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15 Bacon Recipes That Will Rock Your Mind

15 Bacon Recipes That Will Rock Your Mind

Bacon is the darling of the food world. Nothing else comes close to adding more flavor to food than bacon — just ask Jim Gaffigan.

As a bacon lover myself, I was especially pleased to find out just how many Primal or Paleo meal plans include the use of bacon in their recipes. This is important because of how much fat is in bacon. If your meal plans combine too many of the wrong carbs with fat, it’s a recipe for disaster. However, when you add bacon to the recipes I have listed below, you’ll not only be able to enjoy this tasty treat, but place it alongside other great foods so that your body benefits.

Take that, bacon haters! Without further ado, here are my top 15 bacon-induced recipes that your body will thank you for later. The majority of these recipes are awesome because they don’t need a ton of prep (and they include bacon!).

Bacon Snacks:

1. Baked Bacon

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    A lot of people shy away from eating more bacon because of the mess. When improperly tended to, your apartment or house ends up smelling a little too much like bacon (like that’s a bad thing!). For those with more sensitive olfactory senses, take heart. Just take your favorite baking sheet, line it with aluminum foil, and layer out your bacon til the sheet is full. Place it in an oven at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes (check every 15 minutes and flip as desired). The clean-up time is reduced, and if desired, you can pour off the bacon fat for other recipes to enhance the flavor.

    2. Bacamole
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      Some of the best recipes come from combining ideas from the places we eat with a little bit of our own imagination. To make bacamole, combine your favorite guacamole recipe (here’s mine from Nom Nom Paleo) with the addition of a few extra ingredients: bacon, dried cherries, and cooked corn. Chips are optional as shown.

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      3. Pumpkin and Bacon Burgers with Honey Drizzle

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        This recipe combines pumpkin puree, onion, spices, and honey for an outstanding flavor combination — all you have left to do is garnish it with bacon. Other options include cutting up the bacon and frying it in with the burger. It’s up to you. For added health benefits, use grass-fed beef which is high in omega 3 and reduces inflammation in the body. Simply combine the ingredients, fry it up in a pan, and garnish with drizzled honey over the burgers and bacon. Yum!

        4. Sweet Potato Skins with Bacon

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          Whether as a snack during the next big game or an appetizer, who can resist potato skins? This recipe, put together by the Primal Godfather, Mark Sisson, substitutes the traditional potato with the nutrient-dense and low-carb sweet potato, and includes beef and, of course, bacon. The end result is a slightly sweet and memorable treat. After baking your potatoes for 50 minutes, hollow them out and, in a separate bowl, mix in cooked ground meat, spices, and bacon. Garnish with green onion and sour cream.

          Bacon for Breakfast:

          5. The McSOG Breakfast Sandwich

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            It would be a sin to show a recipe roundup without bacon for breakfast! For the McDonald’s lover in you, here’s a healthy version that has no flavor comparison. Mix coconut flour and egg for your “muffin” and then sandwich in layers of bacon, sausage, and your favorite style of eggs. It’s low-carb and high-flavor, without even having to go through the drive-thru. I’m lovin’ it!

            6. Hungry Man Sweet Potato Casserole

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              Nothing’s easier to create in the kitchen than a dish using a crock pot. It’s easy here, once again. Once you’ve cut up some sweet potatos and onions, layer the ingredients from Paleo Pot‘s recipe into your dish. Pour the eggs over the mixture and then let the time and temperature take over. In less than six hours, you’ll have more than enough food for many breakfasts to come, as well as lunch or dinner if you so choose.

              7. Bacon-Crusted Quiche
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                Who loves Grandma’s Apple Pie? How about Bacon’s Bacon Pie? The foundation of this dish is a quilted fabric of bacon love topped with eggs, coconut milk, sliced tomatoes, onion, spices, and, of course, more bacon. This recipe from FastPaleo can be reimagined with whatever vegetables or ingredients are around the house. Save some for Grandma — she might put an extra $10 in your next birthday card.

                8. Savory Breakfast Casserole

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                  As a cousin to the Hungry Man Casserole, this recipe from PaleOMG combines eggs, chorizo, shredded sweet potato, onion, hot sauce, and spices to create a beautiful oven-baked creation fit for a Royal Feast. Preheat to 375, add cooked ingredients, bake for 30 minutes, and call in sick to work after you eat the whole thing. If you didn’t garnish with bacon, darn — make it again!

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                  9. Bacon Tomato Basil Frittata
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                    Want to look crazy cool to your significant other? Go buy a cast-iron skillet if you don’t already have one. Now use it! Just combine 8-12 eggs and mix them up real good with some veggies and cooked bacon. Add in some onion and spices. Put the cast iron on medium heat and cover for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, uncover and put in your oven on 350 for 20-30 minutes. The result is a fragrant and gourmet way to start the day. Plus, you’ll have leftovers for the next morning! Bonus!

                    Bacon — It’s What’s For Dinner!

                    10. Bacon-Wrapped Honey Mustard Chicken

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                      Super easy and outstanding on the tongue. All you do is cut your chicken breasts into strips, roll bacon around each strip, brush a mixture of honey and mustard over all the strips, and plop it into the oven at 425 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. It’s probably taking me more time to type this than it will take for you to fix it. Perfect for a fast dinner or a snack for the kids. Thanks to Jan’s Sushi Bar for this great idea.

                      11. Big O Bacon Cheese Burgers

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                        Using Nom Nom Paleo’s Big O Burgers Recipe as a base, I add in some cheddar cheese along with the prescribed mushrooms and bacon, roll it up into patties. After cooking it on the stove top for 3-4 minutes on each side, I smother it with my favorite BBQ sauce. It’s not 100% Paleo, but it’s a decent cheat when you just feel like being a little decadent.

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                        12. Sweet Potato Buffalo Chicken Casserole
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                          This one literally needs no explanation for why you should fix it. Combine buffalo chicken with bacon and I’m yours. After dicing your sweet potato and chicken, toss in some olive oil, paprika, hot sauce, and salt and pepper. Coat it all, throw it into a casserole dish and bake for 45 minutes in a 400 degree F oven. Add green onions and bacon to garnish it all off.

                          13. Meatza
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                            If you’re not familiar with Meatza, it’s simply a meat-crusted pizza with all the toppings you love, including the addition of bacon. Shape out your meat crust using ground beef and spices, cook it off at 450 degrees F for 10 minutes, add your favorite marinara sauce and toppings, then put it back in the oven some more. Easy, delicious, and yet another way to nibble on some bacon!

                            14. The Turkinator
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                              We’ve all heard of the Turducken, a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey. Well, that’s all great, but it’s missing the bacon. Whether you want to do the Turducken or you just want to wrap that baby in bacon and call it good, I present to you the Turkinator — your choice of turkey, but with life’s most precious resource, bacon. A sample recipe and the weave can be found here.

                              Bacon for Dessert:

                              15. Bacon-Sprinkled Chocomole

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                                Last but not least, I present the final recipe — fittingly, a dessert. Many people don’t know this, but singer Jason Mraz loves avocados so much, he has a farm. And a recipe. Mash up your avocados, add dates, raw cacao, and carob powder, along with agave nectar if you like. Then, top it off with bacon sprinkles. Save room, this dessert is totally filling. And fulfilling.

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                                Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                                How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                                To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                                Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                                1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                                Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                                Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                                To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                                2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                                Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                                If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                                Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                                3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                                Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                                Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                                4. Feed Your Brain

                                Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                                This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                                Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                                Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                                5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                                According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                                Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                                Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                                6. Write it Down

                                If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                                It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                                You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                                7. Listen to Music

                                Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                                8. Visual Concepts

                                In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                                Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                                Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                                9. Teach Someone Else

                                Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                                Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                                10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                                Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                                So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                                Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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