TBH, brunch is a vegan’s worst nightmare. Everything has egg in it, there’s no almond milk for our coffee…it’s the definition of #firstworldprobs.
But for real, it’s difficult. Family gatherings/holidays are also a challenge, since the traditional food served is always rather animal-heavy. (Unless you’re Indian. I totally want to be Indian.)
So while I love Easter and all that it stands for, it can be a bit of a doozy considering it’s a ham-centered family holiday brunch where people also want you to search for hard-boiled eggs in the yard.
Woof. At least I get to wear Lilly.
I usually end up bringing most of what I’m going to eat to any of these type of events. Since I don’t want to carry an entire buffet around with me, that means I have to be smart and make sure the food I bring is hearty enough to be a meal. (And easy to carry in my Lilly soft-sided cooler, duh.)
A green soup is Spring-y and easy as a side. Below is our Rebelle version of Southern Living’s Spring Leek and Lettuce Soup. Patrick and I also recently made this (no-cook!) Chilled Cucumber-Tahini Soup, which would be perfect.
Whether you celebrate Easter or not, we hope your day is full of family, love and gratitude.
Sun-dried Tomato & Veggie Quiche
For the crust:
- 1 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoons water mixed together
- 1 cup whole almonds ground into flour
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats or buckwheat groats ground into flour
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
- 1-2.5 tbsp water as needed
For the quiche filling:
- 1 block (14-ofirm tofu
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil
- 1 leek or yellow onion thinly sliced
- 3 large garlic cloves minced
- 3 cups (8-osliced cremini mushrooms
- 1/2 cup fresh chives finely chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves finely chopped
- 1/3 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes finely chopped
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 3/4-1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
- Black pepper to taste
- Red pepper flakes to taste
For the crust:
- Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease a round 10-inch tart pan. Alternatively, you can use a 9-inch glass pie dish if desired.
Whisk together flax and water mixture in a small bowl and set aside so it can gel up.
- Wrap rinsed tofu in a few tea towels. Place a few books on top of it to lightly press out the water while you prepare the crust.
- In a large bowl, stir together the almond meal, oat flour (or buckwheat flour), parsley, oregano, and salt.
- Add in the flax mixture and oil. Stir until mostly combined, adding the remaining water until the dough is sticky (about the consistency of cookie dough). The dough should stick together when you press it between your fingers.
- Crumble the dough evenly over the base of the tart pan (or pie dish). Starting from the centre of the pan, press the mixture evenly into the pan, working your way outward and up the sides of the pan. Poke a few fork holes in the dough so air can escape.
- Bake the crust at 350F for 13-16 minutes, or until lightly golden and firm to touch. Set aside to cool while you finish preparing the filling. Increase oven temperature to 375F.
For the filling:
- Break apart the tofu block into 4 pieces and add into food processor. Process the tofu until smooth and creamy. If it doesn't get creamy, add a tiny splash of almond milk to help it along.
- In a skillet, add oil and saute the leek (or onioand garlic over medium heat for a few minutes. Stir in the mushrooms, season with salt, and cook on medium-high heat until most of the water cooks off the mushrooms, about 10-12 minutes. Stir in the herbs, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, nutritional yeast, oregano, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes until combined. Cook until the spinach is wilted.
- Finally, remove from heat and stir in the processed tofu until thoroughly combined. Adjust seasoning to taste if desired. Spoon mixture into baked crust and smooth out with a spoon until even.
- Bake quiche, uncovered, at 375F for 33-37 minutes, until the quiche is firm to the touch. For best results, cool the quiche for 15-20 minutes on a cooling rack before attempting to slice. The crust may crumble slightly when sliced warm, but not to worry.
- Wrap up leftovers and refrigerate for 3-4 days. Leftover quiche can be reheated in the oven on a baking sheet for about 15-20 minutes at 350F.