Breakfast Quiche

Dave and I have been on the Mediterranean Diet for over a week now, and we are loving it! This is what we had for breakfast this morning: a beautiful quiche of feta and cheddar cheeses, sun-dried tomatoes, and peppers!

1/2 cup sundried tomatoes (see notes)

Boiling water

1 prepared pie crust

2 tablespoons butter

1 onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 red pepper, diced (I like half and half with green pepper)

2 cups fresh spinach OR 1/2 cup thawed and squeezed dry frozen spinach

1/4 cup sliced  olives

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

4 large eggs

1 1/4 cup milk

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided into two portions

Preheat oven to 375°.  Put the prepared pie crust into a 9″ pie pan and flute edges. Set aside.

Cut the sundried tomatoes into small pieces. Pu them into a glass measuring cup and pour boiling water over until just covered. Let sit for 5 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft. Drain and set aside.

Melt the butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook until just  tender, about 3 minutes. Add in the red pepper and cook an additional 3 minutes, or until the pepper is just tender. Add the spinach, olives, oregano, and parsley. Cook until the spinach is wilted (if using fresh) or heated through (if using frozen), about 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in the feta cheese and tomatoes. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pie crust, spreading out evenly. Set aside.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper, and 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese. Pour this mixture evenly over the spinach mixture in the pie crust. Sprinkle top with remaining cheddar cheese.

Bake in preheated oven for 50-55 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the egg is set. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.

NOTE: Since Dave and I are reducing our salt, I add only pepper. If you are using salt, be aware that there is salt in the cheese.

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