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Lightened Up Broccoli Cheddar Quiche

Lightened Up Broccoli Cheddar Quiche
Lightened Up Broccoli Cheddar Quiche
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If you love quiche, but are looking for a recipe that won't undo your whole day, this Lightened Up Broccoli Cheddar Quiche is the perfect recipe to make. Try this recipe out today, and see how good eating lighter can feel. Made with a brown rice crust, you won't have to worry about an excess of butter making its way into this meal. Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses give this recipe plenty of flavor, and bits of broccoli and green onion add a nice, and slightly crunchy consistency, and give you a helping of veggies. Serve this quiche for breakfast, lunch or dinner - it's one meal that is as versatile as it is delicious.

Serves: 6

Cooking Vessel Size: 9-inch pie pan

Ingredients
  • For the Crust:
  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked as package directs and cooled
  • 1/4 cup finely grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • For the Quiche:
  • 2 cups broccoli florets (see note)
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 4 eggs, well beaten
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Step-By-Step Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Stir rice, cheeses and egg together. Press into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie pan to 1/4-inch thickness. Bake about 7 minutes; crust will just begin to brown.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare all of the filling ingredients and beat the eggs with nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  4. When crust is baked, lower oven temperature to 375 degrees F.
  5. In the bottom of the crust, layer the broccoli and cheeses. Pour the egg mixture over and sprinkle the chopped green onions and extra Cheddar and Parmesan cheese on top.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes until eggs are firm and top is golden brown.
  7. May be served immediately or at room temperature.

Step 1: Prepare and bake your crust

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*Make sure you push the crust up against the sides of the pie pan, so that it is able to brown when cooked.

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Step 2: Add broccoli to the inside of the crust

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Step 3: Sprinkle cheese on top of broccoli, and then pour egg mixture over both.

 step 3

It should look like this:

 step 3

Step 4: Sprinkle green onions on top

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Step 5: Sprinkle extra Cheddar and Parmesan Cheese on top

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Step 6: Bake at 375 degrees F for 35-40 minutes.

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Step 7: Take your quiche out of the oven, let cool, slice and enjoy!

 Finished Quiche

 

Notes

*Fresh broccoli should be blanched. To do this, cut the broccoli into small pieces and place into a large pot of boiling water for 2 minutes, until it is bright green and just beginning to cook. Drop into a bowl if ice water until cool to the touch. Dry well on paper towels to remove any excess moisture.

**You may use frozen broccoli - simply place into a colander and run water over it to thaw, then dry well on paper towels to remove any excess moisture.

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I think the most interesting part of this quiche recipe is the crust, which uses brown rice as the base instead of flour, hash browns, or an unhealthy store-bought crust! Another idea would be to use grated cauliflower as the crust instead of the rice since cauliflower crusts are becoming so popular, especially when trying to reduce calories and carbs.

The lightened up Broccoli Cheddar Quiche recipe sounds like a wonderful one to try if you are on a diet. I wanted a good quiche recipe and I think I have found one. I like the idea of the rice crust. i have never used rice like this, but it really does sound good. Definitely one to try.

I've had quiche before but never knew how to make it. I love that this recipe includes broccoli and brown rice. I also like the pie-like appearance of this quiche because the ones I've eaten were all little ones that you'd eat one at a time instead of a slice at a time. Those were probably baked in muffin tins.

This is a keeper. I really love the crust. It is not what I am used to when making a quiche, but it works. I can't have gluten and I really love when I don't have to modify a recipe to fit my needs. If you want more protein, you could add some ham to compliment the cheese and broccoli. I like meatless meals, but my husband likes his meat so sometimes I might add ham for him.

This looks delicious! Broccoli and cheese is one of my favorite quiche combinations.

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