Tomato-Basil Quiche with Bacon and Spinach

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Once I stopped eating grains and sugary foods such as toast, oatmeal, and cereal for breakfast, I started defaulting to eggs several days a week. I love this recipe because it includes not just eggs but also leafy greens and other vegetables. This quiche is easy to make (and re-heat), and it’s delicious! I am posting this recipe with permission from Diane Sanfilippo. You can find this recipe and many more paleo recipes in her book, the 21-Day Sugar Detox.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

This quiche cannot be any more delicious! Of course the primary ingredient is eggs but what is great about this recipe is that there is no crust and no crust means less unhealthy carbohydrates! Eggs alone provide a slew of nutrients including Vitamin A, B, Phosphorus, Selenium and Folate. They also contain all essential amino acids in the right ratios meaning our bodies will make full use of the protein content. Eating adequate protein can help with increase muscle mass, lower blood pressure and optimize bone health. Garlic is part of the allium family and known as a flavor enhancer in recipes. However, it also has some health benefits as well including the ability to reduce blood pressure which helps prevent cardiovascular diseases responsible for heart attacks and strokes. There is no shortage of veggies in this dish either. I am talking about the spinach and tomatoes which are packed with Vitamin C which promotes bone health and provide cardiovascular and anti-cancer benefits. Talk about nutritious comfort food without the added stress of an expanding waist!

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Tomato-Basil Quiche with Bacon and Spinach

  • Prep Time:15 minutes
  • Cook Time:40-50 minutes
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients

8 slices bacon
8 eggs
2 cloves garlic (minced or grated)
2 tablespoons fresh chives (chopped)
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves (chopped)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups spinach (chopped)
1-2 tablespoons bacon fat (reserved from cooking bacon)
12 cherry tomatoes (halved)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Slice bacon crosswise into 1/4 inch strips.
  3. Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until fat is rendered and meat is cooked, 8-10 minutes.
  4. Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels, reserve the fat.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, garlic, chives, basil, salt and pepper until well combined.
  6. Stir in the spinach.
  7. Grease a 9×11 baking dish with the reserved bacon fat.
  8. Pour egg mixture into the pan.
  9. Top with bacon pieces and tomato halves (or tomato slices)
  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the quiche puffs up and becomes golden brown on the edges. Enjoy!
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Slice bacon crosswise into 1/4 inch strips. Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until fat is rendered and meat is cooked, 8-10 minutes. Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels, reserve the fat. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, garlic, chives, basil, salt and pepper until well combined. Stir in the spinach. Grease a 9×11 baking dish with the reserved bacon fat. Pour egg mixture into the pan. Top with bacon pieces and tomato halves (or tomato slices) Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the quiche puffs up and becomes golden brown on the edges. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 281; Total Fat: 20g; Saturated Fat: 7g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 443mg; Sodium: 710mg; Potassium: 434mg; Carbohydrate: 4g; Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 19g

Nutrition Bonus: Vit A: 39%; Vit C: 21%; Iron: 14%

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6 thoughts on “Tomato-Basil Quiche with Bacon and Spinach

    1. JulieF Post author

      Hi Beatrice, that’s a tough one, as eggs are the main ingredient in this dish. You could make something similar using spaghetti squash as the base, omitting the bacon, and then using a flaxmeal egg replacement to hold it together, but this recipe unfortunately doesn’t really work with a vegan diet. Thanks for checking in! – Julie

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  1. AD

    Plan on making this on Sunday for my daily breakfasts… I do plan to switch out the pork bacon with turkey bacon as well use 4 whole eggs and 4 egg whites … look forward to enjoying.

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    1. JulieF Post author

      Yum! I might suggest an increase the amount of egg whites to 8 or more to get the volume for the recipe (usually 3 egg whites = 1 whole egg), but try it out and let me know how it goes! -Julie

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  2. Evolvewellstef

    I love all things eggs, and quiche is no exception. I made this one with a dozen eggs instead of 8, halved the bacon, and upped the spices because I love garlic. I ended up adding about a teaspoon (maybe more) of onion and garlic powder. It’s so pretty I almost don’t want to eat it! Next time I will try with goat cheese to change it up.

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  3. Emilie Josephine

    So excited to make this as part of the #ffsugardetox challenge! I might add some goat’s cheese to mine and skip the bacon.

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