Monday, June 8, 2009

Weight Watcher's Spinach and Cheese Quiche (3 points and 139 calories per 1/12th slice)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

1 (12 ounce) can fat-free evaporated milk
1/3 cup low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 large eggs
3 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 Basic pie Crust baked and cooled (recipe to follow)
1 box frozen spinach thawed, drained and squeezed dry (10 oz box)

Basic Pie Crust (SUPER good pie crust - 114 calories, 3 points per 1/8th slice/section)

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1/8th teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons cold butter, unsalted, diced
2 Tablespoons cold vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
3 to 3-1/2 Tablespoons ICE water

Mix flour, sugar, salt together. Cut in butter and shortening. Add vinegar....then ice water stirring just till ball forms. Flatten to patty and place in plastic or foil and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight.

Roll out as you normally would with flour or between plastic wrap. Place in 10-in pie pan.....price sides and bottom with fork and bake till slightly brown...about 15 minutes or so in 400 degree oven.

COOL crust.

Meanwhile for filling of quiche:

WHISK together the evaporated milk, cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, eggs and egg whites, salt, and pepper.

On top of cool pie crust sprinkle spinach......pour liquid mixture above over on cookie sheet or baking pan and bake for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees.....turn oven down to 350 and continue baking until center comes clean with knife. Mine took longer than recipe said ( they said 20 minutes longer) but mine took more like another 30 minutes longer. Allow to cool. Cut into 12 slices or 6...but if 6 remember to double points and calories if you are counting those.

This was actually very good and pretty simple to make. I think what would have made it better would be tomatoes added to next time I have a slice I am going to slice up tomatoes on top. I also think fresh spinach would be better than frozen and you CAN use fresh. You just have to steam about 8 cups of fresh washed and trimmed spinach leaves for about 2 minutes till wilted...then chop up.



Patty said...

It looks good. But then I like Quiche. You should send the recipe to Chris, I think he was following Weight Watchers at one time, not sure if he still is. Love you

Pat - Arkansas said...

That looks delicious! And, thanks for the recipes. BUT... I am doomed, should I make this. There is NO WAY I could stop at a 1/12 slice! More than likely, I could eat at least half of it, maybe more. Do I have a weight problem? Of course!

Melinda said...

well in reality Pat-Arkansas you could eat the entire pie if you did not have much else the rest of the day or ate nothing else for any meal or snack but this. At 140 calories for 10 slices would be 1400 plus another that is about average intake for calories. AND if you go by points only......well.....3 points x12 would also be a day's allotment in points for some people!

I have 2 pieces each time I eat it. It is so good. I put fresh tomatoes on top the other day for my lunch.....and wow it was good. Better warmed up then the first day I made it!

dAwN said...

yummmy...I think i will link to your post via my wise sisters blog...
I love low cal foods..that are yummy..

Tomate Farcie said...

Looks great to me but I don't usually linger in places where people eat tomatoes! ;)

Seriously, the tomato is a great idea, sliced or diced on top. I think it'll go well with the spinach, just a little bit of color and taste and very few calories added.

1/12th of a slice is just a taste, though. I'd probably want a couple of slices. I absolutely cannot function with less than 1500 calories anyway but my intake is more than that these days, with all the garbage from the vending machine at work. :/