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Quiche Florentine

Would you believe that many of my favorite recipes from my days as a carnivore still get put to good use in my kitchen? When I transitioned to a plant-based diet nearly three years ago, I sifted through recipe cards to find dishes I ate regularly that easily adapted to fit a lacto-ovo-vegetarian menu. Where recipes called for meat, I substituted equal parts texturized vegetable protein made of soy or beans. With seasoning, I’ve found them equally satisfying. Case in point: quiche lorraine, for which I previously used turkey bacon. This vegetarian version uses spinach and a soy-based imitation sausage. Now quiche florentine, it disappears quickly during my running group’s Sunday brunch potlucks and is a family favorite.

quiche florentine

Quiche Florentine
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Total time: 60 minutes


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 MorningStar Farms Veggie Breakfast Sausage Links (or meat of choice), cooked and crumbled
  • 5 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 6 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated to make 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 frozen pie crust
  • 1 plum tomato, sliced


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs. Add milk, heavy cream, salt, pepper and nutmeg and combine. Set bowl aside.
  3. In another bowl, toss breakfast meat, spinach and cheese to combined.
  4. Transfer cheese mixture to pie crust and distributed evenly. Pour egg mixture on top. Top with tomato slices.
  5. Place pie crust on baking sheet and bake for 50 minutes, or until puffed and crust is golden brown. Remove and cool for 15 minutes before serving.

The Skinny
nutrition information for one serving (⅛ of recipe)
314 calories
16 grams total carbohydrates
22 grams total fat
13 grams protein
1 grams fiber

How to Choose Your First Race

The absolute best way I’ve found to stay motivated to run is to register for a race. By making the monetary investment, I’ve felt obligated to train and have a SMART goal to achieve. Next up for me is the Franklin Classic 10K. So how do you choose the race that’s the best fit for you?


Choose a distance. First decide your goal, whether it’s a 5K, 10K, 15K, half marathon, marathon or ultra. Even if your goal is to run a longer distance, like a half marathon, it is good to also register for short-distance races leading up to the big race to get you acclimated. Since I haven’t put in any long runs since the Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon in April, I am starting back by aiming for just 6.2 miles in September.

Set a date. Based on your personal calendar, map your race around commitments like professional conferences, family reunions and weddings. Remember if you sign up for a spring race, then you will need to train in the cold of winter. For an early fall race, you’ll be building mileage during the heat of summer.

Princess Tianna running costumePlan your budget. For small, local races in city and state parks you can spend as little as $20 for race registration, but don’t expect frills. Add on T-shirts, technical tees and medals and the race price begin to increase. The largest, most prominent races hosted by national sports event management companies like IRONMAN, runDisney and Competitor Group’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series will have you spending a few hundred dollars, but these races also come with great pre-race expos, meet and greets with celebrities and professional athletes, top-notch swag and post-race parties. Disney’s Dumbo Double Dare in 2014 set me back $350 for a half marathon, 10K, three tech tees and three race medals. On the other hand, I ran walked struggled to the finish line of the Andrews Cadillac Firecracker 10K last week for just $25, but it also only came with a tech tee (pictured above).

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The Comeback

WRSNashHi! I’m Nita, and I began training for my first half marathon in 2012 when I noticed my love of pancakes made it difficult for my jeans to get past my thighs.

Since then, I have completed a triathlon, several half marathons and dozens of 5K and 10K races.For three years, I’ve led a half marathon training group for people new to long distance running, which is how this blog began.

East Nasty 2016

Then life got in the way. As a newlywed also beginning a new job, blog posts became fewer and farther between as did my weekly mileage. Until this summer when I realized my jeans no long fit again and my blog expired thanks to a payment lapse. So here I am again, writing about a Southern lady’s affinity for brunch and her efforts to control my waistline as I restart an Ease into 10K program. I hope y’all will find is a useful road map for women new to long-distance running through training tips, healthy recipes and comfort food.

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