Artichoke and Broccoli Quiche with a Barley Crust

Those eggs I had for breakfast? They sparked a craving in me bright and early and I knew I’d be making breakfast for dinner tonight.

Bring on the quiche!


I wanted to make a yummy quiche, but didn’t have any pie crust on hand, nor did I feel like making one from scratch, so I set out to find a recipe for quiche with a non-traditional crust.

I found a recipe for artichoke quiche through that I figured I could tweak. I upped the veggie content in the dish and changed a handful of other things in order to use ingredients I had on hand.

A combination of cooked pearled barley, egg whites, garlic and cheese ended up serving as my crust and I loved the dense, chewy texture.


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Artichoke and Broccoli Quiche with a Barley Crust


  • 1 cup cooked pearled barley
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat shredded cheese
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 small garlic clove, diced
  • 1 (14-ounce) can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (regular milk will also work)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli florets
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine barley, 1/4 cup cheese, 2 egg whites, garlic salt and garlic. Stir together and pour into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Bake for 5 minutes.
  3. Arrange artichoke quarters on bottom of barley crust and sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
  4. Combine remaining four egg whites, milk, onion, mustard broccoli, salt and pepper and pour over cheese.
  5. Bake for 55 minutes or until set. Let cool for 5 minutes and cut into six wedges.


I had two extra-large slices and really enjoyed the quiche. There is only one small slice remaining, so it’s safe to say that this quiche was a hit in our house.

After dinner, Ryan and I took Sadie on her evening walk and now I’m feeling extra cozy in my pajamas and am off to read The Paris Wife! I’m about halfway through this month’s book club selection and am enjoying it so far.


  1. says

    i just made a sauteed mushroom and spinach quiche last week because I was craving eggs, too! Your recipe sounds really interesting; I love artichoke hearts, and the pearled barley is a unique ingredient – I definitely want to try this out!


  2. says

    I have never heard of such a creative pie crust! I’m actually not a huge fan of pie crust in general, so I definitely think I will give that a try next time – thanks!


  3. Yellow Haired Girl says

    Oh wow!! I’m a really big quiche fan …. and have a weird secret love for barley. I think I need to give this a shot 🙂


  4. Sara @ The Foodie Diaries says

    I’ve been looking for a veggie-filled recipe and this looks awesome! Thanks so much for posting 🙂


  5. Haley says

    That looks DELICIOUS! I can’t wait to try it! I had barley risotto tonight with artichokes, but this looks so good! What are you giving up for lent?! I remember in the past you gave up sweets! I’m not sure if I can do that one!


  6. Li says

    This looks amazing! I wonder if I could use quinoa instead of barley for the crust? Might need to have a play with this recipe and find out 🙂



  7. Tasha @ My Happy Balance says

    Looks delish! I was debating what to make for dinner tonight and I think this is the winner! Thanks 😀


  8. says

    My hubby (who does all the cooking, and is a baker) has found that those ready made Pillsbury pie crusts in the red box in the refrigerated section are good if you’re in a bind and want to make a chicken pot pie or something crusty. They taste great!



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