One of the best parts about spring is the annual emergence of local farmer’s markets. These one-of-a-kind markets are a great place to learn about and buy farm-fresh produce, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, flowers and whatever else growers and producers in your region can grow or craft. And when you buy freshly picked fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets, you’re getting them at their absolute peak of nutrition and flavor.
Of course, spring also brings with it one of our favorite holidays here at Balance Bar, Mother’s Day! So we thought, let’s combine these two jewels of spring and offer some ideas for creating some delicious, farmer’s market-inspired Mother’s Day quiches. And we’ve got some tips for making whichever quiche recipe you use a little lighter as well. Let’s get started!
Quiches can be high in fat and calories, especially when they are made with half and half and full-fat cheese. The good news is there are some simple substitutions that can lighten the dish quite a bit. Try making these changes to your basic quiche recipe:
- Instead of half & half, use nonfat milk.
- Use a mixture of eggs and egg whites. A combination of 2 eggs and 5 egg whites works great.
- Leave out the pie crust! With the right veggies, cheese and seasoning you won’t miss the taste, and it’ll help to lighten the calorie load quite a bit.
Pick Out Your Farm Fresh Veggies
Now for the fun part. There are so many delicious combinations of seasonal veggies that you can create from a farmers market, and a lot will depend on what is locally available to you. Here are 3 of our favorite veggie-licious combos:
- Spinach (or Kale), mushroom and sun-dried tomato.
- Zucchini, red bell pepper and carmelized onion.
- Asparagus, garlic and cherry tomato.
Many farmer’s markets will feature artisan cheeses made by local producers. Some of our favorite additions to a veggie quiche are feta, Gruyere, sharp cheddar, parmesan, or pepper jack to add a little kick. To cut out even more fat and calories from your recipe, talk to the seller about which lighter or low-fat cheeses they carry.
The Finishing Touches
If you leave the crust off, you’ll definitely want to use a non-stick pan. Also, adding a little spice and seasoning to your egg mixture will really help make the flavors sing. And finally, you’ll want to bake your quiche until the top is a beautiful golden brown, and let it set for 20-30 minutes before serving.
Now grab some plates, forks, maybe a mimosa, and enjoy your delicious Mother’s Day Brunch!