Bacon Delivered

I love bacon. You love bacon. We all love bacon…Hey! Its almost a song. I have found a way to get great bacon, for cheap and delivered. Not to your door, but to your neighborhood at any rate. I have written posts about Zaycon before. They have a great deal for Chicken Breasts. Now, they are offering and I have ordered their bacon as well! Bacon is not something that I eat every day, even if I want to. But I do like to add bacon in my Broccoli Salad, soups or as a side with breakfast. I still try to eat healthy and work out, update on my Fitness Friday this week. But, sometimes, a little bacon goes a long way. Stay tuned for more bacon recipes or check out this blog: 365 Days of Bacon, its delish!

If you click on this link to Zaycon, you can register to order bacon for only $3.49/lb. That is less than what I find at the grocery store. I am a deal finder, a hound if you will for decently priced meat, and bacon seems to be the one to break my self imposed per-pound limits. So yummy and a great treat once in a while. Here is an excerpt from their site to tell you more:

  • High quality, medium-cut hickory smoked sliced bacon (14-18 slices per pound)
  • Order includes 12 X 3 lb packages per case (Total order size is 36 lbs)
  • Bacon is fresh, but frozen for your convenience
  • Premium, high-quality and consistent, this hickory-smoked bacon has a wonderful flavor and represents a great value for families
  • Easy to share with a friend if you do not think you can use the entire case. Our new smaller 3 lb packages make it even easier to split up with friends and family.

 

**full disclosure: By clicking on the Zaycon link above and here, I do receive a referral for the company. But seriously it’s GREAT!

Green Bean Recipe

Picture courtesy of Wikipedia: The kids didn’t leave enough to take pictures of 🙂

I don’t post a lot about side dishes, I figure most people already have their favorites. But as I come across new favorites or get rave reviews for my own, I figure ‘Why not share the wealth of yumminess?’ I also thought it was a good fit for my last Tuesday Tip.

I learned this recipe from my mother, who learned how to cook from a lady who grew up in the south. I think you know where this is headed: Bacon. Yep, the secret to great beans is bacon and bacon grease. If you learned how to cook in the south, you do have a jar of bacon grease sitting in the fridge for such emergency dishes as cornbread or beans. Though we haven’t brought the baby around yet, my 6 year olds love this recipe. He is only two and prefers his peas frozen and broccoli raw.

 

 

Ingredients:
1 large family sized Bag Frozen Cut Green Beans (My mom swears by home canned, but I never have those on hand)
2 Tbsp bacon grease OR six slices of raw bacon, cut into small chunks
1/4 C water

Take a large heavy bottomed sauce pan and put in Water. Turn temperature to med-high on the burner. Add frozen beans and the bacon OR reserved bacon grease. (Do not use both, it gets WAY too greasy). As the heat warms the beans, they release more water and the beans will steam/simmer until all the water is gone, but the beans are still moist. If you like softer veggies, add more water; if you like crisper beans, reduce the water.

Quick Easy Quiche

My boys are tired of eating chicken. I am tired of eating chicken. We have eaten a lot of chicken as I walk down my path of being healthier and more fit. Besides being a more healthy option than beef, it is also cheaper! So, I threw together this little quiche from my mothers recipe on Sunday and it was really quite tasty. (I only had a bite – I swear) I ate more chicken. This recipe is quick and easy because it requires no crust.

3 Eggs
1 1/2 C Milk (I used 2%)
1/4 C Butter
1/2 C Bisquick
10 Strips of bacon, cooked to crisp (but not burned)
1 C Broccoli frozen Chopped small
1 C Cheese (I happened to have Gouda on hand)

I didn’t grab a pic before mine was all gone. Here is one from Recipes for Laughter that looked very similar. Click for their recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray glass pie pan with non-stick spray. Break up the Bacon into small pieces and place the Bacon, Broccoli and Cheese in the glass pie pan. Mix Eggs, Milk and Butter in a blender or food processor to get a nice blend of the ingredients. Add the Bisquick and pulse 15-20 times until fully incorporated. Pour mix over the Bacon/Broccoli/Cheese mix in the pie pan. By placing the ingredients in their first, they will be more incorporated rather than laying on top of the quiche as the Bisquick settles to form the crust. Bake for 30-40 minutes

As a side note: I was cruising through the blogs I follow and found this utterly delicious quiche recipe. http://annacostafood.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/artichoke-and-arugula-quiche/ I want to try this one next, though I haven’t made a pastry crust from scratch in a long, long time. Darn you Pillsbury for making it so easy to cheat!

Broccoli Salad

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Summertime is a time for salads and I keep getting requests for this one, so I thought I’d share. This is an adaption if a recipe I found in an old, old family cookbook. Enjoy!

3 Fresh Broccoli Florets, shredded
3C Shredded Cheese (we like the Cheddar/ Monterey Jack blend)
8-12 strips of Bacon, cooked crisp and chopped (but not burned)
1large Yellow or Sweet Onion chopped fine
1C Craisens (dried cranberries)
1/2C Mayonnaise
1/3C White Vinegar
2TBS Sugar
1tsp corse Ground Pepper

Combine all Broccoli, Onion, Bacon, Cheese and Craisens in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. I’m second bowl, mix the mayo, vinegar, sugar and pepper. Spoon over the broccoli mixture until evenly incorporated. Cover and set in the fridge for at least an hour before eating.

-HINTS:
1) When shredding the broccoli, cut the heads off the florets into same size. Put into food processor and pulse until you have desired size. (see example of finished salad below) Do the same with the stems, no waste here!

2. The dressing for the salad will soak into the broccoli and the favors will meld the longer it sits. If you have leftovers, you might want to have some extra mix setting aside. Reserve about 3TBS of mix, if you plan in leftovers, to add back the next day. The mix usually soaks in after 24hrs.

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