“Put some bacon on it,” should be the family motto of my mom and stepdad’s side of the family. In fact, when I called both yesterday for a family grilled cheese recipe, I was told in both calls to include bacon. And when I read that first line to my mom, she promptly replied, “Hell yeah!” If you’re looking for bacon-based guilt, you will not find it here, friend. I try to shy away from any sort of food guilt and I get that bacon isn’t exactly, well, conducive to physical heart health, but it does make my emotional heart happy… that as to count for something, right? Right.
As I’m currently trying to minimize my lifestyle (especially my frivolous spending,) I’m currently trying to eat food that I like, that isn’t terribly expensive, that I can actually use the entirety of before it goes bad, and that I can transport/eat at work and at home. Oh, and enough calories to balance out the beginnings of my half-marathon training. On all my previous attempts at getting into running, I not only lapse in an inner monologue of negative self-talk on loop while wheezing up and down my neighborhood’s sidewalk, but I also drop weight way too quickly. This time around, I aim to avoid both. I know what some of you are thinking: oh, really, you lose weight too easily, Leah? What else, are you too rich? Too intelligent? Loved by too many puppies? Yeah, yeah, I get it but that’s how my body works and I’m not too keen on looking like Skeletor in a v-neck. So in addition to trying to eat more in volume and more healthy fats, I’m also throwing in some good old-fashioned salt-and-heart-gloggin’-goodness fat in the form of this beloved bacon. I feel that I paid proper tribute this past week.
- Avocado egg-salad with bacon and dill
I adapted the recipe for this green goodness from this Two Peasants and Their Pod post but added fresh dill weed and three strips of bacon. I couldn’t resist eating it for dinner the night I made it and hot damn, it was so good. I’m talking about top-ten-Internet-recipe-finds good. Needless to say, I had high hopes the next day during my lunch hour when I opened up my new stainless steel five-compartment Lunchbot. Somehow, the delicious flavors somehow disappeared overnight and I was left with a bland, tasteless sandwich. How? HOW YOU DO ME LIKE THIS?! Oh well, now y’all know that this meal is fantastic when fresh.
2. Oven baked bacon and eggs
This dish is so deceptively bougie but actually, unbelievably simple, both in ingredients and process- almost laughably so in the original recipe I used. I only deterred by completely pre-cooking my bacon before throwing everything in together.
My second round, I also took the eggs out a bit earlier to retain some of that lovely gel-like yolk texture. Over medium fo lifeeeee.
When I brought these to lunch, a co-worker exclaimed, “Those look delicious.” Best believe, buddy, they taste even better than they look. And they reheat very well in a toaster oven.
3. B.A.T. (Bacon avocado and tomato on sourdough with chipotle mayo and havarti)
The title of this meal says it all. Amazing and easy and nommmmm. Yes, my inner stickler to the English language has been reduced to the descriptor “nommmmm” in the face of all this delicious. Although I technically didn’t take this for lunch (my employer is awesome enough to buy our entire company lunch every Friday), this meal (inspired by a menu item from my first serving job; holla, Jo-B Cafe) has definite lunchbox potential.
Bonus round: mini fruit pizza cups
Did you ever have that birthday party cooking class as a child where the event culminated in a glorious sugar cookie crust topped with cream cheese frosting and fresh fruit? If not, dry your tears because you can try this miniature version. Thank you, At the Pink of Perfection, for this glorious idea. It was truly the shining star in each of my lunches but that may be because I have a serious (and slightly problematic) love for sugar. Plus there’s fruit so, healthy, right? Yeah, sure.
I like to think that I cleaned up nicely this past week and it’s helped ease me into the habit of snacking (no, I’m not counting buying a bag of gummy bears from 7/11 as snacking, that’s stress relief.) What are some of your favorite workplace lunches? Do you have a fun container that helps portion and diversify your palette? Do you have a design for a breakfast food themed family crest that we can pass along throughout the generations? Let me know in the comments below.
Be kind. Live authentically. Practice gratitude. Hustle daily. Work hard. Stay humble.
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