Last night's dinner makes for today's recipe! This one is, again, quick and easy. I was thinking about that yesterday, that I say that with every recipe I post. I could come up with something more complicated, I'm sure, but if I can offer up good and really tasty food that's not complicated then isn't that a win-win?
This quiche recipe comes from Cooking Light online and was originally made for me by a friend when we were having a girls' night dinner (when's the last time that's happened?). It has become one of my favorite lunches and is a great meal to make when having people over for a light meal. It is Cooking Light so the recipe is all very healthy and non-fat. I don't know about you but I am not a big fan of low-fat cheese so I don't exactly follow all the guidelines, but it is crustless so that helps to cut out some of the fat and calories you may get by adding a pie crust.
Crustless Smoked Turkey and Spinach Quiche
3/4 cup (4 ounces) cubed smoked turkey ham (such as Jennie-O)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese, divided
1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
1 cup fat-free cottage cheese
1/2 cup evaporated fat-free evaporated milk
1/4 cup (1 ounce) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 ounces)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add ham, onion, and pepper to pan. Saute 4 minutes or until ham is lightly browned.
3. Sprinkle 1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese in a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Top with ham mixture.
4. Combine remaining 1/2 cup Swiss cheese, spinach, and next 5 ingredients (through egg whites) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk.
5. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and baking powder in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add flour mixture to egg mixture, stirring with a whisk until blended. Pour egg mixture over ham mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center of quiche comes out clean.
In full discloure, I use regular ham and not turkey ham. I do not like to eat cottage cheese on its own, but you don't taste it in this quiche, so if you're like me, don't worry about that ingredient. Prior to making this quiche I was aware of evaporated milk but had never actually used it, so if you are also new to that ingredient, you can usually find it in the same aisle as the coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Don't confuse it for sweetened condensed milk, which is located on the same shelf. I also don't mix the spinach into the egg mixture- I just layer it on top of the ham and then pour the egg mixture over it. It's much easier.
This is great served with a salad, soup, or as we had it last night, with fruit salad. It's a great meal for spring and summer because it's not heavy, and I'm sure if you wanted to make it meatless that it would still turn out good. Enjoy!