Crustless Vegetable Quiche

This Crustless Vegetable Quiche is easy to make and only 120 calories a slice!  So delicious!

This Crustless Vegetable Quiche is easy to make and only 120 calories a slice! So delicious!

This week I’ve had a few friends casually talk to me about dealing with grief . . . or rather dealing with people who are dealing with grief.  I’m always careful about what I say, because even though I have been through it and then through it some more, I don’t want to say the wrong things.  But I feel like it would be almost negligent for me to say nothing.

This Crustless Vegetable Quiche is easy to make and only 120 calories a slice! So delicious!

The question beneath their casual talk is this:  What do you do for someone who lost someone or is currently in the process of losing someone?  The people who have talked to me recently are talking about THE BIG losses.  Children.  Spouses.  The kinds of loses that are soul crushing.  And I know that sounds dramatic, but when you are in it, that is exactly how it feels.  Like your soul is crushed and you will never quite be the same.

And you won’t.

I tend to believe that the universe talks to you.  Sends people your way who you need to learn something from.  And maybe I’m taking it a step too far, but I feel like if I can possibly help one person by writing about this (even if it is paired with a crustless vegetable quiche recipe . . . . maybe especially if it is paired with a crustless vegetable quiche recipe) than I should write.

So this is my advice.

Bear witness.

And this isn’t actually my advice.  This is the advice from my old therapist who got me through the death of my mom, through Elliot’s death, and the intensely difficult pregnancies that followed.  She said that there is nothing you can actually do to help someone who is grieving.  There are no cards that will make them feel better.  No plants.  No meals.  Those things are wonderful, don’t get me wrong.  But they won’t actually fix anything.

The greatest gift you can do for someone who is grieving is: Bare witness.

I think that can mean so many things. It can look like so many different things.  But I think what it boils down to is allowing the person who is grieving to feel however they are going to feel in whatever moment they are going to feel it for as long as they are going to feel it while letting them know you love them and passing no judgement.

This Crustless Vegetable Quiche is easy to make and only 120 calories a slice! So delicious!

I am going to be brutally honest.

After Elliot died, there were people who did this beautifully.  There were people who let us be exactly where we were at.  Over and over and over.  And there were people, some of the very people we thought would be there for us, who did the exact opposite.  And that sucked.

You can’t make it better.  Please don’t try.  Bare witness.

And remember that the thickest part of the grief comes later.  It comes six, nine months down the road. Maybe even years later for some people.  It doesn’t mean they aren’t moving on.  Grief is a debt that has to be paid (another great line from my great therapist) and people have to be allowed to pay it in their own time.

That’s it.

Woah. Super heavy for a brunch recipe, aye?

Thank you for forgiving me all this talk of grief, friends. It’s a huge piece of who I am and I don’t suspect this will be my last post like this.

This Crustless Vegetable Quiche is easy to make and only 120 calories a slice! So delicious!

Crustless Vegetable Quiche!

You guys, this quiche is so crazy good!  And its made with loads of veggies, a little cheese, egg whites, a few eggs, and skim milk, so it’s only 120 calories a slice! I loooooove brunch recipes, but so many of them are totally loaded with calories.  I love this lighter option that is still packed with flavor.  Give me a slice of this and a cup of coffee and I am a happy happy girl.

Crustless Vegetable Quiche

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 48 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Calories per serving: 120 calories per serving

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 red pepper, diced small
  • 3 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 1/2 a yellow onion, diced small
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp basil
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a nine inch quiche dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Then add the garlic, peppers, broccoli, and onion. Cooking, stirring intermittently over medium heat until the vegetables are soft, about eight minutes.
  3. While the vegetables are cooking, whisk together the eggs and egg whites. Then whisk in the milk, salt, pepper, oregano, and basil. Stir in the mozzarella and feta cheese.
  4. Once the vegetables are cooked, pour them into the quiche dish. Pour the egg mixture over it, gently smoothing it out so it is all even. Put in the oven and bake for 40 minutes or until the edge of the quiche starts to pull away from the side. Let set for 10 minutes and then serve and enjoy!
http://www.wineandglue.com/crustless-vegetable-quiche/

More great quiches!

Broccoli Cheddar Bacon Quiche

Farmer’s Market Quiche

Cherry Tomato, Leek, and Spinach Quiche

Other great brunch recipes

Egg Muffins

Hash Brown Casserole

Spinach Artichoke Strata

This Crustless Vegetable Quiche is easy to make and only 120 calories a slice! So delicious!

Comments

  1. Angela Sommers says

    I have started following your blog a couple months ago and have come to love it – especially your openness and sharing the good and the difficult. Thanks so much for that – it really helps when others open up and share their experiences, and it’s invaluable to get advice from someone who has been through grief and loss.
    I also happen to really enjoy your style of writing, and your recipes of course. Thanks!

    • says

      Angela, this is the nicest comment I have gotten in a while. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave it. It means so much, especially sometimes I feel like I’m just talking into a void hoping it lands. You know? Thank you! This will stick with me all day.

    • says

      Karen, I just adore you. Did I ever tell you that my mom was a nun and my dad was a priest (they both left and then met!!). The way they would talk about what they learned from Jesus’ teachings . . . it was always so inspiring and beautiful.

  2. Toni says

    Thank you for sharing your grief. My grandson Liam passed away nearly a year ago April 8 2016. He was three years old. I find myself consumed with so much grief and sadness. Every word written here is so true. I love the Quiche recipe. Can’t wait to make it. It’s blogs like this that make me feel less alone. Thank you.

    • says

      Toni, I am so very very sorry for your loss. I know for grandparents, the loss is compounded. You lost a grandchild, but you have also had to watch your child grieve. I can’t imagine.

    • says

      Definitely! It’s a really flexible recipe. The only thing you might need to consider is adjusting the baking time. If you wanted to use eggs instead of egg whites, I would just use one egg for every two whites. Again, its rough, so watch it while baking.

  3. natasha says

    Can I fix this all together and then freeze/refrigerate for another night later in the week to bake at a later time?

    • says

      Do you mean bake it and the refrigerate/freeze it? If that is the question, then I can tell you I haven’t tried freezing it, but it is very good as left overs. Even cold. Up to about four days. If your question is can you mix it all together and then bake it later, I probably wouldn’t do that. If pushed, I would sauté the vegetables ahead of time and then when I’m ready to bake the prep time would be really minimal.

  4. Lesa Laurence says

    Thank you for posting these recipes. For someone who needs to eat low fat and has chronic pancreatitis and other people with suffering ailments, your recipe would help us. I am thankful for people like you who care……xo Lesa

  5. Mary Lynne P. says

    Thanks for the yummy looking quiche, Weight Watcher friendly veggie quiche recipe. Your post about grief was perfect. I just wish everyone could read it and get the point. I am grieving the loss of my husband and everything you said is so very true! Most people don’t really get it and think that as time goes on, you should be “moving on”. I just want to scream and tell them it is more intense no than it was 10 months ago. But as you know, we smile and say “I’m fine” and go on. Looking forward to reading more from you!

    • says

      Oh Mary. I’m so sorry. And yes! I just said to someone recently, make sure you reach out to them again in 6 months because it will be HARDER then. I know it’s hard, but I encourage you to be honest with people. Don’t tell them you are fine. It sucks that we have to teach people how to be there for us, but sometimes we do. Wishing you more peace filled days ahead, Mary.

  6. Carol K says

    I just saw your recipe on fb, and read what you wrote about grief. What you said was so touching and true. I recently had to share my medical history with a new doctor. This included having to discuss my parents’ cause of death. They died 2 months apart in 2009, and I still start crying when I talk about it. On a lighter note, I will be trying your quiche recipe! It sounds great!

    • says

      Uuuugh, I hate have to share my medical history that includes losing my mom to breast cancer and having a c-section with our second who passed away. I’m hate that you have gone through it, but I appreciate having people relate!

    • says

      So 4 whites plus 4 whole eggs really doesn’t equal 8 whole eggs. You can certainly do it, but the seasoning might be off and the baking time would definitely have to be adjusted. I think it would be better to go with six full eggs, but you would definitely have to keep a closer eye on it.

  7. Jamie says

    I’m having a friend over tomorrow for lunch to meet her newborn baby boy and was searching quiche recipes on Pinterest. This looks delicious! I have two girls myself, and we recently had the very unfortunate circumstance of having to terminate a pregnancy at 21 weeks due to a very rare congenial heart defect called HLHS. I am so so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet boy- I think you shared such a beautiful story and I can only imagine how difficult it was to write that post. I also saw you went on to have other children- we aren’t sure about what the future holds for us but hearing stories like yours offer hope for people in our situations!

    • says

      Oh Jamie, I have had so many people share their own stories of loss with me and they are all moving, but yours brought tears to my eyes. I am so very sorry for your loss. I feel like I should be honest, my pregnancies after Elliot were honestly the most trying times of my life. But I am *so* grateful that I did it. The birth of my third child didn’t end my grief by any means, but it did change it. Feel free to reach out to me via email if you want to talk about it more! Also, you are a very good friend making food for someone with a newborn after your loss. I don’t know if I could have done that.

  8. Ana says

    Such a delicious and healthy quiche! It’s also one of the prettiest quiches I have ever made. Thank you for the recipe!

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