Zucchini, Feta & Mint Quiche

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Zucchini, Feta & Mint Quiche

I am a huge fan of the whole “Meatless Monday” movement. My family (especially the men other than my husband) are not. They believe that “Meat is meat and a man must eat” and that chicken is a side dish. My dad has started to come around to the idea and my husband went on a bit of a Meat Strike when he was younger so he doesn’t mind too much either. But my uncles and cousins just don’t get why I’m even trying to do vegetarian meals. Phrases like “bunny food” and “hippie nonsense” are often heard when I talk about Meatless Mondays.

Nevertheless, I will not stop with it, and they know if they come for dinner during the week, they’ll probably land up getting a vegetarian meal. I don’t think I’ll ever venture into complete vegan meals as this is a bit hard for me to do. If I’m not using meat, I tend to make up for it with dairy or eggs. Maybe one day I’ll master the art of vegan food but for now, I’m very happy to compensate with just leaving actual meat out. I also try to not even use fish or seafood as our poor Oceans also need a bit of a break every now and then. I try to cook vegetarian twice a week but admittedly, it is harder than just grilling a chicken breast and popping it next to some salad.

Since I started venturing further into vegetarian cooking, I have been having an incredible amount of fun in the kitchen. It takes a whole other level of creativity to come up with balanced, tasty and satisfying meals that contain no meat, I tell you! But it really is inspiring and once you start, you won’t be able to stop. And if you’re one of the people that aren’t too creative in the kitchen, don’t even worry about it, I’ve got it all covered. I promise to post you at least one vegetarian meal a week so you can explore that world with me.

This week’s recipe is for Zucchini, Feta and Mint Quiche. And if your husband is anything like mine, he’ll turn his nose up to the Mint but I just went along with it anyway. The combination is beyond delicious and just the thing for hot Summer nights. Served with a side salad of lettuce, calamata olives and avocado, this is a stunning meal. I made 8 mini quiches but the same mixture will be perfect for one large quiche as well. And it actually tastes even better the next day so be sure to keep a piece for lunch!!

Zucchini, Feta & Mint Quiche

Makes 8 small quiches or 1 large quiche

1 (or 2 if you’re using small tins)  roll, ready-made shortcrust pastry
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
700g fresh zucchini / baby marrows, grated
handful fresh mint, finely chopped
3 rounds of Feta cheese
4 large eggs
250ml cream / milk
salt & pepper to taste

  • Roll out the shortcrust pastry to fit into the quiche tin(s). Pre-heat the oven to 180°c and Blind Bake the pastry for 10 minutes until golden brown. Set aside.
  • In a large pan, fry the onion and garlic until soft and translucent. Add the grated zucchini and fry for 2-3 minutes until slightly softened. Transfer the mixture into a colander and allow to drain for 5 minutes. Add the chopped mint.
  • Beat together the eggs, milk and seasoning.
  • Spoon the zucchini mixture on top of the pastry and cover with the egg mixture. Crumble over the Feta cheese and grind over some black pepper.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes (10 for mini quiches) until the quiche is set but still slightly soft in the middle.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature.
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Alida Ryder
Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Cheryl

    Sounds delicious! Cool in Durban today so will try the next hot day:) Thanks for helping out with ideas – also into the Meatless Mondays (good for the planet and after all we normally eat more than enough meat on the weekend!)

  • http://www.my-easy-cooking.com nina

    Beautifully captured and deliciously made!!

  • http://maclarty.blogspot.com/ Koek!

    This looks UTTERLY gorgeous…

  • http://www.thecreativepot.net Marisa

    Love the Greek vibe of these quiches. I love vegetarian meals (having been vegetarian for a few years myself) and my hubby has learned to accept a few meatless meals every week! Luckily he’s very easygoing, he’ll eat pretty much anything I put on his plate.

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      Nina & Koek : Thanx dolls! :)

      Marisa : My husband is the same. He’s all too happy to not do the cooking, he knows if he complains I’ll stop lol.

      Sam : I’m also having a bit of a love affair with Mint right now. Seeing as I’m not allowed any beverages other than water, I spruce mine up with loads of fresh mint and lemon! yum!

      Jane-Anne : When I saw your posting I also thought “how strange?” But as I said, it definitely rings true this “Great minds think alike” thing. :) Thanx for the lovely compliments!

  • http://www.drizzleanddip.com Sam

    Courgette and mint is the perfect partner for sure. Im totally loving mint these days and simply love quiche! stunning!

  • http://www.scrumptious.co.za Jane-Anne

    Your quiches look beautiful; so delicate and summery. I am still shaking my head at the coincidence of us posting virtually identical recipes for Courgette/Zucchini, Mint and Feta fillings on exactly the same day. Truly strange, these things called coincidences. x

  • Sonja

    Hi there – where does the mint come in? I did not pick it up in the recipe. It does look delicious though and I can’t wait to make it!

    • http://www.simply-delicious-food.com Ally_R

      Sonja : Sorry, I forgot to add that you must add it to the zucchini mix. Thanx for notifying me! :)

  • Trudy

    Gorgeous recipe, I can’t wait to try it, thanks! :)

  • Cheryl

    Hi, eventually got around to trying this. Put some in hubby’s lunchbox yesterday. When he came home he said “that was the best quiche you ever made – when I opened my lunch box, I thought oh no quiche, but then I tasted it” He wanted it again for lunch today. Thanks for your yummy recipes.

  • http://www.Ecualombian.wordpress.com Sherlly

    Hi There,
    I made this for lunch yesterday and I have to say….This quiche is super delicious, flavorful, and easy to make! Thank you!

  • Kathleen

    I don’t know how much ’3 rounds of feta’ would be, could you tell me in ounces?

  • http://www.facebook.com/anni.dunlop Anni Dunlop

    I’m lost on the “3 rounds of feta” too… Anyone?? :-)

    • http://simply-delicious-food.com/ Alida Ryder

      Anni, in SA Feta is often sold in brine in round tubs and come in ’rounds’. :) Each round is approx 60-100g.

  • Anne Johnson French

    I can’t wait to try this! I linked up to in on my blog today! http://bit.ly/1cAcd6g

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