I used to love quiche back in the day and over the past few months, I have been playing around with a few different recipes to see how I can recreate this dish to make it vegan friendly. There are many ways to make a vegan ‘eggy’ mixture however here is one way to enjoy a delicious vegan quiche.
1 block (300g) tofu (the softer the better as you will be mixing it to a smooth paste)
2 cups mushrooms, sliced – any variety will work well
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup oat milk or cream
Black pepper to taste
1 tsp black salt/sulpher (this is what gives the pie it’s eggy smell and is great used to make tofu scramble)
Pinch of turmeric
A few sprigs of fresh thyme
1 pack ready made short crust pastry (check ingredients to make sure it is vegan friendly)
- Pre-heat oven to 180C
- In a square/rectangle baking tray, spray with some oil and lay out your pastry. You may need to roll out onto a floured chopping board to shape to size of baking tray.
- On a flat baking tray, put the walnuts and bake in the oven for 10 minutes, until browned.
- Blind bake the pastry (put a sheet of baking sheet to cover the pasty and top with dried beans) for 15 minutes
- In a frying pan add 1 tbsp sunflower oil, pinch of black pepper and a pinch of black salt & saute the mushrooms, until cooked and all water has evaporated
- Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, add the tofu, milk/cream, turmeric, thyme, black pepper and black salt and mix until smooth with a handheld mixed. You can also put this all into a blender and mix until smooth. If you need more milk, please add some.
- Once the mushrooms and walnuts are ready, add to the tofu mix.
- When the pasty is semi-cooked, remove baking sheet and dried beans and top with the tofu mix. Top with a sprinkling of smoked paprika for colour.
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes
- Enjoy with a fresh green leaf salad accompanied with an olive oil & balsamic vinegar dressing which works well.
**To make this dish gluten free, simply use a gluten free & vegan ready rolled pastry which can be found at any high street supermarket**
- Walnuts: They are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids and a good source of protein. The combination of healthy fats, protein, and fibre in walnuts helps to increase satisfaction and fullness. Not forgetting that they taste delicious as a healthy snack!
- Tofu: Tofu is a good source of protein and contains all nine essential amino acids. It is a valuable plant based source of iron and calcium and the minerals manganese, selenium and phosphorous.