Bacon’s Healthy Secrets

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Sweet Potato & Bacon Soup

I admit it — I am a bacon fanatic! Instead of gobbling down slice after slice, I make the most of the smoky flavor by adding it to my favorite fall and winter recipes. For best bacon-y results, use these tips.

  1. Prepare bacon in the microwave (on a plate lined with paper towel) or roast in the oven on a broiling pan or wire rack at 400-degrees F.
  2. Cuts of pork (including bacon) contain protein, plus vitamins and minerals like niacin, thiamin, B12, iron, and selenium.
  3. Start with bacon! Saute a few slices and use the renderings to infuse flavor throughout soups and sauces. The recipe below is an fabulous example.

 

Sweet Potato & Bacon Soup

I serve on the advisory board for Applegate and I’m very excited about the launch of Good Morning Bacon. It’s made from a leaner cut of pork so there’s less fat – but don’t worry  – there’s no skimping on flavor. The only time consuming part of this recipe is baking the sweet potatoes. To save time, prepare them the night before, use leftovers from a holiday meal, or cook in the microwave for 6 to 8 minutes.

Makes 2 quarts

4 slices bacon, roughly chopped

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

1/2 teaspoon each kosher salt and black pepper

3 medium baked sweet potatoes, skin removed (about 3 cups)

1 quart chicken or turkey stock

1/4 cup heavy cream

Chopped chives for garnish

Cook bacon in a large soup pot until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Add onions to pot, season with salt and pepper, and sauté over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add sweet potato and stock and stir to combine; bring to a simmer. Once bubbling, stir in cream and puree soup using an immersion blender. Serve topped with reserved bacon and chopped chives.

Nutrition Info (per 1 cup serving); Calories: 119; Total Fat: 4 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Total Carbohydrate: 17 grams; 
Sugars: 6 grams; Protein: 4 grams; Sodium: 305 milligrams; Cholesterol: 28 milligrams; 
Fiber: 3  grams

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