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Broccoli Romanesco & Mixed Greens Whole Wheat Quiche with Balsamic Cheese & Bacon February 13, 2012

Jamie says: I woke up craving something savory. Luckily it was the weekend, so I had some extra time to experiment…

Broccoli Romanesco & Mixed Greens Whole Wheat Quiche with Balsamic Cheese & Bacon

So I made my first quiche! I used a the broccoli Romanesco and the bunch of leafy greens I purchased earlier in the week from the Gainesville Farmers’ Market downtown. (It’s held on Wednesdays- afternoon to evening).

My 1st quiche!

The crust of the quiche was nice and thick. The balsamic cheese, bacon, and mixed greens added lots of flavor.

It was very colorful, too!

The vibrant colors made this a pretty meal. Actually, with the bright reds and greens, this would make a beautiful Christmas quiche!

Treat yourself- and make one!

Broccoli Romanesco & Mixed Greens Whole Wheat Quiche with Balsamic Cheese & Bacon

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unbleached 100% whole wheat flour (King Arthur)
  • 1 Tbsp buttery spread (Smart Balance Original)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • dash salt
  • 4 large omega-3 eggs (4 Grain)
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 small head broccoli Romanesco (from farmers’ market)
  • 4 cups mixed leafy greens- winterbor kale, radish tops, mustard greens, Asian mustard greens, celery herb, French sorrel, clove, dock sorrel, parsley (a $1 assortment from woman on the corner of the Gainesville’s Downtown Wednesday farmers’ market)
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup cooked sweet peppers and onions (Mancini Fried Peppers)
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 2 slices bacon (Oscar Mayer Center Cut Original)
  • 1″ cube balsamic cheese (BellaVitano, Reserve)
  • no stick cooking spray (PAM)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9″  pie pan with no stick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, combine flour, buttery spread, baking powder, water, salt, and 1 egg. Press dough into bottom of pie pan. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Bake for about 15 minutes or until cooked. Remove from heat.
  2. Fill the bottom of a medium-sized pot with a veggie steamer one-third of the way full with water. Bring water to a boil. Meanwhile, cut florets off broccoli head. Cut large pieces in half and place in the veggie steamer basket. Cook for about 8 minutes or until soft when pierced with a fork. Remove pot from heat. Remove veggie steamer basket from pot and allow broccoli to dry.
  3. Preheat a large saute pan on medium heat. Chop stems off mixed greens and discard. Chop remaining leafy greens; set aside. Add canola oil to pan. Peel garlic and use a garlic press to press garlic into pan; use a knife to remove remaining garlic from garlic press. Brown pressed garlic for about 1 minute. Add leafy greens and a dash of salt, cook for about 3 1/2 minutes or until soft.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the 3 remaining eggs, sweet peppers and onions basil, parsley, and oregano. Stir in cooked broccoli Romanesco and mixed leafy greens.
  5. Pour egg/veggie mixture over baked crust. Cook for about 25 minutes or until egg is cooked throughout.
  6. Microwave bacon for 1 1/2 minutes. Use a paper towel to absorb extra grease after cooking. Cut bacon into bite-sized pieces. Grate cheese.
  7. Sprinkle cheese and add crumbled bacon to top of quiche. Heat in oven for 1 minute or until cheese melts. Enjoy!

Serves: 4

Nutrition note: Why is this quiche healthier? It uses a whole wheat crust, fewer eggs, and more veggies and herbs. There is a small amount of bacon and cheese- just enough for flavor.

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