I love hosting brunch for friends, but I don’t like to get up extra early to cook. Quiche with a flaky crust—as pretty as it is delicious—is my solution. It can be made ahead and is just as flavorful served warm or at room temperature. But as perfect as quiche is for entertaining, it’s hard to celebrate its healthfulness. So, we’ve given it a makeover. We start with a healthier crust, add lots of vegetables and pour in a lighter egg filling. Like the classics? Try Ham & Swiss Quiche. Or for a taste of the Southwest, layer in corn, cherry tomatoes and pickled jalapeños. And because quiche is so satisfying, you’ll want to try these recipes for lunch or a light supper too. No matter how you slice it, you’re on your way to a better quiche.
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Here are 4 steps to healthier quiche:
Make a healthy quiche crust with half whole-wheat flour, replace some of the butter with heart-healthy olive oil and add a little sour cream to keep it flaky and tender. When you make your own, you’ll skip the unhealthy fats, preservatives and artificial color found in many store-bought crusts.
Spread a rich-tasting layer of this secret ingredient in the bottom of any quiche to add sweet and savory flavor instead of piling in the large amount of cheese found in most recipes.
Add variety (and nutrients) with chopped vegetables and lean protein. And you don’t have to skip less-healthy ingredients, such as rich cheeses or salty cured meats, just use them sparingly as an accent flavor.
Make a filling using a combination of whole eggs and egg whites. (Egg whites have just 16 calories and no fat compared to 54 calories and 5 grams of fat in each yolk.) Swap in low-fat milk for the heavy cream and add a touch of sour cream to keep the mixture luxuriously rich.