Spinach Quiche with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
This Spinach Quiche with Sun-Dried Tomatoes is a powerhouse of flavor and nutrition! It’s comforting, savory, and creamy. You will love it!
Change up the flavors easily, based on your tastes or the ingredients you already have in the fridge! Choose to go without a crust, or use a homemade or frozen pie crust. No judgment here!
What is a Quiche
A quiche is a French tart made of pastry crust that is filled with savory egg filling and flavor add-ins, such as cheese, meat, seafood, or vegetables.
The best-known quiche variety is quiche Lorraine, which is most commonly made with heavy cream, bacon, swiss, and gruyere cheeses, which are traditional French and German ingredients.
Other popular quiche flavors include veggies, cheese, and proteins, such as ham or sausage.
A wonderful advantage for you (and your guests) is that quiche can be served hot or cold. You can attend to other things and not be tied to your oven!
What to serve with Quiche?
Quiche pairs well with so many things! Serve alongside a green salad, fruit salad, muffins and rolls, roasted potatoes, or meats like ham or bacon. Serve fancy mimosas or simple juices. See a delicious lunch idea HERE
Go with a Pie Crust or Choose a Crustless Quiche
With or without a crust; either way, it’s delicious! Here are a few options.
Premade Frozen Pie Crust
Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust is easy to use and tastes great. Just unroll, add fillings, bake and enjoy!
Make a Pie Crust from Scratch
I have not tried this buttery pastry shell crust recipe from award-winning chef, cookbook author, and restaurateur, Thomas Keller. BUT. I trust it’s amazing. 😁 Recipe HERE
For the healthiest choice, skip the crust. If I am making this just for me, myself, and I (for lunches), I actually prefer it without the crust, because I know it is a very clean, nutrient-rich, and lean meal but does not sacrifice flavor.
Note: You do not have to change a thing in the recipe if you are not using a crust, just pour the filling directly into the glass pie plate. No greasing is needed.
Is Quiche Healthy?
Yes! Here’s a quick rundown of just a few of the healthy ingredients.
Eggs are abundant in nutrients, including proteins, vitamins, and minerals. This recipe contains more eggs than most traditional quiche recipes. You get higher amounts of protein without sacrificing the delicious custard texture of a good quiche.
Full Fat Cottage Cheese
If you are not sensitive to dairy, cottage cheese is a wonderful addition to your diet. It is bone-building according to Nutritional Weight and Wellness. It’s high in protein and low in sugar. Buy the full-fat cottage cheese for best nutrition value.
Stir it first and if it is super runny, drain a little liquid out before you incorporate it into the mix.
You probably already know that Spinach is on the shortlist of superfoods along with their cousins, other Dark green leafy vegetables.
They provide an excellent source of nutrients including folic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C, zinc, and fiber.
Spinach also contains high amounts of anti-inflammatory compounds known as carotenoids, which may protect against certain types of cancer.
Avocados are part of a group known as the “good fats” because they are wonderful for your heart, your cholesterol, and your overall health.
These fats can help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. They lower blood pressure, bad LDL cholesterol levels all while increasing good HDL, lower triglycerides, and fighting inflammation.
Heavy whipping cream is also rich in healthy fat and many vitamins and minerals.
Add-in Ingredients Ideas for Quiche
This recipe is a blank canvas for you to flavor any way you want, and one way is your choice of cheese!
It’s a good idea to precook some of the quiche add-ins. Precook the meats and drain any excess moisture from them or pat them dry. Extra juices might make your quiche runny.
Many veggies can be added fresh, but you can also tenderize them a bit by sautéing them first.
You can add up to approximately 1/2 to 1 cup of cheese and 2 cups of vegetables and/or meat ingredients.
What meats are good in a quiche?
Quiche Meat Ideas:
Sweet Italian Sausage
What cheeses can be used in quiche?
Cheese Ideas for Quiche include:
White or Yellow Cheddar
Which vegetables are best in quiche?
Veggie Quiche Ideas you will love!
How do you make a quiche from scratch?
Finally, here is the delicious and healthy quiche recipe from scratch. I will walk you through it!
This recipe is adapted from the incredible minds at Nutritional Weight and Wellness; my go-to source for nutrition advice and counseling located in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. If you are struggling or just want nutrition help, I cannot recommend them enough!
This is a flavorful, delicious, yet healthy entree; perfect for any meal or snack!
1 tablespoon oil
3–5 oz fresh spinach or 10 oz frozen spinach (thawed, squeeze to remove water)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
6 eggs, beaten
1 cup full-fat cottage cheese (stir then drain a bit, if really runny)
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 cup goat, cheddar, feta, or mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained & chopped
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
If using a purchased crust, follow the directions on the package. Blind bake (pre-bake) at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until the bottom is beginning to brown.
Sauté spinach in oil just until wilted. Add garlic until fragrant for about 30 seconds. Set aside.
Whisk the eggs together in a bowl. Add the cottage cheese, heavy cream, and your choice of other cheese. Add spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Stir gently to combine.
Pour mixture in pre-baked crust. (If going crustless, pour in an ungreased 9” pie pan.) Adjust the position of the ingredients with a fork, if necessary.
Bake in a 350-degree oven until quiche is just set in the center, about 35-40 minutes. Watch closely so you don’t over-bake. Use a pie crust shield or aluminum foil strips to stop the crust edges from getting overdone.
Serve warm, letting it set from the oven for 15 minutes, or serve at room temperature.
Quiche makes fabulous and healthy leftovers! I love to have it for breakfast or lunch all week. Wrap tightly and store in the fridge for 4-5 days. Microwave to heat up.
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What is the best pan for a quiche?
You may be wondering what can I use instead of a quiche dish? Spoiler alert; you can make a quiche in almost any pan!
Are you looking to make a dinner party statement or an easy weeknight meal? It all depends on your plans for this quiche.
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Is a quiche in a pie-plate impressive? Let’s be honest. No. Is it practical? Totally! A pie plate works perfectly for a family meal or a week of lunches. It is easy to use, easy to clean and does the job beautifully. Pans HERE and HERE
To achieve the high-sided, dramatic quiche of your dreams, use a springform pan. This type of pan allows you to make a beautiful tall quiche easily because of the removable side panel. Ideas HERE and HERE
Quiche or Tart Pan
If you favor a low-profile quiche with scalloped edges, quiche or tart pans may be perfect for you. Most have detachable bottoms, to easily allow you to remove your masterpiece without damage. Quiche and Tart Pans HERE and HERE
A cake pan offers the desirable straight side surface for a beautiful towering quiche but may be trickier to remove from the pan. Cake pan HERE
I know you will love this recipe! Spinach Quiche with Sun-Dried Tomatoes is an all-season star, perfect for a home-cooked meal or entertaining. Enjoy!
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Be sure to consult a registered and licensed dietitian, licensed nutritionist, or certified nutrition specialist if you have questions about ingredients and how they fit into your personal nutrition plan.