I chose to make a quick and easy crustless spinach & feta quiche for this week’s 38 Power Foods Blog Group. Can you guess the Power Food ingredient? Yes, it’s spinach. (And no, that’s not ketchup on the plate. It’s ajvar, a chunky red pepper and eggplant spread popular in the Balkans that my sister introduced me to, and that I now can’t get enough of. I’m eating it with everything.)
I continue to have fun each week making and writing about a healthy ingredient from Power Foods: 150 Delicious Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients, by Martha Stewart and the editors of Whole Living Magazine and then checking out what my fellow bloggers – Alyce – More Time at the Table, Ansh – Spice Roots, Jeanette – Jeanette’s Healthy Living, Jill – Saucy Cooks, Mireya – My Healthy Eating Habits, Sarah – Everything in the Kitchen Sink, Casey – My Sweet & Savory, Bambi – Adobo Down Under have whipped up.
Skinny on Spinach and Feta Crustless Quiche
I came across the recipe for this easy spinach and feta crustless quiche in one of my favorite cookbooks of the moment, which I’ve mentioned several times lately, 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking: 500 Recipes for Lifelong Wellness, by the talented Camilla Saulsbury.
This quiche is much lighter and healthier than classic quiche because: 1) it’s crustless and 2) it’s made with nonfat cottage cheese.
You simply whirl the ingredient together in a blender, pour the mixture into a pie dish and bake, so it’s a great quick & easy weeknight supper solution. And the leftovers can be warmed up for a super quick breakfast or lunch.
According to my calculations each serving has just *4 Weight Watchers Points Plus (old plan) or *3 Freestyle SmartPoints
Health Benefits of Spinach
Spinach is nutritious and delicious. We eat a lot of it around here, which turns out to be a very good thing. Rich in vitamins and minerals, it is also concentrated in health-promoting phytonutrients such as carotenoids and flavonoids that provide powerful antioxidant protection which can help protect you from inflammatory problems, oxidative stress-related problems, cardiovascular problems, bone problems, and cancers!
- 1 container 16 ounces nonfat cottage cheese
- 4 large eggs
- 1 package 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 1-1/3 cups finely chopped green onions
- 1 cup crumbled feta cheese about 6 ounces
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
- Place an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 F degrees.
- Coat a 9-inch glass pie dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- In a blender combine cottage and eggs and puree until smooth and creamy.
- Add the spinach, green onions, feta cheese and black pepper and pulse several times, until the mixture is combined.
- Spread the cottage cheese mixture evenly into the prepared pan, spreading it out evenly.
- Bake in the center of the oven for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with wheat germ and bake until golden brown and set, 10 to 15 minutes more.
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving: 159 calories, 7 g fat, 8 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 16 g protein and 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Value, 3 WW SmartPoints. Next time will add some chopped roasted red bell pepper too.
If you liked this spinach and feta crustless quiche:
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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