There is this cute little café across the street from where I live that I absolutely love. They serve the largest and cheapest and most delicious soya hot chocolate, and two of my friends work there. It was the first place I came to eat at in London when I viewed the flat I was to live in. I had a mouth-watering vegetable quiche while I talked about my future flat with my family.
I haven’t had a quiche, or an omelet, or anything remotely like that since I became vegan over a year ago. I don’t miss any of those old foods–if occasionally I eat something with egg or dairy in it at work it can even make feel a little queasy–but I do get a bit stuck in a rut sometimes, making a lot of salads or the same old quinoa and veggies. Sometimes I just want something a bit more traditional, rustic or that takes a little more time and effort.
Cue the good ol’ quiche.
This is nothing like a quiche Lorraine, make no mistake. It has the same form as a quiche but the taste won’t be the same that you are/were used to. It does, however, satisfy you the same way a traditional quiche would: it’s a hearty meal that will warm you to your core and turn you mellow as a marshmallow. Sit back in your plump sofa with a plateful of this flavour-packed meal, and enjoy every bite.
1 can of butter beans (400g)
5 cherry tomatoes
2-4 tbsps nutritional yeast
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
approx. half a sheet of roll-out puff pastry (or for a thicker crust, fold the whole sheet double)
one other vegetable of your choice: courgette/zucchini, red bell pepper, green beans, etc.
1-3 tbsps vegetable oil
a few sunflower seeds to garnish
Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC. Cover the bottom and sides of a medium-sized round pie dish with the puff pastry sheet, pressing it down with your fingers.
In a blender or food processor, puree the butter beans with a little bit of vegetable oil until smooth. Add the nooch, garlic and turmeric powder and blend some more. Chop up your vegetables and add this to the mixture before pouring it into the pie dish.
Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes. Top with some sunflower seeds before serving.
You can use any of your favourite vegetables for this quiche–make this recipe your own. The most delicious meals are often the ones you get really creative with.