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Here’s a tasty little vegan quiche. Easy to make with a pre-made whole wheat pie crust. Great week-night dish.

Leek and mushroom quiche (from Chow Vegan)

1 pre-made whole wheat pie crust

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium leek, white and pale green parts only, coarsely chopped

5 ounces cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced

1/2 pound fresh small leaf spinach

1 pound firm fresh tofu, water pressed out

1/2 cup soy milk

salt and pepper

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 tablespoon dried thyme

1/2 tablespoon dried parsley

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Precook the pie crust according to the package directions if necessary.

Heat a skillet until hot, lightly drizzle with olive oil, and saute garlic and leeks until done, season with salt to taste while cooking. Transfer to a dish and set aside. Heat skillet again and saute and season the mushrooms until cooked, drain any water and set aside. Saute and season the spinach until just wilted. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Squeeze out any water and coarsely chop.

In a food processor or blender, combine the tofu, soy milk, salt and pepper to taste, nutmeg, thyme, parsley, and nutritional yeast, process until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl, add the vegetables, mix well and scoop into the pie crust, spreading the filling evenly. Bake for about 35 minutes, let the quiche cool for 10 minutes before slicing. Makes 6 servings.

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My husband said this was the best quiche he ever ate. I must agree, although I have to admit that I’ve rarely met a quiche I didn’t like. I do have a favorite nondairy pie crust, but this time I tried a lower fat version from Norene Gilletz.

Butternut quiche with kale and sausage (adapted from My Kitchen Addiction)

dough for single pie crust

1/2 pound chicken sausage (I used sweet apple, from Trader Joe’s)

1 small onion, diced

6 ounces kale, thick stems removed and chopped

1 cup butternut squash puree

2 eggs + 2 egg whites

1/2 cup nondairy creamer

3/4 ounce soy parmesan, divided

freshly ground black pepper

salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Roll out pie dough to 1/4″ thickness and transfer to a 9″ pie plate. Trim excess and crimp the sides. Prick bottom of pie all over with a fork. Refrigerate for 20 minutes, then bake for 10 minutes til golden. Remove from oven.

Meanwhile, brown the sausage in a skillet over medium heat, breaking up the sausage into small pieces. Once the sausage has browned, add the onion and cook til softened. Gradually add the kale to the skillet and wilt into the sausage and onion mixture. Transfer the mixture to the baked pie shell.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the butternut squash puree, eggs, egg whites, creamer, and 1/2 ounce soy parmesan. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the sausage and kale mixture in the pie shell. Top with the remaining soy parmesan.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 – 35 minutes until the eggs are set. Broil for an additional minute or two until the top is golden and bubbly. Cool for a few minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings.

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