Swiss Chard and Artichoke Quiche with Spiced Whole Wheat Crust is perfect for an Easter brunch. It celebrates gorgeous Spring vegetables which are cradled in a homemade whole wheat crust specked with spices.
Yippe, its Spring which means it is time for my favorite vegetable, artichokes. Oh yes, artichokes are the King of all vegetables. The one I long for and dream about. Luckily when it isn’t Spring, I can use canned artichokes. That is what I did in this Swiss Chard and Artichoke Quiche. I actually had spinach artichoke dip on my brain and it gave inspiration for this quiche. Where is the spinach you ask. I didn’t use spinach but used Swiss chard but hey, they are both dark leafy greens. You’ll see a few more ingredients that might remind you of a spinach dip.
Whenever we have artichokes, I cannot help but think about how they became a food source. Someone must have been really hungry to try to eat an artichoke for the first time. They have thorny leaves which have a tiny piece of meat on the end. Then you have to get through the hairy choke to get to the heart. That is a lot of work to eat something. I certainly don’t mind. I’ve got it down to a science. I chop off the top and bottom and snip off the tips of the thorny leaves. I zap in the microwave and enjoy every little morsel of meat off the leaves. Then with a little paring knife, I cut out the choke and eat the heart. Oh yum! My little one is an absolute worshiper of artichokes. There is never a complaint when we are having them for dinner. There are times when that is all she wants to eat.
Considering how good they are for you, I’m happy to let her munch through the whole artichoke. They are about 60 calories for a medium artichoke. They basically have no fat, no cholesterol, 7 grams of fiber and are loaded with Vitamin C, potassium and magnesium. Got to love that. They can be expensive so I buy a 4 pack at Costco. I can buy four for the price of two at my local grocery store. That is a good deal. I only buy whole artichokes when we are going to eat the whole thing. I cannot bear to waste the leaves to only use the heart. Besides, I do not have the patience to prep the artichoke just to get to the heart. That would be way to much work.
I think I’m going to have to have an artichoke for lunch now. Once Spring hits, they are always in my frig. You never know when the craving for an artichoke might hit, so I want to be prepared. Sadly, they will be gone before you know it until next season. So enjoy this wonderful thistle while you can. They are worth the work and so is this quiche.
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