A tart or quiche is a great option for a midweek dinner and doubles up as lunch the next day too as it tastes just as good cold as hot. I personally think the flavour intensifies the day after baking so don’t be afraid to bake this in advance or even freeze it before serving.
The tart pastry could be made overnight or earlier in the day to speed up the process. By refrigerating the pastry, this allows a flaky consistency which is what we all desire!! Puff pastry could also be used instead. Or if you are not too fussed about pastry then why not use the filling ingredients to make Cupcake Quiches??
I love to serve this tart alongside a mix of salads. My red cabbage slaw works great as does a simple green leafy salad.
- 170g wholemeal flour
- 100g plain flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
- 140g coconut oil, solid
- 3-4 tbsp cold water
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp sage leaves
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 1 leek, sliced into rounds
- 100g mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 100g spinach/kale/chard, shredded
- 6 eggs
- 4 tbsp creme fraiche
- 50ml milk
- 50g feta, cubed
- freshly ground pepper
- 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- Make the pastry: sift the flour, salt and pepper into a large mixing bowl.
- Rub in the coconut oil in tablespoonfuls with a fork until it forms breadcrumbs.
- Gradually add the water and stir with a wooden spoon until a dough forms.
- Roll the dough into a ball shape, cover with cling-film and place in the fridge for 10 minutes.
- Preheat an oven to 180°C and grease a 23cm quiche tin or use two smaller tins like I used. Remove the dough from the fridge and roll out on a floured surface into a 2cm thick circular shape.
- Place the dough into your tin and trim off any excess around the edges.
- Melt one teaspoon of coconut oil on a large frying pan over a medium heat. Once melted, add the garlic, half the sage leaves, onion and leek. Gently saute for 5 minutes until the onions are translucent. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Return the pan to the heat and melt the remaining coconut oil. Add the mushrooms and saute for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Return the pan to the heat and dry-fry the shredded spinach, kale or chard for 3-4 minutes or until it’s wilted. Remove from pan and set aside.
- In a large bowl or measuring jug, whisk the eggs, creme fraiche and milk together with some freshly ground pepper.
- To assemble the tart: place half the spinach on the base followed by half the leek mix and finally the mushrooms. Repeat above until all vegetables are used.
- Pour over the egg mix, sprinkle the feta, remaining sage leaves and pumpkin seeds over the top.
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out cleanly and the centre is firm.
- Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
As most of you know by now, I love salads!! Favourites are always hard to choose but time and time again I find myself coming back to these two recipes so obviously I had to share them.
The bitter tang of feta with the smooth crunch of toasted hazelnuts make a simple broccoli and tomato salad sing for me. My second salad recipe offers you a taste of the Middle East with the addition of a simple tahini sauce to enliven a simple red cabbage slaw.
Both recipes will keep well in the fridge for at least 3-4 days once stored in a resealable container. I would regularly make these at the start of the week and refill my lunchbox daily from these along some simple salad greens and a protein source. Check out my food prep guide for more simple mealtime ideas.
Broccoli, Tomato, Feta & Hazelnut
Serves 4 as a side.
- 1/2 head of broccoli, chopped into florets
- 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 50g Feta cheese, cubed
- 2 tbsp hazelnuts
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp honey/maple syrup
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil, remove from the heat and add the broccoli florets. Cover with the lid and allow to blanch for 8-10 minutes (you want the broccoli to still have a bite but not rock hard).
- Strain the broccoli and rinse under cold running water until fully cooled. Continue to strain any excess water until ready to use.
- Toast the hazelnuts on a frying pan or in a medium heat oven until the skin begins to loosen, remove from the pan/oven and allow to cool.
- Once the hazelnuts are cooled, chop in half.
- Whisk together the olive oil, honey, sesame oil, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice in a large bowl.
- Add all the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix well.
Middle Eastern Style Red Cabbage Slaw
Serves 5 as a side.
- 200g red cabbage
- 2 spring onions
- 2 medium carrots, peeled
- 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 3 tsp tahini paste
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil plus 1 tsp
- 3 tbsp water
- Finely slice the red cabbage and spring onion. Julienne (or finely slice) the carrots.
- Place all the vegetables and seeds in a large mixing bowl.
- Stir through 2 tbsp lemon juice and 1 tsp of olive oil.
- In a separate small bowl, whisk together the tahini, lemon juice, olive oil and water until you get a runny sauce (depending on the consistency of your tahini, your sauce may still be too thick or too thin – if so, just add more tahini to make it thicker and more water to make it thinner).
- Serve the salad in a large bowl with a drizzle of the sauce over the top.
If you haven’t figured it out already, I love salads!! It’s not just because they are healthy but I love the texture of salads, the crunch of cabbage, the burst of flavour that fresh herbs add and the juicy sweetness of sun-ripened tomatoes. This recipe is a very colourful slaw that combines lots of vegetables, seeds and a simple vinagerette that will add a serious burst of colour to your plate.
- 200g red cabbage, thinly sliced
- 1 medium carrot, coarsely grated
- 1/2 medium courgette, coarsely grated
- 2 tbsp pumpkin and sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley or coriander, roughly chopped
- 2 tsp honey
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp water
- Place all the vegetables in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the seeds and combine well.
- Whisk all the dressing ingredients together until well combined.
- Combine the dressing, lemon juice and freshly chopped herbs to the vegetables and stir together until well coated using a fork.