Elana’s Savory Vegetable Quiche & COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY!

This giveaway is now closed.
Congratulations to Michelle!

Two weekends ago we got to meet and spend half of the day with Elana, from Elana’s Pantry. It was a blast. Elana was so fun to hang out with and really down to earth—my kinda gal =) We got some good food at the Boulder Farmers Market, and splashed with the kids in the creek. Then we went for a walk and browsed Peppercorn. I can’t wait to see her again.

Which brings me to this recipe from Elana’s cookbook, and my giveaway of a signed copy of her cookbook, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook.

I made Elana’s Savory Vegetable Quiche with a few minor changes. It was really awesome. There isn’t any milk/milk substitute in Elana’s recipe—only eggs, cheese, and fillings—so the crust stays nice and dry and flakey. So smart. Also, the sundried tomatoes, along with with the onions and garlic really give it a lot of great flavor. Lets just say there was a lot of moaning sounds while we devoured, I mean, ate this for lunch today 😉
For the crust:
Add to bowl:
1 cup almond meal flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
Combine well. Add:
1/4 cup coconut oil, liquified
1 tbsp water
Combine well.
Pour into a deep pie pan, and press into place with your hands.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.
Let cool.
For the filling:
Saute one small to medium sized onion, finely chopped, for about 10 minutes.
Add 1 clove of fresh garlic, minced. Saute a couple minutes more, being careful not to burn.
Steam about 2 cups of fresh broccoli, sliced into little bits, for about 5 minutes. (I like to let it finish cooking in the oven.)
Add onions, garlic and broccoli to a bowl with:
4 whisked eggs
1 cup Applegate Farms, Chicken & Maple, Breakfast Sausage*
1/4 cup finely chopped sundried tomatoes
4 oz Daiya (or other) dairy-free cheese
1/2 tsp sea salt
Combine well.
Add filling to the cooled crust.
It’s funny, because when Elana and I were browsing Peppercorn we were looking at the Pie Crust Shields and I almost bought one. However, like finding a cute top in a store and then putting it back because I can’t think when I’ll wear it, I didn’t buy the pie crust shield I saw with Elana. And of course less than two weeks later, I needed it. Boo…
So, really not wanting to take the chance of burning Elana’s lovely crust, I did this:
I cut a hole in two pieces of parchment paper, small enough to more than cover the crust, and laid them on top of the quiche. And I hoped for the best.
I baked the quiche at 350 for 30 minutes (paper shield and all), and voila! Beautiful, delicious, perfectly done quiche and crust =)
The hardest part was waiting for it to cool for half an hour, because I couldn’t wait to try it.
*I like Applegate Farms, Chicken & Maple, Breakfast Sausage because it’s gluten and casein free and it doesn’t contain MSG or nitrates. Plus the chickens are treated humanely and without antibiotics.
To enter to win Elana’s signed cookbook leave a comment on this post by the end of next Monday. I will announce the random winner next Tuesday, October 12th.
♥, Kelly


  1. says

    That quiche looks amazing! I think that there might need to be a quiche in my near future!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe and for the awesome chance at winning Elana’s book!

  2. says

    I can’t wait to make this! YUMMY. I also can’t wait to have Elana’s cookbook….if I don’t win it here, I’m going to have to order it! Thanks!

  3. Abby says

    Yay, another breakfast food!! Breakfasts are important but inconvenient around my house, so I’m glad to add this to my list of options. Thanks!

  4. says

    That looks lovely. I am going to try this recipe this weekend I will let you know how it turns out. This will be a wonderful recipe to add to my new healthy eating approach. Thanks :)

  5. Juli says

    Aloha Kelly

    The quiche looks delicous. I making it for my Thursday nights dinner. I would love to win a copy of her cookbook.

    Thanks for all you posting…We have had almost all your smoothies yummy and also you waffles..

    Aloha Juli

  6. Leslie says

    Wow –
    I sooo want to win this book.

    I have been wanting to get a copy, but for lots of different reasons, financially it keeps needing to stay on my “Wish List”…. :(
    I would be one MORE than Happy GF Camper if I won….my fingers and toes and eyes are all crossed…
    % )

  7. says

    Another great blog website to visit. New to the food blogging world. What great recipes you all have. Thank you for your meticulously developed recipes.

    Keep the great recipes coming.

    Please enter me for a copy of Elana’s Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook.

  8. Anonymous says

    I would love to have a copy of Elana’s cookbook. I am new to this and still have no idea what I am doing! Thank You! Jen (jreisker@charter.net)

  9. says

    Hi Kelly,
    Just joined your website and LOVE it LOTS! Anything Gluten-free AND coconuts are my favorite! I hope to win a cookbook from Elana’s. Her book sound GOOD! Keep up the good work :)

  10. says

    Great blog. I would love to be entered in the giveaway…..and I’m making your flourless eggless brownie mini muffin thingies right now for my daughters 4th birthday tomorrow. Yum!!

  11. says

    Funny coincidence, I JUST made Elana’s quiche this weekend. It was so good, I had to restrain myself from eating the entire thing in one sitting! I left out the sun-dried tomatoes, even though I love them, due to severe acid reflux and replaced the goat cheese with an extra egg, to keep the binding quality but eliminate any milk products. Can’t wait to try it with different veggies next time and maybe add some ground turkey to the mix.

  12. Kay Spitzmueller says

    I own both your book and Elana’s! They are my two favorites! I would love to have more!!!!

    I am wondering how to print off recipes off of your blog that aren’t in your book. I can’t get it to work?


  13. says

    This looks SO yummy! I really want Elana’s cookbook. And your’s too, for that matter. It’s been on my “to do” list for months to look into ordering them both. Would love to win one!

  14. Lisl says

    This recipe looks delicious! As someone who is experimenting with grain free recipes, I’ve been soo glad to find Elana’s and your blogs. Thank you! And of course I’d love to win the cookbook!!

  15. says

    That looks sooo good! Love your idea of using the parchment paper so the crust wouldn’t burn! I’ve taken Elanas book out from the library before and loved it! I’d love to own my own copy!!!!

  16. says

    Hi Kelly!

    I would love to be entered to win Elana’s Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook. I like all the wonderful recipes you post! :)
    ricettebarbare at gmail dot com

  17. Michelle says

    My whole family just loves your site! They know that when I say I am trying something from the Spunky Coconut it is going to be good! Thank you so much for this site and the opportunity to win this cookbook from Elana.

    Thanks again

  18. says

    That sounds like a nice day!
    Wonderful recipe, I just so happen to have everything in my pantry to make this quiche! Yay!
    yup, I’d love to get my hands on the cookbook, sign me up!

  19. Anonymous says

    Thanks for posting Kelly! I love following your blog and Elana’s. I became ill about a year ago and eating mostly vegetarian/vegan is starting to help me. I would love a chance to enter and win Elana’s cookbook. Thanks for the opportunity!

  20. says

    I just found your blog through Elana’s blog- so much good info here! I have a 2 year old who can’t do dairy, and it’s been an adventure (albeit much more pleasant with blogs like yours to help)! Thanks for the giveaway.

  21. says

    Hi Kelly,
    I would love a copy of Elana’s cookbook as I’m starting a GF/CF low glycemic diet and need all the help I can. Curiously enough, I know exactly which Peppercorn you were at as I work a block north of it. Such a fun store. I keep thinking I want a pie shield but I don’t make enough pies to need it (especially now) I love your solution!

  22. says

    I just found your site today and I am SO excited! My holistic drs health coach told me about your site. I would love a copy of your book! Thanks!

  23. says

    I just came across your blog today and I have already spent way too much time on it :O)! I would love to win a copy of the cookbook. Thanks!

  24. Nan says

    I’m collecting recipes to serve during holidays – this one made the cut!

    I bought a pie crust shield not long ago and the darn thing didn’t fit any of my pie plates. IMO, adjustable ones are best.

  25. says

    Thank you for sharing your yummy recipes. You have opened my eyes to a healthy way of eating. I have your cookbook maybe I will win Elana’s and have two.

  26. Marty says

    I would love Elana’s book, she has a fab website and very inspirational! I’m vegan so I might try this recipe using the yummy crust for the quiche and tofu and egg-replacer in the filling?! I love Peppercorn! I have family in Boulder, I always go to Peppercorn and try and find some little gadget I don’t yet have that will hide well in my suitcase! I hope I win!

  27. Esther in Knox says

    yum. I want some of that quiche. Alas, I’m off eggs for the next couple weeks! Would love a copy of Elana’s cookbook in the meantime. 😉

  28. says

    Hello Kelly!

    I love food! and I’m so thrilled to see all the recipes you and your friends post, YOU ARE AMAZING!!! I would love to win Elana’s Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook!! Did I mention I Love Food?!!! : )
    THANK YOU for all you do.

  29. says


    I really like your version of the quiche here, and am especially intrigued by the crust you made.

    Really looking forward to seeing you when I’m back from Blogher.


  30. says

    I would SO love to win Elana’s cookbook! I have been subscribing to her e-mails for a while now, and just found this blog from references on her site. I’m learning to cook gluten free. It’s difficult at first, but then, it gets easier.

  31. says

    Oh Please enter me into the drawing too. I love Elana’s blog, also the way you all encourage each other and direct us to more and more wonderful blogs. I have learned so much from all of your sharing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  32. vlm says


    Thanks for sharing the recipe. I have tried Elana’s original recipe and look forward to trying your modified version (sausage, what a great addition!). Thanks also to Elana for introducing me to your website (with the incentive of winning her book).

    Happy cooking!

  33. Marsha says

    A wonderful new blog to follow! I’m so glad I stopped by. This quiche looks so yummy that I am inspired to buy the ingredients tomorrow!

  34. says

    I love Elana’s recipes and have also found many helpful ones on your blog. Thanks so much for sharing what you’ve learned! I’d love to have her cookbook.

  35. says

    I enjoy cooking/baking with almond flour. Next on my list is coconut flour but haven’t found it in the stores yet. Will continue looking before I end up ordering over the internet. Elana’s Almond Flour cookbook would be a great incentive.

  36. says

    Dear Kelly,
    I would love to enter the cookbook giveaway! I have made several recipes from Elana’s website, and they have all been delicious.

  37. JL says

    I would love to try experimenting with coconut flour. Thanks for the inspiration. I would love to win Elana’s GF Almond Flour cookbook!

  38. says

    Thanks, Kelly, for putting on this contest! I am new to cooking with almond flour and/or coconut flour, but I am hopeful that the change will be a good change for my family. Your recipes look yummy, and I look forward to trying out MANY of them. As for Elana’s recipes, I’ve tried a few and I can’t wait to try more. You and Elana make me feel excited about cooking again! Thanks!

  39. says

    Wow! I am so excited. I’ve been gluten free for 3 years and now I’m transitioning to the Specific Carbohydrate diet for even more body recovery. Her cookbook would be such a treat for our whole family.

  40. Kaitlyn says

    Wow this recipe looks fantastic. I love your blog Kelly! You and Elana are an inspiration to us all! I would love the chance to win Elana’s cookbook! Thank you!

  41. says

    That pie looks wonderful and I love the way you protected the crust. Very creative. I’m really excited about that sausage though. I miss it a lot so I’ll be tracking that down like in the next 30 seconds. Now if I could just figure out how to hold the insides of that pie together without eggs (allergic) I’ll really be onto something!

  42. says

    I’m going to make this today and eat it for breakfast for most of next week – maybe a cereal break just to change things up a bit.

    Thanks for the recipe. Looks awesome. – L

  43. says

    I love your website and you are such a breath of fresh air! Both your blog and Elana’s are the two I check the most often and I would love to be entered for a chance to win a copy of the copy. I just bought both of your guy’s books and am excited about cooking with coconut/almond flour after very recently going grain free!

  44. Elena Brase says

    First let me just say I should win the book just because my name is Elena (albeit spelled a bit different)! If that is not enough you all just have to feel sorry for me because I have to eat gluten, dairy, egg, soy, and nightshade free and I am a FOODIE!!! I search the net and books wide and far for each and every recipe that I can try that is awesome….Thanks for your site!

  45. says

    i dropped by looking for a chocolate muffin/cupcake recipe for a family potluck dinner and promptly stumbled upon this delicious quiche… wow!!! it looks and sounds wonderful, and the generous giveaway is pretty great too! thanks so much, and good luck to all :)

    now, back to browsing for those yummy chocolatey treats…

  46. says

    I just discovered your site and as a new mom I would love to get my family started in this direction for our eating lifestyle!! Keep the recipes and ideas coming!

  47. says

    I would love to be entered in the contest for your cookbook! I just found out that I am allergic to gluten and dairy (also have Fibromyalgia). I am also a professional baker and I am desperate for replacement to my usual treats and bread. I am excited to have found your site and look forward to trying your recipes! Thank you for what you do!

  48. Leslie B says

    Elana, if you Cup Cake book is half as good as your Almond Flour cookbook, it will be a hit. My favorite recipe in the Almond Flour Cookbook is the Olive-Rosemary Bread. Yummy!
    Thanks for ALL the wonderful recipies.

  49. says

    Would use and use this cookbook! Just love introducing folks to these wonderful G free recipes and having them around to keep me from cheating.

  50. Nancy Cherven says

    Hi Kelly! I have made one of your recipes everyday for the past week! I just poped the sweet pot quiche recipe in the oven…mmm can’t wait for lunch.
    I am gluten intolerant and very sugar sensitive. I found your recipes through Elana’s site. I do have Elana’s book. I would love to purchase your’s. Do you autograph your books?
    Keep up the great recipes and tips are very helpful!
    Warm regards,

  51. Marilyn says

    I just ran across this blog entry, and your suggestion to use parchment paper w/a hole cut in the center to cover pie crusts… what a marvelous idea… am going to try this ASAP. Thanks for the idea… M.

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