Pumpkin, Leek and Spinach Quiche for a Tasty Treat
Quiche is a fun dish to make and to have; it’s light and hearty at the same time, and can fill you up quickly and easily. It’s a good choice for any meal and can make for a nice treat when you want to enjoy some coffee on the patio during the cool weather. Because pumpkins are in season during autumn and winter, you can make a pumpkin, leek an spinach quiche for some tasty nutrition for yourself and your family.
To Make this Dish, You Need the Following
- 3 cups butternut pumpkin, peeled, seeded, and cut into 2-inch pieces
- Cooking spray
- Dash of pepper
- 1 leek, white section only, cut into thin slices
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup baby spinach
- 4 eggs
- 2 additional egg whites
- 1/4 cup skim milk
- 1/3 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/3 cup basic leaves
How to Prepare the Quiche
First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking tray with nonstick wax paper and place the pumpkin on the tray. Spray this with a bit of cooking spray and season with a dash of pepper. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden.
Next, use a large nonstick frying pan and spray with the cooking spray, then over medium heat, cook the leek, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic and continue to cook, stirring constantly, for one more minute or just long enough for the garlic to get soft. Add the spinach to this and continue to cook, stirring constantly, for approximately 3 more minutes or until the spinach wilts.
Line a 10×6 or 9×9 pan with more nonstick wax paper. Spread the pumpkin on the pan and then the leek mixture evenly over this. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg whites, and milk. Pour this egg mixture over the pumpkin and leek mixture. Sprinkle this with the ricotta and bake for 20 minutes until it’s golden brown and slightly puffy. Before serving, sprinkle with fresh basil.
This dish is very healthy because it contains the leafy greens of spinach and because pumpkins are chockfull of vitamins and essential trace minerals. The light sprinkling of cheese makes it very filling and you can prepare this dish in less than half an hour if you have all your ingredients on hand.
Try pumpkin, leek and spinach quiche this fall or winter. It’s a great way to use up the pumpkin you may have from carving those jack-o-lanterns!