BLT Bites

Who doesn’t love a BLT?  Sometimes it can be hard going to parties because there are so many tempting non-Paleo foods around.  To avoid this, I brought these BLT Bites (recipe adapted from Stupid Easy Paleo) to a Fourth of July BBQ and they were gone within minutes!  These were a little bit time consuming, but the final product was pretty amazing.

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*Recipe adapted from Stupid Easy Paleo, BLT Bites, click here for original post.

Ingredients:

10-12 pieces of bacon (I used Applegate Farms, look for nitrate-free/uncured, sugar-free if Whole30)

Coconut oil

Grape tomatoes

Romaine lettuce, chopped

Paleo mayo, to top

*2 mini-muffin tins

Directions:

Prepare Paleo mayo ahead.

Preheat oven to 350˚F.  Line a baking sheet with foil.

Use coconut oil to grease the inside of one mini-muffin tin and the outside of the other.  The bacon will eventually be cooked into little cups using these as molds.

Place one muffin tin face-down.

Cut each strip of bacon into thirds and criss-cross the pieces over the cups.  (You might choose to cut the strips in half, instead).  It should look like the picture below.

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Place the other muffin tin on top and press down firmly.

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Put the muffin tins on the cookie sheet and bake in the oven.  Note: The original recipe suggests baking for 20-25 min., then removing the top muffin tin and cooking for an additional 5 min..  I had to cook mine for closer to 45 min..  I’m not sure if this was because of the bacon, my oven, or something else, but I suggest starting baking for 20-25 min., then adding additional time as needed while monitoring them closely.  When you decide they are ready, remove from the oven.

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Chop up romaine lettuce and add some to each bacon cup.

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Cut grape tomatoes in half and place one on each cup.

Top with Paleo mayo. Enjoy!

Sautéed Kale with Apples and Bacon

*Recipe taken from Real Simple magazine; find the original recipe here

Sometimes I have ideas for recipes only to find they already exist online.  Occasionally I make adjustments and tweaks to my liking, but in this case I didn’t change one thing.  This recipe from Real Simple is easy, quick, and delicious!

Ingredients:

4 slices of bacon

1 onion, diced

1 apple, diced

1 medium bunch of kale, thick stems removed and leaves torn into bite-size pieces (about 10 cups)

Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Directions:

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Let cool, then crumble.

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Add the onion and apple to the drippings in the skillet and cook until tender, 4 to 6 minutes.

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Add the kale, season with ¾ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper, and cook, tossing occasionally, until tender, 8 to 10 minutes more. Mix in the bacon and vinegar.

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Serve and enjoy!

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