Channa Masala Mini Quiches

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Things I wish I never had to tweet at 3:43 AM:


I have become convinced that my Type A personality is simply preparing me in advance for the realities of a crying newborn.  By the time this baby comes, I will be an old pro at spending hours awake in the middle of the night, every night.  I can’t even believe I’m functioning right now. 


That’s the power of a yummy breakfast, right?


A few weeks ago, I attempted a twist of simple mini quiches using faux sausage and olives.  The result was less than awesome – but this version is incredible.  And so ridiculously easy. 


Only four ingredients, too.  After all, there’s only so much I can handle after Battle of Insomnia 2012.


The magic ingredient:


Yes, really!


Channa Masala Mini Quiches


Ingredients (for two servings):


  • Four eggs
  • 1/4 cup channa masala, defrosted
  • 1/3 cup tightly packed and finely shredded raw baby spinach
  • 3 tablespoons goat cheese




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a small bowl, beat the eggs.  Add in channa masala and spinach.  Stir to combine.
  • Pour egg mixture in a well-greased cupcake tin.  Yields six quiches.
  • Top each quiche with 1/2 tablespoon goat cheese.
  • Pop in oven and bake for 25 – 30 minutes, or until browned.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Side note:  When you are awake for a long time in the dead of the night, you realize how noisy your house is.  My house creaks and clangs all night long (where DO those random squeaks come from?).  My computer spontaneously restarted in the living room around 3 AM.  James had a doggie dream; he must’ve been chasing a squirrel because he was panting and twitching.  Maggie snores.  And the Husband makes all sorts of funny noises.   I may have been awake, but at least I was very amused!



  • Khushboo January 20, 2012, 9:08 am

    Wow now that’s one variety of quiche I would never have thought up!

  • Katie January 20, 2012, 9:16 am

    I was just sitting here feeling sorry for myself that all I have for breakfast is peanut butter toast, and then these delicious-looking gems pop up. Super jealous.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 20, 2012, 9:16 am

    those look completely delicious!!!!! How creative too!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans January 20, 2012, 9:17 am

    Thanks for the great idea with the quiches. I am always looking for a way to incorporate more eggs into my mornings and these look easy and yummy!!

  • emily January 20, 2012, 9:18 am

    I hope you can sneak in a cat, or rather puppy, nap today!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 20, 2012, 9:19 am

    I know what you mean about houses being noisy.. if I wake up in the night and can’t sleep (which is rare, but on the odd occasion that I do) I hear all sorts of noises and totally freak myself out thinking that there are robbers in the house.
    On the other hand, lovely looking quiches!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 20, 2012, 9:21 am

    Yum! I just had that chana masala for a lazy dinner last night. Never would’ve thought to incorporate it into breakfast!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) January 20, 2012, 9:24 am

    I hate when that happens and yeah, the sounds are kind of creepy. I don’t want to know why there are all kinds of sounds in the middle of the night. Breakfast looks like good fuel for today although, that 4:00 sleepy time may involve a nap today though…

  • Meg @ Runridelove January 20, 2012, 9:25 am

    I’m sorry you couldn’t sleep! For me, as soon as I start hearing all those little things (creaking and snoring, etc) I get annoyed and DEFINITELY can’t get back to sleep. Hope you can sneak in a nap today!

  • Sunny January 20, 2012, 9:25 am

    I’m always looking for new breakfast ideas, I’ll have to try this out this weekend. I mean how many times can you eat bacon and eggs (for my husband the answer is every single day cooked the exact same way) at least these will be that in a different form 😉

  • HTPDad January 20, 2012, 9:28 am

    if you don’t go back to sleep in 30 minutes, get up – read a book, go on line – and the first time you yawn go straight to bed.

    Laying in bed awake just trains your body that it’s ok – and it’s not!

    Or wake K. up.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 20, 2012, 9:29 am

    These look so amazing!! Gotta get my butt over to TJs now to get that Channa Masala!

  • Faith @ For the Health of It January 20, 2012, 9:30 am

    Was the recipe a mid-insomnia-bout revelation? It sounds really good, actually, but not something I’d ever think to put together under normal circumstances – haha!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb January 20, 2012, 9:40 am

    insomnia is the worst. have you tried melatonin? i swear by it on restless nights. whole foods has some great, all natural brands.

  • Army Amy* January 20, 2012, 9:41 am

    I know that you got flooded with sleep advice not too long ago, but Dr. Oz was on the Today Show this morning talking about the importance of sleep. He had some pretty interesting tips. One of them was don’t sleep with your cell phone within five feet of your head. (I sleep with mine under my pillow – whoops!) It might be worth it to check out the interview if you are interested.*

  • Emily January 20, 2012, 9:44 am

    Oh my gosh. That looks SO DELCIOUS. I will be buying that the next time I am at trader joe’s (which will be sunday, lol). Any idea on protein/carbs in these?

  • briana January 20, 2012, 9:55 am

    Oh, I so feel for you on the insomnia–I get horrible bouts of it, though I am thrilled that the last 3 months have been quite good! So, I would second the reader above who mentioned checking to see if melatonin is okay for you right now. Also, I remember an earlier post where you said the husband had given you a particular set of Chinese vitamins or something, and that had really helped you sleep restfully. Is that not working anymore? Or can you not take those kinds of vitamins when pregnant?

    • CaitlinHTP January 20, 2012, 9:57 am

      I really don’t want to take anyyyyyyyyyyything besides prenatals. I am super super paranoid about medication (but don’t seem to paranoid about anything else, go figure). LOL I need more acupuncture though.

      • Rachael January 20, 2012, 10:18 am

        Pregnancy insomnia exacerbated my regular insomnia, so lots of empathy on this end. What worked for me (to some degree – not a magic fix, but I did fall/stay asleep with a little more ease) was catnip tea. I added chamomile and lavender to ease the taste a little – it’s very, very herbal and earthy. Totally safe in pregnancy.

      • briana January 20, 2012, 10:52 am

        Yes, I feel you. I have a feeling I will be the same way! Best of luck! I truly know how awful it is (minus the pregnancy part!).

  • Anna Crouch January 20, 2012, 9:56 am

    Girl, it’s just the pregnancy hormones!!! I’ve had hormon issues in the past, and whenever my hormones are jacked up, my ability to sleep goes STRAIGHT out the window! But these days, since my hormones are little more under control, I sleep very well. It’s a crazy, crazy thing. Just like your dad said, when you wake up and are wide awake, just get up and do something. Many times I’d go out to the couch and turn the tv on, and I’d be back to sleep in about an hour. I’m sorry… SUCKS when your sleeping schedule gets messed with!

  • Rebecca January 20, 2012, 10:09 am

    It takes me a while to fall asleep, and I used to be afraid at night because our house settles, but it almost sounded like gun shots or something. I was terrified until my parents explained that it was just the house shifting. Still weird, but at least I know what it is.
    I actually managed to fall asleep within an hour of crawling into bed last night… and then I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning, haha.

  • Lindsey January 20, 2012, 10:16 am

    I do notice all those noises! I usually wake up at least once a night if not 2-3 times and if I can fall back asleep within 5 mins I am good to go but if not I am usually awake for over an hour, and at that point I just get angry! haha. I need to find sleep tricks!

  • Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous January 20, 2012, 10:21 am

    What an interesting but great looking breakfast!

  • Melissa @TryingtoHeal January 20, 2012, 10:33 am

    haha, I bet I was awake the same time as you having trouble sleeping, and realized the same thing! My cat is crazy in her sleep and the wind is so freaking loud when it smacks my bedroom wall all night…at one point I thought we might collapse…haha

  • sara January 20, 2012, 10:35 am

    Just fyi, you won’t necessarily be up all night with a newborn. We coslept and breastfed, so my son was next to me at night. He didn’t even have to cry, just nudge me and I could nurse him on my side while we both fell back to sleep. I remember my husband and I talking about how we had envisioned walking the halls with a crying baby and how we have never once done that! I was a really well rested new mommy!

    Just wanted to pass on a little hope that you may not be quite as sleep deprived as you imagine! (I think those stories are similar to the horror stories women like to tell about pregnancy and birth.)

  • Tina January 20, 2012, 10:47 am

    I always have trouble falling asleep. My husband travels a lot, so I am by myself most of the time. At night, I always have to sleep with the dryer on just to get some background noise. LOL If I don’t have background noise, I get freaked out by every little noise and won’t go back to sleep.

  • joelle (on a pink typewriter) January 20, 2012, 10:49 am

    Ugh, I hate insomnia. I can’t think of anything worse.. and I feel like it usually comes when you have a ton of stuff to take of the next day.

  • Sneakers2Sandals January 20, 2012, 10:50 am

    AH! The worst. That happened to me before my race. It’s like the anticipation of waking up makes it worse. Like “if I fall asleep now I’ll get 5 hours of sleep…4 hours of sleep…2…oh screw it, I can survive one day without sleep”.

  • Ashley @ Cooking for John January 20, 2012, 11:05 am

    🙁 Ugh, sorry you are so sleepy! I wish I had some advice, but I very rarely have trouble sleeping.

    Hope you have a great day!

  • Meghan January 20, 2012, 11:05 am

    I too suffered from the 4:00 wake up call while pregnant last year. I tried a whole host of natural remedies, including acupuncture. Nothing worked. My little guy was born in June, so as the weather warmed, I would get out of bed and hit the popular local trails and hikes before they became crowded with people. My dog loved this, as she got the trails to explore unrestrained. My husband and I would also make it to the popular breakfast spots before the waiting lists were brought out. A few positives! After Ogden was born, his penchant for waking at 4 stopped, it was the other hours in-between that we had to work on.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 20, 2012, 11:09 am

    I am SO sorry to hear about your insomnia!! Does it help to power down the computer and other electronics 1 hour before bedtime? THis always helps me sleep soundly (and fall asleep quickly).

  • Chelsea January 20, 2012, 11:11 am

    oh-my-god that looks DELICIOUS right now. I’m starving at my boyfriends house for some good food but there’s only cheerios *noooo* 🙁

  • Kismet January 20, 2012, 11:22 am

    I feel for you Caitlin! I’m just a few days behind you in pregnancy and the same thing happens to me – nearly every night. This morning, I was awake from 3:30 until almost 5. Bleah. I used to be so good at sleep, but now that I need it even more, it’s so much harder to come by. Yet another thing that I never knew about pregnancy! 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 20, 2012, 11:35 am

    I totally believe it’s your subconscious preparing you!!!

  • deva at deva by definition January 20, 2012, 11:38 am

    I’m sorry that you didnt’ sleep well – that is NEVER fun! Our house makes a lot of funny noises, too. We’ve been in it just over a month and are still learning some of the sounds. My favorite? The DVR box in our bedroom sounds like a computer tower with the clicking and ticking sounds in the middle of the night.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed January 20, 2012, 11:54 am

    I NEED to make some mini quiches stat! I just bought some muffin pans, I need to put them into action. I have absolutely no idea what channa masala is, gotta expand my TJ horizons haha.

    Sorry you couldn’t sleep! My pooch always has doggie dreams and she snores too. I hate it when I can’t fall asleep and I hear the dog snoring away!

    Hope you have some sweet dreams and a good snooze tonight!

  • Abby January 20, 2012, 12:09 pm

    I woke up at 4 a.m. yesterday when husband slammed his elbow into my face. 20 seconds later, biggest nose bleed of my life.

    Oh well, we can’t win them all 🙂
    Hope you sleep better tonight!

  • Life's a Bowl January 20, 2012, 12:48 pm

    I had a bad bout of insomnia junior and senior year in college and started relying on Advil PM [Tylenol messed with me and gave me nightmares?!]… Mine was undoubtedly because of stress :/ But baby-prepping insomnia sounds much sweeter! I used to cook a lot [and made some of my most fave dishes!] since a girl can only read and stay on the computer for so long… Looks like insomnia cooking pays off, the quiches look delic!

  • Ursula January 20, 2012, 1:10 pm

    I think I might try melatonin..thoughts ? I’m desperate to go to sleep and stay asleep. Dr. Oz said on the Today show to take just one milligram (i think…don’t quote me on that) ..but take it earlier in the evening so it has time to work.

  • Ellie@Fit for the Soul January 20, 2012, 1:25 pm

    how cute that James was (probably) dreaming about squirrels, that’s funny. And TJ’s channa masala is amaaaaazing!! It’s so healthy and delicious for a frozen dish. I also hope you get some rest, Caitlin!

  • Nicole M. January 20, 2012, 1:48 pm

    I found myself with the same insomnia problem when I was pregnant so I started a pregnancy journal to keep track of everything I was thinking and feeling. It was helpful because I could sort out my thoughts on paper but also, pregnancy and motherhood have taken a toll on my memory so I can now look back on those days and remember things I wouldn’t have otherwise. I wrote letters to the baby in there too so one day she can read it and see what I went through while I was pregnant.

  • Amber K January 20, 2012, 2:16 pm

    I have been having the same insomnia problem lately. It had actually gotten better, but this past week has been rough! I hope you’re able to find a way to get some sleep.

  • Cascia Talbert (The Healthy Moms Magazine) January 20, 2012, 3:03 pm

    I know what it is like to suffer from insomnia too. I think the stress of my busy life is keeping me up at night. I hope you are able to get more sleep too! I love this recipe!

  • Becky January 20, 2012, 3:28 pm

    I haven’t been sleeping much either but in the few times I have slept, I have had INSANE dreams. I heard about pregnancy dreams but man, they are not kidding. They’re so vivid and weird! Have you had any?

    Also, how about a sleepy time tea (sans valerian?) I’ve been making tea with fresh ginger for my nausea and it helps me at least fall asleep. Staying asleep is the problem.

  • Gillian January 20, 2012, 3:48 pm

    i’ve been addicted to that hypnosis app you mentioned the other day… not sure if i’m just falling asleep b/c i’m tired but in my head it works!

  • Molly @ RDexposed January 20, 2012, 4:02 pm

    Love this idea!
    And your toast always looks so god!

  • Karen January 20, 2012, 6:57 pm

    I know what you mean about the house noises. I spent a few nights on the couch recently after having knee surgery (cause our bedroom is up a full flight of stairs). There were tons of odd noises and I didn’t even have insomnia!

    Listen to DadHTP!! I was just going to say the same exact thing. He’s totally right:)

  • Sarah January 20, 2012, 9:21 pm

    oh man! I wish I had channa masla on hand!

  • Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie January 21, 2012, 12:47 am

    Eggs + indian food!?!? Life just got a little better.

  • fitpeanut January 21, 2012, 3:49 am

    awww such a lovely breakfast ! Great idea, those quiches look delicious !

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