Low-Carb Veggie and Cheddar Mini-Quiches

These low-carb, high-protein mini-quiches are perfect for a quick snack or small meal. Its special high-fiber crust is devoid of simple white flours, so you'll feel fuller longer. Click here to purchase your copy of The O2 Diet.

Makes 3 servings (2 mini-quiches each)

1 tbsp (plus 2 tsp) Wheat germ
1 tbsp Ground flaxseed
Omega-3-enriched eggs
Omega-3-enriched egg whites
2 tbsp Fat-free milk
1/2 cup Nonfat cottage cheese
1/8 tsp Garlic powder
1/4 tsp Freshly grounded black pepper
1/4 tsp Finely chopped fresh tarragon
1/4 cup Shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
1 cup Chopped cooked broccoli
1/2 cup Chopped mushrooms
Parmesan cheese (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 6-cup nonstick muffin pan with canola oil cooking spray. Combine wheat germ and flaxseed in small bowl. Add 1 tsp of the mixture to each muffin cup, spreading to evenly coat bottoms. Whisk eggs, egg whites, milk and cottage cheese in a bowl. Add garlic powder, pepper, tarragon and cheddar cheese, and whisk until combined.

Stir in broccoli and mushrooms and divide mixture among muffin cups using a 1/4-cup measure. Bake 30 to 35 minutes on middle oven rack or until lightly browned on top and knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan on rack 5 to 10 minutes and loosen edges from pan with a knife. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Nutrition Facts:
Protein 40%, carbohydrate 27%, fat 33%

Recipe courtesy Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, Author of The O2 Diet.