• 1 9″ pie crust

    Vegetable Quiche

  • 1 clove of garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 Cup onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 Cup grape tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/2 Cup zucchini (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup watercress (chopped)
  • 4 baby red potatoes (diced)
  • 2 and 1/2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 Tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Herbs de Provence
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1/8 Tsp pepper
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/4 Cup milk
  • 1/4 Cup parmesan cheese
  • TOPPING
  • 1/4 Cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 Cup baby spinach (chopped)

—–

Heat oven to 450°.  Spread pie crust into bottom of glass pie dish.  Prick bottom of crust.  Cook pie crust for 5 minutes.  Remove crust from oven.  Lower oven temperature to 350°.  

Beat eggs, milk and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese in bowl.  Set aside.  Saute garlic, onion, potatoes, zucchini, salt, pepper, Herbs de Provence and curry powder in butter.  Add sauteed ingredients to pie crust.  Add tomatoes and watercress to pie crust.  Mix vegetables together and spread evenly into pie crust.  Pour egg mixture over vegetables in pie crust.  

Cook at 350° for 25 minutes.  Sprinkle topping over quiche and cook for another 10-15 minutes.  Check center of quiche for doneness with butter knife.  Knife should come out of center clean.

TCM Notes:

This dish is slightly cool in nature.  The eggs and potato are heavy and yin, while the fresh vegetables are more yang.

Turmeric, typically found in curry powder, is an herb also known as Jiang Huang.  It invigorates blood stagnation caused by cold from deficiency.  It also moves qi in the epigastrium and abdomen.  This herb is also good for gynecological disorders. (Materia Medica, Bensky)

Cuminalso found in curry, is known as Xi Hui Xiang in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  Cumin harmonizes the Stomach, stops pain, and warms the abdomen.

Eggs are yin in nature.  They tonify the yin and blood of the body and lubricate dryness.  They are slightly cool in temperature.

Potatoes are neutral in temperature and are used in tonifying the Spleen.  Potatoes also harmonize the Stomach and lubricate the intestines.

Garlic is a powerful anti-bacterial, help digestion, and prevents diarrhea. Eating garlic on a regular basis lowers the risk of stomach and colon cancers according to research.