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Balanced Meal with Household Staples

There is something about the smell of homemade bread that warms a house. That smell has not been present in my house the last few years, but one of the positives of this uncertain time is the additional time I have had to bake out of necessity.

My family has enjoyed more meals together recently as compared to the past 7-8 years. Think about how you can take advantage of this time and try a few of my favorite common kitchen staples.

Homemade Bread Recipe

This quick bread can be made in under an hour with basic ingredients.


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/3 cups water


  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  • Stir in water and vegetable oil.
  • Mix together then knead dough until it has a uniform consistency.
  • Shape dough into a round loaf and place on floured baking pan. Bake in oven 35-40 minutes.

*Recipe from Kirbie's Cravings - No Yeast Bread.

Crust-less Quiche Recipe

Quiche is a simple yet satisfying meal. It can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

  • 6 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cheese of choice

Optional - Add any vegetables, low-fat meats and seasonings you have on hand.

Mix all ingredients and pour into a pie dish coated with non-stick spray. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until done.

I prepared a vegetable quiche because I had those ingredients on hand, but you can change it up based on what you may have on hand.

The beauty about quiche is that you can add any type of vegetable or meats you want. I added the following: 2 cups frozen broccoli; 1 tsp garlic powder; 1/2 tsp black pepper and 1/4 tsp salt.

I wanted to pair the quiche and bread with other items to make a full meal. In my case, I chose to serve one slick of quiche, 1 slice of bread and 1/2 cup fruit (fresh, frozen or canned) to make a balanced meal.

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