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“OK, so eating a quiche may sound about as healthy as a deep-fried lard burger washed down with a sausage flavoured milkshake but by using a low(er) fat pastry you can feel a little less guilty. In Freesia’s part of the world you can’t call it a quiche until you put a little pastry roof on top- I would say this was optional. The filling is pretty healthy, so roll the pastry nice and thin and enjoy this valentine’s treat!

The fact that Freesia is selling this recipe as a Valentine’s idea. I’m glad she considers this meal to be a considerate gift between loved ones – certainly takes the pressure off my present buying for the 14th February :)”

After decorationg this quiche (you will see down below) I thought it would be a good idea if you want to surprise your love by cooking a delicious dinner for Valentine’s day!

It has a few other surprises apart from the decoration. It is a healthier-than-normal quiche made of spinach, onion, carrots, low fat puff patry and is egg-free!

To replece eggs and make it healthier avoiding the fat from the egg yolk, I used British quark cheese, a cheap and fresh cheese we found lately. Quark usually has much lower fat content (about the same as yoghurt) than cream cheeses and has no added salt. Check this for more information.

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 small carrots
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 250g quark cheese
  • 14 squares of frozen spinach
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Preparation

0. Put the frozen spinach in boiling water to defrost for 10 minutes.

1. Chop the vegetables and sauté them using olive oil and adding a sprinkle of salt.

3. Drain the spinach using a sieve. Squeeze it with your hands so it loses all the water.

4. When the vegetables are cooked, add the quark cheese and spinach. Cook for another 5 minutes and leave to cool.

Roll the puff pastry and cut out 2 rounds the size of your tray (mine is 23cm or 9 inches in diameter). Put the cooled filling in it and place the top on, closing the ends.

Decorate with the puff pastry left overs! T & F and two hearts! (Cheesy, etc!) cook it in the oven at 180ºC for 25 minutes. Happy Valentine’s day!