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posted: 03/29/17

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This Crustless Vegetable Quiche is easy to make and only 120 calories a slice! This is an easy breakfast quiche recipe that is perfect to make for any brunch or even for a weekday breakfast.

The left overs are great! This vegetarian no crust quiche recipe is great if you are looking eat lighter.

On a white plate, a slice of the Crustless Vegetable Quiche has broccoli, red peppers, cheese, and more peaking out.

This week I’ve had a few friends casually talk to me about dealing with grief . . . or rather dealing with people who are dealing with grief. I’m always careful about what I say, because even though I have been through it and then through it some more, I don’t want to say the wrong things. But I feel like it would be almost negligent for me to say nothing.

An overhead photo of the Crustless Vegetable Quiche in a ceramic pie pan

The question beneath their casual talk is this:  What do you do for someone who lost someone or is currently in the process of losing someone? The people who have talked to me recently are talking about THE BIG losses. Children. Spouses. The kinds of loses that are soul crushing. And I know that sounds dramatic, but when you are in it, that is exactly how it feels. Like your soul is crushed and you will never quite be the same.

And you won’t.

I tend to believe that the universe talks to you. Sends people your way who you need to learn something from. And maybe I’m taking it a step too far, but I feel like if I can possibly help one person by writing about this (even if it is paired with a crustless vegetable quiche recipe . . . . maybe especially if it is paired with a crustless vegetable quiche recipe) than I should write.

So this is my advice.

Bear witness.

And this isn’t actually my advice. This is the advice from my old therapist who got me through the death of my mom, through Elliot’s death, and the intensely difficult pregnancies that followed. She said that there is nothing you can actually do to help someone who is grieving. There are no cards that will make them feel better. No plants. No meals. Those things are wonderful, don’t get me wrong. But they won’t actually fix anything.

The greatest gift you can do for someone who is grieving is: Bear witness.

I think that can mean so many things. It can look like so many different things. But I think what it boils down to is allowing the person who is grieving to feel however they are going to feel in whatever moment they are going to feel it for as long as they are going to feel it while letting them know you love them and passing no judgement.

A slice of the Crustless Vegetable Quiche was taken out of the whole quiche showing the the different produce in the quiche.

I am going to be brutally honest.

After Elliot died, there were people who did this beautifully. There were people who let us be exactly where we were at. Over and over and over. And there were people, some of the very people we thought would be there for us, who did the exact opposite. And that sucked.

You can’t make it better. Please don’t try. Bear witness.

And remember that the thickest part of the grief comes later. It comes six, nine months down the road. Maybe even years later for some people. It doesn’t mean they aren’t moving on. Grief is a debt that has to be paid (another great line from my great therapist) and people have to be allowed to pay it in their own time.

That’s it.

Woah. Super heavy for a brunch recipe, aye?

Thank you for forgiving me all this talk of grief, friends. It’s a huge piece of who I am and I don’t suspect this will be my last post like this.

On a white plate, a slice of the Crustless Vegetable Quiche has broccoli, red peppers, cheese, and more peaking out.

Crustless Vegetable Quiche!

You guys, this quiche is so crazy good! And its made with loads of veggies, a little cheese, egg whites, a few eggs, and skim milk, so it’s only 120 calories a slice! I loooooove brunch recipes, but so many of them are totally loaded with calories. I love this lighter option that is still packed with flavor. Give me a slice of this and a cup of coffee and I am a happy happy girl.

Other Light Breakfast Ideas

If you are looking for other light breakfast ideas, try this quinoa breakfast recipe. If you need another easy breakfast, make these cheese and sausage egg muffins or another great quiche make my crustless spinach quiche.

https://simplejoy.com/2015/04/overnight-spinach-artichoke-strata.html
4.96 from 50 votes

Crustless Vegetable Quiche

Serves: 8 servings
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 48 minutes
This Crustless Vegetable Quiche is easy to make and only 120 calories a slice!  So delicious! 

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 red pepper diced small
  • 3 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 1/2 a yellow onion diced small
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp basil
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a nine inch quiche dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Then add the garlic, peppers, broccoli, and onion. Cooking, stirring intermittently over medium heat until the vegetables are soft, about eight minutes.
  • While the vegetables are cooking, whisk together the eggs and egg whites. Then whisk in the milk, salt, pepper, oregano, and basil. Stir in the mozzarella and feta cheese.
  • Once the vegetables are cooked, pour them into the quiche dish. Pour the egg mixture over it, gently smoothing it out so it is all even. Put in the oven and bake for 40 minutes or until the edge of the quiche starts to pull away from the side. Let set for 10 minutes and then serve and enjoy!
Calories: 120kcal (6%) Carbohydrates: 6g (2%) Protein: 9g (18%) Fat: 7g (11%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 103mg (34%) Sodium: 379mg (16%) Potassium: 249mg (7%) Fiber: 2g (8%) Sugar: 4g (4%) Vitamin A: 1100IU (22%) Vitamin C: 78.4mg (95%) Calcium: 140mg (14%) Iron: 0.9mg (5%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American

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  1. Ann Marie says

    Hi Lisa, can I use egg substitute in place of the eggs ? Love your recipes thanks

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so sorry, Ann Marie, this recipe has only been tested with eggs.

  2. Linda Bacon says

    I haven’t made this yet but it looks like it’s gonna be made soon! I would really appreciate nutritional values though.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Vicki says

    I would add cauliflower to it as welk. Great combination.

  4. Kandice says

    5 stars
    This is unrelated to the recipe(but I am going to use it). In August of 2022, we lost our five week old son to trisomy 18. It’s been a journey and I think we are healing in the best way we can. Recently, someone said something pretty awful to one of my other children..that I was using the death of my son as a crutch. That statement has weighed on my spirit so much.. And then today I ran across this while looking for a vegetarian quiche recipe. I wanted you to know you did help someone. Me. Today. I needed someone to tell me exactly what you did. Thank you ❤️

    • Lisa Longley says

      Kandice, I wish I could give you a huge hug. I’m so so so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. People don’t understand what it is to lose a child. There is a word for losing a spouse (widow/er) and a word for loss of parents (orphan), but the loss of a child his so horrific, there isn’t even a word for it. In case you need to hear this, of course you aren’t using his death as a crutch. You are deep in grief and surviving. I promise it will get better, but you aren’t even six months out – and grief often peaks at 6 to 9 months. Sending you so much love.

  5. Joy Wender says

    Will make this tomorrow. Yum

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you love it!

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