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15 Delicious and Mouthwatering Bacon Recipes

15 Delicious and Mouthwatering Bacon Recipes

Oh bacon–I have so many things I want to say about you. First of all, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?

To preface that question, let me say that up until fairly recently, I probably ate bacon a total of 20 times in my life. I liked it, but I wasn’t obsessed the way everyone else seemed to be. Then, about two months ago, I bought bacon–like actual juicy, delicious, REAL bacon–and I fell in love with it. I then realized why I was never a bacon person, and that was because I was eating turkey bacon my whole life. …..not to hate on turkey bacon AT ALL, but it’s not the same as regular bacon. It’s just not. I understand it, I do, but sometimes you just need some real bacon in your life. When those moments occur, I find myself just whipping up some bacon and eating it by itself. Obviously this is fine, but I should probably start making actual meals with it rather than eating a ton of bacon and calling it a meal.

So, if and when you get a hankering for bacon, here’s a list of 15 Delicious & Mouthwatering Bacon Recipes. Eat up!

1. Baked Eggs in Avocado with Bacon on Toast by White on Rice Couple

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    This is brilliant. I already eat eggs, bacon and avocado many mornings, so why not combine them into one? This is super simple and a fun way to eat breakfast if you ask me!

    2. Bacon Jalepeno Popper Cheesy Bread by Call Me PMc

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      Bacon in bread? OK! This is a ‘why eat plain bread when you could eat bacon bread?’ sort of recipe, and it’s true! The addition of jalapenos makes this a winner in my book.

      3. Pancakes ‘n’ Bacon Cookies by The Cozy Apron

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        Yes, you CAN eat cookies for breakfast thanks to these babies. They combine pancakes and bacon, two breakfast staples, into one cookie recipe. Brilliant!

        4. Bacon Cinnamon Rolls by Gimme Some Oven

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          Sure, cinnamon rolls are delicious on their own, but they get taken up a notch when bacon is added. These cinnamon rolls seamlessly combine the two flavors.

          5. Homemade Bean and Bacon Soup by Taste and Tell

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            Though the weather is starting to get warmer, it’s still a bit chilly some days. Whip up a bowl of warm bean soup with–you guessed it–BACON!

            6. Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Maple Smoked Bacon Crumbles by Butterlust

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              Chocolate and bacon make the perfect sweet n’ salty pair. This recipe takes that and multiplies it thanks to the salty deliciousness of the pretzels. Yum!

              7. Salmon BLT Sliders with Chipotle Mayo by Damn Delicious

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                Never in my life would I think to make salmon sliders yet alone salmon sliders topped with bacon. Salmon and bacon is a combo I’m looking forward to trying ASAP.

                8. Bacon & Smoked Gouda Cauliflower Mash by I Breathe I’m Hungry

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                  Perhaps you’re trying to be healthy but still want to eat bacon. Rather than making mashed potatoes, give this cauliflower mash a try (but be sure to add in the bacon because bacon is everything).

                  9. Cheeseburger Pizza by Spicy Southern Kitchen

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                    A cheeseburger topped with bacon in the form of a pizza. Talk about a fan favorite! Cheeseburger pizza is delicious as is, but it’s even better when topped with bacon and tomatoes.

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                    10. Strawberry Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing by Vivian and Me

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                      This is another healthier option. This strawberry salad is a create way to get your sweet n’ salty fix in. Spinach topped with strawberries (sweet) and drizzled with bacon dressing (salty deliciousness). A creative and delicious combination.

                      11. Maple French Toast & Bacon Cupcakes by Pass the Sushi

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                        One of my all time favorite combinations is bacon and maple. These cupcakes are for anyone who, like myself, adores eating their bacon with maple syrup.

                        12. Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts by Fit Foodie Finds

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                          Looking for a healthier yet tasty appetizer or party snack? Look no further! These bacon wrapped sprouts are your ticket to healthy, flavorful and bite-sized snack.

                          13. Cheesy Ham and Potato Bacon Casserole by Oh Sweet Basil

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                            A breakfast casserole isn’t a true breakfast casserole without bacon, which is why this casserole is pure perfection. Prep it in the morning and have breakfast ready for the next few days–talk about a tasty, no-fuss breakfast!

                            14. Bacon Jam by Tide and Thyme

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                              Every sandwich needs a condiment, so why not make that condiment bacon jam? Sub out your usual mayo or mustard for some bacon deliciousness.

                              15. Cheesy Bacon Chicken Breasts by Gal on a Mission

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                                This is for anyone who can’t get enough meat. Why eat JUST bacon when you can eat bacon and chicken?! A protein-packed meat lovers dream!

                                So now we know we can successfully eat bacon for every meal of the day if we really want to. It’s delicious, protein-packed and oh-so versatile. What’s for dinner?

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                                Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                Boundaries are limits

                                —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                • When do you feel disrespected?
                                • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                • When do you want to be alone?
                                • How much space do you need?

                                You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                Sample language:

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                                • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                Final Thoughts

                                Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                                Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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