Today is the last day of my month of portable power food (I’ll do a round-up of all of the recipes in a separate post), all of which I designed for staying on track through January in particular, but all year round, too.
I’ve written only one savory option so far (Paleo Almond Flour Mushroom Muffins), so I am squeezing in one more on for this final post of the series. As good as the other recipes are, I have saved the best for last. It is extraordinary. Rock-your-world-worthy. A year from now, you will have made the recipe more times than you can count.
I’m talking about my Mini Chickpea Flour Quiches.
Here is a brief list of their attributes:
*Super-easy to make
*Super-fast to make
*Extremely frugal (aka cheap :))
*Vegan (egg-free and dairy-free)
*Endlessly versatile flavor combinations
*Filling and satisfying
*Low in calories
*High in protein (8 grams per quiche)
*High in fiber (7.2 grams for the basic batter–even more once you add vegetables)
*And, most importantly, incredibly DELICIOUS! Creamy and custardy like traditional quiche, plus the outside edges are slightly crisp like a traditional crust.
It’s all about the chickpea flour. Chickpea flour is simply finely ground dried chickpeas. It goes by many names, such as garbanzo bean flour, besan, cici flour and gram flour, and is used in cuisines all over the world, including India, Pakistan,Myanmar (Burma), France, Spain, Italy, Morocco, and throughout the Middle East. It is naturally gluten-free and grain-free and can be used in many ways similar to wheat flour, but also in extraordinary ways to make creamy and crispy savory and sweet dishes.
Chickpea flour is a very inexpensive gluten-free flour. You can find it in the health food section of most grocery stores, at natural food stores (including the bulk food section) , and in many Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern markets. Keep in mind, though, that if you are following a strict gluten-free diet, you’ll want to buy a certified gluten-free brand, like Bob’s Red Mill (it is the most commonly available option anyway).
To make these quiches, simply mix chickpea flour with water, olive oil, salt, plus any herbs and spices you like. Add some vegetables of your choice (cooked vegetables work best, or finely chopped/ shredded raw vegetables), ladle into greased muffin cups, and bake. That’s it!
The resulting “quiches” are great travelers for breakfast, lunch or snacks on the go, plus they keep well in the refrigerator for up to a week or the freezer for several months.
Real men (and women and children) do eat quiche; make these and see.