Spinach quiche with bread crust
Quiche has it all. Healthy, convenient, and delicious, it’s the perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner for real men (and women). Our bread-for-the-crust version below is a cool twist on the regular pie crust, making it less fattening than the traditional version while at the same time putting your extra bread to good use. And with the added fresh spinach and bacon in the egg mixture, it’s an ideal all-in-one meal. Though total time in the oven is 40 minutes, prep time is just a few minutes, especially since this recipe skips the pie crust.
The many-faceted quiche
Quiche can be easily customized with whatever vegetables you have on hand, and it also stores well in the fridge for easy leftovers you can just pull a slice out of the pie plate and pop in the microwave. It also offers many nutritional benefits, especially if you make healthy modifications to traditional quiche recipes.
How nutritious is quiche?
Even the most basic quiche is full of nutrition: Eggs are not only a good source of high-quality protein, they are also good food for weight management because they’re filling. Including a couple of egg yolks in your quiche increases your choline intake, a nutrient that supports your brain. Eggs are also full of antioxidants and B vitamins. Milk and cheese add calcium, which is important for your bones.
Raw veggies get all the glory, but cooked spinach has many benefits: Because the leaves shrink down so much, a cup of cooked spinach equates to several cups of raw spinach leaves. A cup of cooked spinach is also low-cal at just 41 calories; for those calories, you'll get about five grams of protein and four grams of fiber. Each one-cup serving of cooked spinach has 245 milligrams of calcium, or about one-quarter of your calcium needs for the day—your bones will thank you. If you don't have fresh spinach on hand, frozen chopped spinach is an excellent substitute. Fresh baby spinach can get a couple minutes in the microwave before it goes into the egg and spinach mixture.
But I’m a vegetarian!
No problem. If you crave pig-free smoked bacon flavor in your quiche, there are many delicious substitutes: seitan bacon, tempeh smoked maple bacon, coconut bacon, veggie bacon, and the tried and true: Bac-O bits.
Other suggestions to get that bacon-free smoky flavor—either mix in or sprinkle on top.
Sun-dried tomatoes: The oil-packed kind adds rich, salty goodness to everything with eggs and cheese. Crispy fried shallots: Think onion candy. Just sauté or caramelize some shallots (or baby onions), and voila! You’ve got a crunchy, sprinkle-on-anything topping. Roasted mushrooms: Earthy-tasting shiitakes get crispy on the outside but stay juicy on the inside. Marinate in soy sauce to up the umami factor. Fresh mushrooms sauted in olive oil also work well in quiche.
Try a crustless quiche—otherwise known as the frittata. It's low-carb! Stuff your quiche into hollowed out red peppers instead of a pie dish for a different quiche dish without the carbs. Gluten-free? Use GF oats or almond flour in the pie shell and you're golden. Try hash browns for the crust and you’ve got hash brown breakfast quiche—what a way to wake up.
Cut the egg yolks and use only egg whites. This eliminates the saturated fat, which is in the yolk. Use low-fat shredded cheese. Sub in skim milk for the half and half or heavy cream Try goat cheese instead of cheddar cheese or swiss, because it has a stronger flavor, which means you can use less of it.
Make them mini by cooking in a muffin tin. Perfect for a party — or kids. Go deep dish—why should pizza have all the fun? Experiment with add-ins and interesting combos: pumpkin, basil, goat cheese and fig. Pimientos! Spinach and artichoke. Beef, green chilis and taco seasoning for a south-of-the-border taste.
- 300 grams bread (crusts removed)
- 200 grams swiss cheese (sliced or shredded)
- 150 grams smoked bacon (diced)
- 100 grams spinach
- 6 large eggs
- 220 grams milk
- salt (to taste)
- pepper (to taste)
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Grease a cake pan, preferably silicon or with a removable bottom, with butter or margarine. A pie plate also works.
- Cut the bread slices to size and cover the bottom and sides of the cake pan.
- Set aside the extra bread.
- Combine the cheese, bacon, and spinach in a medium bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on medium for about 10 seconds.
- Add the extra bread, eggs, and milk, then season with the salt and pepper and mix for about 2 minutes on medium speed.
- Pour the mixture into the cake pan and bake for approximately 35 to 40 minutes or until it is cooked through and slightly browned (can be tested with a toothpick).
- Remove from the oven and let it cool before serving.
PER SERVING *
|Calories710Calories from Fat380|
|% DAILY VALUE*|
|Calories from Fat380|
|% DAILY VALUE*|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.