So before anybody goes ballistic on me, I will answer the burning question I’m sure you have in your mind. Can bacon really be clean????
Yes. Yes it can.
Now I know that there are plenty of you out there who avoid pork. And I see nothing wrong with that. It’s a personal decision. But not everybody avoids it. So this recipe is for those who do eat pork.
Please remember that clean eating is about avoiding processed foods. So the average bacon you get at any mainstream grocery store is not clean. But if you have a good source for local, humanely and organically raised bacon like I do, well then yes. Bacon is clean.
Does that mean you should eat a pound of it daily? Probably not. I mean, let’s be reasonable here. Nothing in excess is ever truly good for us (unless you’re talking about veggies!). But there is absolutely no reason to avoid bacon if you can get the good stuff.
I realize a lot of people take issue with pork, and that’s a personal decision. But by clean eating principles, good quality, well raised bacon is clean. And while I won’t be doing a ton of recipes with bacon, I thought one or two would be an okay thing to do. So for those who don’t eat pork, please humor me for this one recipe.
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- Clean Eating Brussels Sprouts Hash
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Clean Eating Brussels Sprouts And Bacon
(Makes 6 servings)
- 1 cup chopped white onions
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tbsp. healthy oil (I used olive. I know you’re not supposed to heat it, but it’s all I had)
- 1/4 lb. bacon slices, cut into small bits
- 1 1/2 lb. brussels sprouts, cut in half
- 2 tbsp. olive oil (additional)
- 1/4 cup golden raisins (optional)
- 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- In a large skillet, briefly sauté the onions, shallot, and garlic until the onions just start to become translucent.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the bacon. You don’t want to cook it, you just want to use the heat from the pan the help you separate the bacon bits. Use two forks to help if needed.
- Stir in the brussels sprouts and additional olive oil. Mix well, and then transfer to a cookie sheet.
- Bake for 50-55 minutes.
- Remove from oven and stir in the raisins and vinegar (if using).
- Allow to cool slightly and serve.