quinoa-crusted quiche

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Trade in a buttery, calorie-packed pie crust for a lean, mean quinoa crust and you’ll be whipping up quiche much more often. Loaded with twice the protein (and none of the gluten) of many of it’s grainy-like cousins, quinoa (keen-wah) is finding its way back from 3000 BC onto the tables of the 21st century – you gotta love a grain-like seed that can make a 5000-year comeback! Aside from the obvious, quinoa can stand-in like a pro – and that’s some serious competition when it comes to standing-in for the real thing!

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I could go on and on about the reigning sire of super-seeds-ville (but I won’t) – so if you haven’t heard, you can’t eat a more powerful food in the nutrient department, armed with quinoa know-how and with a myriad of ways to stir it in – whatever are you waiting for?

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1. Rinse your quinoa, a step not to be overlooked before you cook it.

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2. Set your cooked quinoa aside to cool.

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3. In the meantime, load a few veggies for the quiche part into your food processor – your choice. I’m using mushrooms, zucchini & onion.

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4. Blast into oblivion.

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5. Pile the blasted veggies into a hot, olive-oiled-swirled pan.

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6. Cook until most of the moisture has evaporated and it’s slightly caramelized – get those sugars from Mother Nature working for you!

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7. Prep your pie pan – I’m using one large one but feel free to use 2 smaller pie plates, or even a muffin tin would work – I just think of this stuff as I go along. That would be a great idea to make individual muffin-sized quiches – great for on the go or freeze ’em for later!

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8. Here are the members of the crust committee – cooked, cooled quinoa & eggs are essential – scallions & cheese are optional.

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9. Pile ’em in a bowl and mix well.

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10. Pile it in your pan(s), whether one big one, a couple of smaller ones or cute little muffin tins.

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11. Spread it out as evenly as possible. Using a spatula and the bottom of a glass helps to get the job done. I could have used 2 pans as my crust is slightly on the thick side. Next time, I’ll make 2, but I’m getting very excited about the muffin tin idea! Put this in the oven for 10-15 minutes to firm up before adding the quiche mixture.

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12. Get your eggs in a bowl.

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13. Prep the rest of the quiche ingredients, and aside from the milk/cream/cheese – add any combination of finely diced vegetables and/or protein – I’ve got red pepper, scallions and the sautéed veggie mixture (that’s what’s in the cup measure – I was wondering myself – what the heck is in the cup measure? I don’t remember measuring any dog food today!)

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14. And chopped up leftover turkey – but it can be chopped up leftover anything: chicken, pork, beef, seafood, fish, tofu, even canned tuna … or not.

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15. Take your quinoa crust out of the oven and allow it to cool slightly.

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16. While you marry all your quiche fixins’ – I love a great marriage!

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17. Pour the egg mixture into the crust.

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18. Sprinkle a little grated cheese on top and if you forgot to mix a bit into the egg mixture itself …

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19. Use a fork to work it in.

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20. Add a bit more cheese to the top.

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21. Ok, a lot – and spread the cheese around to cover completely and bake for 45-60 minutes until the quiche slightly jiggles in the centre. It will continue to cook after you remove it from the oven.

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22. Say hello to your quinoa-crusted quiche – let it rest for a few minutes before slicing.

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23. A few minutes later, it slices like butta!

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24. Top with whatever you like – a few flakes of parsley or …

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25. A few gratings of parmesan or … nothing at all.

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