United States of Motherhood: Paleo BLT Salad Recipe With a Sriracha Twist: What's for Lunch! #Paleo #BLT #Bacon

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Paleo BLT Salad Recipe With a Sriracha Twist: What's for Lunch! #Paleo #BLT #Bacon





People unfamiliar to the Caveman Diet always shudder when they think of the Paleo lifestyle? No bread, grains, or cheese? What?! They think it is a diet of deprivation when in fact some of the guilty pleasures become healthy choices.  Bacon? Sure! Avocado? Daily please! When you realize you can have a grilled flank steak covered with a bright, flavor-packed chimichurri every night with a healthy plate of greens and mashed sweet potatoes? And lose weight and drop your cholesterol in my case? Suddenly you don't miss the empty calories and sugar-laden slices of pizza, ice cream, Twinkies, and pasta. It's just a shift in perspective.  For me, eating is still a pleasure. 


Best yet, if I want to have a BLT, I can have one...sans bread!  Thirty-five pounds lost without counting one calorie later?  Yep!  Worth it!



BLTS Salad Recipe (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Sriracha)

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Greens of Your Choice*
  • 8 Thick Slices of Uncured Bacon**
  • 1 tsp. Bacon Drippings (reserved from cooked bacon)
  • 2 sliced Roma Tomato
  • 2 tsp Sriracha***
  • 2 tbsp Avocado Oil


Optional: a Couple Slices of Avocado

Directions


Pan fry bacon on medium-high in heavy skillet for 7-8 minutes or until desired crispness is achieved. I like mine a perfect blend of crispy and chewy. 


Slice tomato into thick juicy slices. Add salad to two serving bowl. Top with tomato then bacon. 



In separate bowl, whisk together Sriracha and avocado oil. Add 1/2 tsp bacon dripping to bowl. Whisk again. (Pro-tip: Save the rest of drippings in bowl for later and refrigerate).  



Drizzle  salad with spicy salty goodness I call spicy bacon dressing.  Enjoy!

Serves two.  Perfect for a lunch with my hubs! 


Can you believe with FOUR thick slices of bacon in a huge salad, you will be at less than 400 calories?  Mine came out to 365 calories to be exact--not that I ever count calories, but this time I did it for you! Believe me...you'll be full and satiated. Fat is good, people! Sugar, refined carbs, and processed are not.


Recipe Notes on My Paleo Decisions and Ingredients:


*Earthbound Farms 1 cup organic spring mix (baby lettuces, mizuna, baby spinach, arugula, frisee, radicchio) &1 cup organic Power Blend (baby kale, chard, and spinach). Both available and at GREAT prices at Costco!!


**Fletcher's Dry Cured Bacon which is technically not totally clean and has some sugar, but is the cleanest and best tasting for what our family of five's grocery budget allows.  If you are super strict, you can get Applegate at Whole Food, but it's also super pricey.  We stick with a more commonsense Paleo approach of the cleanest and most affordable we can find. Again great price at Costco!!



***Sriracha--or at least the commercial kind--is not strict Paleo since it does have a minute amount of sugar and some preservatives.  You can opt to make your own or follow again my commonsense Paleo approach of not sweating the small stuff and looking at the overall picture.  If you obsess over every label like I did when I started, it becomes a hard to sustain diet.  I hate the word "DIET." Every time I went on a diet?  I FAILED.  When you make it a lifestyle and don't have to count calories or worry about every label is when it becomes easy. Pounds will float off.  Sure read labels at first then decide the level of strictness your mind and your budget can afford.  


3 comments:

poor_salieri said...

Looks like a yummy and healthy lunch. Love how the Sriracha adds a nice spicy kick!

Birdie Bee said...

This looks good and I love the fact that there is no bread. I try to stay away from bread a large portion of the time.

Maryann D. said...

This looks like a delicious and colorful salad for sure! I am trying to cut down on bread also and if this is satisfying then that is great! I never tried Avocado Oil, but I want to.
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