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Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

Yes, an eggless quiche is possible -- and quite delicious -- if you're daring enough to try to make one. This easy recipe features a pressed quinoa crust for extra protein -- and make sure you're using organic tofu so you don't get any GMO nastiness.

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Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

You will need:

1/4 cup uncooked quinoa

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons whole-wheat pastry flour

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed meal

1 1/2-2 tablespoons chopped thyme

1 package firm tofu

1 lemon

10 ounces fresh spinach

1 clove garlic

1 teaspoon turmeric

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/4-1/2 cup pine nuts

Vegan butter (Earth Balance is best)

Salt and pepper to taste

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

1. Measure out 1/4 cup quinoa into a fine mesh strainer.

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

Rinse quinoa thoroughly.

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

Place quinoa in a small saucepan with 1/2 cup water.

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

Bring water to a boil. Cover and lower heat to a low simmer and cook for fifteen minutes or so, until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is fluffy.

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

Looking good. Now preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

2. Rinse the fresh thyme.

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

Use a knife to scrape the thyme off the stems until you have about a tablespoon and a half to two tablespoons of fresh thyme.

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

That's about right.

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

Place the quinoa in a large bowl with the whole wheat pastry flour, flaxseed meal, thyme and salt and pepper to taste. Mix together until thoroughly combined.

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

Generously grease a flan tin or pie plate with the vegan butter.

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

Press the quinoa mixture into the bottom and sides of the pan.

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

3. Drain the tofu and place in a large food processor; squeeze the juice from the lemon into the processor.

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

Puree until smooth.

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

Add the spinach, one handful at a time, until it's all blended.

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

There you go.

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

Keep mixing until you've used it all.

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

Press the garlic into the food processor.

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

Add the turmeric, cloves, nutritional yeast, mustard and sea salt to taste.

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

Blend until combined.

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

4. Spoon the mixture into the base and smooth out.

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

Sprinkle the top with 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup pine nuts.

Vegan spinach quiche for brunch or lunch on Meatless Monday

Bake in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes and let cool before cutting.



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