Quick, Easy, and Healthy Spinach Quiche Recipes
Healthy Recipes - Spinach Quiche
This is a great version of a fantastically delicious quiche: spinach quiche. This is a favorite offering on breakfast and brunch menus and is one of my personal favorites.
This recipe is from the Everyday Gourmet Diabetes Cookbook - a cookbook I recently acquired and have been going through to find new and improved ways to cook for the prevention of diabetes.
This version of the recipe uses seasoned bread crumbs instead of a traditional crust although I changed that up a bit out of personal preference.
It also uses egg substitute for real eggs but if you wanted to add back in regular eggs you could very easily.
Overall, I think this is a wonderfully healthy recipe for an old favorite, and one I will use over and over.
Recipe for Spinach Quiche
Makes 8 servings
- Vegetable spray
- 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs (I substitute Panko bread crumbs)
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons canola oil (or olive oil) - divided
- 1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon canola or olive oil
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion or shallot
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped red bell pepper (or yellow)
- 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
- 4 cups coarsely chopped spinach, leaves only (about 1/4 pound)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt if desired
- Pepper to taste
- Herbs to taste
- 3/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (or 3 large eggs)
- 1-1/2 cups nonfat evaporated milk (or use skim milk)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Make crust - Lightly coat 9-inch pie plate with vegetable spray. In small bowl, combine bread crumbs, herbs and 2 tablespoons canola oil. Press this mixture evenly across the bottom and up the sides of pie plate. Spray lightly with vegetable spray, cover with waxed paper and place a second pie plate over the waxed paper. Press down firmly to compact the crust. Remove the top pie plate and wax paper.
- Sprinkle crust with grated cheese and set aside.
- Filling: In large skillet, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Sauté onion, pepper, and mushrooms for 5 minutes or until onion and mushrooms begin to soften.
- Add spinach, salt, pepper, and sauté just until spinach begins to wilt - about 3 minutes. Spread spinach, mushroom, etc. mixture over the cheese in pie plate.
- Whisk together egg substitute and milk - pour the liquid over the spinach mixture.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.
- Set on wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes. Serve warm cut into wedges.
Traditional Spinach Quiche
This is a traditional spinach based on one I found on Allrecipes.
Servings = 6
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
- 1 (4.5 ounce) can mushrooms, drained
- 1 (6 ounce) package herb and garlic feta, crumbled
- 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- 1 (9 inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup milk
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Sauté garlic and onion in butter until lightly browned, about 7 minutes.
- Stir in spinach, mushrooms, feta and 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into pie crust.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into the pastry shell, allowing egg mixture to thoroughly combine with spinach mixture.
- Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
- Sprinkle top with remaining Cheddar cheese, and bake an additional 35 to 40 minutes, until set in center.
- Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving.
Summing up Spinach Quiche Revamp
By using this healthy recipe, you have taken a generally high-fat dish and made it low-fat.
You have also substituted egg substitute for real eggs and beefed up the flavor by using herbs, onions and mushrooms.
You have also basically cut the amount of cheese in half and you have ended up with a wonderfully delicious much healthier version of an old classic.
Experiment a bit and add a tiny bit of cheese and maybe a tad of crumbled bacon for 'special occasions' if you feel the need to hit a happy medium between the 2 recipes. Any way you cook it though, spinach quiche is a wonderful breakfast recipe!