One of America’s Favorites – BLT

January 18, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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BLT sandwich on toast

A BLT is a type of sandwich, named for the initials of its primary ingredients, bacon, lettuce and tomato. It can be made with varying recipes according to personal preference. Simple variants include using different types of lettuce, toasting or not, or adding mayonnaise. More pronounced variants can include using turkey bacon or tofu in place of bacon, or removing the lettuce entirely.

Variations on the BLT date to the early 1900s, but it did not achieve widespread popularity until after World War II, when the ingredients became more readily available year-round. Referencing the sandwich by its initials rather than naming the ingredients in full did not become common until the 1970s. Until 2019 the BLT has been ranked as the second most popular sandwich in the US and as the UK’s favourite sandwich, and is frequently referenced or depicted in media and culture. In 2019 the BLT dropped rank and was voted the sixth most popular sandwich in the US, with grilled cheese taking the lead as the most popular sandwich in the US.

 

Although the ingredients of the BLT have existed for many years, there is little evidence of BLT sandwich recipes prior to 1900. The 1903 Good Housekeeping Everyday Cook Book, a recipe by a Dr. Evan Mee for a club sandwich included bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and a slice of turkey sandwiched between two slices of bread. While the 1929 book Seven Hundred Sandwiches does include a section on bacon sandwiches, the recipes often include pickles and none contain tomato.

A BLT sandwich preparation

The BLT became popular after World War II because of the rapid expansion of supermarkets, which allowed ingredients to be available year-round. The initials, representing “bacon, lettuce, tomato”, likely began in the U.S. restaurant industry as shorthand for the sandwich, but it is unclear when this transferred to the public consciousness. For example, a 1951 edition of the Saturday Evening Post makes reference to the sandwich, although it does not use its initials, describing a scene in which: “On the tray, invariably, are a bowl of soup, a toasted sandwich of bacon, lettuce and tomato, and a chocolate milk shake.”

A 1954 issue of Modern Hospital contains a meal suggestion that includes: “Bean Soup, Toasted Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich, Pickles, Jellied Banana Salad, Cream Dressing, and Pound Cake.” By 1958, Hellmann’s Mayonnaise advertised their product as “traditional on bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches,” suggesting that the combination had been around for some time. However, there are several references to a “B.L.T” in the early 1970s, including in one review of Bruce Jay Friedman’s play entitled Steambath titled: “A B.L.T. for God – hold the mayo.”. The abbreviation used in title references a line of dialogue in the play in which God yells, “Send up a bacon and lettuce and tomato sandwich, hold the mayo. You burn the toast, I’ll smite you down with my terrible swift sword.” The coexistence of the shortened version and the full name suggests this was a period of transition as the abbreviation was popularized.

 

While there are variations on the BLT, the essential ingredients are bacon, tomatoes and lettuce between two slices of bread, often toasted. The quantity and quality of the ingredients are matters of personal preference. The bacon can be well cooked or tender, but as it “carries” the other flavors, chefs recommend using higher quality meat; in particular, chef Edward Lee states “Your general supermarket bacon is not going to cut the mustard.”

Iceberg lettuce is a common choice because it does not add too much flavor while adding crunch. Food writer Ed Levine has suggested that BLT does not require lettuce at all, as it is “superfluous”, a suggestion that Jon Bonné, lifestyle editor at MSNBC, described as “shocking”. Michele Anna Jordan, author of The BLT Cookbook, believes the tomato is the key ingredient and recommends the use of the beefsteak tomato as it has more flesh and fewer seeds. Similarly, chef and food writer J. Kenji Lopez-Alt believes that a BLT is not a well-dressed bacon sandwich; it’s a tomato sandwich, seasoned with bacon. For that reason, he argues that the BLT is a seasonal sandwich since it best made with high-quality summer tomatoes.

The sandwich is sometimes served with dressings, like mayonnaise. The bread can be of any variety, white or wholemeal, toasted or not, depending on personal preference.

 

BLT with avocado

The sandwich has a high sodium and fat content, and has been specifically targeted by UK café chains in an effort to reduce salt and fat. Due to this, low-fat mayonnaise is a common substitute along with low salt bread and less fatty bacon. A more visible solution is to use turkey bacon in lieu of normal bacon. One of the variations on the BLT is the club sandwich, a two-layered sandwich in which one layer is a BLT. The other layer can be almost any sort of sliced meat, normally chicken or turkey.

The BLT has been deconstructed into a number of forms; for example, Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock created a BLT salad in The Gift of Southern Cooking by cutting the ingredients into 1 inch pieces and tossing in mayonnaise. This variation was described by The New York Times writer Julia Reed as “even more perfect than a BLT”.

Vegans and vegetarians may replace bacon with tempeh or tofu as meat analogue instead. Alternatively they can use mock bacon.

 

 

Appetizer of the Week – WARM MOLE BEAN DIP SATURDAY

November 21, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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This week’s Appetizer of the Week is a recipe for Warm Mole Bean Dip. The recipe is made using Tomato Paste, Tomato, Salsa, Cilantro, Salt, Shredded Reduced Fat Jack Cheese, Pinto Beans, Canola Oil, Onion, Jalapeno Pepper, Spices, and Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. The Mole Dip is 100 calories and 8 net carbs per serving. So you can find this Diabetic Friendly recipe and more all at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. You can also sign up to receive wonderful recipes, engaging articles, helpful and healthful tips, critically important news and more. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

WARM MOLE BEAN DIP
Recipe for Warm Mole Bean Dip

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 small tomato, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup mild, medium or hot chunky salsa
2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste
3/4 cup (3 ounces), shredded, reduced-fat Jack cheese
One (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 tsp. canola oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano

Directions

1 – Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray and set aside.
2 – In a food processor, whirl beans until pureed but still slightly lumpy. Scoop beans into a mixing bowl and set aside.
3 – In medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Sautee onion and jalapeno until onion is soft, 5 minutes. Add chili powder, cocoa, cumin, and oregano, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute. Mix in tomato paste and cook for 30 seconds. Add contents of the pan to the pureed beans.
4 – Add tomato, salsa, cilantro and salt, to beans and mix to combine all ingredients. Spread bean mixture in an even layer in the prepared pan. Sprinkle cheese over the top.
5 – Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly and beans are heated through, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately, accompanied by a bowl of baked tortilla chips.

Recipe Yield: Yield: Makes 8 servings.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 100
Fat: 3.5 grams
Saturated Fat: 1.5 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Sodium: 370 milligrams
Protein: 5 grams
Carbohydrates: 11 grams
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Cornbread Salad

November 19, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management | Leave a comment
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Here’s a recipe for a Cornbread Salad. To make this recipe you’ll be needing Leftover Cornbread, Kidney Beans, Chili, Salsa, Tomato, Cilantro, and Onion. Good recipe to use some of those leftovers! The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Cornbread Salad
Don’t let that leftover Thanksgiving cornbread go to waste! Give it a new life with this quick and easy recipe.

Ingredients
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes

5 ounces leftover cornbread (about half of a 9-inch round cornbread, or 4 muffins)
1 can (15 ounces) beans (black, kidney, or navy), rinsed and drained
1 cup leftover chili or thick pasta sauce
1 tablespoon prepared salsa
1 small tomato, diced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro, parsley, or celery leaves
1/4 cup chopped onion (white, red, or green)

Directions
Yield: 6 servings
Serving size: 1 cup

1 – Crumble leftover cornbread into bite-size pieces into a medium serving dish or pasta bowl. Combine beans and chili (or pasta sauce) and salsa in a small saucepan over medium heat to reheat for a few minutes. Do not boil. Spoon bean mixture evenly over cornbread pieces. Top with chopped tomato, cilantro, and onion. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 209 calories, Carbohydrates: 31 g, Protein: 10 g, Fat: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 12 mg, Sodium: 604 mg, Fiber: 5 g
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Diabetic Dish of the Week – Grilled Steak and Black Bean Tacos

September 8, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is a Grilled Steak and Black Bean Tacos. Some of the ingredients you’ll be needing are Spices, Herbs, Skirt Steak, Red Onion, Garlic, Salsa, Salt Free Black Beans, Tomato, Corn Tortillas, and Lime Wedges. The Dish is 290 calories and 23 net carbs per serving. Get that grill fired up! The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Grilled Steak and Black Bean Tacos
If you’re hosting a barbecue this Father’s Day, be sure to dish up some of these tasty tacos. With hearty skirt steak and a hint of chili powder for some kick, they’re sure to be a hit!

Ingredients
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic salt
12 ounces skirt steak, trimmed of fat
4 slices red onion (1/4 inch thick)
Nonstick cooking spray
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup salsa
1 cup canned no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chopped fresh tomato
8 corn tortillas, warmed
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Lime wedges and lime juice (optional)

Directions
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 2 tacos

1 – Prepare grill for direct cooking. Combine cumin, chili powder, and garlic salt in small bowl; sprinkle evenly over both sides of steak. Coat steak and onion slices lightly with nonstick cooking spray.

2 – Grill steak and onions, covered, over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes per side or until steak is barely pink in center and onion is tender.

3 – Spray large skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 30 seconds. Add beans, salsa, and tomato; cook and stir 5 minutes or until heated through.

4 – Slice steak crosswise into thin strips; separate onion slices into rings. Serve in warm tortillas with salsa mixture and cilantro. Garnish with lime wedges and lime juice, if desired.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 290 calories, Carbohydrates: 26 g, Protein: 23 g, Fat: 9 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Cholesterol: 65 mg, Sodium: 400 mg, Fiber: 3 g
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“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Crunchy Balsamic and Bleu Cheese Veggie Pocket

September 7, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Diabetes Self Management, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a Crunchy Balsamic and Bleu Cheese Veggie Pocket. Easy to prepare and only 167 calories per serving. These are made using Whole Wheat Pita Pocket, Lettuce, Purple Cabbage, Artichoke Hearts, Purple Onion, Cucumber, Tomato, Crumbled Bleu Cheese, and Lite Balsamic Vinaigrette. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Crunchy Balsamic and Bleu Cheese Veggie Pocket
If you only have 10 minutes to throw lunch together, you’ll want to try this quick and easy recipe — with its light blend of fresh vegetables and refreshing kick of vinegar, this is the perfect sandwich for a warm spring day!

Ingredients
Preparation time: 10 minutes

1/2 six-inch diameter whole wheat pita pocket
1 leaf green leaf lettuce
1/4 cup shredded purple cabbage
1 canned whole artichoke heart, quartered
2 teaspoons finely diced purple onion
1 tablespoon finely diced cucumber
2 tablespoons finely chopped tomato
1 tablespoon crumbled bleu cheese
2 teaspoons commercial lite balsamic vinaigrette

Directions
Yield: 1 pocket
Serving size: 1 pocket

1 – Wrap outside of pita pocket in foil or plastic wrap before filling (to prevent the pocket from splitting while stuffing). Place lettuce leaf in pocket, then fill with cabbage, artichoke, onion, cucumber, and tomato. Sprinkle with bleu cheese and drizzle evenly with vinaigrette.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 167 calories, Carbohydrates: 29 g, Protein: 6 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Sodium: 462 mg, Fiber: 4 g
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Diabetic Side Dish of the Week – Quinoa and Black Bean Salad Recipe for Diabetics

August 30, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Side Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Side Dish of the Week is a Quinoa and Black Bean Salad Recipe for Diabetics. To make this week’s Dish you’ll be needing Quinoa, Black Beans, Red Wine Vinegar, Frozen Corn, Green Bell Pepper, Tomato, Green Onions, Cilantro, Salt, Pepper, Ground Cumin, and Olive Oil. Side Dish or a Meal? The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad Recipe for Diabetics
Ready in under an hour, this Quinoa and Black Bean Salad is low in calories and chock-full of fiber — and flavor!

Ingredients
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes (cooking and cooling).

1 1/2 cups quinoa
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups frozen corn
3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 medium tomato, chopped
4 green onions (green and white parts), chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 cup olive oil

Directions
Yield: 11 servings
Serving size: about 3/4 cup

1 – Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a two-quart saucepan. Add quinoa and bring back to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 12 minutes or until the quinoa has absorbed all of the water. Remove from heat and fluff. Let cool slightly.

2 – While the quinoa is cooking, toss beans with vinegar, corn, green pepper, tomato, green onions, and cilantro in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, salt, black pepper, cumin, and oil. Add the cooled quinoa to the vegetables and drizzle the dressing over salad. Toss to combine. This salad may be made one day ahead, covered, and chilled.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 170 calories, Carbohydrates: 26 g, Protein: 5 g, Fat: 6 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 190 mg, Fiber: 4 g
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“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Arroz con Huevos

August 24, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is Arroz con Huevos. To make the Dish you’ll be needing Water, Rice, Onion, Garlic, Salt, Green Pepper, Taco Sauce, Tomato, Eggs, and Shredded Cheddar Cheese. Perfect for Breakfast or Brunch. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Arroz con Huevos

This hearty and satisfying dish, Mexican-style rice topped with poached eggs and garnished with shredded cheddar cheese, can be served anytime of the day.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 cup water
1/2 cup uncooked rice
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
2 tablespoons bottled taco sauce or salsa
1/2 cup chopped tomato
4 large eggs
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Cooking Directions:

1 – In medium saucepan stir together water, rice, onion, garlic and salt, if desired. Cover. Over high heat, bring to boiling. Reduce heat to keep water simmering. About 10 minutes before rice is done (check rice package for total cooking time needed), stir in green pepper and taco sauce. Re-cover and cook until rice is tender, about 10 minutes longer. Stir in tomato. Remove from heat, cover and keep warm while poaching eggs.
2 – In saucepan or deep omelet pan, bring 2 to 3 inches of water to boiling. Reduce heat to keep water gently simmering. Break cold eggs, 1 at a time, into custard cup or saucer or break several into bowl. Holding dish close to water’s surface, slip eggs, 1 by 1 into water. Cook until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard, about 3 to 5 minutes. With slotted spoon, lift out eggs. Drain in spoon or on paper towels and trim any rough edges, if desired.
3 – To serve, spoon 1/4 of the reserved rice mixture onto each of 4 plates. Top each with 1 of the poached eggs, sprinkle each egg with 1 tablespoon of the cheese.

Makes 4 servings.
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Diabetic Dish of the Week – Spicy Eggplant Burgers

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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is – Spicy Eggplant Burgers. Another fantastic way to use Egg Plant! These are made using Egg Plants, Egg Whites, Italian Style Panko Bread Crumbs, Cooking Spray, Reduced Fat Mayonnaise, Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns, Baby Spinach, Tomato, and Sliced Pepper Jack Cheese. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Spicy Eggplant Burgers
Make your next cookout meat free with this flavorful eggplant burger — so tasty, it’s sure to please vegetarians and omnivores alike!

Ingredients
1 eggplant (1 1/4 pounds), peeled
2 egg whites
1/2 cup Italian-style panko bread crumbs
Nonstick cooking spray
3 tablespoons reduced-fat chipotle mayonnaise or regular reduced-fat mayonnaise
4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, warmed
1 1/2 cups loosely packed baby spinach
8 thin slices tomato
4 slices pepper jack cheese

Directions
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 1 burger

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray. Cut 4 slices (1/2-inch thick) from widest part of eggplant. Beat egg whites in shallow bowl. Place panko on medium plate.

2. Dip eggplant slices in egg whites; dredge in bread crumbs, pressing gently to adhere. Place on prepared baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown; turn and coat with cooking spray. Bake 15 minutes.

3. Spread mayonnaise on bottom halves of buns and top with spinach, tomatoes and eggplant slice. Top with cheese and tops of buns.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 349 calories, Carbohydrates: 47 g, Protein: 16 g, Fat: 12 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Cholesterol: 20 mg, Sodium: 628 mg, Fiber: 13 g
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Easy Turkey Ham Skillet Breakfast

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I have a 2nd Jennie – O Recipe to pass along, Easy Turkey Ham Skillet Breakfast. This one is made using Potatoes, Onion, Vegetable Oil, Green Bell Pepper, Zucchini, JENNIE-O® Turkey Ham, Tomato, and Shredded Cheddar Cheese. Another winning Breakfast Recipe! You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the Switch in 2020! https://www.jennieo.com/

Easy Turkey Ham Skillet Breakfast
This breakfast skillet is packed with a ton of fresh veggies, turkey ham and melted Cheddar cheese. And this Easy Turkey Ham Skillet Breakfast is ready in under 30 minutes!

Ingredients

2 medium potatoes, cooked and cubed

1 onion, chopped

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 zucchini, chopped

2 cups diced JENNIE-O® Turkey Ham

1 tomato, chopped

½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions

1) In large skillet, add cooked potatoes and onion to oil and simmer over medium high heat 5 minutes or until golden brown and almost tender. Add bell pepper and zucchini; cook 5 minutes longer or until tender.

2) Add turkey ham and tomato to skillet. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Nutrition

Calories 240
Protein 14g
Carbohydrates 27g
Fiber 3g
Sugars 5g
Fat 10g
Cholesterol 45mg
Sodium 700mg
Saturated Fat 4.5g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/easy-turkey-ham-skillet-breakfast/

BLT Cukes

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I have 2nd Appetizer to pass along to everyone, BLT Cukes. These are made using Lettuce, Baby Spinach, Bacon, Tomato, Fat Free Mayonnaise, Black Pepper, Salt, and Cucumber. Plus these are only 26 calories and 1 net carb per serving! This recipe also comes from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

BLT Cukes
These appetizers, bursting with flavor, can be made and refrigerated up to 12 hours ahead of time. There are plenty of veggies packed into this small bite, plus irresistible bacon.

Ingredients
1/2 cup finely chopped lettuce
1/2 cup finely chopped baby spinach
3 slices bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled
1/4 cup finely diced tomato
1 tablespoon plus ½ teaspoons fat-free mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 large cucumber
1 large cucumber

Directions
Yield: 8 to 10 pieces
Serving size: 1 piece

1. Combine lettuce, spinach, bacon, tomato, mayonnaise, pepper, and salt in medium bowl and mix well.

2. Peel cucumber, trim off ends, and cut in half lengthwise. Use spoon to scoop out seeds and discard the seeds.

3. Divide bacon mixture between cucumber halves, mounding in center. Garnish with parsley and cut into 2-inch pieces.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 26 calories, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 2 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 3 mg, Sodium: 72 mg, Fiber: 1 g
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