At the Hungry Household, breakfast is our favorite meal. We love it so much that we often have breakfast foods for dinner and we call it “brinner.” Savory meats, tender scrambled eggs or ooey gooey sunny side up eggs, soft fluffy biscuits with fresh honey or apple butter, served up with fresh squeezed orange juice, oh my goodness, that is just one example of breakfast heaven! Over the years we have had fun exploring a variety of ways to make pancakes and waffles and will top them with any number of fruits. Or how about omelets brimming with vegetables and cheese? Mmm, mmm. MMM!!!! No doubt about it, breakfast is where it’s at!
Every now and then though, I develop a little “breakfast block.” You know what I mean? When you just cannot seem to come up with a fresh new idea for breakfast? There comes that moment when you are desperate for something so delicious and moving that it will impress your family and motivate them to shower you with praise for your ingenious new creation. This morning the light-bulb went off and I thought; quiche! I’ve never made a quiche! So off to the land of the internet I went. Time to hunt down a tempting quiche recipe!
The search did not last long before I came across a delicious looking recipe for Spinach & Tomato Goat Cheese Quiche. Spinach is one of my favorite vegetables to add to any recipe because it has a mild favor and does not over power other ingredients. I prefer to use fresh spinach as it wilts easily and provides such beautiful color. This recipe calls for Roma tomatoes which are always lovely when cooked because they are very tender and juicy. I’m not a fan of goat cheese as I find it a little too strong but feta cheese is an easy replacement. So this recipe was an easy “yes” for me!
This was my very first time to try quiche so I was uncertain how it would turn out. I sauteed the onions and garlic longer than I intended to so they were golden and caramelized rather than just translucent, however the flavor was great. Since green is my favorite color, I was completely in love with the gorgeous green of those wilted spinach leaves.
Once the ingredients were all mixed and ready to go in the oven, I was intrigued. It was so pretty! Just look at those vivid colors! I set my timer for exactly 30 minutes, since the recipe indicated 30-35 minutes, and got busy folding laundry.
Thirty minutes later and two basketfuls of laundry behind me, I was anxious to see how this baby turned out. Next time I will decrease the time to 25 minutes and see if it comes out a little less brown on the edges but it was still beautiful and delicious.
Don’t you just want to dive into this colorful dish?
I absolutely love those ribbons of green lacing the inside of this quiche. All that color indicates a variety of nutrients and antioxidants. Fresh spinach leaves are a rich source of iron and antioxidant vitamins A and C as well as an excellent source of vitamin K. The tomatoes are rich in the flavonoid antioxidant lycopene, which may help protect the body from harmful oxygen-free radicals. Tomatoes are also a good source of vitamin C and very rich in potassium while the eggs and cheese provide some protein. Rest assured, this dish is nourishing!
Get creative and use whatever ingredients you like. I may add a little diced ham to mine next time. Try some mushroom or change the cheese for a different flavor. How about adding herbs like fresh basil or try a little cayenne to go in another flavor direction altogether. So much can be done with this type of dish!
Give it a try, I hope you enjoy it as much as we have!
**adapted from recipe at: http://hungryhobby.net/spinach-tomato-goat-cheese-quiche