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40 Bacon Recipes You Never Knew Existed!

40 Bacon Recipes You Never Knew Existed!

Everyone loves bacon and wants to know how they can get more of it in their lives. I’ve come across many bacon recipes in my time, but these blow my mind! You don’t have to wait until International Bacon Day to enjoy some of these mouth-watering delights!

Warning: Most of these are NOT healthy recipes and you may develop a pork belly of your own from eating some of these!

1. Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

    Asparagus-wrapped bacon: possibly the sexiest side dish ever.

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    2. Baked Brie and Bacon Jam Phyllo Cups


      Brie and bacon just belong together. This bacon jam would be great on anything though.

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      3. Piggies In A Blueberry Patch

        A cobbler that turns into a search for bacon.

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        4. Gluten-free Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

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          Which makes a cookie better: chocolate chips or bacon? I think bacon!

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          5. Bacon Onion Cookies – Low Carb, Gluten Free

            I’m a little thrown off by the onion ingredient, but I would try them.

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            6. Bacon and Brie Burger with Spicy Peach Caramelized Onions

              Another bacon and brie duo. This is so mouth-watering! The internet should be scratch and sniff for this one!

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              7.  Spicy Sweet Potato & Chicken Casserole with Bacon

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                Spicy hot sauce and bacon? Yes please!

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                8. Artichoke & Bacon Meatloaf

                  Artichokes in a whole new light… with bacon.

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                  9. Goose Breast Wraps

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                    Never had goose before? Wrap it in bacon and stuff it with cheese! You can’t go wrong.

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                    10. Candied Bacon Fudge

                      I think I died and went to bacon fudge heaven!

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                      11. Salted Caramel Bacon Bark

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                        These would be nice holiday gifts for co-workers…. Who am I kidding? I would eat them all myself.

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                        12. Bacon Cheeseburger Puffs

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                          Another game of find the bacon… this time in cheese puffs.

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                          13. Mashed Root Vegetables with Bacon Vinaigrette

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                            Root vegetables aren’t everyone’s friend. But they are when cooked with bacon!

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                            14. Bacon-Wrapped, Jalapeno and Cheese-Stuffed Shrimp

                            Meatward Season

                              Impress your guests at your next BBQ with this recipe!

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                              15.Tomato Confit B.L.T.

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                                We’ve all had B.L.T.s before, but these are a unique twist. Gourmet B.L.T.s is what I would call them.

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                                16.Buttermilk Bacon Pralines

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                                  I could eat the entire plate of these in one sitting. Dangerous!

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                                  17. Jalapeno Cheesy Bacon Swirl Rolls

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                                    Much like a cinnamon roll, only better.

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                                    18. Bacon, Brie, and Barbecue Pizza

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                                      Brie and bacon are not good enough alone. Barbecue sauce adds a little bit of magic. Maybe you’ve had pizzas similar to this at gourmet pizzerias. Now,  you can make it at home.

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                                      19. Bacon Bourbon Brownies

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                                        Bourbon, bacon AND brownies?! Be the best host/hostess and make these for your guests!

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                                        20. Avocado Bacon Egg Rolls

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                                          I don’t know about you, but I get sick of regular egg rolls. These seem like a better alternative to me.

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                                          21. Candied Maple Bacon Donut

                                            I’m sure that these should come with a warning label!

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                                            22. Wisconsin Bacon and Cheese Beer Bread

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                                              Bacon, cheese and beer… sounds like a good time to me!

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                                              23. California Grilled Cheese

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                                                BEST grilled cheese sandwich EVER!

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                                                24. Sweet and Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

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                                                  Great for your next football party!

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                                                  25. Oh Baby! Roasted Asparagus, Bacon & Cheese Tart

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                                                    Asparagus and bacon just belong together. I better you could add brie to this and it would be even better. There is something special about their relationship.

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                                                    26. Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Sweet and Sour Bacon Dressing

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                                                      A nice savory meal of sweet potatoes topped with bacon. Yum!

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                                                      27. Bacon-Jalapeno Cheese Ball

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                                                        No appetizer table should be without this giant bacon-jalapeno cheese ball! You might want to make a double recipe.

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                                                        28. Bacon-Corn Relish

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                                                          You might need to add more bacon and less corn… but it looks great!

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                                                          29. Apple Bacon Crumb Bars

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                                                            Even breakfast bars should have a little bit of bacon in them. I would probably swap out some of the butter in the recipe for bacon fat instead.

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                                                            30. Bacon Butter Pecan Milkshake

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                                                              This one is for brave souls. I really think the bacon might be soggy and that would be gross. Someone needs to try this and let me know if it’s good or not!

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                                                              31. Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Smoked Brats

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                                                                These are perfect any time or year! I would top them with sauerkraut and pair with a beer for Oktoberfest.

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                                                                32. Bacon Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

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                                                                  My father-in-law told me about these, but I didn’t believe him. Which do you think is better: bacon fat or pieces of bacon in a cookie?

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                                                                  33. Flourless Bacon Cake

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                                                                    You are looking at my next birthday cake.

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                                                                    34. Bacon & Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (Gluten-free)

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                                                                      In case you needed more bacon cookie recipe inspiration, here’s another one.

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                                                                      35. Peanut Butter Bacon Rice Crispies

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                                                                        Maybe Rice Crispies are more your thing? Snap, Crackle, Sizzle, Pop.

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                                                                        36. Bacon Roses

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                                                                          If you really love someone, you’ll make them these bacon roses for their next birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc.

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                                                                          37. Bacon Egg Cheese Roll

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                                                                            If you’re good at basket weaving, here you go!

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                                                                            38. Salty Caramel Bacon S’Mores

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                                                                              Because sometimes we get bored of regular s’mores and need to add bacon.

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                                                                              39. Bacon Ranch Quinoa Chicken Salad

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                                                                                Bacon and super food Quinoa are here to save your dinner plans!

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                                                                                40. Hoppin’ John For A Lucky New Year

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                                                                                  Black eyed peas are a traditional recipe for a good New Year! Bacon ensures your year will be 10x better!

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                                                                                  8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                                                  8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                                                  In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                                                                  Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                                                                  Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                                                                  Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                                                                  Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                                                                  The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                                                                  There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                                                                  How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                                                                  According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                                                                  Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                                                                  Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                                                                  The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                                                                  Listen carefully:

                                                                                  We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                                                                  The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                                                                  Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                                                                  8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                                                                  There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                                                                  Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                                                                  1. Pray Daily

                                                                                  You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                                                                  When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                                                                  Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                                                                  Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                                                                  2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                                                                  A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                                                                  By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                                                                  Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                                                                  If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                                                                  This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                                                                  How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                                                                  3. Smile Often

                                                                                  Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                                                                  Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                                                                  Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                                                                  The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                                                                  4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                                                                  A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                                                                  When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                                                                  Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                                                                  Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                                                                  5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                                                                  I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                                                                  Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                                                                  What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                                                                  6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                                                                  God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                                                                  I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                                                                  I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                                                                  7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                                                                  You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                                                                  How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                                                                  First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                                                                  If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                                                                  If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                                                                  If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                                                                  Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                                                                  8. Go Exercise

                                                                                  Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                                                                  The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                                                                  You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                                                                  12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                                                                  The Bottom Line

                                                                                  It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                                                                  It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                                                                  Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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