Easy-To-Make Bacon Dishes With Farmer John Bacon — GIFs & PHOTOS

Confession: I’ve been trying to cut down on carbs. Yes, that’s totally possible for a foodie, but also so difficult when I’m surrounded by so much delicious, decadent, and tempting foods! And especially hard when Farmer John LA sent me an incredible bacon care package, with the challenge to use my creativity to whip up some bacon creations — which, of course, I am chronicling on this blog with a healthful twist. And that’s why I decided to make some low-carb bacon dishes! In addition to two regular carb recipes, because I’m only human and potatoes were on sale, OK?

In my quest to cut down on carbs, I’ve discovered a lot of new favorites: Spaghetti squash in place of pasta, lettuce wraps in place of torillas, and Flatouts instead of bread. Sure, there’s nothing like the real thing, but these substitutes come super close and Farmer John bacon is yummy enough to make you forget you’re cutting down on carbs.

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Now this is a bacon care package!

Check out the recipes below (with GIFs!). I must admit, even though I’m a writer, I’m terrible at writing up recipes. There’s a hippie part of me that believes that that how can you measure everything to a tee, because so much happens in the moment of cooking and everyone is different and hugs for everyone. So when it comes to portions, use your best judgment. 😉

Low-Carb Recipes

BLT & Avocado Lettuce Wraps With Farmer John Low-Sodium Bacon
Low-carb, low sodium, but lots of flavor!
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. Heart of Romaine Lettuce (for as many wraps as you want)
  2. Farmer John Low-Sodium Bacon
  3. Avocado
  4. Tomato
  5. Sriracha (optional)
  6. Kraft Fat-Free Ranch Dressing (or other fat-free ranch) (optional)
  7. Shredded zucchini and carrots (optional)
Instructions
  1. Some of these are a given, but humor me: Fry up that bacon.
  2. Peel off those lettuce leaves carefully.
  3. Cut up avocado and tomato.
  4. Mix Sriracha and fat-free Ranch dressing - add more Sriracha if you like it ~spicy~.
  5. Cut up/shred zucchini and carrot for more veggies to fill out the wrap (optional).
  6. Put it all together! And drizzle it with Sriracha ranch. Yum!
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Low-Carb BLT With Avocado
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Ingredients
  1. Farmer John Bacon
  2. Lettuce
  3. Tomato
  4. 1 Avocado
  5. Flatouts flatbreads
  6. Sriacha or Fat-free Ranch Dressing (optional)
Instructions
  1. Fry up that bacon (or bake it; less splatter if you cook it in the oven).
  2. Also prep your lettuce, tomato, and avocado.
  3. Layer the ingredients to your preference.
  4. EAT!
Adapted from every BLT recipe ever
Adapted from every BLT recipe ever
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Cacio E Pepe With Spaghetti Squash & Bacon
A low-cab twist on the classic pasta dish!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Spaghetti squash
  2. 2 slices of Farmer John bacon
  3. 2 cups finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  4. 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon ground black pepper, plus more for finishing the dish
  5. Olive oil
Instructions
  1. Roast the Spaghetti squash to your preference (some like the microwave, some like the million different ways you can roast in the oven).
  2. Once it's done, separate the strands with a fork.
  3. Combine the cheese and black pepper; mash with just enough cold water to make a thick paste. Spread the paste evenly in the bowl.
  4. Transfer it to the bowl. Add a teaspoon or two of olive oil.
  5. Dust each dish with additional cheese and pepper. Serve immediately.
Adapted from Mark Bittman of the New York Times
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Spaghetti Squash with Bacon, Spinach, and Goat Cheese
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Ingredients
  1. 1 medium spaghetti squash
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  4. Slices of Farmer John bacon, cut in 1-inch pieces
  5. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  6. 1 5-ounce bag baby spinach
  7. 2 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled
Instructions
  1. Roast the spaghetti squash to your preference.
  2. Separate the strands. (Or if you want to serve in the squash, just artfully kinda separate the strands)
  3. Fry up the bacon. Once cooked, add spinach to absorb all the fun bacon grease.
  4. Add it to the strands, wherever they are.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil and add goat cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. EAT!
Adapted from Christine Byrne/Buzzfeed
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Regular Carb Recipes

Chili Cheese Bacon Oven Fries
Chili. Cheese. Bacon. Yum.
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Ingredients
  1. Potatoes
  2. Chili (I used Custard Stand Chili, because it's so good!)
  3. Farmer John Bacon
  4. Shredded cheddar cheese (reduced fat if you desire)
Instructions
  1. Make these oven fries: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2015/10/oven-fries/
  2. Slice up your bacon and prepare it on the stove or the oven.
  3. Pile on that chili, cheese and bacon.
  4. EAT!
Adapted from Oven Fries recipe from Smitten Kitchen
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Chili Cheese Bacon Baked Potato
Locked and loaded (potato).
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Ingredients
  1. Chili (Again, I used Custard Stand Chili)
  2. Cheddar Cheese (reduced fat if you desire)
  3. Potato
  4. Farmer John Bacon
Instructions
  1. Bake the potato. You know, the usual way you do it. If you don't have a way, Alton Brown does it here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/the-baked-potato-recipe1.html
  2. Make the bacon, heat up the chili.
  3. Once it's ready, pile on the chili, cheese and bacon.
  4. EAT!
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Mallory is the founder and foodie-in-chief of Couch Potato Cook. She is a writer and journalist based in Los Angeles by day, and a foodie in her spare time.

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