Watercress, Leek, and Butternut Squash Quiche

Watercress, Leek, and Butternut Squash Quiche

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Watercress, Leek, and Butternut Squash Quiche

This autumn quiche comes complete with a gluten-free buttery crust. The crust is filled with sauteed watercress, leeks, and butternut squash before baking adding a hefty dose of vitamin-C. Serve it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner for a protein-packed meal.  

Watercress, Leek, and Butternut Squash Quiche

There are some veggies that we just can’t get enough of, and watercress is one of them! It adds such a nice, peppery taste, to food, without adding a lot of calories or carbs to a meal. Plus, without even realizing it, watercress is upping the nutritional value of our meals! It’s packed with antioxidants which may lower your risk of certain diseases, it is loaded with vitamin K, and is great for your heart! If those aren’t a few reasons to sneak that extra yummy veggie into your next meal prep, we don’t know what is! 

As you know, we love a good meal prep recipe that can also double (or stand-alone) as the main meal for your family. This Watercress, Leek, and Butternut Squash Quiche does just that! It is the perfect recipe for a Sunday brunch or your weekly meal prep. It’s also one of those recipes that, when paired with a side such as fresh fruit, works great for a light dinner. 

We made our own crust at home for this quiche, but if you want a shortcut, we recommend a crust such as wholly wholesome, to ensure this recipe stays gluten-free. If you aren’t gluten-free, feel free to use any crust you’d like. 

Get Creative! 

The great thing about this recipe is how customizable and easy it is! The quiche itself really can be a dumping ground for whatever veggies or proteins you have on hand. Just make sure not to forget that watercress! We kept this one veggie-based with our favorite fall items, but you could easily toss in chopped broccoli, onions, spinach, Brussel sprouts, diced potatoes, and any meat. Things such as bacon, ground turkey, sausage, etc. would all work nicely in this! 

If you want a little sweet addition, toss in some diced apples or pears. Oh, cheese! We can’t forget the option to add that in! Something tangy like goat cheese, or salty like feta would pair so nicely. 

The possibilities are endless with recipes like a quiche. Just make sure to cater to the dietary needs of both yourself and your family. 

For Serving

We went with a sweet and savory side combo to round out this meal prep: grapes, plus a tomato salad, but feel free to use what appeals to you and your family most! Heck, you can even serve this sans sides and it would be just as delicious! Whichever route you go, we guarantee you will enjoy this flavorful watercress quiche! 

Watercress, Leek, and Butternut Squash Quiche  Ingredients:

For Crust 

  • ½  cups blanched almond flour  
  • 1 large egg  
  • 3 tbsp melted unsalted butter  
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt  

For Filling 

  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter  
  • 1 cup butternut squash, cubed  
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced leeks  
  • 4 cups watercress 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced  
  • 5 large eggs  
  • 1/3 cup egg whites  
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk  
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt  
  • 1 tsp dried thyme  

For Serving 

  • 3 cups red seedless grapes 
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped tomatoes 
  • 1 cup thinly sliced sweet white onion  
  • 1 tbsp olive oil  
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar  
  • 1/4 cup sliced basil 
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt  
  • Cracked black pepper to taste  

Watercress, Leek, and Butternut Squash Quiche

Watercress, Leek, and Butternut Squash Quiche

Watercress, Leek, and Butternut Squash Quiche

Watercress, Leek, and Butternut Squash Quiche

Watercress, Leek, and Butternut Squash Quiche

Watercress, Leek, and Butternut Squash Quiche

Watercress, Leek, and Butternut Squash Quiche

This autumn quiche comes complete with a gluten-free buttery crust. The crust is filled with sauteed watercress, leeks and butternut squash before baking adding a hefty dose of vitamin-C. Serve it for breakfast, lunch or dinner for a protein-packed meal.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Breakfast, brunch, dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brunch, eggs, gluten free, vegetarian, watercress
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 381kcal
Author: Meal Prep on Fleek

Ingredients

For Crust

  • 1 ½ cups blanched almond flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tbsp melted unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

For Filling

  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup butternut squash cubed
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced leeks
  • 4 cups watercress
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup egg whites
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp dried thyme

For Serving

  • 3 cups red seedless grapes
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup thinly sliced sweet white onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sliced basil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • Cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a 9-inch round tart or pie pan with cooking spray. Combine ingredients for the crust in a medium mixing bowl and use a fork to mix into a dough.
  • Press dough into pan going halfway up the sides. Use a fork to poke a few holes in the crust (this will help prevent the crust from getting air bubbles as it bakes). Bake for 10 minutes. Cool crust while preparing to fill.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat in a medium skillet. Add leeks and butternut squash. Cook for 8 minutes. Add watercress, thyme, and garlic. Stir and cook 2 minutes longer. Cool for 5 minutes.
  • Whisk together eggs, egg whites, almond milk, and sea salt. Stir in watercress mixture. Pour into crust and bake for 30-35 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before slicing into 6 slices.
  • Stir together ingredients for the salad in a medium mixing bowl. Divide between small compartments of 6 MPOF white containers. Add grapes to each remaining small compartment and a slice of quiche to each large compartment.

Nutrition

Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 23g | Fiber: 6g
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