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Quiche Lorraine with Spinach Crust

Quiche Lorraine
Debbie Koenig

Chef notes

Quiche is an ever-popular breakfast dish, but its buttery crust and full-fat filling cause calories and saturated fat to add! I've slimmed down the recipe and amped up the nutrition by creating a delicious spinach crust with a cheesy Parmesan flavor. I've also nixed the heavy cream and bacon and chosen lower fat substitutes. The end result? A whopping decrease from 600 calories to only 220 calories per slice. Now, go ahead, and enjoy!


Spinach Crust
  • 2 packages frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and thoroughly drained of water
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat, shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Oil spray, for pan
Joy's Low-Calorie Quiche Lorraine
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg whites
  • 6 ounces cooked turkey bacon (about 10 cooked strips), chopped up
  • 1 cup shredded or grated reduced-fat Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup 2 percent milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg


For the spinach crust:


Preheat the oven to 425º F.


In a large bowl, mix everything together until well combined. Liberally coat a spring-form pan with oil spray and cover the bottom with the spinach "dough." Bake for about 17 minutes until spinach crust is set, firm and slightly browned on top and edges. Remove from oven and set aside.


Lower the oven's temperature to 375º F and prepare the quiche filling.

For Joy's low-calorie quiche Lorraine:

In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together and pour on top of spinach crust in spring-form pan (NOTE: Be sure to cover the bottom of spring-form pan with tinfoil and place on baking sheet to prevent egg from dripping through small openings). Bake for 30 minutes — or until the quiche is set and fluffy. About 5 minutes before quiche is done cooking, sprinkle a few tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese over the top so it becomes melted and browned. Enjoy!

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Nutrition analysis courtesy of Genesis® R&D