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Cheesy Veggie Quiche with gluten free crust.
It's doesn't have quite the same taste and texture of regular pie crust but has a nice flavor with a satisfying, crumb like bite to it and it is WAY easier to make. The filling is NOT low calorie or low fat, but as a treat meal it bakes into a incredibly fluffy, almost souffle like, dish and it's great re-heated for a protein packed breakfast/
2 cups almond meal flour
a pinch of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons chilled butter
1 large free range egg
Place the dry ingredients in a food processor and pulse several times. Drop in the butter pieces and egg and pulse until you have a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and let sit 20 minutes
Grease your pie pan (very important when working with non wheat pie crusts) and preheat the oven to 350 F. Now assemble your ingredients for the filling.
For the quiche you'll want four cups of veggies ideally (I had about 3 and a half, using up the little leftover bits in the refrigerator. Due to the kitchen remodel, we're not laying in a lot of fresh food and relying on a lot of frozen leftovers already prepared.
I used half a red pepper, half a small sweet onion, and a bit of leftover broccoli, asparagus, and spinach. Boil some water and simmer all but the spinach a couple of minutes until just slightly softened, then stir in the spinach and remove from the heat to wilt for one minute, then drain.
In large bowl mix:
2 cups shredded four cheese Italian blend (the popular bagged kind works)
1 carton (15 ounces) Ricotta cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan (the kind in the green can, optional if you don't have)
4 beaten eggs
2 Tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon cream
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
a pinch of basil
a pinch or two of sea salt (the cheese is high and sodium, so leave out if you are watching your salt intake)
Add the veggies
Unwrap and pat out the dough into your greased pan, prick with a fork and bake just until the center is dry but the edges aren't browning, about 4-5 minutes.
Remove and fill with cheesy mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 50 minutes (center should be set).