My brain has been in “back to school” mode for a while now. It’s not my first rodeo, but it’s always my biggest struggle (for whatever reason) can be just what to put in their lunches every day.

Listen, I was a kid once. I’m well aware of the joys of opening up your lunchbox to a carefully selected bunch of food lovingly packed by my parents…and of course the days where I hated every bit of it and it all ended up in the trash.

I’d personally like to stick with the joyful reactions from my kids when it comes to their midday meals!

One of my biggest goals in making lunches, is to minimize on effort and mess, maximize on nutrition and taste. That’s where the idea to make lunchbox quiches came in.

It’s quite simply just a quiche tart…but there’s an added novelty of the “smiley” fries baked right on top, that makes it the happiest thing to open your lunchbox to.

I’m not going to try and compete with the beloved school pizza days, but I think I’m at least in the running with this one.

Eating happiness, right here.

Servings: 12
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp diced bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp green onions
  • 1/4 cup diced ham
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 12 smile fries, thawed
  • 12 tart shells, thawed

Equipment

  • Muffin Tin (optional, but helpful)
  • Mixing Bowl

Method

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Take your thawed tart shells and place them into each muffin tin. This will help mostly for catching any egg overflow while baking.
  • Mix your eggs, milk, pepper, onion, ham, salt & pepper together until blended. Pour the mixture evenly into each tart shell, filling 3/4 full.
  • Top each unbaked quiche tart with thawed smile fries. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the eggs are fully cooked and the smiles and tart shells are both golden brown.
  • Let cool, and serve immediately - or chilled in lunch. Great for dipping in ketchup!
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