News from Illinois CancerCare

St. Patrick’s Day Recipe: Shamrock Greens Quiche

Celebrate St. Patrick’s with some healthful greens – not just clovers!

Cruciferous and dark leafy greens provide more than just luck, they are great sources of folate, fiber, and carotenoids. Carotenoids help prevent cancer by acting as antioxidants and inhibit growth of certain types of cancer. They are both pots of gold in terms of Vitamin K and Vitamin C – both of which support immune health!

To keep these vitamins at full-strength, it’s best to steam, microwave, stir-fry or sauté. Avoid boiling which decrease the vitamins a wee-bit (about half will degrade).


Shamrock Greens Quiche


  • 9-inch refrigerated or frozen pie crust
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ small shallot, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 3 cups (1 small head) broccoli, halved lengthwise, chopped
  • 4 about cups (1 bunch) small Swiss chard, ribs and stems removed, leaves coarsely torn
  • 1 cup feta, crumbled (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar, grated (about 2 ounces)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1¾ cups half and half
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Pre-bake according to directions.
  2. Reduce oven heat to 325°. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook shallot and garlic, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add broccoli and cook, tossing occasionally, until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add Swiss chard leaves and cook, tossing often, just until wilted, about 2 minutes. Let cool. Stir in feta and cheddar.
  5. Whisk eggs, egg yolks, milk and half-and-half in a medium bowl just to combine. Mix in chives and salt; season with pepper. Scrape vegetable mixture into crust, then carefully pour in egg mixture.
  6. Bake quiche until filling is lightly browned and set across the surface but slightly wobbly in the center inch or two, 75–90 minutes. Let quiche cool in pan before unmolding and slicing. Enjoy and Sláinte Mhath!


Recipe developed by