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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Crustless Mediterranean Quiche - My Favourite Breakfast

Serves 4  | Super Easy
Click here for this Recipe in Arabic

The natural goodness of this dish kicks start your day and setting the
tone for the rest of it
Who doesn't love Quiche? It is definitely one of my favourites.
But in my endless efforts to control weight gain and frequently shed off the extra pounds - hazards of the job - I have had to put quiche on the 'Would Love to Have But Can't' list! Until I have decided that just because I am constantly watching what I am eating, doesn't necessarily mean sticking to the boring old grilled chicken and salad option. I have to enjoy the goodness of nature's offerings. After all it is all about the balance - being healthy, enjoying life and simply Living Well. It is about Bringing Food to Life, and not the other way around.
Crustless Quiche
I have, therefore, been coming up and been inspired with ideas of how to cook my favourites in a healthier, more balanced way than the classic preparations. Don't get me wrong, it is good to occasionally indulge, but so you don't have to overindulge, it is good not be deprived! Therefore, good to frequently have your favourite foods prepared healthier. One of these altered preparations is Crustless Quiche.  This is a brilliant way to cut back on the calories, as well as the carb and fat intake. Crustless Quiche is very similar to Frittata in concept, yet very quiche in flavour. The best of both worlds, I wold say.

There is no limit to the combination of flavours that you can come up with. This is a highly adaptable recipe to whatever favourite vegetables, cheeses, herbs, spices...etc that you like. But since we are keeping it healthy, it would be wise to choose items with fewer cal. and fat intake.
I have chosen the Flavours of the Mediterranean because I love that region and all it has to bring. The natural abundance in produce over there, and the clever methods of preparation have produced flavours and aromas that are sure to please the palate. I love the contrast in texture that the addition of Sun Dried Tomato lends against the sponginess of the Eggs and the slippery smoothness of Kalamata Olives. The Aroma of Fresh Basil Leaves, Black Pepper & Scallions paired with the visual appeal of a colourful offering make up for a rounded, well balanced and extra pleasant experience. All that makes up a perfect meal, not a deprived "diet-friendly" one! 

This recipe is also good for entertaining and can make up for a very impressive menu option. It is surely a very elegant gesture on behalf of the host to take all guests' dietary requirements into consideration. A good host, after all, is one who can offer guests a warm, welcoming and generous experience. Nothing does that like the gesture of "I thought of you" while preparing the food.

But before I go into the recipe, here are some impressive presentation ideas that you can use to serve this delicious breakfast when entertaining.
Serve Crustless Quiche Alongside an interesting Salad
that includes greens, fruits and nuts with a Balsamic Dressing
This presentation is very good for a seated brunch.
One very simple variation to serving Crustless Quiche
is baking it in Muffin Trays and placing on a tiered platter
on your buffet. This way guests don't have to worry about
getting the serving right, and will simply take one portion.
Everything Country-style is very in at the moment. Make
best use of this trend and present your quiche baked in these
delicious capsicums. When serving place them on a wooden
chopping board to emphasize the rustic feel.
How About a Crustless Quiche Soufflé?Just whip the eggs to peaks and fold in the vegetables,
place in ramekins and bake in preheated oven. 
For a stylish twist on the Soufflé presentation, place quiche mixture into
oven proof mugs and bake.

Crustless Mediterranean Quiche 
The Recipe
Sun Dried Tomatoes
You Need
8 large eggs
4 spring onions (scallions), thinly sliced, green and white parts
1/4 cup water
a handful of fresh basil leaves thinly sliced
2 tbsp Kalamata Olives, Pitted
4 Sun dried Tomatoes, halved
1 packet Light Halloumi cheese, crumbled
1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Preheat your oven to 375F. Place a roasting pan 1/2 filled with water at the bottom rack of your oven.

In a large bowl, whisk, eggs, scallions, water and sliced Basil Leaves. Season with Salt & Black pepper to taste.

Brush oil over your baking dish, tray, skillet...etc (whichever you decided to bake in) Pour the egg mixture into baking dish. Crumble cheese on top and bake in oven till the centres are set and the quiche is golden brown.

Serve hot | warm.
Enjoy the rest of your day!

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