Vegan quiche

Because it’s Sunday and I feel like brunch. If you thought quiche was impossible without eggs, cheese, and milk, think again. This quiche achieves its creaminess with cashews and tofu, and its yumminess from whatever vegetables you choose to add to it.

Since it’s Sunday and all that anticipated free time got lost somewhere between the 5th load of laundry and paying the bills, I’m providing the link to the recipe rather than writing it out. There are only a few changes that I (sometimes) make to it:

  1. Use firm (rather than extra firm) tofu. It is fine either way, but tends to feel creamier with firm tofu. If you like your quiche to stand up and greet you, go for the extra firm.
  2. Change up the vegetables. While broccoli is a sure winner, I have also chiffonaded greens and sauteed them with onions, garlic, and herbs and substituted that for the vegetable. It is an effective way to dispose of those leftover kohlrabi or beet greens that have been lurking in your produce bin for longer than you’d care to admit. I bet mushrooms, asparagus, artichokes, or peppers would work well here too.
  3. Add some element to provide a contrast in taste, color, and/or texture. Sundried tomatoes fit the bill nicely, as would olives. They add a contrasting color and texture and a sharp burst of flavor.

If you are not familiar with the gals of the Post-Punk Kitchen (where this recipe is from), you are in for a treat. Their epic cookbook, Veganomicon, is a classic. I even hired someone once because she referenced this book in her interview. I can’t recall how it came up – and no, she did not know I was vegan – but it was enough to seal the deal. For the record, she was wicked smart and otherwise highly qualified for the job – this was just the icing on the vegan cake. It let me know that she had good taste, and hey – bonus points for being an ethical eater. So yeah, if there’s one all-around vegan cookbook you should own, this is it. I can’t guarantee it will land you a job, but it will provide you with sustenance.

Without further ado, I am excited to share with you Classic Broccoli Quiche.

Quote of the Day

“The human spirit is not dead. It lives on in secret . . . It has come to believe that compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.”
– Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize address: The Problem of Peace in the World Today