Easy Vegan Quiche 2 Ways

 
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Omg, QUICHE. I love it so much. And because I have been vegan for over a decade, I haven’t really had an authentic quiche in a minute. The reason for this is because most vegan quiche is made from tofu. WHiCh iS FiNe! But it’s not quiche. It’s a tofu pie. Feel me?

Not anymore, y’all! The time has come for my quiche recipe to enter the world. One that is vegan and without tofu. A triumph! The answer? JUST Egg. It’s an incredible product made from mung beans. It scrambles just like eggs and it also makes an excellent quiche filling. Fluffy, yet firm, rich and satisfying- this plant-based egg works beautifully. To find it, check the section of your grocery store that sells refrigerated plant-based options.

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As for the crust, I used store bought and I am NOT ashamed to admit it. Most brands are actually vegan, just check for lard or milk. TBH, I wasn’t in the mood to make crust and I’m sure you won’t be either. Of course, feel free to use your own homemade crust. Either way, you’re going to have to par-bake. And even though it’s an extra few steps- it’s definitely the way to go. This creates a flaky bottom which makes the overall experience optimal while consuming quiche.

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Now, full disclosure, I’ve made this recipe without par-baking the crust and it came out just fine. The soft, squooshy bottom crust was still delicious and the overall effect of quiche was met. However, I did offer a sample to my family, explaining to them that I was perfecting the recipe for my blog. My aunt delicately, yet assertively, pointed out that the crust on the bottom was in fact raw and if the recipe were to be perfected it should be par-baked. I knew she was right and that I was just being lazy. So there. Do what you will!

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Oh yeah, did I mention there are TWO recipes? That’s right! I’m such a sweetheart. First up, I have a springy and bright quiche with fresh dill, baby greens, and cherry tomatoes. I’ve always loved dill in quiche. The fluffy egg mixture and buttery crust are the perfect blank canvas for such a pungent herb. A touch of nutmeg makes this one super special.

Next up, I have a combination that is inspired by ‘Quiche Lorraine’ with smoky, tempeh bacon, caramelized shallots, and a good amount of cheese. All the flavors in this version really hit the mark for me. Quiche realness, if you will. I like to add crushed red pepper flakes for a little kick. Give that a go for sure.

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I definitely recommend making both recipes because pre-made pie crust usually comes in a pack of two. So why not? Especially if you are cooking for a crowd. And just think, if you show up to a brunch with not one but two quiches, don’t you think you’ll be the most popular person in the world? (Tip: If you do make both, I recommend using a large baking sheet to place them on. This makes transferring them to and from the oven a hell of a lot easier. ;)

Ok, let’s get to cookin’!

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Spinach Dill Tomato Quiche

1 (9 inch, deep dish) vegan pre-shaped pie crust (or homemade crust if desired)
½ cup onion, chopped (half of one medium onion)
5 ounce box baby spinach or baby mixed greens, roughly chopped or hand torn
⅛ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly ground (use a microplane)
2 tablespoons olive oil
⅓ cup shredded vegan cheddar
¼ cup fresh dill, chopped + some to garnish
1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
1 bottle of JUST Egg, cold and shaken well
½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2-3 tablespoons shredded vegan parmesan

  1. Par-bake the crust: preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cover pie crust with parchment paper (or foil) and fill with baking beans (to keep bottom of crust from rising). Gently press down on the beans and wrap the parchment/foil around and under the crust. This will prevent the crust from burning. Bake 400 degrees for 12 minutes. Reduce temperature to 325 degrees. Remove baking beans and parchment paper/foil, prick holes in bottom of pie crust with a fork and bake for an additional 8 minutes.

  2. Add chopped onion, greens, and nutmeg to the pan on medium heat with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about 6-7 minutes, stirring every so often, until the mixture has cooked down and most of the water has evaporated.

  3. Sprinkle ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese on the bottom of the pie crust. Add cooked onion and greens mixture. Top with chopped fresh dill, nutritional yeast, and crack of fresh black pepper. Shake the Just Egg bottle vigorously and evenly pour over quiche filling. Garnish with halved tomatoes and parmesan.

  4. Bake in 325 degree oven for 60 minutes, or until the center is set. Let cool 15-20 minutes and sprinkle with kala namak and fresh dill. Serve warm (or cold if you’d like!).

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Bacon Shallot Quiche

1 (9 inch, deep dish) vegan pre-shaped pie crust (or homemade crust if desired)
3 ounces tempeh bacon strips, chopped (half a package)
⅓ cup shallot, chopped + 1 small shallot (sliced lengthwise), to garnish on top
2 tablespoons olive oil
⅓ cup shredded vegan cheddar cheese (or mozzarella)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried), plus some to garnish
1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
1 bottle of JUST Egg, cold and shaken well
2-3 tablespoons shredded vegan parmesan
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, if desired for a kick

  1. Par-bake the crust: preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cover pie crust with parchment paper (or foil) and fill with baking beans (to keep bottom of crust from rising). Gently press down on the beans and wrap the parchment/foil around and under the crust. This will prevent the crust from burning. Bake 400 degrees for 12 minutes. Reduce temperature to 325 degrees. Remove baking beans and parchment paper/foil, prick holes in bottom of pie crust with a fork and bake for an additional 8 minutes.

  2. Add ⅓ cup chopped shallot and 3 ounces of chopped tempeh bacon to a pan on medium heat with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Stirring every so often. Cook for about 10 minutes until the tempeh has browned and the shallots are soft.

  3. Sprinkle ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese on the bottom of the pie crust. Add cooked shallot and tempeh bacon filling on top of cheese into pie crust. Top with fresh or dried thyme, nutritional yeast, and crack of fresh black pepper. Shake JUST Egg bottle vigorously and evenly pour over quiche filling. Garnish with sliced shallots, parmesan and crushed red pepper flakes.

  4. Bake in 325 degree oven for 60 minutes, or until the center is set. Let cool 15-20 minutes and sprinkle with kala namak, fresh thyme leaves, and crushed red pepper flakes. Serve warm (or cold if you’d like!).

tips, tricks, and other tidbits

Baking beans are just beans that are dedicated to this one purpose: baking on top of a crust to par-bake it. This keeps the crust from puffing up. You simply use the beans and place them back in a jar labeled ‘Baking Beans’. I wouldn’t suggest ever trying to consume them- just use ‘em for their weight! :D

For the spinach quiche, you can actually use whatever mix of baby greens you like. For example, baby kale and baby bok choy. Or arugula. You get the idea booger.

I like to sprinkle on kala namak at the end because it has sulfur which tastes very eggy. This is not required but I think it’s a nice touch.

Of course, warm quiche is ideal but you can certainly serve it cold from the fridge. I must admit, I don’t mind it this way. I’ve been snacking on it for days, grabbing a piece when I am running out the door and spilling crumbs everywhere as I go.

Lastly, about the crust. Obviously you can make your own homemade crust. Like, totally. I am just trying to make this recipe as easy as possible for everyone. If you’re a badass in the kitchen and know how to make the most amazing vegan crust ever- you go girl!

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