Weekend Brunch Quiche

by Sherri Koehler on March 25, 2013

We love the mini crustless quiches from Fat Free Vegan, but have been on a quest for a full-sized quiche with a little more varied texture. For several weeks now I’ve been experimenting with quiche recipes on the weekends and finally have something I’m happy to post a recipe for. You can feel free to vary the veggies you add, changing them to fit the seasons, but the mix I include is pretty tasty.

The final version featured fresh kale raab we’d picked up the same morning at the Farmer’s Market. If you can get kale raab in the spring it is particularly lovely to find. Tender, sweeter, and so delicious, raab is a real treat when the spring veggies start coming in. Here in Portland we often see raab arrive before asparagus.

The Stuff

  • 1 large, sweet bell pepper (red or orange)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 bunch kale or kale raab OR 1 large head broccoli
  • 4 T chopped chives
  • 4T chopped parsley
  • 2t Herbes de Provence
  • 12 oz firm, water-packed tofu
  • 1 package firm, silken tofu
  • 2T cornstarch
  • 1/4 c nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup vegan milk*
  • 1 T champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 t turmeric
  • 1/2 t dry mustard
  • 1/2 t black salt
  • fresh pepper & sea salt
  • 1 pre-made pie crust

The Making

Pre-bake the crust according to the directions and set aside. This recipe honestly makes a bit more than the pre-made crust and pan will hold, so I usually make a half dozen crustless quiches in silicon baking cups too.

Finely dice all veggies. Shred kale thinly or dice leaves along with the raab.

Bring a saute pan to medium-high heat and lightly coat with spray oil. Add onions and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes, add garlic and continue to saute until very fragrant, about 3 more minutes. Add zucchini and bell pepper, sauteing for 7 minutes before adding 2 tablespoons each of the parsley and chives, Herbes de Provence, sea alt & freshly ground pepper, and kale. Saute for another 7 minutes and remove from heat.

Squeeze out water from water-packed tofu. No need to press for a long time, just squeeze out a little of the excess water with your hands. Crumble into large mixing bowl and add sauteed veggies & herbs. Add in remaining parsley and chives.

Put silken tofu, cornstarch, nutritional yeast, vegan milk, vinegar, turmeric, dry mustard, and black salt into the container for a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides to be certain all dry ingredients are incorporated well with wet. Add contents of the container to the mixing bowl with the tofu and sauteed veggies.

Mix together all ingredients until evenly combined. Pour mixture into pre-cooked pie crust. You will have enough to fill 6 silicon baking cups that have been sprayed with oil first. Place filled pie crust and baking cups onto a baking tray. Bake in an oven pre-heated to 400 F for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the comes out clean.

Let quiche stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 8 servings.

*This recipe also featured a new product from So Delicious, a lovely, creamy Barista-Style Coconut Milk Creamer. A few weeks ago So Delicious graciously offered to send me some to try out, so I’ve used it in a few places where I’d otherwise have used soy or almond milk.

Christie has totally fallen in love with the Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk to add to her smoothies. There should be a smoothie recipe coming soon.

So far the creamer has been a good stand-in and adds a nice richness to the dishes I’ve made with it. It might be boring, but I’m just loving the creamer added to my black tea in the morning, even more so than theĀ  is really wonderful in my black tea in the morning!

There’s also been an experiment with Irish Soda Bread, using both the Barista-Style Creamer for a savory bread and theĀ Vanilla Coconut Milk for a sweet bread with dried blueberries.


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edeltrudes C. de Leon April 8, 2013 at 5:40 am

i have to try this recipe..where can i purchase this?? in a health stores or Wholefoods/ any groceries in Tx. Just wondering..I will appreciate if u can give me some directions.. Thanks.., Edith


sherri April 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Some of the items are the kinds you’d probably find easier in a health food store or a store similar to a Whole Foods. The nutritional yeast will likely be found in the bulk section, at least that’s where we get it. The black salt might be the trickiest since it is an Indian specialty. There’s a large Whole Foods near us with a bulk section just for finishing salts, and they have it. Otherwise I have purchased at specialty, Desi shops. Herbes de Provence aren’t that uncommon and might find them in the herb & spice section, some brands carry this mix of herbs already made up. I’ve had better luck finding a pre-made pie crust that was both vegan and not made with partially hydrogenated shortening at the stores more like Whole Foods as well. At the “regular” market one type was made with lard and another with partially hydrogenated vegetable shortening.

Aside from those things, the rest aren’t too unusual or difficult to find at most markets. Hope it turns out well for you!


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