. Make sure to disperse “chunky” ingredients evenly throughout the pie shell. Place in oven for 55-60 minutes until center is set.



Summer Grilling Without Breaking the Bank

SSD Grill W Out Bank

Mike, the Meat Manager at my local Publix grocery store, was so excited to share what he knows about steaks and grilling!  He highly encourages anyone to visit their local butcher or meat manager to find out what they recommend for steaks or any other types of meats or fish.  They can “steer” you in the right direction! (Pun intended!)

Here are Mike’s top  recommended cuts of beef as alternatives to more expensive cuts for grilling:

Flat Iron Steak (Also known as Hanger Steak) – This was the top choice of our Meat Expert. He noted that this cut of beef is starting to trend across the country. Great to marinate and grill.

Shoulder Tender Medallions – This was the runner-up to the Flat Iron as a favorite of our Meat Expert. Marinate overnight and grill.

Chuck Eye Steak  – According to our Meat Expert, this cut of beef doesn’t even need to be marinated.  It is a cut that is right next to the Ribeye, so flavor is all there.

Shoulder Steak – Great to marinate and grill.

Shoulder London Broil – The original London Broil cut. Marinate and Grill

Bottom Sirloin Steak Rolls– Marinate and grill.

Chuck Steak (Boneless) – Marinate and grill.


For great marinade recipes (including Mike’s Simple Marinade) for beef, fish and poultry, Click Here.


Simple Recipe: Marinades For Memorial Day Grilling!

SSD Grill MarinadesMarinades are a perfect way to take the toughness out of a piece of meat, as well as add flavor and moistness to a dish. Simple Solutions Diva has gathered some great marinades, as well as one, flavorful rub, that will add a kick to your Memorial Day grilling!

(If you need suggestions for types of beef that are tasty alternatives to more expensive cuts, check out this other post: Click Here.)

Simple Meat Marinade #1: (“Mike’s Marinade” – from my local Publix Meat Manager)

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup cooking sherry
  • 1/3 sugar
  • Fresh Ginger Root (about 1-2 inches), peeled and sliced
  • Meat of Choice (approx. 2-3 lbs.)

Combine all ingredients, except the meat, in a large, gallon-sized plastic bag.  Add meat, seal, place in refrigerator, and let marinate at least 8 hours (even better after 24 hours!).

Remove meat and place on preheated grill – grill to your perfect temperature!


Simple Meat Marinade #2: (Adapted from recipe by Simple Solutions Diva)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced (fresh is always best, but I use Spice World’s Minced Garlic in the jar – tastes a little mellower to me)
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • pepper to taste
  • 2-3 Steaks of choice


Add and  mix all ingredients (except steaks) in gallon-sized, ziplock plastic bag.  Add steaks and let marinate in refrigerator for at least 8 hours. (The longer, the better- even overnight would be terrific!)

Grill steaks to your degree of perfection! Enjoy!


Simple Fish Marinade: (From

  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 (6 oz.) fillets halibut


Assemble garlic, oil, basil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and parsley in a stainless steel or glass bowl.

Place fish in a shallow glass pan or large plastic bag; add mixture to the fish and coat.  Seal or cover and place in refrigerator for one hour, turning occasionally.

Grilling – Preheat the grill on high heat and lightly coat the grill grates with olive oil.

Remove the fish from marinade, allowing them to drain slightly.  Add them to the grill; grill for approximately 5 minutes per side until fish is easily flaked with a fork.


Simple Chicken Marinade: (From Simple Solutions Diva!)

This has been a favorite with my kids for years.  Just enough flavor, but not overpowering.

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Ken’s Steak House Lite Creamy Caesar Dressing
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or 2 tablespoons minced garlic)
  • 6 chicken breasts (I use boneless, but this is just as good with bone-in)


Assemble all ingredients (except chicken) in a large plastic bag or shallow glass dish.  Thoroughly mix together.  Add chicken breasts and let marinate in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Grill chicken as desired, basting with remaining marinade halfway through.


Asian Flair Pork Tenderloin Dry Rub: (From Simple Solutions Diva)

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Chinese Five Spice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 Pork Tenderloin (approx. 2 lbs.)


Combine all spices in a bowl and mix together.  With a dry hand, rub the spice mixture on both sides of the pork tenderloin.  Lightly spray the pork tenderloin with olive oil spray, and then place on preheated grill (do not spray after pork is on grill – or you will have a flame thrower!).  Grill tenderloin (turning halfway through) until instant meat thermometer inserted into the pork reads the inside temperature is at least 145 degrees.


Simple Recipe: Grilled Asparagus



I LOVE asparagus! And grilling it just makes it that much better to my taste buds.  You can use the oil mixture in this recipe for any vegetables you would like to grill; adjust the timing based on the thickness of the veggie!


16 stalks fresh asparagus (no canned allowed)

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon each of the following (omit what you don’t like!):  Black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika (I used smoked paprika), and chipotle powder.

1 small block of Parmigiano-Reggiano (enough to get 20-30 slivers of shaved cheese)

1 tablespoon good quality balsamic vinegar (I used a fig-infused balsamic in mine.)

3 tablespoons of crumbled, cooked prosciutto (optional)


Remove dried ends of asparagus. Wash and dry asparagus and place into a large, gallon-sized, plastic baggie.

In a separate bowl, combine the olive oil, kosher salt and the ¼ teaspoons of all the spices. Pour the oil mixture into the plastic bag with the asparagus. Seal bag and coat asparagus with oil mixture. Set aside until ready to grill.

Grilled Asparagus:

Heat grill and use either a veggie grill tray or a large disposable tin foil tray, to prevent the vegetables from falling into the grill. Once heated, add the asparagus to the tray and grill until cooked to your preference.

Remove asparagus to a serving platter. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, cheese shavings, and crumbled prosciutto. Serve immediately.

Serves two adults (my kids won’t touch it, so more for me! Yay!)

To find a veggie grill tray, Click Here: Vegetable Grill Tray

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