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For the love of frittata

Frittata is this amazing creation for its ability to adapt and be so many things. The possibilities are endless.

One reason I'm such a fan is the choline factor. Choline is found in the egg yolk. It is a nutrient needed to produce acetylcholine in the body and this neurotransmitter is important for brain and nervous system function. It is also related to mood and muscle control.

If you don't want to geek out on science with me, just skip to the recipe and enjoy. If knowing more about the importance of choline makes you tingle with excitement, read on.

Choline is also related to modulating gene expression. Gene expression is influenced by DNA methylation and choline is important in this function of DNA methylation. I'm not going to get into a big discourse on epigenetics (gene expression) here, but the basic idea is that gene expression can be turned on or off. So if we have genetic predisposition to some condition, we can influence how/if that gets expressed or not expressed by outside factors such as nutrition or toxin exposure.

Also, based on genetics (biochemical individuality) people have different requirements for choline. Therefore the "recommended" daily allowance may not be sufficient for some people.

And now for the goods....


6 stalks of foraged asparagus

A big bunch of foraged lambsquarters

1/4 tsp of epazote (can be bought at a spice store if wild harvest is not available)

4 strips of sugar free bacon

1/4 cup of machaca (will need to be rehydrated in boiling water)

9 eggs

1 cup of cooked quinoa

Salt and pepper to taste

1 Tbsp of coconut oil

Fry bacon, remove from pan and then sautee asparagus and lambsquarters in bacon grease.

Whip 9 eggs in a bowl with salt, pepper and crushed epazote

Add veggies, chopped bacon, machaca and quinoa.

Melt coconut oil in bottom of cast iron skillet. Pour in frittata mix and bake at 350 for 25-30 min.

As with any frittata you can do different veggies, meats and spices.


If you want to really geek out here's a study on choline, epigenetics and methylation. Click here.

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