Ham, Swiss Cheese & Asparagus Quiche | THM: S, Keto, GF

I wasn’t sure how well this Ham, Swiss Cheese & Asparagus Quiche would fly with my family, since our kids are certain they don’t like eating green “twigs,” but I was pleasantly surprised when they wolfed down the entire thing in one meal…and asked me to make it again! 

Ham, Swiss Cheese & Asparagus are a winning trio of flavors, and the savory crust takes this low-carb, keto-compatible, gluten-free, Trim Healthy Mama S main dish to the next level!

You could even forgo the crust to save yourself some time and ingredients, if you like: the crust-less version of this Ham, Swiss Cheese & Asparagus Quiche is equally satisfying! 

This Springy Quiche doesn’t require any special ingredients to make and is a fantastic way to use up eggs! It’s full of protein and good fats. Using a smoked ham makes it super speedy to put together, and if you don’t have a ham on hand, bacon makes a great substitute. (Always.)

This Ham, Swiss Cheese & Asparagus Quiche is crazy versatile. You can sub the ham with bacon, sausage, or chicken; the Swiss Cheese with Cheddar (or some other favorite!); and the asparagus with a different non-starchy vegetable such as spinach or broccoli! You could also add chopped peppers, mushrooms, or a bit of tomato to the filling, if you like.  

A complete meal by itself, you can serve this dish “as is,” for breakfast, lunch, or supper, or make it part of a fancier meal by accompanying it with a soup and salad. 

Yield: 8 servings

Ham, Swiss Cheese, and Asparagus Quiche | THM: S, Keto, GF

Ham, Swiss Cheese, and Asparagus Quiche | THM: S, Keto, GF

This Ham, Swiss Cheese and Asparagus Quiche combines a winning trio of flavors, and the savory crust takes this low-carb, keto-compatible, gluten-free, Trim Healthy Mama S main dish to the next level!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • CRUST:
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • FILLING:
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lb. asparagus, chopped into bite-sized pieces and steamed until tender-crisp
  • 1 cup cubed smoked ham
  • 1 cup grated Swiss cheese
  • ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  2. To make the crust, melt butter in a small saucepan. Remove from heat. Stir in almond flour, Parmesan cheese, and egg. Press into 9-10" pie pate. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Remove from heat, set aside, and increase oven temperature to 375 F.
  3. To make the filling, saute onion in butter until onion is translucent (you can steam the asparagus during this time too, if you haven't already done so).
  4. In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs and cream together. Stir in sauted onions, steamed asparagus, cubed ham, grated Swiss cheese, and ground pepper. Pour filling into pie crust. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Looking for another delicious way to enjoy asparagus?

Try these Chicken & Bacon Asparagus Bundles! So easy and flavorful! A THM S.

Ham & Broccoli Braid | THM: S

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If you’re a 90’s kid like me, you’ve probably enjoyed the popular Ham & Broccoli Braid (or Ring) made from Pillsbury crescent dough at some point in your life. The Internet is full of variations on this recipe that has been around for decades (does anyone else have a hard time believing it’s been decades – like, decade with an ‘s’ – since the 90s?!). I remember my Mom making it every once in a while when I was growing up. Our whole family enjoyed the cheesy, quiche-like filling encased in flaky pastry.

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Making these Mini Ham & Broccoli Quiches got me thinking about that old favorite, and I thought I’d try my hand at converting it to a THM-friendly recipe by adapting the Fat Head Pizza Crust and stuffing it with my Mom’s broccoli and ham filling. It went down well and I’ll definitely be making it again!

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I was in a bit of a time-crunch making this “braid,” so it’s not really a braid; it’s more of a loaf with slits cut in the top. You could make it into a braid though, by dividing and rolling out the top dough ball into three strands, weaving them together, placing it over the broccoli filling, and sealing the ends to the bottom half of dough.

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ham & Broccoli Braid | THM S

Ham & Broccoli Braid | THM S

This low-carb ham & broccoli braid is reminiscent of the classic ham & broccoli Pillsbury crescent ring from the 90s. A THM S.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

DOUGH:

  • 3 cups mozzarella, grated
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 4 Tbsp cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp mineral salt

FILLING:

  • 1 1/2 cups Swiss or Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 3/4 cup fully cooked smoked ham, cubed
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh broccoli, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. To make the crust, melt mozzarella and cream cheese in microwave for 2 minutes. Stir together. In a separate bowl, mix almond flour, egg and salt. Add to cheese mixture and knead together to make dough.
  3. Divide dough into two balls. Place each ball between two layers of parchment paper and roll each one into a rectangular shape. Set aside.
  4. Mix all the filling ingredients together in a bowl. Spread filling evenly over one of the rolled out pieces of dough, leaving a small margin around the edges. Carefully layer the second piece of dough on top, sealing the top and bottom edges together, all the way around. Cut slits along the top piece of dough to allow the steam to escape.
  5. Bake at 374 for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.

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Low Carb Mini Ham & Broccoli Quiches | THM: S, Keto

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Every once in a while, I like to make ham and egg cups in a muffin tin for an easy protein-packed lunch. Brad and I enjoy them, but our kids think they’re too egg-y and bland. Our 5-year-old’s favorite food in the world is quiche, and the crispy ham of the egg cups make a great crust; I turned the filling into something quiche-like, and now we’ve got THM-friendly Ham & Broccoli Quiches that the whole family loves!

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This THM S recipe is a frugal meal that doesn’t require any special ingredients. Easy to put together and very flavorful, these low carb Ham & Broccoli Quiches are great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as an appetizer!

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Yield: 12

Low Carb Mini Ham & Broccoli Quiches

Low Carb Mini Ham & Broccoli Quiches

These incredibly easy, no-special-ingredient quiches are perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as an appetizer. Flavorful and high in protein, this recipe makes 12 mini quiches: perfect for a large family meal or make-ahead convenience.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 slices of deli ham
  • 8 strips of bacon, chopped
  • 2 broccoli crowns, finely chopped
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/2 tsp mineral salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Line each cup of a regular-sized ungreased muffin tin with a slice of deli ham. Set one cup of grated cheese aside to use as a topping later. Divide the other half evenly between the twelve muffin tins by sprinkling approx. 1 Tbsp of grated cheese on each slice of ham. Set aside.
  2. In a large frying pan, scramble fry bacon, broccoli, onion, and butter together until onion is clear, bacon is crispy, and broccoli is tender-crisp.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, cream, salt, and pepper together. Stir in broccoli mixture. Pour filling on top of the cheese inside the ham cups. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
  4. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes until cheese is bubbly and the ham edges start to crisp.

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