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Crustless Vegetable Quiche

4.94 from 31 votes

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.

4.94 from 31 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! 


  • 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


  • 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. Masooma Shahid says

    5 stars
    It’s a lovely recipe book.Im sure that will help me in future to cook delicious food.

  2. Shawn says

    As someone who lost my adult daughter, my only child, I really appreciated your sharing on grief. I’ve just discovered your site so I’m unsure of who Elliott is, but it’s never too late to offer condolences to someone and I offer my most sincere condolences to you on your loss of him and your mom. Thank You So Much for sharing!
    The quiche sounds delicious also!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Elliot was our son. He passed away when he was 1 week old. And thank you so much for your kind words.

  3. Shirley S. says

    is looks just Delicious, really want to try it ….I Also Like YOUR comments So VERY Much .. Would like to copy it in it’s entirety, but can’t seem to get it done by its self. Your comments are so true ,I would like to pass /share it with others . Thank You So Much for sharing. Our FATHER has Blessed You with a generous Heart

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you Shirley!

  4. Lisa De Marco says

    5 stars
    This is a delicious and versatile quiche recipe I have made several times and it always comes out awesome. My elderly vegetarian mother has stage 4 lung cancer and I’ve been searching for protein rich easy meals that my dad can easily heat up for her. Quiches are a simple healthy breakfast option. I have made this exactly as it is and it’s perfect. I’ve also made some changes to incorporate more fat and protein as she has lost a lot of weight by substituting milk for heavy cream or 1/2 and 1/2 and also use 6 eggs with yolks instead of separating the eggs. I’ve also added other veggies (mushrooms, spinach, zucchini). I usually bake it at 325 for about an hour as I find it doesn’t brown as quickly and with the cream it makes it a bit lighter and needs a slower cooking time. Excellent recipe I will make again and again as long as my beautiful mother enjoys it – thank you!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy you like it so much! As someone who lost a mom to stage four breast cancer, I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s diagnosis. What a wonderful gift for you to be able to care for her and for her to have you.

  5. Lisa De Marco says

    5 stars
    I have been searching for vegetarian quiche recipes for the past 6 months as my mother has cancer and lost a lot of weight due to chemo treatments. She has always loved eggs cooked with vegetables for breakfast and made them for herself everyday but she doesn’t have the energy to cook anymore so I have been making her a quiche each week so she simply needs to warm up a slice in the microwave and in seconds she has a nutricous and delicious breakfast. This is one of her favorites, I’ve also added mushrooms, spinach, other veggies or different cheeses, whatever I have on hand. It is very versatile and comes out great every time. Thanks for a wonderful recipe.

  6. Sue says

    Hi, no comment. Can I make this in a 9 inch pie pan?

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  7. Jessica says

    If I’m making this a day ahead to bring to someone should i go ahead and cook it or freeze it and let them cook it?

    • Lisa Longley says

      If it is just a day ahead I would bake it and let them warm it up when they are ready to eat it.

  8. Debbie says

    Can you make this the night before and bake in the morning?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m sorry I’m just seeing this Debbie! Yes, you can.

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