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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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                                                                                  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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