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Vegalicious Quiche with a Millet Crust + UnDiet Cookbook GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Breakfasts, Mains (Vegetarian) on October 31, 2015 at 8:31 AM

Vegalicious Quiche with a Millet Crust + Undiet Cookbook GIVEAWAY

It took me three years but I finally bought millet again.

While I have shared a few recipes with it, I loved it most of all popped and found in granola. This time, I was intrigued by Meghan Telpner’s millet crust. Soak and cook millet, then press it into a pie plate. And voila, instant gluten-free, whole food, texture-a-plenty pie crust.

I was almost tempted to break out the pressure cooker since I had not soaked my miller. However, I know the water ratio is important for millet (more water means it will be more sticky) and since this was a super simple ingredient crust, I followed the recipe exactly. And it worked!! Beautifully!

Vegalicious Quiche with a Millet Crust + Undiet Cookbook GIVEAWAY

This millet crust is topped with a vegan quiche overflowing with vegetables – spinach, red peppers, mushrooms, tomato and onion – and then bound by tofu. I added a bit of nutritional yeast for a more cheesy-quality but I imagine the revolutionary savoury egg mix might be used well here, too!

Vegalicious Quiche with a Millet Crust

I am super excited to tell you about Meghan’s new cookbook. First of all, it is stunning. Drop-dead gorgeous. Among one of the prettiest (almost) vegan cookbooks to have come out this year, I swear.

(Of note, I like how my version actually looks like the one in the cookbook photo (seen here). My greens got a bit darker after the final broil, but it was definitely worth it for the crispier millet crust.

Vegalicious Quiche with a Millet Crust + Undiet Cookbook GIVEAWAY

Meghan thinks labels are for tin cans, but all her recipes are gluten-free. There is a bit of eggs and honey (and a tad of cheese as you can see in this recipe), but over 90% of the recipes are vegan or very vegan-friendly.

Her recipe are fun yet approachable. Kombucha margarita for me or a healthified UnShepherd’s Pie for something more traditional. She even healthified her Umma’s honey cake which can team up well with a simple yet flavourful Quinoa Power Bowl with cranberries, cabbage and almonds. Recipes for kitchen staples are included such as a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce and an unFish sauce with cinnamon as the special ingredient.

I also thought it was neat that there are beauty care recipes (toothpaste, deodorant, and even a ginger-infused body scrub — totally want to try that one!) along with tips/menus for entertaining, travel and life (how to tackle sleep hygiene, since being healthy goes beyond food).Undiet Cookbook GIVEAWAY

The publisher allowed me to giveaway the cookbook to THREE readers living in Canada or the US. To be entered in the random draw for the book, please leave a comment below telling me whether you put a label on your diet (or are labels meant for tin cans?). The winners will be selected at random on November 15, 2015. Good luck!

Recipes from The UnDiet Cookbook spotted elsewhere:

Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

Dressed to the Nines Sweet Potato

Gluten-free Chocolate Pancakes

Gluten-free Jam Cookies

Raw Key Lime Pie

Zucchini Hummus

Vegalicious Quiche with a Millet Crust + Undiet Cookbook GIVEAWAY

Vegalicious Quiche

Author’s note: By official definition, a quiche is an oven-baked dish made with eggs and milk or cream in a pastry crust. Other ingredients such as chopped meat, vegetables, or cheese are often added to the egg mixture before the quiche is baked. Well, here we go breaking some rules! You can do this with eggs or with tofu, depending on how you roll. Cream is not invited to this quiche party, but lots of vegetables are.

Filling

4 free-range, farm-fresh happy eggs or one 14 oz block firm organic sprouted tofu
3 Tbsp olive oil, coconut oil, or organic ghee
3/4 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup de-seeded and chopped tomato
2 cups chopped spinach
1 cup organic mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1/4 cup sheep’s milk cheddar, cut into ½-inch cubes (optional) — Janet’s note: omitted
Pinch of cayenne or dash of hot sauce
Sea salt

Crust*

1 cup millet, soaked 2–4 hours
2 cups water
1 Tbsp coconut oil or organic ghee

Make it Like So

1. If using eggs, beat them together in a bowl and set aside. If using tofu, rinse and wrap it in a clean towel and place on a plate. Lay some heavy books on top to press out the excess water for about 30 minutes. Cut it into quarters and run it through your food processor until it gets creamy. You may need to add a little water if it’s too dry.

2. In a pot, cook the soaked millet in the 2 cups of water for 15 to 20 minutes, until the grain is soft and the water has been absorbed. (While the millet is cooking, prepare the filling.) Once it’s ready, allow it to sit for 5 minutes, uncovered, then fluff with a fork.

3. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch round pie plate with the 1 Tbsp oil and place the millet on top, pressing it down to about a 1/4-inch thickness and pushing up the edges about ¾ inch.

4. Heat the remaining 2 Tbsp of oil in a skillet and add the onion. Cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.

5. Add the bell pepper, tomato, spinach, and mushrooms. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes, or until fork-tender.

6. If using tofu, add it to the pan and cook for 5 minutes. If using eggs, transfer the veggies to a bowl with the beaten eggs and mix together. Stir in the cheese if you’re using it, along with hot sauce and sea salt.

7. Pour the veggie + egg/tofu mix into the millet shell and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes, until firm in the middle. Broil for 2 minutes to crisp the top slightly.

8. Allow to cool and then cut into perfect little slices of breakfast (or lunch or dinner) deliciousness.

Prep     25 minutes active
Cook    40 minutes
Serves 6

*Make It Soy-Free, Grain-Free, and Protein-Powered! Choose the egg option and omit the crust all together. Sure, it becomes more like a tortilla or frittata, but labels are for tin cans. (And I know, millet isn’t really a grain but it functions like one. See the sidebar for more on that dilly of a pickle).

Excerpted from The UnDiet Cookbook by Meghan Telpner. Copyright © 2015 Meghan Telpner. Images © 2015 Maya Visnyei and Catherine Farquharson. Published by Appetite by Random House, a division of Random House of Canada Ltd., a Penguin Random House Company. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

Note: I was given a copy of the cookbook from the publisher.  I was under no obligation to share a review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  1. I call my diet “I prefer vegan”. I still have the occasional eggs or dairy, but if a restaurant has both omelets and Tofu scramble or if I am cooking myself, I always choose vegan!

  2. I tend to use the “vegan” label: it’s usually the easiest way to make things clear quickly when I speak with people.

  3. Whole foods, a mix of raw and cooked veggies mostly, good fats, grass-fed meats, wild fish. Eliminated foods as per IgG test, aka food sensitivity test. So no, no label, just common sense. Thank you to all the bloggers who educate us about food choices.

  4. I don’t like to use the term ‘diet’, but prefer ‘lifestyle’. I tend to eat vegetarian / vegan.

  5. I don’t label how I eat in any specific way. I eat healthy food, love being creative with food and am vegetarian and gluten-free. I don’t eat dairy. I cook from scratch and the only canned foods in my pantry are organic tomatoes and coconut milk. And most importantly of all, I feel terrific. The better I eat, the better I feel. This cookbook looks amazing.

  6. I tend to eat vegetarian, but I am definitely gluten and dairy free. I just try to make healthy choices for my health. I don’t diet.

  7. Oh I’m going to try this! I don’t know how to do many things with millet, so this will be fun to try!

  8. I don’t have a diet….so no label. Maybe work in progress!

  9. I don’t try to “diet” as such as longer, I spent too many years yoyo dieting. Now I just try to eat as rationally and healthily as possible…no labels.

  10. OK, you’ve got me…popped millet? Sounds like something my kids would adore.

    I eat anti-inflammatory foods to keep my body healthy and happy. Considering the huge turnaround in my health since I changed my definition of ‘food’, I don’t care what label somebody wants to bestow on me…if they can keep up with me long enough to give me a label.

  11. I don’t use a label, particularly because the word “vegan” can be very polarizing! I focus on whole, plant-based foods.

  12. I am a little millet shy because I know how sticky it can get – so am interested to hear you talking about ratios being important (I have followed recipes). Will have to give it a go again – perhaps with this recipe – looks like a beautiful quiche

  13. I love the idea of a millet crust for a quiche! And Meghan’s book looks really really great! I love her attitude about labels🙂

  14. That quiche looks fantastic and I love that there is a vegan option. I think it will be on the menu for lunch one day this week! I would love to check out some of her other recipes.
    I do label myself ‘vegan’ because my food choices are for ethical reasons as well as health reasons but I do find you get stereotyped as the skinny, malnourished, hippy! lol

  15. Always vegan, occasionally gluten free. I like labels when self-applied as I find it can clarify interactions and allow you to find your “tribe” easier. Obviously though, I don’t support labeling others without their consent.

  16. Self-labeled “as vegan as possible”. Thanks to the blogosphere veganism is easier to achieve. My carnivorous spouse is being won over by all the yummy recipes I have found.

  17. Ohhh yeah…that book sounds wonderful and a must ! Thanks Janet for that giveaway. I wish me good luck, cause it sounds super interesting…hi hi !

    Ahhhh…the label ?! Yeahh…I try to avoid that as much as possible. Some of my family members does not approved my choice, so I try to focus on whole and plant-based foods.

  18. No labels! I have a healthy somewhat plant based lifestyle. I am working on it.

  19. I do not like to “label” my “diet” – I just try to eat in a healthy, well balanced way, incorporating lots of fresh vegetables, whole grains, fruit, and the occasional piece of fish or chicken. If someone asks me, I will say, “prefer vegetarian,” but that is more to help them understand my preferences rather than because I define myself that way.

  20. I love Meghan’s expression about labels belonging on cans. My diet is gluten free with a focus on real food.

  21. I dislike the word “diet” it implies a negative feeling in most cases, and our relationship with food should be anything but negative. I may be vegan 70% of the time, 30% vegetarian but it doesn’t imply a “diet” to me, it’s how I choose to nourish myself🙂

  22. I also don’t like term diet and try to have a healthy lifestyle. I am more of a believer of “everything in moderation”.

  23. I just try to make the healthiest choices that I can at the time. While eating about 98% vegan at home, always 100% veg/vegan out; I try to make consistent, thoughtful choices.

  24. I do put a label on my diet, specifically that I’m vegan. I like the label and it works for me and my lifestyle, but I certainly don’t force anyone else to label themselves if they don’t feel so inclined.

  25. This dish sounds great! The millet crust is quite unique – and I’m always stuck on how to use millet other than breakfast porridge.
    Labels are definitely for tin cans… but I am vegan & gluten free ;p

  26. No labels for me.

  27. […] exceedingly gorgeous vegan cookbooks that have come out lately (The UnDiet Cookbook -read my review here– and Crossroads also come to mind) and this definitely gets top marks for pretty. (Sadly, […]

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