Finally! A seasonal ingredient I actually like! I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of trial and error with ingredients lately trying to make them work for me, but kale and I are already old friends. Speaking of old friends, its been a while since I busted out my old standard: quiche. I’ve kind of been missing quiche lately so I thought I’d make one with kale….and the bag of sun-dried tomatoes that have been sitting in my pantry for quite some time. As the current reigning queen of cooking with random stuff in my pantry, I scoured that bad boy for something I could use as a quiche crust. Quinoa was the clear winner. (I don’t think raisins would have worked out so well)
This is probably the healthiest quiche I have ever made. Kale is a superfood, eggs and quinoa are protein packed, and sun-dried tomatoes are a great source of Vitamin C! Plus, its super tasty and really easy to make.
Kale Quiche with a Quinoa Crust
1/2 c. uncooked quinoa
1 c. chicken broth
3 tsp ground flax
1 tsp Italian seasoning
2 T. butter
2 T. whole wheat flour
1 bunch kale, stems and ribs removed
1/2 c. onion, diced
1/2 c. sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped
1/4 c. shredded parmesan cheese
3/4 c. milk
6 eggs, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Combine quinoa and chicken broth in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and add flax, Italian seasoning, butter, and flour. Stir until butter melts. Pour quinoa mixture into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Firmly pack quinoa along bottom and sides of the dish to form a crust. Bake the crust at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until golden brown.
Meanwhile, cut the kale into ribbons. Steam kale for 5 to 6 minutes until just beginning to soften. In a medium bowl combine kale, onion, sun-dried tomatoes, cheese, milk and eggs. Pour into prepared quinoa crust. Bake the entire quiche for 35-30 minutes until set. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
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