Quiche is a good choice for a brunch or luncheon. Most often served lukewarm, there are several variations of the basic theme, but a rich custard base is a constant. High fat ingredients like cream, eggs, and cheese are baked into a rich pie shell. Certainly a dish such as this would be considered far too heavy in fat and cholesterol for today's health conscious cook.
How can you make quiche without eggs or milk? The very definition is a baked savory custard made with milk and eggs. And doesn't the crust need a lot of fat to make it tender? Not at all! This quiche is rich tasting and flavorful without artery clogging animal products, and is very low in fat and completely cholesterol free.
The filling is made with wholesome, plant based alternatives that mimic the flavor and character of the classic quiche. Lite silken tofu, low fat soymilk, nutritional yeast, and mellow white miso blended with sherry, create the base for the rich-tasting cream filling. A mixture of rolled oats and whole wheat flour, the pastry is made with only one tablespoon of olive oil. This fabulous dish is easy to maker and baked in tart pans, 4 5/8 inches in diameter for convenient individual servings.
For the Filling:
Enlightened Broccoli Quiche
Traditional Broccoli Quiche
Ingredients of Note
Lite Silken Tofu - Japanese style tofu with a rich tasting, smooth, creamy texture and a custard like consistency. Widely available in aseptic packages in supermarkets and health food stores as Mori Nu Silken Tofu Lite.
Nutritional Yeast - nutritional yeast adds a rich, cheese-like flavor, and creaminess, and is very high in protein and B vitamins. This is not Brewers Yeast, which has a bitter taste. At health food stores.
Fruitsource - A wholesome sweetener made from grapes and grains.
Available at health food stores, if unavailable, use
Mellow White Miso - Pale beige in color with a subtle, sweet fragrance and a a rich, creamy, texture. In the refrigerated section of health food stores.
Mashed Potato Flakes - Barbara¹s Mashed Potatoes, a wholesome product. Available in health food stores.
Turmeric - Ground from the root of a tropical plant of the ginger family, and best known as an ingredient in curry powder. Like saffron, a little turmeric adds a rich golden color. Available in supermarkets.