Thursday, May 31, 2012

Crustless Quiche

I love fancy words. Instead of saying "I am having a great day" I would rather say "I am having a marvelous (stupendous or extraordinary) day." If any of you have little girls, you are probably familiar with the Fancy Nancy series, where a little red head girl loves to use fancy words, and of course she especially feels fancy when she is speaking in french. Such a great way for children to expand their vocabulary!

To me the word Quiche is a fancy word. Yes... probably because it's a french word, but it just wouldn't sound as appealing if the dish were called Egg Casserole or Egg Pie. Quiche sounds more elegant (it's so fancy I feel like I need to put it in italics every time I write it!), as if I had been laboring in the kitchen for hours, sweat dripping off my brow and need to get out my fine china to serve it. 

Because this is a crust-less variety, it only takes 40 minutes to prep and bake, yet still has a crispy and crusty exterior because of the added flour. Play around with this recipe! Add some cut up sausage, diced chicken or ground meat for an extra protein boost or for those meat-lovers in your family. Switch up the veggies, and use green peas, grilled corn, roasted bell peppers or sun-dried tomatoes to change it up. Serve it up with a simple green salad to compliment this healthy meal!

 Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as our family has!

**This recipe has been adapted from SparkRecipes. See the original recipe HERE.
Quiche Recipe
 Makes:6-8 servings Prep: 10 minutes  Cooking Time: 25 minutes
 (Printable Recipe)
1 onion diced
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
4 large eggs
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
pinch (or 1/8 tsp) of cayenne pepper
1 1/3 cup soy milk (regular cow's milk is fine too)
1/2 cup feta cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Spray a glass pie pan (about 10") with cooking spray.
3. Saute onion in 1 TB olive oil or cooking spray over medium-high heat for 4 minutes or until softened. Add spinach on top, and cook a couple more minutes until spinach is starting to wilt.
4. Remove pan from heat,and let cool slightly.
5. In a small bowl,combine eggs through salt. Mix well.
6. Whisk in milk. Stir in onion-spinach mixture. 
7. Pour mixture into the prepared pie pan. Sprinkle the cheese on top. Bake for 25 minutes or until the center is set. Let rest for 5 minutes.  
Who likes to change it up?

~Use a different type of cheese like Mozarella, gruyere, Monterrey Jack, herbed goat cheese (chevre) or havarti.
~Replace spinach with your favorite vegetable.
~Add some smoked paprika or chipotle chili powder instead of cayenne.
~Chop up sun-dried tomatoes and add to ingredients. 
~Instead of yellow onions use chopped green onions, red onions or shallots.

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