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When I was a little girl, my Grandma used to say that,
“As long as you have eggs in the house you always have a healthy meal.”
Now, I realize that eggs are surrounded by much controversy concerning cholesterol, fat, and even bacteria found on the shells of some eggs (My next post may be on the “benefits of soap and water”). However, if you don’t have issues with eggs, good! Eggs are loaded with protein and another nutrient I am just learning about called choline. Evidently, choline is easily found in many foods. Even the human body produces a good amount on its own, just not quite enough, and eggs just happen to be near the top of the list of foods that provide significant amounts of choline. But here is the clincher:
According to Catherine Roberts, “Eggs are considered a super food—the whites are protein rich while the yolks contain a precious water-soluble nutrient called choline, which improves memory, focus, and overall cognitive performance. (emphasis mine)” Read Robert’s full article about “10 Idea-Inspiring Brain Foods” at activebeat.co.
Memory, focus and overall cognitive performance, now, that’s what I’m talking about! Anyone who has a child with dyslexia, or struggles with it themselves, knows that memory, focus and cognitive processes are a major issue. Another informative article about choline specifically can be found at “The Worlds Healthiest Foods” and a couple about eggs, in general, from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Cleveland Clinic.
So, with that in mind, I thought I would tweak a crustless quiche recipe (Filled with eggs of course) and give it a little update that my Grandma would be proud of. This recipe also contains spinach, which is also high on the brain food list because of its’ high concentration of iron. Read more at thescientisit.com.
Spinach and Bacon Crust-less Quiche
- 1 Onion, chopped
- 1 Package uncured bacon cut into pieces
- 1 Package fresh organic spinach
- 10 pasture raised eggs beaten
- ¾ Cup heavy cream
- 2 Cups grated Swiss cheese
- 1 ½ Cups grated Gruyere cheese
- ½ tsp salt
- Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two 9 inch pie pans. cook bacon in skillet over med heat until browned. Add onions and cook until soft stirring occasionally. Drain bacon and onions on a paper towel. (If you wish to omit the bacon, cook the onion in 1 TBS of extra virgin olive oil) In a large bowl, combine eggs, cheese, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly. Stir in about 2 cups fresh spinach and the bacon/onion mixture and pour into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven until eggs have set, about 30-40 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. ( I often will make one deep dish quiche by pouring all of the ingredients into a deep 10″ cake pan and adding 5-10 minutes extra cooking time.)
This recipe is my family’s new favorite quiche because it is loaded with so many yummy extras. So sneak in some brain building nutrients and a flavor-filled way. All of us can use a little extra memory-boosting and mental focus and this is a delicious way to achieve that. Bon appetit!
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Robin Liner is a wife, and veteran homeschool mom with over twenty years experience. She has written two picture books and actively blogs about homeschooling with an emphasis on teaching dyslexic children at crazygoodreaders.wordpress.com. and athomewithdyslexia.com Feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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