Snow Dog, Oral Surgery & Low Carb Skillet Quiche (Leftovers Supreme)

Sheba taking advantage of a rare snow day in Georgia!

Sheba taking advantage of a rare snow day in Georgia!

At least someone is enjoying the weather today, so I thought I’d document it for posterity!

I had the oral surgery yesterday.  It was pretty extensive and includes an incision almost to the center of the roof of my mouth.  But amazingly, I am doing GREAT today.  The doctor did not prescribe antibiotics.  Really weird for such intensive surgery.  All he said was do salt water rinses.  Fortunately, he did prescribe pain pills, but he wasn’t too happy about doing that.

I think it’s great that doctors are trying to cut down on overuse of antibiotics, but I don’t think senior citizen are an appropriate age group to experiment on.  It might be better to start on 20 somethings with fantastic immune systems.  I’m keeping a close eye on it and at the first hint of infection, I’ll go go my regular doctor who will provide standard treatment.

And if I ever need an oral surgeon again, I’ll find another one!

I started with the veggies....

I started with the veggies….

I’m still eating pureed foods, but I thought I’d share the skillet quiche I concocted the day before the surgery.  At least, that’s what I named it since I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate.  🙂

It evolved when I realized I had two yellow crookneck squash that were going to have to be thrown out if I didn’t use them that day.  So I trimmed them and decided to shred them… maybe make low carb hash browns out of them.  But after I got them grated, I noticed I had a little piece of cabbage that needed to be used up, so I shredded a little of it.

I topped the cooked veggies with leftover bacon and country ham pieces....

I topped the cooked veggies with leftover bacon and country ham pieces….

I put 1-1/2 T butter in a skillet, added the squash and cabbage, then seasoned the squash with celery seed, salt, pepper, minced garlic flakes, and a few red pepper flakes.  Next I cut up some green onions and sprinkled them over the squash.  I had two cherry tomatoes left in the refrigerator, so I sliced those and added them. I cooked them slowly until they were soft on the bottom, then turned the veggies over with a spatula.

Next I topped everything with the rest of the leftover country ham and bacon that I had, and cooked until all the veggies no longer tasted raw.  Then I poured 5 beaten eggs over the mixture and cooked until the eggs began to set.  Finally I covered the eggs with shredded cheddar and pepper jack cheese and cooked until the cheese started melting.  Then I turned off the heat and put the lid on the pot so the eggs would finish cooking and the cheese would finish melting.

After the eggs started setting, I sprinkled cheddar and pepper jack cheese over it....

After the eggs started setting, I sprinkled cheddar and pepper jack cheese over it….

If you let this concoction set for about 10 minutes, you can cut it in quarters or sixths and serve it like a quiche.  Kinda.  🙂

I thought it turned out okay.  Ron really liked it.  But the best part is that it helped me get rid of a bunch of leftovers without them looking or tasting like leftovers!

Leftovers Supreme aka Skillet Quiche

Leftovers Supreme aka Skillet Quiche















  1. EmilyO

     /  January 28, 2014

    Isn’t it “fun” when you can use leftovers and come up with something nutritious, colorful AND delicious. It looks good – hmmm I have some leftovers.

    • I made some nice hot chicken curry tonight out of leftover chicken and leftover broth. Couldn’t handle pureed stuff anymore. Had to make it runny so I could eat it, but it is so much fun playing with leftovers!

  2. Oh Sheba…lv that! Thankfully the mouth has a fast healing speed especially with salt rinse… Good save on the veggies!

    • Sheba is crazy…. she and Sunny are out right now after dark playing in the snow.

      Then she comes in covered with snow and deposits it all over the house.

  3. Old Guy

     /  January 28, 2014

    I hope your mouth heals up good, with no need to return for Meds..My wife made the MAC & Cheese you posted .. She added some Goat Cheese as well…It was really GOOD…So we will have to try your skillet Quiche.. Stay warm..I live in the Florida Panhandle and we have LOTS of ICE now, with Snow later tonight…But will not last..Temps for Saturday are supposed to be a high of 67…Old Guy

    • I bet it would have been good with goat cheese, OG! Glad you liked it!

      If you make the “quiche” feel free to spice it up if you like spicy foods, or to use other vegetables, because it’s a little bland.

      Yes, I heard the Panhandle was really getting it! I bet that breaks some records. YOU stay warm and stay safe on the roads if you must get out in it.

      67…. if I could, I’d be heading south for those temperatures Saturday! 🙂

  4. Marcia GB in MA

     /  January 28, 2014

    Great use of leftovers. You’re an inspiration! Hope your mouth heals quickly with no problems.

  5. I am so glad you are doing so well after your oral surgery!! I’m sure it will heal quickly!! I’m glad Sheba likes the snow…not so much for our Shih Tzus!! We will probably end up with about 2 inches. Its pretty but I am so ready for spring!!! Take care!

    • I think Sheba was born to be a herder up in Montana! She missed her calling! I can just picture the little Shih Tzus trying to make their way around in it!

      I love to see snow come down, I love to see it cover the ground and make everything beautiful… but I want to see it all gone the next day, too.

      Spring can’t come soon enough for me! If we see 5 or 6 days in the mid 60’s in February, we are out of here! I have a terrible case of cabin fever!

  6. alex

     /  January 28, 2014

    Very inspired recipe!

    • Thank you, Alex. As I said, it’s not a gourmet treat, but it’s a nice use of leftovers and it’s satisfying.

  7. Horst Kelly

     /  January 28, 2014

    Boy, reading about your surgery forced me to have a glass of Brandy(to help with the pain).ok, its doesn’t help with the pain…but you don’t care or remember the pain….haha…I hate dental procedures…todays recipe is a sure keeper…especially on a camping trip…”You Done Good”……This weather is something else…..Sheba needs some of my Brandy..ha…stay and warm….Horst sends

    • Horst Kelly

       /  January 28, 2014

      I meant to say “stay SAFE and warm”…woe is me…Horst sends

      • A glass of brandy sounds like really good medicine tonight! 🙂

        Earlier I was afraid we might lose power, so I did all the preps like filling the bathrub, making sure the laundry was caught up, etc. But it looks pretty calm here, so I think we are going to be fine.

  8. Snowdog looks happy

    • Snowdog keeps wanting to go back out and play in the snow. I think she’ll be bereft when all that new white play stuff is gone! 🙂

  9. A couple of comments….

    1. There’s something wrong about seeing photos of a Georgia dog like Sheba up to her butt in snow. It’s jest NOT right.

    2. Have to disagree with you a bit about the painkiller thing. My belief is that Seniors are probably Less likely to need/want painkillers than 20-somethings are. I had a lifetime of oral surgery last year, and was sent home each time with an envelope of pills. Personally, I don’t like taking them, so I didn’t. Never was I really tempted to take them. Instead of finding a new oral surgeon, just ask for painkillers. I’m sure they will be readily dispensed. He/she could probably tell that you were a camping/Peace Corps type of person, and wouldn’t need help. A 20-something would. 😉

    • You are right about the Georgia dog up to her butt in snow being just plain wrong. But she loves it!

      You know, Judy, I do have a very high tolerance for pain and handle it so much better than a lot of people. In fact, a lot of times when I am really sick, I don’t even recognize it at first. I just feel tired and irritable. So when I get to the point I recognize that I am sick, I am good and sick!

      He did prescribe pain pills for me, but I could tell he would rather not have. But I’ve only taken 3 and doubt I will take any more. I hate feeling drugged!

  10. Another great looking dish, I’ll give it a try. Hate throwing away stuff and I usually make something with what ever it is.

    Glad to hear your mouth isn’t feeling to bad. Heal well

    • I learned to make things out of nothing many years ago when I was a young Navy wife on a shoestring budget. I did it because I had to then. I do it because it’s fun now!

      Thanks for the get-well wishes. They are working!

  11. Hmmm . . . I would call that dish a frittatta, although traditionally that would have potato in it. Sounds delicious whatever you call it!
    Hope your mouth feels better! Amazing how effective salt water washes can be against infection – don’t know about pain though.

    • Anne, I was truly surprised about the salt water washes. I thought I was getting the short shift from the surgeon at first. I’m really happy he tried the natural way now. I’m so relieved not to be pumping more antibiotics into my system and worrying about all the good bugs they will kill and fungi that might develop!

      I just was expecting antibiotics, so it threw me a curve!

  12. Great to read you’re doing so well after your surgery. Some doctors are beginning to shy away from prescribing pain medication due the prescription drug abuse problems that seem to be everywhere. Weird that he wouldn’t give you one for antibiotics, though. Tried to get a picture of Sally in the snow today. She wasn’t in one place, long enough. She’d run out and back to the door, full speed. Definitely not a snow dog. Going to try your recipe, sounds great.

    • Funny picturing Sally’s reaction to the snow! 🙂

      If you try the recipe, add some stuff to spice it up. Maybe pepperoni? Hot sausage? It’s good, but it is bland. 🙂

  13. I’m glad your furry friend is having a great time with the snow!! I’m sorry you had to have such intense surgery and I pray you a rapid recovery!!! ❤ and the invention of your skillet quiche looks incredibly delightful and absolutely tasty!!!!!!! You are a skillet artist for sure 😀

    • Thanks for the prayers and good wishes! I am doing great this morning. And Sheba is, of course, out playing in the snow again this morning. It’s cold, but at least it’s sunny now!

  14. Loved the snow pictures of Sheba! Will write when I can….got sick right after the wedding and feel like I will never get caught back up with the blogs.
    Hang in there!

    • So sorry to hear that you’ve been sick, Lynne. Hope you can find a comfortable place to set up camp and recuperate for a few days. Get well soon! 🙂

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