This low-carb cheese and spinach pie has quickly become one of my favourite recipes.
In fact, this recipe ticks so many boxes that it’s hard to know where to start.
✔️ Weight Loss
✔️ 5 minute prep time
✔️ Full of vitamins and minerals
✔️ Mega tasty
Finding low-carb vegetarian recipes can be a bit of a chore, especially finding good ones. This one is definitely a keeper.
It’s also suitable for those pursuing the keto diet. When doing keto it’s generally recommended to keep under about 20g-30g carbs a day – one serving of this pie is just 7.5g.
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It’s also super protein-rich! Which is kind of to be expected for something made from eggs and cheese. In fact, it comes in at an incredible 20g per serving.
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This is a super-speedy low-carb pie!
Preparation time is also a huge consideration in this household. If I know I can get a nutritious meal that does just what I want AND have it ready to go in five minutes then I’m absolutely sold.
Honestly, at the end of a long day (or if I’m at home and don’t have long to dedicate to lunch) then sometimes I just want something I can throw together in a few minutes and know that it will turn out satisfying every time.
That’s how this pie rolls.
Does exactly what it says on the tin
This crustless pie is also a nutrient and vitamin powerhouse. Like, seriously.
Eggs are a great source of all B vitamins, something that vegetarians always need to be on the lookout for.
They’re also high in omega-3, something that is often imbalanced in the Western diet.
As you may expect, spinach is pretty awesome, too. One of the reasons some vegetarians struggle with their iron levels is that they can’t absorb enough – plant-based iron is hard for the body to take up than iron derived from meat.
In fact, vegetarians need an estimated 1.8x more iron than meat-eaters to offset this. Luckily, we can help ourselves in various ways.
By ingesting Vitamin C at the same time, we can increase our absorption rates. Luckily, spinach is also high in Vitamin C and so naturally helps itself to do this.
We can also make sure we don’t drink caffeine at the same time (or within an hour of eating iron-rich foods), as caffeine hinders the absorption process.
Taste is subjective, unless it’s awesome
I jest of course – naturally we all like different foods. In all honesty, I’m only a spinach fan when it’s done right – and this pie does it right. Nutmeg always smoothes out the flavour, and the garlic really adds to the whole.
As I said, this recipe really ticks all the right boxes ✔️
Enjoy it as much as we do 😎
Low-Carb Spinach and Cheese Pie
- 8.8 oz spinach (8.8 oz = 250g) (if frozen, let defrost)
- 5 eggs
- 1.5 cup cheddar cheese (1.5 cup = 185g)
- 2 tomatoes
- ½ tsp garlic powder (or garlic salt)
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp basil (dried is also fine)
- 1 tbsp oregano (dried is also fine)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp olive oil (for greasing the tray)
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/390°F.
- Beat the eggs in a large bowl.
- Add the garlic, nutmeg, onion powder, salt and pepper.
- Grate the cheese.
- Give it all a stir then mix in the spinach and cheese.
- Make sure everything is thoroughly coated in egg and spice mix.
- Pour into a 9 inch pie tin (grease with a little oil first), spread it evenly and get it in the oven!
- Slice the tomatoes.
- After about 20 minutes of cooking, take out the pie and layer the tomatoes on top.
- Cook for another 15-20 mins.
- When ready, sprinkle on the basil, oregano and a little more salt and pepper.
- Done! Serve, and enjoy.