Crustless ham and spinach quiche low carb meal that is perfect for getting your nutrients in and using up leftover ham! Not only is this crustless quiche healthy and gluten free, it's also delicious and packed with lean protein and tons of vegetables. Bring on the weeknights (or week day mornings) with this delicious dish! Super easy to reheat leftover ham and spinach quiche.
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What is quiche?
A quiche is an egg pie with breakfast ingredients like vegetables, and meats such as sausage or ham. Some even have seafood in them. It really depends on when the quiche is served as to what is in it. For the purpose of this recipe, we are focusing on breakfast quiche ingredients.
Quiche recipe ingredients:
- Olive oil - to lubricate the pan while frying
- Ham - savory breakfast meat
- Spinach - adds color and nutrients like iron
- Garlic - adds aromatic flavor
- Eggs - the main base of the recipe
- Colby jack cheese - you can use any cheese you want here to make it cheesy
- Milk - a common ingredient while making breakfast egg bakes
- Hot sauce - adds flavor
- Pepper and salt - to taste
How to make Breakfast Quiche:
- Fry ingredients - the eggs will bake in the oven, but the vegetables and meat needs to be cooked ahead of time because they release water while they cook. It is best to have them release water before they release it in the egg mixture.
- Mix, pour and bake - mix remaining ingredients with the cooked ham and spinach in a mixing bowl and pour into your baking dish. Bake until golden brown on top and heated throughout!
Tips for making the best quiche:
- Make sure top is set-after removing the quiche from the oven, you will know if it is done or not by if the eggs are jiggling or not. If it is firm, then it is done. If it is still jiggling, then it is not done and needs to go back in the oven for at least another 3-5 minutes. If quiche will not set after that, try turning up the oven temperature.
- Use big enough pie dish: using a decent sized pie dish will be useful in accounting for the spillage of the egg coming in and taking out of the oven. Will quiche rise? No quiche doesn't rise but it is important to have a big enough pie dish to make sure there is no spillage going into the oven. If you do not have a deep pie dish, use a normal pie dish, put place on a 9 x 13 baking sheet as well. this will help stabilize coming in and going out of the oven.
- Cook the vegetables first-if you are adding more vegetable than just the spinach, make sure to cook them first. This will prevent them from making your quiche watery because they will release the water while cooking in the skillet and not in the oven.
- use full fat milk-do not use skim milk or 1% making this recipe. The egg mixture needs the fat to develop the custard consistency
- add a crust-quiche without crust is pretty good, but some people still prefer the crust option. Flaky pie crust is a great bottom for quiche!
- cream-this crustless ham quiche without cream uses milk instead. This cuts calories. If you do not have milk on hand, you can use cream or half and half.
- add more vegetables-what quiche is healthy? Well that depends what you put in it! This ham and spinach quiche is pretty healthy, but you can always add more vegetables to make it healthier. Mushrooms, tomatoes, green onion, bell peppers, artichokes, etc. are healthy ingredients to add. Even broccoli ham quiche tastes pretty good.
- different cheeses-you can use any cheese you want. You can even make this with cream cheese! Swiss, pepper jack, and sharp cheddar add a lot of flavor.
What's the difference between a regular quiche and a crustless quiche?
Crustless quiche is the same as regular quiche except it just doesn't have the other shell layer. It is just the filling of the quiche going into the pan. Either way, they both still taste good! Crustless quiche cuts calories though.
Can you make quiche ahead of time?
Yes, you can store ham and spinach quiche in the fridge until ready to eat. Breakfast casserole can be reheated from the fridge by using the microwave.
Can I make quiche without milk?
There is debate on if milk makes egg bakes rubbery, but in this case, we need milk in the breakfast casserole in order for it to set. If you do not want to use regular milk, soy milk is the next best alternative.
How to store spinach ham quiche:
- Fridge - store this ham and spinach quiche recipe in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week
- Freezer - Will quiche freeze well? This recipe can be a freezer meal! I recommend not storing it for very long in the freezer though as it can get freezer burned due to the moisture of the eggs. Prepare as normal, let cook, then slice into serving sizes and freeze individually. Plastic wrap them if needed to seal out air.
- Reheat - how to reheat quiche is fairly easy. Thaw frozen quiche out in fridge for a few hours before reheating in microwave or oven.
What goes well with breakfast quiche:
Crustless Ham and Spinach Quiche
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 ½ cup ham diced
- 2 cups spinach
- 2 tablespoon garlic
- 5 eggs
- 1 ½ cups colby jack cheese
- ⅔ cup milk
- 2 tablespoon hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a large skillet, cook ham and spinach together until spinach starts to wilt. Add garlic and sautee until fragrant.
- While that is cooking, in a large bowl, crack and beat the eggs with a fork. Add remaining ingredients to this mixture.
- Spray a pie dish with nonstick spray. Evenly distribute the spinach mixture on the pie dish. Pour the egg mixture on top. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes or until center is fully set. Serve hot.
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