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Classic Vegan Tofu Quiche with Millet Crust

Classic Tofu Quiche

The beauty of this vegan tofu quiche recipe is its versatility — as long as the volumes stay the same, you can use pretty much any vegetables in place of those listed. Millet makes a study, gluten-free crust. Recipe and photo contributed by Ricki Heller.

Makes: 8 servings

For the crust:

  • 1/2 cup raw millet
  • 1-1/4 cups vegetable broth or stock
  • Pinch of fine sea salt

For the filling:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, preferably organic
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 roasted red peppers or 1 fresh, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 cup very firmly packed spinach or chard leaves, stems removed, chopped
  • 2 cups coarsely crumbled firm or extra firm silken tofu, or soft tofu
  • 1 tablespoon white miso
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon Bragg’s liquid aminos, tamari, or soy sauce

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease a pie plate, or line with parchment paper.

Prepare the crust:  Pour millet into a small pot and add the broth. Bring to boil over high heat, then lower heat to simmer, cover, and let simmer for 25 minutes, or until almost all the liquid is absorbed and the millet is soft and beginning to fall apart (if necessary, add extra stock until the millet reaches this consistency).

Stir well, then immediately pour the millet into the pie pan and, using the back of a spoon or wet hands (and being careful not to burn yourself!), press the millet into the pie plate to create a “crust.” (Dipping the spoon or your hands in water helps). Bake in preheated oven 10 minutes until slightly dry.

Prepare the filling: Heat oil in a large fry pan and sauté onions for about 5 minutes, until the onion is translucent and soft. Add the pepper, carrot, and spinach, and sauté for another 5 minutes, until the spinach is wilted and other ingredients begin to soften. Cover and turn off heat.

In a food processor or blender, mix the tofu, miso, tahini and Bragg’s until very smooth. Pour the mixture over the vegetables in the pan and stir to combine well. Turn into the crust in the pie pan, and smooth the top. If desired, sprinkle with a little paprika.

Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes, until the top is light golden brown. Remove from oven and let sit for about 10 minutes to set before serving.  May be eaten hot, at room temperature, or cold. Makes 8 servings. May be frozen.

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    easy vegetarian recipes
    May 16, 2011 at 6:18 am

    I have not tried this dessert using tofu. Thanks for sharing it. I hope I can have the time to whip up this dessert.

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    May 16, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Please note, easy vegetarian recipes–this is a savory dish, not a dessert!

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    Brenda W.
    May 17, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Nava .. thanks for introducing me to this blog!! My gosh … such wonderful recipes AND the added delightfulness of her doggies’ comments!!

    This quiche looks fabulous, and will be on tonight’s menu!! Hubby is gluten free so I am always on the lookout for tasty, GF vegan recipes.

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    May 17, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Thanks, Brenda. If you’re looking for GF Desserts, I highly recommend Ricki’s Sweet Freedom. Not everything in the book is GF but there are plenty of choice. I agree, Diet, Desserts, and Dogs is a wonderful blog! Ricki and I are fellow wordy wordsmiths…

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    May 18, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Hi Brenda,
    Thanks so much for your comment and photo! I am so glad you both enjoyed the quiche (it’s a favorite at our place, too). I’ve used kale (or chard) in the past instead of the spinach and it always works out. In fact, you can sub almost any veggies and they seem to work out just fine!

    And of course, The Girls say, “woof!” 😉

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    Rinku G
    May 18, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I just wanted to say that I made this yesterday and it turned out awesome! I used green pepper, red pepper and broccoli instead. Also, I didn’t have miso, so I omitted it and it still turned out great! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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    May 18, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    This looks dynamite!!!

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    February 10, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    I hope mine turns out like that picture! (-:

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    October 2, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Looks great! Will it keep overnight in the fridge?

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      October 2, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Hi Jo — It would keep well in the fridge overnight. Try baking it for 10 minutes less than suggested, let cool, and refrigerate. Bake the rest of the way just before you need it, at the same oven temperature.

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