Veggie Quiche with Hash Brown Crust

VeggieQuiche wHashBrownCrust

I couldn’t be more excited to share this flavorful and hearty veggie quiche! The tasty hash brown crust adds such a unique twist to this savory creation that I had a hard time deciding what to call it …

Should I call it a frittata since it really tastes more like a frittata than it does a quiche? Or should I call it a quiche, because technically speaking, the preparation method more closely resembles a quiche?

Honestly, no matter what you decide to call this delightful egg dish, there’s one word I think we can all agree best describes it – yummy!

Quiche Ingredients Mise en Place

As with any recipe, one of the keys to easy, quick and successful preparation is to remember your “mise en place.” By pre-chopping and gathering all of your ingredients prior to putting the recipe together, you’ll be able to focus your attention fully on the most critical aspect of what makes a meal a success – cooking!

Hash Brown Crust

The highlight of this savory quiche recipe is an easy hash brown crust, which makes a tasty gluten-free/grain-free option that everyone will enjoy whether they’re GF or not.

And it’s highly versatile too! You can use yukon gold potatoes or sweet potatoes with equal success – although I do recommend white sweet potatoes, since they’re less sweet than the orange variety.

Quiche Saute

Although I love saving time in the kitchen, you’ll notice I’ve added the extra step of sautéing the veggies first before adding them to the egg custard – why? Because you just can’t beat the deep, rich flavor that sautéed veggies add, especially when it comes to egg dishes. Another delicious option is to use leftover grilled veggies, just be sure to keep the proportion of veggies to egg custard similar to the recipe and you can’t go wrong!

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Quiche isn’t just for breakfast or brunch – it also makes a wonderful light summer dinner served with a mesclun greens salad and a side of fresh fruit.

And trust me, leftovers are even better! The flavors in this hearty Veggie Quiche with Hash Brown Crust meld and deepen, making this quiche an absolute favorite for breakfast or lunch the next day! (I’ve often been caught eating it cold straight from the fridge. Yum!)

Time-Saving Tip: Double the fun! Why make one when you can make two – one to serve now and one to refrigerate and serve as a quick breakfast or lunch during busy weekdays.

Veggie Quiche Slice

Veggie Quiche with Hash Brown Crust (GF, DF)

Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 cups shredded yukon gold potatoes (or white sweet potatoes)
  • 1/2 cup fine diced yellow onion, divided
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 2 cups chopped swiss chard (or kale)
  • 1/2 cup precooked crumbled bacon or sausage (or sub with extra veggies)
  • 8 large pastured eggs
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (or coconut milk)
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • ghee or coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Use ghee, coconut oil or palm shortening to generously grease a 9-inch springform pan, or 9-inch deep dish pie plate.
  2. Using a box grater, shred the potatoes (if using sweet potatoes, peel first). Press the shredded potato between a large layer of paper towels (or kitchen towels) to absorb excess moisture.
  3. In a large bowl, add the shredded potatoes, 1/4 cup of fine diced yellow onion, 1 tablespoon of melted ghee or coconut oil and 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon sea salt. Toss until combined.
  4. Add the shredded potato mixture to the bottom of the prepared springform pan, making sure to press the potatoes up the sides of the pan a bit.
  5. Bake crust for 15 minutes. Then place on stove top to cool. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
  6. While crust is baking, in a medium skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of ghee or coconut oil. Sauté together the remaining 1/4 cup of yellow onion, red pepper and mushrooms for 4-5 minutes until veggies are softened. (If substituting with extra veggies instead of meat, sauté them with this onion mixture.)
  7. Next, add the swiss chard and stir until greens are wilted (about 2-3 minutes). Mix in the crumbled bacon or sausage, if using. Remove skillet from heat. Season with sea salt and pepper. Set aside.
  8. Wipe clean the large bowl used for the potatoes. Then add the eggs, milk, basil, garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper. Whisk until eggs are slightly frothy.
  9. Add the veggie mixture to the bottom of the hash brown crust. Then, gently pour the egg custard over the top of the veggie mixture.
  10. Place the springform pan on a large baking sheet (to catch any leaks) and place in preheated oven. (If you're using a pie dish, it's not necessary to use the baking sheet.)
  11. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes until quiche is set. Remove from oven and allow to sit 3-5 minutes. Then gently loosen sides of quiche by running a knife along the side of the pan.
  12. Remove springform pan and place on a serving platter. Serve with your favorite green salad and fresh sliced fruit. Enjoy!

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Chocolate Dipped Raspberry Brownie Bites (GF, DF option)

Love at first site! … and bite!

So beautiful and decadent, yet so easy to make, these grain-free Chocolate Dipped Raspberry Brownie Bites make a stunning finale to any meal, party or get-together.!

Yes, these beautiful little gems are a chocolate lover’s dream. But don’t let their good looks deceive you … these Chocolate Dipped Raspberry Brownie Bites are incredibly easy to make and are far healthier than you might think at first glance.

Made with protein-packed blanched almond flour and naturally sweetened with honey, these little one-bite-wonders are definitely a healthier option that doesn’t compromise when it comes to rich, decadent flavor.

Raspberry Brownie Bites

The combination of sweet and tangy fresh raspberries with rich dark chocolate is truly spectacular, which is exactly why this recipe must come with a warning label … it’s next to impossible to eat just one!

So unless you have iron-clad will power, I highly recommend making these scrumptious bites only when you have a house-full of family and friends around to share the love!

Raspberry Brownie Bites CU

So how did I fare? Did I really only enjoy just one bite?

Um, no! I’m not super-human – LOL! So I took my own advice and made sure these beauties traveled with me to a girly-get together where we savored them together without a single ounce of guilt – just lots of giggles and oohs and ahhs!

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Chocolate Dipped Raspberry Brownie Bites (GF, DF option)

Yield: 3 dozen brownie bites



  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Generously grease a 24-cup mini-muffin tin with palm shortening, or use parchment paper mini muffin liners. (To make regular brownies, lightly oil an 8”x8” baking dish.) Set aside.
  2. To make the Brownie Bites: In a small bowl, mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. Cut the butter into chunks. Then place the butter chunks (or palm shortening) into a small saucepan and melt over medium heat. Add the chocolate chips and the cocoa powder. Stir until the chocolate chips begin to soften. Then remove from heat and continue stirring until the chocolate chips are completely melted and the mixture is well combined. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a large bowl, add the eggs, honey, and vanilla. Whisk together until well combined. Then slowly whisk in the cooled chocolate mixture, using a rubber spatula to get all of the chocolate mixture out of the saucepan.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet while whisking vigorously. Continue whisking until no lumps remain.
  6. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin wells, until 2/3 full. (Or pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, if making regular brownies.) Please note: Batter will yield 3 dozen brownie bites. So if you don’t have 2 mini-muffin tins, it’s much easier to use parchment liners. That way, there’s no need to wash the muffin tin before putting the final dozen in the oven.
  7. Bake for approximately 15 minutes until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. (If making brownies in 8x8-inch pan, bake for 25-28 minutes.) Remove from oven and allow to cool 3-4 minutes, then turn out the brownie bites onto a clean countertop or kitchen towel to finish cooling. (If you didn’t use parchment liners, run a knife around each brownie bite and slide them out while they’re still slightly warm.)
  8. To make the Ganache: Once brownie bites are cooled. Make the ganache by adding all of the ganache ingredients to a small saucepan and heating over low heat just until melted. Whisk well and transfer to a shallow dish.
  9. Dip each raspberry half into the ganache using a scooping motion to capture a nice dollop of the chocolate. Place the raspberry chocolate side down onto the center of the brownie bite.
  10. Sprinkle tops with a little organic powdered sugar or fine-ground unsweetened coconut to add a decorative touch, if desired. Enjoy!

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Summer Essential Oils Giveaway and Blog-Hop!

To celebrate the launch of my brand new "Nourishing Oils Newsletter," I'm excited to share a few of my favorite essential oils perfect for summer! Hurry – giveaway ends May 31, 2015. Enter here for a chance to WIN!

To celebrate the launch of my brand new Nourishing Oils Newsletter, I’m excited to share a few of my favorite essential oils perfect for summer!

The Nourishing Oils Newsletter will debut on June 1, and is a monthly newsletter dedicated to helping us take charge of our health with nature’s best medicine! In each issue, you’ll discover …
• How to use essential oils safely and effectively alongside a whole food lifestyle to transform your health and your family’s.
• How to create your own EO blends to address everyday health concerns and manage chronic health issues,
• How to use EOs as a safe, all-natural alternative to chemical-laden over-the-counter medications and products,
• Plus, gain access to exclusive free webinars, learn tips from the leading EO experts, and more!
I’d love to have you join us as we discover natural solutions that really work!

In anticipation of this exciting new resource, I’ve put together this summer essential oils prize package perfect for nourishing your body and increasing your energy! As a mom of two busy boys who are always on the move, trust me when I share that these essential oils are a few of my favorites for a healthy active summer!


Square EO giveaway logoWhat’s included in My Favorite Summer Essential Oils Giveaway?  One lucky winner will receive the following doTERRA essential oils prize package (a $115 retail value):
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Citrus Bliss Essential Oil Blend – invigorating and energizing, Citrus Bliss is the perfect all-natural pick-me-up since it helps to reduce fatigue and stress, while also helping to elevate mood.
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Even More Summer Favorites …

My friends Polly and Rachel at Thriving Home have rallied a dozen of us blogging friends together to host this incredible Favorite Summer Things Blog-Hop Giveaway! I’m thrilled to be partnering with each of these awesome blogger friends to present you with the incredible opportunity to win some of our favorite hand-picked summer goodies.


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And please take a minute while you’re entering the giveaways to check out these wonderful bloggers’ sites too. Below is a little snapshot of each of the bloggers who are participating in this awesome summer giveaway blog-hop.


Screen-Shot-2015-04-16-at-8.26.03-AM-300x196Friends and stay-at-home moms, Rachel and Polly, began Thriving Home in 2012 as a way to encourage and equip moms in several areas of home life. They share healthy kid-friendly recipes, evangelize about freezer cooking as well as documenting many other topics relating to running a home and family including a few spectacular parenting failures from time to time. Swing by to join in on their crazy journey through parenthood.

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