The Best Spinach Quiche Ever
- 1 package of firm tofu, drained and pressed for at least 30 minutes
- 1 16 oz. package of frozen chopped spinach
- 1 medium sweet onion, finely diced
- 1 small zucchini, thin sliced
- 5 medium sized crimini mushrooms, thin sliced
- 1 tablespoon sherry (optional)
- 3 garlic cloves, sliced thin
- 6-8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1/4 tablespoon dried thyme
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 - 1 1/2 tablespoon of sea salt, depending on personal preference.
- a scant pinch of red pepper flakes
- In addition to above ingredients, you will need one pie shell. I like Marie Callender's deep dish pie shells which don't contain lard and although, depending on your serving, can be somewhat fatty, are very tasty. Also, paprika for dusting the top of the quiche and Pam butter flavor cooking spray to lightly mist the pie shell.
- First, drain the tofu, place in a flat bottom colander or a plate and put another plate on top with something heavy enough to gently press the tofu without smashing it--walk away and go about your business for at least a half hour. Now is also a good time to prep your veggies. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a skillet on medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and add the onions, mushrooms, and zucchini. Caramelize for about 10 minutes or so.
- When nice and brown, add 1/2 tablespoon of salt and the sherry to deglaze and cook for another minute until dry.
- Remove and place in a medium sized mixing bowl. In the same pan on medium heat, add the rest of the oil and sautee the garlic, basil, thyme, and red pepper flakes for about 3 minutes until the garlic is slightly golden but do not brown!
- Pour garlic concoction into a food processor and crumble the drained tofu on top. Add the vinegar, lemon juice, and the rest of the salt. Puree until really smooth.
- Add to the onion/shroom mixture in bowl.
- Using the same pan once again, sautee the spinach until heated through. Once finished, squeeze all excess water out and add to the tofu mixture, stirring all ingredients together well.
- Smooth down into the "butter" misted pie shell, dust with paprika, and bake for 35-45 minutes until crust is golden brown and tofu is somewhat firm.
- Okay, so I know the ingredient list and the directions seem really long, but let me assure you, it is not as difficult as it seems and it is oh so worth it! I served this quiche with a side of steamed cauliflower with a touch of vegan margarine.
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