Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Quinoa Quiche

Although I had seen the name before, I was first introduced to Quinoa last Christmas when we had friends over. My friend, Gina, brought a Greek Quinoa Salad. I've been sold ever since. For quite sometime, I made that salad almost weekly! Then I picked up the cookbook, "Quinoa - The Everyday Superfood" at Costco. It includes over 170 recipes. Today I'm sharing the "Tomato & Basil Crustless Quiche" recipe.

Tomato & Basil Crustless Quiche

2/3 C water
1/3 C quinoa (I used white quinoa,
but it is available in red and black as well)
1 tsp veg or olive oil
1 C diced red onion
1/4 C quinoa flour or all purpose flour
4 large eggs
2 tbsp minced fresh basil OR
2 tsp dried
1 1/2 C seeded and
diced Roma tomatoes (about 3)
1/4 C milk or half and half cream
1 C shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 C freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp salt
pinch ground black pepper

Bring the water and quinoa to a boil in a small saucepan.
Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes.
Turn the heat off and leave the covered saucepan on the burner for an additional 5 minutes. Remove the lid and fluff with a fork. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Lightly grease a 9" round baking dish or spray with cooking oil.
Heat the oil in a large skillet on med-low heat.
Saute the onion until tender and opaque, about 10 minutes
Whisk together the flour and eggs.
Add the quinoa, basil, tomatoes, milk, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese,
salt, pepper and sauteed onion; mix well.
Pour into the prepared dish and bake for 50 minutes
on the center oven rack, until the center is firm.
Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes.
Slice into wedges and serve hot or cold.

If you prefer a crust, pour this mixture into your
favorite pie crust and bake.

Strawberry Salad

Red onion
Feta cheese, crumbled

I assemble this salad right on the plate.
My favorite dressing for salad with fruit is yogurt.
For this one I used strawberry yogurt.

TIP: Another great one is peach yogurt with a bit of dill weed. YUM!

This time I did not chop the tomatoes as the recipe said, but sliced them and laid them gently on top prior to cooking. I also used 2% milk instead of the cream and feta cheese instead of mozza! I know, I know not as rich...but not as much fat either!! ;0) This is a great recipe for using up things you have. (chopped ham, asparagus, peppers) Whatever floats your boat!


  1. What a delicious recipe! Have to get a couple of ingredients not on hand and I will be making this! I like the idea of yogurt as a base for salad dressing - do you add vinegar or any other seasoning to it? xo

  2. We love quinoa is my family. I make quinoa salads often. I am definitely going to try this recipe too. Looks so delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  3. yum! looks delicious!

    I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training Tomorrow! Plus there is going to be a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!

  4. This recipe looks amazing! Join in on the fun and come over to Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow to share this tasty recipe with us.
    I hope to see you there!

  5. I am going to try your Quinoa quiche recipe. It looks delicious.

  6. YUM! this looks so good! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!


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