Sweet potatoes are a heart-healthy superfood — with high amounts of vitamins A, B5 and B6; niacin; riboflavin; and carotenoids. The best part about this sweet tasting vegetable is that its natural sugars are released slowly into the blood stream, which reduces blood sugar fluctuations and keeps you satisfied longer.
From breakfast hash to fries, and mashes to pies, the sweet potato is a perfect staple to keep in your kitchen. This easy and impressive quiche features a sweet potato crust, and is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Turkey Bacon, Asparagus and Spinach Quiche With Sweet Potato Crust
Yields 5 servings
1 large sweet potato, grated
1 teaspoon avocado oil
6 slices turkey bacon, diced
4 cups fresh baby spinach
1 cup asparagus, chopped
4 green onions, chopped
2 large eggs
4 large egg whites
1/4 cup skim milk
1 1/2 tablespoons fat-free feta cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste
Heat oven to 400° F. Coat a 9-inch pie pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Using a cheese grater, grate the sweet potato until you have 2 cups. Gently press the grated sweet potato into the bottom and around the sides of the pan. The sweet potato will look loose, but will hold together once cooked. Bake until cooked, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and lower temperature to 350° F.
While the sweet potato crust bakes, prepare the filling. In a large pan over medium-high, heat the oil. Add turkey bacon, cooking until it begins to brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add asparagus and spinach and stir occasionally for 4 to 5 minutes until all of the spinach has wilted.
Transfer spinach, asparagus and turkey bacon to a colander and press firmly with the back of a spoon or your hand to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Add the cooked vegetables and green onions to the cooked crust, evenly coating the bottom.
In a bowl, whisk together eggs, egg whites and milk. Stir in feta cheese and season with salt and pepper. (Remember that feta is naturally salty, so use salt sparingly.) Pour egg mixture over vegetables.
Bake quiche until eggs in the center are set and the top is golden brown, about 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before slicing.
Adapted from American Heart Association recipe collection.