This vegan spinach and broccoli quiche is a delicious, and healthy, alternative to the traditional quiche made with eggs, dairy cream, and dairy cheese. It is delicious both warm or at room temperature, making it suitable for a meal or a brunch buffet. This quiche even tastes good cold right out of the fridge in the palm of your hand. Or so I’ve been told ;-)
Brunch is the Best
Can we talk about brunch? I never experienced brunch until my adult life. My mother raised 7 kids and her focus was on a hearty breakfast and a portable lunch. That meant there was never a sense of leisure over a meal, except maybe for Sunday dinner. In addition, I’m not a morning person, so I fell in love with everything about brunch. Honestly, I don’t think I have ever invited anyone over for breakfast in my life! Really, what’s not to love about a meal that extends over a period sufficient for a good visit or reconnection, that can be followed with a nice walk in the daytime and no late-night cleanup?
Thinking back to my pre-vegan days, it is curious that anyone thought of quiche as a healthy option. The eggs, cream, and cheese packed a huge cholesterol and fat hit. (like quiche lorraine, for example) While I do make a plant-based, but traditional, crust (my recipe, which has been my go-to for years, is part of our Pumpkin Pie), the filling for this quiche is tofu with some seasonings, a ton of vegetables, and a little bit of Follow Your Heart vegan shreds – a lot different!
Tofu is important
Now, let’s talk tofu. I use Nasoya organic extra firm most of the time. This recipe calls for a 14 oz. block of tofu. In 1/4 block there is 9 grams of protein (because everyone seems to be obsessed with protein), 4 grams of fat, of which only 0.5 is saturated. Zero cholesterol. Zero. And less than 100 calories. Now, I confess that I have consumed a quarter of quiche in one meal just by taking multiple slivers after my initial piece, so this all makes me feel good.
Time to get down with Black Salt
First of all, it’s not really black, but Kala-namak, or Himalayan black salt, is important to have on hand. This salt is a type of rock salt mostly found in the Himalayas and it adds an egg-like flavor because of its sulfur content. I usually stay away from ingredients that are somewhat obscure or hard to find, but this is worth it if you are plant-based and miss the taste of eggs. Incidentally, in the Ayurvedic tradition, it is used as a digestive aid. So that’s also a win at a big meal. Your best bet for finding it is a health food store or Indian cuisine market or online. A little goes a long way, so I’m confident my 12 oz bag is going to last me for a year or two.
Have fun with your veggies!
Feel free to be creative with the vegetables. I wrote the recipe based on what I like in a quiche, but the options are really endless. Don’t ever run out to get an ingredient if you have a worthy substitute or something that needs to get used up. For example, if you don’t like mushrooms but love red peppers, make the switch! I also think the ratio of vegetables to tofu is a matter of preference. I like a ton of vegetables so the recipe reflects that. Cut back a little if you want less.
Don’t Forget The Crust
Last tip: If you don’t want to deal with a crust, you can cook this in a greased pan for more of a frittata type dish. Personally, I think the crust matters. I’ve been making my own crusts for years and it’s really not hard, and nothing to be afraid of if you haven’t made one, yet. My standard go-to recipe is my Flaky and Foolproof Vegan Pie Crust, which includes a step-by-step video to help you if you’ve never made your own crust. Go for it, you won’t be disappointed!
Combine tofu, nutritional yeast, black salt, and turmeric in a food processor and blend, stopping to scrape down edges as needed. Add a few tablespoons of water if needed to blend smoothly. Set aside.
In a large frying pan or wok, heat oil or water and add onions, stirring gently, and cook until lightly translucent. Add garlic and mushrooms, if using, and saute until mushrooms are cooked enough to have liquid mostly cooked off.
Add spinach and broccoli and cook just until heated through. Remove pan from the stove.
Add the tofu blend, oregano, optional pepper flakes, and cheese shreds to the pan and gently fold together until evenly blended.
Transfer the mixture into the pie crust and spread out evenly. Sprinkle with additional shreds or a scant amount of pepper flakes if desired.
Georgia is an unpretentious foodie who, at 50, transitioned from a vegetarian diet to a whole foods plant based diet and is loving it. She works as a nurse, plays as a quilter, loves to run, hates to race.
She thinks dogs are actually angels (in dog suits).