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How to Make a Healthier Bacon and Egg Meal

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In our quest for health and our hunt for the hottest food trends, we often forget eggs and bacon are simple ingredients that can be as free-range and grass-fed as other meats and proteins out there. Eggs, in fact, are one of the world’s most perfect foods: They are packed with micronutrients and balanced with omega-3 fats and protein.Eggs are also versatile, fast to cook and inexpensive. Need we say more?

Bacon gets a bad rap because of its typical high-fat content. But it turns out that there are a few ways to cook it healthfully, and we all know eggs are better with bacon. Finally, there’s always the idea that good things can be enjoyed in moderation. So, how do you make a healthier bacon and eggs?

BACON + EGGS + THE MICROWAVE

First, eggs. Eggs, as you know, can be made in a variety of ways — fried, poached, baked, scrambled, 6-minute, hard-boiled and sunny side up. When you’re making a meal with eggs as the star of the show, the preparation matters. For salads and grain bowls, eggs with runny yolks — like the 6-minute egg, sunny side up, fried or poached — may be preferable so you get some of that yolk in as dressing and lube for your bowl.

If you’re short on a time, you don’t need more than 30 seconds to make a poached egg in the microwave. Yes, the microwave.

How to: Place 1 teaspoon of water and a single cracked egg in a small ramekin. Cover with a paper towel and microwave in 10–15 second bursts until your egg white is opaque. (We suggest doing short increments so your egg doesn’t explode all over your microwave.)

With bacon, we all know a greasy mess ensues when we cook it on the stove, however the microwave does a bang up job on bacon, too.

How to: To make crispy bacon in the microwave, place your bacon on a paper towel in a single layer, then cover with another paper towel. Microwave for 4 minutes on high or until the bacon is crisp to your liking. Be careful when you remove the plate from the oven as it will be super hot and coated with bacon grease, but you won’t have a greasy kitchen mess to clean up (just those paper towels), and you’ll have crispy bacon for crumbling in your dinner.

Now, to those dinner ideas!

EGGS-CEPTIONAL DINNER IDEAS

Some ideas for how to win at eggs and bacon for dinner …

  • Grain bowl: Use those leftovers at the back of the fridge in a grain bowl: top with greens, chopped veggies, a poached or fried egg and a crumble of bacon.
  • Pizza: Grill a pie, put an egg on it and sprinkle with crumbled, crunchy bacon.
  • Traditional: Serve them up straight. Add some toast, and maybe a side salad.
  • Salad: In a bowl, toss spinach or arugula with lemon and olive oil, add sliced avocado, chopped tomato, sliced cucumbers and fresh herbs. Top with a crumble of bacon, an egg prepared in your favorite way (again, we like runny yolks here!) and a small handful of toasted seeds.
  • Or, really go for it with this egg and bacon pasta …

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