Bruce Feistein’s 1982 book,  Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche introduced the term quiche-eater, meaning a man who is a dilettante, a trend-chaser, an over-anxious conformist to fashionable forms of ‘lifestyle’, and socially correct behaviors and opinions, one who eschews (or merely lacks) the traditional masculine virtue of tough self-assurance. Although in mainstream the term has been replaced with Metro-sexual, the quiche-eater expression survives in computer programming circles, where it means a person far removed from practice and concerned only with academic matters, unwilling to “get their hands dirty.”

If you are a man concerned about how others view your masculinity and you still live in 1982 every time you see the word Quiche replace it with “egg pie.”  Otherwise enjoy this great recipe!

Crustless Veggie Quiche


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup sliced yellow onions
  • 1/2 cup green pepper
  • 1/2 cup broccoli
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme (1teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large eggs (cage free if possible)
  • 1 1/4 cups half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup grated Gruyere
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper, more if desired
  • 1/4 pound mushrooms, wiped clean and sliced
  • 3 ounces goat cheese, crumbled


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a large skillet melt the coconut oil over medium heat and sauté onions, stirring, for 6 minutes. Add green pepper and broccoli and continue cooking for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, continue stirring one additional minute. Add the basil and thyme, and season lightly with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and let cool.

In a bowl, beat the eggs and half-and-half together. Add the salt, pepper, grated Gruyere, and cayenne.

Spoon the vegetable mixture into the prepared 9×9 or 8×8 glass dish, spread sliced mushrooms on top of veggie mixture, pour in the egg mixture, and crumble the goat cheese on top. Bake for 35-40 minutes until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes before serving.