Recipe: Crustless Swiss Chard Quiche

What better way to celebrate mom than with a delicious and healthy brunch.  Our family gets together around the table, and I love to provide creative dishes that are full of flavor and nutritional value.

Swiss chard is one of my favorite greens.  It’s not as commonly used as typical lettuces or spinach, so its flavors really stand out.  Swiss chard has beautiful, bright leaves and a rainbow of colors in its stalks.  Each color represents different health-promoting nutrients. It is packed with vitamins A, C and K, which help maintain good vision, strengthen your immune system and keep your bones healthy.   It’s truly a nutritional powerhouse!

This recipe combines farm fresh chard with mild Swiss cheese to create a mouthwatering dish that is so easy to make.  Even the most reluctant chefs can whip this up in less than 1 hour.  Serve it with a tossed green salad and fresh fruit and you’ll make your mother proud!

Crustless Swiss Chard Quiche

1 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound Swiss chard (2-3 large bunches), ribs removed and leaves roughly chopped

1/2 medium onion, minced

1/2 cup grated low-fat Swiss cheese (2 ounces)

4 large eggs

1 cup low-fat milk

1 pinch ground nutmeg

1 pinch ground mustard powder

Kosher salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5-7 minutes. Add chard to skillet, season with salt and pepper, and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes. Transfer chard mixture to a 9-inch pie plate and top with cheese; place on rimmed baking sheet.  In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, nutmeg, mustard powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Pour custard over chard mixture. Bake until custard is set, 40 to 45 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Hillary cropHillary Irwin is a registered dietitian and the founder of Simply Beautiful Mom, a nutrition counseling and consulting practice based in New Jersey. In her practice, Hillary counsels children, adolescents and adults on many nutrition issues, with a focus on clean, balanced eating and weight management.  She is an expert at teaching clients how to fit proper eating and healthful cooking into a frantic lifestyle, taking the busiest of the busy and teaching how simple changes can create fantastic results.  Hillary holds a B.S in Nutritional Sciences with a concentration in Dietetics from Cornell University and a Masters Degree in Applied Anatomy and Physiology from Boston University.  She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND; formerly the American Dietetic Association), the New Jersey Dietetic Association, and various Dietetic Practice Groups of the AND, including Nutrition Entrepreneurs, Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition and Weight Management.  Hillary lives in Westfield, New Jersey with her husband Greg, her two children (Oscar, 4 and Lola, 2) and their dog Willard. She loves food, traveling, cooking and spending time with her family.