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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.

                                Featured photo credit: Chris Isherwood via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on May 21, 2019

                                13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                                13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                                Creating your productivity ritual — a routine that helps you to maintain a peak level of energy can get you the best out of your days.

                                Part of creating your productivity routine involves removing activities that drain you (what I call “kryptonites”), and that includes your bad habits.

                                Like it or not, bad habits are bad for you — mentally, physically, emotionally and even socially in some cases. While some bad habits are harder to quit than others, it doesn’t change the fact that you need to get rid of them. Here are 13 bad habits to quit right away:

                                1. Stress Eating

                                I used to be a serious stress eater. I would eat whenever I felt unhappy, stressed, disappointed, anxious, or even… happy! My eating had nothing to do with being hungry, and everything to do with using food to fill my emotional voids.

                                While eating would comfort me, this feeling was momentary and would disappear right after I was done eating. Instead, what I had left would be the same emotional void that triggered me to eat in the first place (be it unhappiness or stress), a 2,000 excess calorie intake over what I should have eaten for the day, and anger at myself for having stress ate.

                                I’ve since overcome stress eating. I have healthy eating habits and a healthy relationship with food today where I no longer use food as a tool to fill my emotions.

                                If you are a stress eater, don’t fret — here’s how to manage your stress better:

                                How to Manage Stress (A Step-by-Step Guide to Turn Stress Into Success)

                                2. Nail Biting

                                Not only is nail biting unhygienic, it is also socially repelling, leads to dental problems like malocclusion of the anterior teeth,[1] potentially cause stomach problems,[2] and lead to severely deformed fingernails in the long run.

                                People who bite their nails tend to have shorter nails than the average person; their nail plates also experience scarring and may eventually become absent.[3]

                                Understand what triggers your nail biting behavior and replace it with another neutral to positive habit. Make habits to break habits.

                                For example, if you bite your nails when you are stressed, go for a walk or listen to music instead the next time you feel stressed.

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                                3. Hanging out with Naysayers

                                We all know these people — people who play devil’s advocate to every idea you have and every goal you want to pursue. We are already our greatest self-critics, so it doesn’t help when there’s someone beside us, ever ready to pounce on what we say and tear it down.

                                Hang out less with these naysayers and spend more time with supportive people who share constructive feedback instead. You will be much happier this way.

                                Learn how to get rid of naysayers with these 10 Ways to Ignore the Naysayers and Achieve Your Dreams.

                                4. Being with People Who Don’t Appreciate You

                                Haven’t all of us been in this situation before? Trying to please people who don’t appreciate us? Bending over backwards to be there for people when they are never there for us?

                                While we give without expectations of return, we need to draw a line with people who don’t value us because these people damage our souls.

                                Stop spending time with people who don’t appreciate you, and spend more time with people who do instead.

                                Unsure who you should get rid of? Learn about it here: 5 Kinds of Toxic People That You Need to Get Rid of Now

                                5. Smoking

                                Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death globally.[4]

                                In just the United States alone, about 500,000 deaths are attributed to smoking-related diseases annually. A recent study estimated that as much as one-third of China’s male population will have significantly shortened life-spans due to smoking! Gender-wise, male and female smokers lose an average of 13.2 and 14.5 years of life respectively — that’s over a decade of life right there.[5]

                                Not only that, smoking causes pre-mature skin aging (i.e. wrinkles), yellowing of teeth, bad breath, and worse of all — jeopardy of the health of people around you, including your loved ones. Studies have shown that non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk to many of the health problems associated with direct smoking.[6]

                                Smoking risks

                                  6. Excessive Drinking

                                  All of us know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for us, but do you know how bad it really is?

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                                  According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking too much — be it on a single occasion or over time — can seriously damage your health:[7]

                                  • Brain problems: Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, making it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.
                                  • Heart diseases: Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle, Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat, stroke, high blood pressure
                                  • Liver diseases: Steatosis or fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis
                                  • Pancreas problems: Pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
                                  • Different types of cancer: Mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, breast

                                  If you drink a lot, perhaps cutting it out right away will be tough. Cut down the number of glasses you drink each time, followed by the number of times you drink a week.

                                  If need be, seek help from an AA group — you aren’t alone in this. Change starts from today.

                                  7. Eating Junk Food (Including Diet Soda)

                                  Junk food — they are everywhere in our society today. From McDonald’s, to KFC, to Burger King, to 24-hour takeouts, junk food such as fries, highly processed burgers and sodas has become a staple in our society today.

                                  If you think, “Hey, but junk food is tasty!”, think again:

                                  A study by Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny suggests that junk food consumption alters brain activity in a way similar to addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin.[8]

                                  “After many weeks with unlimited access to junk food, the pleasure centers of rat brains became desensitized, requiring more food for pleasure.”

                                  And you wonder why you seem to crave fast food when you just had some the day before?

                                  While it may not be possible to remove junk food completely from our diet right away, we can reduce our junk food consumption starting today. Instead of soda, opt for a fruit juice (fresh juice, not the carbonated kind) or mineral water. Instead of fries, switch to mashed potato, a salad, or rice (many food outlets allow for this today). Instead of a fried meat patty, go for a grilled one.

                                  Where possible, opt for healthy food joints like salad bars and delis as opposed to fast food outlets. Every little step goes a long way.

                                  Here’re some healthy snacks ideas for you: 15 Healthy Snacks You Should Always Have At Home

                                  8. Eating Too Much Red Meat

                                  There has been conclusive evidence that consumption of red meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer; and suggestive evidence that it increases the risk of oesophageal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and endometrial cancer.

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                                  In addition, some studies have linked consumption of large quantities of red meat with breast cancer, stomach cancer, lymphoma, bladder cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer![9]

                                  Personally, I’m a vegetarian so I don’t consume red meat, but for those of you who consume red meat, do watch out and limit your intake — better still, cut it out of your diet. World Cancer Research Fund recommends limiting intake of red meat to less than 300g (11 oz) cooked weight per week, “very little, if any of which to be processed.”

                                  Of if you’re thinking about becoming a vegetarian, check out this guide: 5 Practical Tips For Starting a Vegetarian Lifestyle

                                  9. Watching Too Much TV

                                  I stopped watching TV since eight years ago and I have never regretted it. Every once in a while I will switch on the telly to see what is on, and then I will switch it off because it’s just the same boring shtick over and over again.

                                  Watching TV, particularly well-written dramas, can be a good way to unwind. However, remember that TV isn’t your life.

                                  Spending three hours every night watching TV will not change your life for the better. Rather, using that time to reflect on your life, take stock, and take action on your goals will.

                                  It’s not easy to remove TV from your daily routine right away, but follow these 6 Steps To Remove TV From Your Life.

                                  10. Being Late

                                  Not only is being late being rude to others, it also means that you’re always rushing from one place to another, playing catch up in your agenda, and having to apologize to every person you meet.

                                  Stop being late and not being punctual, but practice being early instead. Target to arrive 15 minutes earlier before any appointment and bring along something to do in those 15 minutes (or longer if the other person turns out to be late). Then you can stop playing catch up and stay ahead in life.

                                  Learn more tips about how to be more punctual here: How to Be On Time Every Time

                                  11. Being in Bad Relationships

                                  Are you always dating the wrong guys/girls? Do you end up with jerks all the time? Well, you may not be able to stop yourself from meeting bad partners but you can certainly stop yourself from furthering contact with them, spending time with them, or even… entering into a relationship with them.

                                  I used to invest myself in this guy who was nothing but toxic for me. After a good five months of experiencing nothing but getting burned over and over again, I realized that he was a total waste of my time and I deserved better. I decided to cut him off, and it was soon after that I met my soulmate.

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                                  Learn about why you shouldn’t stay in a bad relationship and how to deal with it if you’re in one: Why Trying Hard to Stay in an Unhappy Relationship Is Not Love, but Fear

                                  12. Leaving Things to the Last Minute

                                  Burning the midnight oil isn’t fun — it’s exhausting.

                                  Those of you who got through college by burning the midnight oil would have learned this the hard way. Not only is it damaging for your body, it is also mentally draining as you’re constantly in a hyper-tense mode, feeling anxious about whether you can finish your work on time.

                                  Start today on a new note. Rather than react to your deadlines, be proactive about them by planning ahead, identifying what needs to be done for the week, and getting things done in advance.

                                  By staying ahead of your tasks, you can also use your extra time to plan ahead in your life and get more things done.

                                  Take a look at this guide and learn how to stop procrastinating: Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

                                  13. Focusing on the Negatives

                                  In every situation, there are two ways you can react: zoom down to the problem areas and crib about how things aren’t the way you want, or celebrate the areas that are going well and work on making everything better.

                                  Many of us see the importance of doing the latter but in practice, we do the former. Why though? Criticizing and focusing on the negatives is easy but it doesn’t empower nor inspire us to be better.

                                  Make a change — for every negative encounter you run into, I challenge you to identify three things that are good about it. Practice doing this for one week, and by the end of the week you’ll find that your first instinct is to think positive, not negative.

                                  And here’re even more ways to help you stay positive: 11 Tips for Maintaining your Positive Attitude

                                  The Bottom Line

                                  So here you find the 13 most common bad habits and their consequences on your mind and body. The good news’ you can quit them all.

                                  Just spot out your own bad habits and take my suggestions to quit them. Then you’ll find your life a lot healthier and happier!

                                  Need more tips to break your bad habits? Check out these articles:

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