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Quiche with Quinoa Crust: Your Going to Love this Healthy Alternative

Updated on February 20, 2012
Spinach & cheddar quiche with quinoa crust
Spinach & cheddar quiche with quinoa crust | Source

I've always considered cooking quiche to be a long and complicated process. About 6 months ago, a friend shared a recipe tip with me that removes the most tedious task (and fattening ingredient), the crust! Now, I know you can create a crustless quiche quite easily, but to me that method feels more like a breakfast food than dinner.

So, what is this secret ingredient? Quinoa (pronounced "keenwa")

Quinoa is:

  • Gluten-free
  • High in protein, magnesium & iron
  • Good source of dietary fiber

The quinoa in this recipe will cook up and settle to the bottom of the pan, forming a delicious and nutritious "crust".

Mushroom, red pepper, spinach & swiss quiche with quinoa crust, served with garlic roasted mashed potatoes.
Mushroom, red pepper, spinach & swiss quiche with quinoa crust, served with garlic roasted mashed potatoes. | Source

Ingredients

  • 4-5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup of quinoa, well rinsed & drained
  • Your favorite filling, suggestions include:
    • sauteed spinach
    • steamed & chopped broccoli
    • black beans & diced tomatoes
  • Your choice of cheese, pick a shredded blend or crumbled selection, suggestions include:
    • cheddar
    • swiss
    • goat
    • feta
    • mozarella

Vegetarian mushroom & spinach quiche, cooling on wire rack before being served.
Vegetarian mushroom & spinach quiche, cooling on wire rack before being served. | Source

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Cook any desired toppings
  3. Spray pie pan with cooking spray
  4. Place thin layer of toppings in pan
  5. Scramble eggs & milk together in medium size bowl
  6. Add quinoa & cheese to egg mixture & stir with fork
  7. Pour egg, milk, cheese & quinoa mixture over toppings
  8. Place in oven for ~30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
  9. Cool for 5-10 minutes
  10. Slice & serve with your choice of side, we often choose garlic roasted mashed potatoes

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      So the quinoa sits at the bottom like a crust?!!! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing, I am also a quiche lover but almost never eat them because of the crust. I will definitely make this healthy version of a quiche from now on.

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      veggie-mom 5 years ago

      Yes! Isn't that great?! I had the same reaction as you when I heard about it and had been avoiding quiche for the same reasons...now I make it this way all of the time. It's one of my favorite recipes and my kids love it too!

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I'll definately have to try it. I love quiche but am not crazy about crust. Up and useful.

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      veggie-mom 5 years ago

      Thanks KoffeeKlatch Gals! I make this recipe often as it is so much quicker without the crust.

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      Shannon Paigah 5 years ago from Irvine, CA

      Looks delicious…I can’t wait to try it! I love the filling suggestions; I think I will try steamed broccoli first. I’m also excited to know what this will taste like with feta cheese. Thumbs up for gluten-free quinoa. Thanks for sharing.

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