Eating healthy got you feeling glum? Miss that good old smoky, salty, crisp bacon? Here is a little trick I like to use to help me stay on track and eat what I love in moderation. This Bacon Flavored Asparagus will help trick your mind into thinking you are eating more bacon than what you really are.
(Original post date Jan. 16, 2018. Links and post updated Jan. 4, 2022)
What does one do when they are craving bacon? I mean I have never heard a person say, “I had only one strip of bacon.” Have you?
Honestly, bacon is worse than potato chips you can’t just have one strip! But what if you could? What if you made your mind think you ate more than you did? That is where this Bacon Asparagus comes in.
It’s a new year, which means a new chapter, a new start. This year I am going to continue to eat healthily, meaning eating in moderation, as well as, continue to cut back on my waste, because I am far from perfect when it comes to food waste.
That is what I love about this Bacon Flavored Asparagus. It is helping me obtain both my goals!!
Now there are very few people that don’t like bacon! It is smoky, salty, and completely indulgent. Now, unfortunately, bacon is not healthy food. That is why it is important that bacon is only eaten in moderation.
One of my favorite ways to trick my mind into thinking I eat more bacon than what I really do is to use it as a flavor base as I did in Shrimp and Spinach Flounder Roll Up with Baby Bella Spaghetti. I added just a few strips to the pasta, I also made the dish in the same pan I fried up the bacon, after draining out the bacon dripping of course.
How to make Bacon Asparagus
I served this stuffed flounder with some Bacon Asparagus. This was a simple throw-together.
- I used just enough bacon grease dripping to coat the asparagus and season with salt and pepper.
- Then placed the asparagus in a cast-iron skillet and sautéed over medium heat until they became soft.
I know what you are thinking, this is far from healthy!! But, keep in mind you are not frying them in the bacon grease, just lightly coating them to give them a hue of bacon flavor! Again, moderation is the key!
But if you really want bacon flavor without the bacon grease this is a great vegan bacon seasoning I also love!
So next time you are craving bacon remember to trick your mind into thinking you are eating more than you truly are and enjoy some Bacon Asparagus.
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FAQ and Tips
Common Questions that get asked about the recipe, and tips to save you time and money.
- Can you freeze Asparagus?
No, it is not recommended to freeze asparagus it will get too mushy.
- How long does Asparagus last?
YIf properly stored, asparagus will typically keep well for about 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator
- Is there another way to get bacon flavor without using bacon grease?
Yes, there are a ton of options for bacon seasoning out there. Just google it and you will even find vegan options.
Recipe for Bacon Asparagus
Hint of Bacon Asparagus
- 1 Deep Skillet
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 1 tbsp bacon grease
- salt and pepper
- Cut off the bottom (light brown) part of the asparagus. Toss the asparagus in the rendered bacon grease. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Place the asparagus in a cast iron skillet and sautéed over medium heat for 5-10 minutes depending on the size of asparagus, cook until tender.
- Allow to cool slightly and enjoy!!
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