Potato Crust Quiche and Pumpkin Chili Mac . . . Soup?

I was an okay student.  If I really put my mind to something, like a project, I would give it 110%.  Daily homework however, hardly happened, or maybe happened the morning it was due.  I think I graduated high school with a 2.9 – enough to get me into college, but probably barely.

Which is why I don’t know where my daughter gets her school work ethic.  Maybe its her Type A (a bit OCD) personality that everything has to be in order.  All I know is that she has loved community college so far, but only to an extent.  You see, Hannah chose to go there to save $$ on general ed classes.  She could have gotten into many colleges – she graduated high school with a 3.8.

But she shares these community college classrooms with students who didn’t have a choice, and their work ethic (i.e. never showing up for class) bugs her.  Especially when she has to work on a project with a group, its her nature to do more just to make sure her grade is good.

So she met with her advisor yesterday.  While her interest is still in speech pathology, the advisor told her that only 5% of students who get a bachelors degree in speech path will actually be accepted to a masters program.  Does that sound right?  Anybody have any insight?

She’s given her lots of information to go over, and 4 year schools to transfer to . . .I wish I had even a clue at that age what I wanted to do.  I really think I was born in the wrong time – I would have loved to live on a farm and bake bread every day (think Little House on the Prairie).  But then again, I wouldn’t have been able to watch Food Network back then could I?!

My store had new potatoes on the $1 rack, and Tony quickly put two packages in our cart when we were at the store.  I took one package and drizzled them with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper, and then roasted them for 45 minutes at 350, then just put them in the fridge to use whenever.

I decided to make another version of my crustless quiche – I can’t believe how long its been since I’ve made one!

  • 5 eggs
  • 1.5 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 2 cups cooked broccoli
  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 2 ounces shaved parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounces deli ham
  • 8 ounces cooked new potatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

Slice cooked potatoes and layer on bottom of pie plate.  Sprinkle chopped broccoli over that.  Mix everything else together and bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes, or until the edges are browned and the middle is set.  Let cool slightly before slicing.  I hit the ground running when I got to work, but I took a picture before I left for work – love the potato layer!

I made this four servings:  each serving: 346 calories, 14 fat, 25 carbs, 2.4 fiber and 25 protein, or 8 PointsPlus.

This was really filling – I didn’t go on my 50 minute walk at lunch until 1:00 and I was good to go – no insulin at breakfast either – my blood sugar was 206 before my walk, and 98 when I got back – perfect! 😀

I decided to make a pumpkin chili over the weekend for lunches.  However, when it was done it had the texture of baby food.  Not sure if its because I reduced the amount of meat to 8 ounces (vs. 1.5 pounds) but it was nasty.  So I decided to make it a chili soup!  I added chicken broth and cooked macaroni and it turned out so good – my Momma even loved it so I sent her home with some since this made a lot.

Pumpkin Chili Mac Soup (makes six, 2 cup servings:  333 calories, 8 fat, 47 carbs, 9.9 fiber and 19 protein, or 8 PointsPlus)

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 ounce ground sirloin
  • 28 ounce canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups cooked elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups chicken broth

Heat olive oil and brown meat until no longer pink.  There wasn’t a whole lot of fat, so I didn’t drain the meat.  Add remaining ingredients except for macaroni, simmer for 30 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in macaroni.

I added some cheese to mine – this bowl comes in at 9 points.

When I met Robin for lunch last week, our appetizer had a black olive tapenade (sp?) on the base, and while I don’t normally like black olives, I loved this spread.  So imagine my surprise that Tony made some yesterday afternoon – he made me some toast and spread the olive tapanade over the top and sprinkled with Tabasco – yum!  Thanks Tony. 😀

I had pork chops on the menu.  Hannah doesn’t do pork chops, so she made herself some skinny sliders – ew – look at the onions!  Putting ham on her burgers was her idea too and she loved the combination.

I just put a bit of Green seasoning on the chops – I love this cast iron grill pan to use when its cold outside, but it smokes up the whole house!  These chops took about 20 minutes to cook – I made quick twiced baked potatoes on the side.  I just microwaved potatoes, scooped out the insides, added some milk and butter, salt and pepper and a bit of cheese and put them under the broiler – dinner took 30 minutes. 😀

My plate:  (sans vegetables, unless you count the potato as a veggie!)

Super juicy – and turns out the dog liked the bones. 😀

Stats for Monday

  • 32 points
  • 50 minute walk at lunch
  • average blood sugar 128

Hope you have a great day!  We have a luncheon at work today, and I was making cheddar dropped biscuits this morning for our luncheon – and I made pecan pie and double chocolate cookies – maybe I won’t count points today?!  (Not!)  Hopefully I can get a 30 day shred in tonight!


33 thoughts on “Potato Crust Quiche and Pumpkin Chili Mac . . . Soup?

  1. That pumpkin chili mac soup looks amazing.

    I had actually looked into being a speech pathologist when I was a senior in high school and planned on being on until I got married. I was never told only 5% get into the masters program, that seems pretty low, but with Hannah’s grades and work ethic I can’t believe she wouldn’t be among that 5%!

  2. Way to go on revamping your chili, Biz! When I make something I don’t like, I usually just end up chucking it! Boo! Next time, I’ll think of you and be more creative 🙂

  3. Go Hannah! Those stats sound really low, but with her work ethic, I’d bet she’d be in that 5 percent. Hope you have a great day!

  4. Those pork chops look AMAZING. Dang, you make meat look good!

    Seems like if speech pathology is really where Hannah wants to go, then she should throw herself into it – go to some association meetings, make contact with lots of people, and with her grades and some insider help (it DOES pay to know people), I bet she’ll get in to the master’s program.

  5. I am having a hard time finding pumpkin here and when I have found it, it is so much more expensive than last year. Anyone else?

    I think it’s great that your daughter is dedicated to following a career in speech pathology. My sister has two close friends who are both speech pathologists with Master’s Degrees. Neither had any difficulty getting into a graduate program. Both obtained Bachelor’s Degrees from UMass Amherst. One went to Southern Connecticut State University and the other to UMass Worcester for their Master’s. Very smart of her to go to community college for her gen eds. I wish her all the best though I don’t think she would have any trouble pursuing her goal.

  6. There are times when it pays to save money and times when it does not. Hannah’s education may be one of those times when she should splurge. She needs to be in a setting where she is challenged and the only way that will happen is for her to be around other’s who have her same work ethic. Good luck sorting through all that.

    Olive tapenade on fresh crusty bread is one of my favorite things!

  7. I have two friends who are speech pathologists here in British Columbia. I don’t believe those stats. One of these women, on top of her full time work, instructs courses out of one of our post secondary institutes and they are always busy.
    What a shame it would be not to go for it and find out later that these stats are wrong. What kind of teacher says that to a student?

  8. I think community college is a great idea in general. It is really hard to know at 17 or 18 what you want to do for the rest of your life. And most people change careers several times in life (raising hand here).

  9. I think Hannah sounds like a hard worker, so even if those stats are true (which I doubt they are), I’m sure she won’t have a problem getting into graduate programs. I found some links for her to look at though:


  10. Go Hannah! Her dedication is admirable!

  11. I don’t usually like pumpkin soup, but yours looks really good!

  12. I think the fact that Hannah is going to a community college shows that she’s wise in saving money for the graduate programs. She should contact some of those colleges herself and see what they have to say. That seems like a low percentage to me.

    Your food is making me want to get into the kitchen and whip up some!


  13. Good luck with your points at the party! That can be hard. Your pumpkin chili mac soup sounds and looks incredible! WTG on saving the chili!

  14. For what it is worth Bizzy – Community College kids aren’t the only ones that don’t show up for class or group projects. Having kids in 4 year colleges that take their learning seriously, like Hannah, they are forever frustrated about how much of the slack they have to pick up. It isn’t just CC. And as for the counselor? He can eff off [sorry that is harsh] You and your daughter can look up all the stats you want – they won’t compare to his. I think he is blowing smoke out his butt.

    Let her choose her path. She WILL find her way and if that is her dream it will happen. TRUST her.

    Okay. I think I have fulfilled my cursing quota for one day. Ta-ta! [Love ya all, you know that!]

  15. This post is awesome. I drooled the whole way through 🙂 My favorite part was definitely the crustless quiche! I must make this son. Poor Hannah. I am OCD/Type A too…and it drove me nuts when other kids didn’t care about school work

  16. I hate to break it to your daughter, but I had a similar mindset and went to a good, private 4-year university and still found that mindset among many of the students. I do think it is a bit more common in community college (I took some classes at my local community college over the summer so I could graduate early so I’ve had both experiences) but it still exists.

    That five percent seems quite low, but what do I know! I wonder if he meant to say that only 5% of those who are on the bachelor’s path go on to get a masters in speech pathology. That would seem to make more sense. If she’s really worried about it, it might not be a bad idea to start looking at the requirements of the master’s program, see what they are looking for, and choose an undergrad program accordingly. It also might be worthwhile to grill that school a bit and understand of their students, what percent go on to get a masters’. It also doesn’t hurt to consider programs that offer both undergrad and master’s degrees because my understanding was always that if you have an undergrad degree from one university it is easier to continue on and be accepted as a grad student.

  17. 5% sounds really low to me too. I would have her get in touch with the 4 year school that she is planning on attending and talk to one of their advisors. Not to knock community college, but I don’t know how accurate they would be since CC is more of a “get your gen eds done” kind of place, where a 4 year would have advisors for that specific field. I could be completely wrong here since I didn’t go to a CC.

    Pumpkin chili mac soup sounds amazing! I’m pretty sure Ryan would throw up in his mouth if I even mentioned it. Maybe I can make it when he’s not looking and just tell him it’s “normal” chili?!

  18. I went to a community college to save some $$$ too. Glad I did. The teaching credential and B.A. were crazy expensive! I’m going to go back eventually for my masters.

    I don’t think that’s quite accurate about the masters program for speech pathology. I’ll ask my advisor! (The college I went to has a great speech pathology program.)

  19. I still don’t know what I want to do for a career, you daughter has a good head on her shoulders!
    I love pumpkin, I don’t eat it as much as I’d like to. I’ll have to make up a batch of your pumpkin chilli soup and freeze it for a rainy day 🙂

  20. I agree with the other commenters who said to contact her future school to speak to the Speech Pathology department/adviser. They can confirm or dispel the whole 5% debate! 🙂

    Hannah seems like such a wise young lady. She’ll get everything all sorted out!

  21. I recently made a Chipotle chilli recipe that I found in Midwest Living magazine. It had sweet potaoes, apples and beer as the “secret” ingredients. Yummy and it sure brought the heat.

  22. Roz@weightingfor50

    Yay Hannah. I STILL don’t know what I want to do with my life, and I could easily be Hannah’s mom myself. I admire her work ethic and passion!!! That quiche looks soooo good!!! Have a great day Vat!

  23. I’ve really got to stop reading your blog from my laptop. When I drool over the food, it gets into the keyboard. LOL

    I am not sure about those statistics on the grad school acceptances but I do have friends who are speech pathologists. I can ask if you’d like.

  24. I’m not sure about the speech pathology statistics….I’m not sure the number of master’s programs available in the country, etc., but if her grades stay good and she has some good experiences, etc. she should have a good chance!

    The chili mac soup sounds amazing!

  25. What an interesting pumpkin soup–with all stuff that I have in my house!

    🙂 Marion

  26. I love the flavor that pumpkin adds to chili!! Great addition of the mac too. This is PERFECT for a cool fall evening!

  27. Hi Biz!
    I definetly think that Hannah has a good chance of getting into a graduate program. Honestly, those advisors are there to tell you stats that might bring you down….I am a student too so I know that this is what they constantly do! 4 years ago they told me I would never get accepted with my grades…but now I am graduate school doing what I love! She should follow her heart and in the end things will work out for her. out of state schools are always an option too! I have a friend who graduated this past May from UT Austin for her speech pathology specialty! Best of luck to her!!!!!!

  28. good luck to hannah! i have no insight into speech pathology, but i have tendencies like hers, so I’m sure she’ll succeed 🙂 Such yummy food, i’m all about that frittata and pumpkin chili!

  29. You are so clever with revamping that chili into something better! I usually just toss something that didn’t turn out.

    Your co-workers are so lucky to have you cooking for them.

  30. Hannah will be that 5%. She is a smart girl and can do anything she sets her mind to do! I came home from Chicago to a frige full of food- my Ma was busy and I was able to make about 15 jar lunches from all the leftovers. I put it all in the freezer. Yay to my Ma! How is your mom doing? Is she feeling well since her little surgery?

  31. That picture of the pork chop cooking – OMG. Straight out of a magazine. I LOVE pork chops – what is wrong with Hannah? HA! 😀

    Sooo loving the pumpkin chili mac…I have some ground turkey that I need to cook tonight. I think this recipe is calling it’s name!

  32. The poor work ethic of other students is not just true at community college. It’s true at any college. I went to a big, state college in an engineering program that consistently ranks among the top 10 in the nation, and I was surprised to see how many students in that program had almost no work ethic. (Two thirds of them dropped out of engineering.) As far as the 5%, I highly doubt that only 5% of people who apply get in. There are probably many who don’t even try for their masters. I’m sure Hannah would be one who got in. Those type of scare tactics are common, but I’m not sure why. My first day of college in my first engineering class, they say, “Look to the person on your left. Look to the person on your right. Only one of you will graduate with an engineering degree.” I have no idea what the point of that was, but a good work ethic will take you a long way. I’m glad I didn’t let the statistics scare me. I hope Hannah goes for what she wants.

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