Who said that keto must be boring? Who would resist to this colorful, delicious salad with bacon and cheese? My partner bored with scrambled eggs or omelette for breakfast asked me for something different. He’s a team: “salad for breakfast won’t make me feel full”. You know this kind of people? I’ve managed to convince him only because of smoked bacon 🙂 The outcome? He asked me couple more times to make this salad for him 🙂
We eat with eyes…
Prepare nice big plate, colorful veggies, other ingredients you like (cheese & bacon team), make some aromatic dressing and surprise your other half (or yourself, your kids, your mum or dad) with salad like from the restaurant. You don’t need to have master chef skills, just a bit of willingness and some imagination. Even if you make it for yourself, it’s good to spend two more minutes to place the ingredients nicely on your favorite plate. If you’re worth wearing nice clothes, pretty makeup, you’re worth having a delicious, fresh and healthy food. So make it special, leave your phone in other room, switch off your laptop or tv and focus on your meal you’ve made especially for yourself. Focus on flavour, texture and taste, and you might be surprise that the ingredients you’ve been eating thousands of times before now have brand new quality.
We live in a rush and the rush makes every activity we perform regularly automated. In a hurry, we do not pay attention to who we pass by on a sidewalk, to plants and animals around us. Even our conversations are sketchy and insignificant. We pay attention to how we look, fortunately we’ve started to pay more attention to what we eat, but still we don’t focus on how we eat. Focused on daily problems, things to do, errands to run, sometimes we forget to taste what we eat. Eating fast, eating meals on autopilot like it’s just another necessary activity to be done on a given day, often additionally perceived as a waste of valuable time. When we eat, it takes 20 minutes for the signal from the stomach to tell our brain that we are full. If we eat in a hurry, such a signal may appear delayed in relation to the food consumed. Salads are great way to practice mindful eating. You have to put each ingredient on the fork, you can try each ingredient separately or in pairs. You have to chew for a while, so you can focus on the texture. Crispy iceberg salad, firm and juicy tomatoes, salty bacon, sharp and mature cheddar, slightly bland egg white dipped in spicy dressing. So many taste sensations in one salad. I encourage you to spend some special time with yourself when preparing and eating this salad. Even if you think it sound kind of ridiculous giving so much attention to a simple thing like this one.
egg & bacon keto salad
INGREDIENTS (for one giant portion):
- 2 hard boiled eggs
- couple slices of smoked bacon
- bunch of iceberg salad
- handful of cherry tomatoes
- piece of mature cheddar cheese
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper
- 1 tsp your favorite mustard
- 2 tsp mayonnaise
- 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 big garlic clove
- 1/2 tsp dried dill (or fresh I you have)
- pinch of natural rock salt
- pinch of lemon pepper (or coarse pepper)
Use a small cup or jar to mix all the dressing ingredients: olive oil, mustard, mayonnaise, pepper and salt, dill and finely chopped garlic. Live on a side for all the flavours to combine.
Dice your bacon and fry until golden on non-stick pan. Thoroughly rinse all veggies under running water. Chop some cheddar cheese, slice cherry tomatoes in half. Dice yellow bell pepper.
Thorn some salad on the plate, place bell pepper, tomatoes, cheddar and bacon. Slice hard boiled eggs in quarters and place them on top of the salad. Drizzle with dressing and serve.