Tofu Quiche with Almond Crust

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Tofu quiche with almond crust. Enough said.

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Tofu Quiche with Almond Crust

via Oh She Glows (Angela Liddon)

Crust:
1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water, mixed together
1 cup whole almonds, ground into flour
1 cup rolled oats, ground into flour
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp tsp salt
1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
1-2.5 tbsp water, as needed

Quiche:
1 block (14-oz) firm tofu
1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
1 leek or yellow onion, thinly sliced
3 large garlic cloves, minced
3 cups (8-oz) sliced cremini mushrooms
1/2 cup fresh chives, finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1/3 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
1 cup baby spinach
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4-1 tsp fine grain sea salt
Black pepper, to taste
Red pepper flakes, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly grease a 9-inch glass pie dish. Wrap rinsed tofu in a few tea towels. Place a few books on top of it to lightly press out the water while you prepare the crust. Whisk together flax and water mixture in a small bowl and set aside so it can gel up. In a large bowl, stir together the almond meal, oat flour, parsley, oregano, and salt. Add in the flax mixture and oil. Stir until mostly combined, adding the remaining water until the dough is sticky (about the consistency of cookie dough). The dough should stick together when you press it between your fingers. Crumble the dough evenly over the base of the pie dish. Starting from the centre of the pan, press the mixture evenly into the pan, working your way outward and up the sides of the pan. Poke a few fork holes in the dough so air can escape. Bake the crust at 350 F for 13-16 minutes, or until lightly golden and firm to touch. Set aside to cool while you finish preparing the filling.

Increase oven temperature to 375 F. Break apart the tofu block into 4 pieces and add into food processor. Process the tofu until smooth and creamy. If it doesn’t get creamy, add a tiny splash of almond milk to help it along. In a skillet, add oil and saute the leek (or onion) and garlic over medium heat for a few minutes. Stir in the mushrooms, season with salt, and cook on medium-high heat until most of the water cooks off the mushrooms, about 10-12 minutes. Stir in the herbs, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, nutritional yeast, oregano, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes until combined. Cook until the spinach is wilted. Finally, remove from heat and stir in the processed tofu until thoroughly combined. Adjust seasoning to taste if desired. Spoon mixture into baked crust and smooth out with a spoon until even. Bake quiche, uncovered, at 375 F for 33-37 minutes, until the quiche is firm to the touch. For best results, cool the quiche for 15-20 minutes on a cooling rack before attempting to slice. The crust may crumble slightly when sliced warm, but not to worry. Wrap up leftovers and refrigerate for 3-4 days. Leftover quiche can be reheated in the oven on a baking sheet for about 15-20 minutes at 350F.


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