The Beauty of Quiche and the Nutrients Hidden Inside
(NewsUSA) – The beauty of quiche is that it can be virtually anything you like — heavy or light, entree or appetizer, holiday treat or a Thursday dinner. And to top off the versatility, you can create a delicious quiche with practically any vegetable, meat or seafood. Now, if it were only healthy…
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Despite the flexibility, not to mention the easy prep, some cooks have misgivings about the nutritional value of quiche. After all, it is mostly a simple custard of eggs, heavy whipping cream, and cheese. And that’s a lot of unnecessary fat and calories.
But depending on the yummy veggies, you include — spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, oh my! — and what proteins you highlight, there are several essential vitamins and nutrients in there. The American Heart Association (AHA) says a broccoli and cheese quiche, for instance, offers energy and fuel via protein and carbohydrates. Plus, quiche is a good source of calcium, vitamins A, D, C, and iron, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
If you’re counting calories and craving quiche, the AHA suggests making it without the crust, using low-fat ingredients (like milk) and avoiding processed meats like ham and bacon. Instead, include more vegetables and proteins like chicken, crabmeat or U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish.
Check out this seafood-inspired quiche recipe with catfish. To see more recipes like this one, visit www.uscatfish.com.
There are so many good things to learn about quiche! But did you know that while many of us consider it to be a French invention, it originated in Germany? Yes, Germans love their quiche, too! It’s true that today, you can find very nice quiches for sale at French bakeries and diners. But quiches were first created in the medieval kingdom of Lothringen while it was under German rule. Later, the French renamed the city Lorraine under their own rule. The word ‘quiche’ originates from the German term ‘Kuchen’, meaning cake. A little egg cake appropriate for any time of the day! I prefer to have it for breakfast myself, but feel free to go wild!