Greet Spring With Some Bacon (And Asparagus)

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Healthy

March 12, 2012   14 Comments

Whenever I write about bacon, Snack Girl gets a surge of readers. Why?

We all want a way to have our bacon and eat it too. Bacon, sadly, is a salty, fatty food that is best eaten rarely as a treat. It is basically salt cured fat with some meat attached.

The key to eating bacon and living a long life is to use it as a condiment. Bacon chunks on a salad comes to mind - not the bacon on a sundae from Denny's.

Think of bacon as a flavoring agent and you can mix it with some healthy food to get a delicious side dish. I used bacon below to wrap around a pile of asparagus spears.

One serving of this bacon dish is merely 74 calories and packs a big nutritious punch. No need to feel shame or guilt for enjoying bacon here!

Roasted asparagus is one way to enjoy the fresh asparagus that is hitting our produce section at this time of year. When you roast asparagus with bacon, you get a smokier, fattier, porkier version of the roasted asparagus.

The bacon will not crisp up here (but it is cooked), unless you put it under the broiler for a minute. I was too lazy to attempt that maneuver.

If you find that the asparagus is too dry for you, spray with a fine mist olive oil before you wrap it in the bacon.

My kids managed to eat their serving of bacon without the asparagus (oh well :)

How do you incorporate bacon into your healthy diet?

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Asparagus Wrapped in Bacon Recipe

(4 servings)

1 pound fresh asparagus
2 strips bacon
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oven to 400 F. Snap the ends of the the asparagus at the stem end. Wrap 1/2 pound of asparagus spears into one strip of bacon, repeat. Carefully place wrapped bundles onto baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Divide into four portions (serve each pile of asparagus with 1/2 slice bacon). Eat with a knife and fork spearing a bit of bacon with each bite of asparagus. Enjoy!

For one serving = 74 calories, 4.1 g fat, 4.5 g carbohydrates, 6.0 g protein, 2.4 g fiber, 222 mg sodium, 2 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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14 Comments:

I make these also with low-fat cream cheese and prosciutto. Tastes evil, but yet you're getting a big serving of vegetables.

on March 12, 2012

What a yummy snack idea!

on March 12, 2012

I keep a ziploc with crisp LITTLE pieces, fried and drained in the fridge. A sprinkle here and there on a salad or over the top of veggies....yum, yum!!

on March 12, 2012

Love this! I have used procuitto to do this, but my family would love bacon!!

on March 12, 2012

i take 1 or 2 pieces and crinkle/sprinkle the bacon in my egg white scramble for breakfast!

on March 12, 2012

We grill ours, and it is amazing....crunchy bacon and amazing asparagus. If you aren't careful you can burn the asparagus, but with a little practice it is a-MAZING!!!!

on March 12, 2012

I LOVE asparagus! My favorite vegetable! Also amazing with some melted Taleggio cheese. Dip your asparagus & savor! ; ) Or try risotto or tagliatelle (pasta) with asparagus. So many options!

on March 12, 2012

I'll definitely be trying this one -- and thanks for the calorie counts!

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on March 12, 2012

Bacon is also delicious wrapped around green beans...especiaally with brown sugar!!! You could always leave the sugar off, though!

on March 12, 2012

oops! **especially

on March 12, 2012

Now that they make uncured bacon (without the nitrites) it's really a good condiment in moderation

on March 12, 2012

I do this, but add a lemon cut in half to the baking sheet. When it's done, squeeze the lemon pulp all over the asparagus - heaven!

on March 12, 2012

Bacon! This looks delicious and I love asparagus. Making this this week!

on March 12, 2012

Yum! Sadly I don't think I could get my husband to eat asparagus even if *I* were wrapped entirely in bacon.

Bacon usually ends up on sandwiches or green beans when we have it here, which is pretty rarely; but over the holidays I started making an app with a mini waffle, a smidge of bacon, a little piece of chicken breast (popcorn chicken if you're feeling crunchy) and a drizzle of maple syrup, with a toothpick to hold it together. Ok, there is nothing healthful about any of that, but I like talking about it :)

on March 12, 2012


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