Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Garden Pesto Quiche

Not just any old quiche!

Want a flavorful, vegetarian (meat lovers can mix in chorizo, bacon or prosciutto if they would like), gluten free, nutritious breakfast, lunch or dinner that packs a flavorful punch? Here you go.
I imagined this one day while driving home and once I got into my kitchen, this is what I came up with.
I really love all the fresh flavors. In Ayurveda it is said that if you have the 6 tastes in each meal: Sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent, than you will be the most satisfied and less likely to crave between meals. You will also have a more nutritious and healthy meal.  This recipe has all but sour, although you could make up a cilantro-lime and mint chutney and you would be all set!


1 1/4 cup mixed amaranth flour, coconut flour and almond flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
A few dashes of red pepper flakes, dried oregano, fennel seeds, salt & pepper
1 egg
Warm water

For the crust: preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients into a bowl. Add egg and stir. Add just enough warm water to make dough sticky enough to pat out. Pour dough in pan and press into the bottom and up sides. Bake at 350 for 5-10 minutes just to give it a head start. Pull crust from oven. OPTION: smear a layer of pesto on the crust before you pour in beet mix.

3-4 beets shredded
3-5 carrots shredded
1-2 leeks sliced thinly
3-4 tablespoons of coconut flour
1 egg
Salt & pepper to taste
1 cup shredded parmesan or white cheddar or Romano or make a blend of whatever you already have in your fridge.

For the filling: Mix all the ingredients BUT the cheese. This mix should not be soupy, but somewhat sticky, like you could make a pancake out of it.

Assemble: Pour the shredded mixture into the crust. Top with shredded cheese. Then in a separate bowl mix 4 tablespoons of milk and 4 eggs together and pour over the vegetable mix. NOTE: Ayurveda says that dairy and eggs create toxins in the body when mixed together in the same meal. But I know it is a hard taste combination to break. So be a wear and maybe skip the cheese on your eggs occasionally. As a replacement for the cheese in this quiche try sprinkling some nutritional yeast flakes over the vegetables instead. Or go without. It will still taste fantastic.  

Bake at 375 for 50-60 minutes or until the eggs get puffy and are cooked all the way through. Pull from the oven, top with shredded swiss chard or kale and bake for about 3-5 more minutes until chard/kale is wilted. Eat warm and enjoy!

This takes about 30 -45 minutes of prep time.


  1. Another dish that sounds great! The coconut flour in the filling is interesting.

  2. Rob,
    Yes, the coconut flour will give a little sweetness to the crust, which works wonderful with the spicy pepper flakes and the root vegetables. Enjoy!