This one's for when you're in the mood for fried "chicken" and mashed potatoes.
- 1½ tbsp olive oil, divided
- 1½ cups butternut squash, diced small
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ yellow onion, thinly sliced
- ½ tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 (16-oz) package extra-firm tofu, drained
- 2 tsp dried rosemary
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- Salt and pepper
- 3 tbsp non-dairy milk (as needed)
- Flaky Pie Crust
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Add ½ tablespoon of olive oil to the butternut squash and toss to coat. Spread squash on a baking sheet and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes, or until the squash is soft and starting to turn golden brown, flipping the pieces halfway through.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the onion begins to caramelize.
Add the balsamic vinegar and continue to caramelize the onions for another minute. Remove the onions from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Remove the squash from the oven and transfer to the mixing bowl with the caramelized onions. Add the baby spinach and set aside.
Break up the tofu with your hands and crumble it into the bowl of a food processor. Add rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Pour in the non-dairy milk and blend until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Adjust seasonings to taste.
Pour the tofu mixture into the mixing bowl to join the onions, squash and spinach. Stir to thoroughly combine. Spoon the mixture into the pie crust and use a spatula to spread it evenly.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the top is golden and the center is firm and not mushy. Allow the quiche to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Serves 6.
About this recipe
“If you’ve ever had traditional quiche, you know it’s pretty heavy on the eggs. As in, it’s entirely made of eggs. This plant-based version uses tofu as a base, and it’s surprisingly close in taste and texture to the real thing. Roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions and spinach fill out the body of this savory breakfast pie, making for a satisfying brunch... If you’re not up for making your own pie crust, check the dessert aisle at your grocery store for a pre-made vegan one.”
From Frugal Vegan by Katie Koteen and Kate Kasbee, Page Street Publishing Co.. Photo credit: Allie Lehman.