Recipe: Bacon and Broccoli

Recipe: Bacon and Broccoli

Seriously, look at that broccoli. So Green!

This is one of my favorite go to meals, ready in about 7 minutes (I can do it in about 5 minutes if I don’t want the bacon so crispy).

Here’s how you do it…

Ingredients

  • 4 strips of bacon (or 3… or 5… totally up to you!)
  • a head of broccoli, cut or torn into florets
  • about a tablespoon of minced garlic (or you can dice the equivalent amount of garlic cloves)
  • 1/4 cup of sliced raw almonds (I buy these in bulk and throw them into dishes)
  • a table spoon of grated parmesan cheese, optional, for taste
  • a couple pinches of salt or garlic salt, again, to your taste

Here’s what I do

  1. I cut up the bacon into about half-inch slivers with kitchen scissors. So quick and easy. I throw this into a pot (not a pan) and cook on high heat.
  2. Once the fat starts to render into grease, I throw in the garlic and stir it around. The bacon should be cooking pretty well, and the minced garlic cooks fast.
  3. During this time, I wash and break/cut apart the broccoli head into bit sized florets.
  4. Once the bacon is mostly cooked, there should be plenty of grease in the pot. I put the almonds in at this point. I let them cook in the grease until they’re golden brown. The bacon should also be reddish brown by this point.
  5. I dump the broccoli in and swirl and mix it around in the pot for about a minute, maybe two. This warms up the broccoli, but doesn’t cook it all the way through. It makes it a vibrant green and-most importantly-covers it with the bacon grease, garlic and almost… Mmmmmm…. If you’re like me and like salt, I also add the salt at this point. If you want to have melted or slightly crispy parmesan cheese, I’d add that at this point as well.
  6. Once this is done, I put it into a big bowl and scarf it down.

Notes

Looking for extra protein? Add an egg. Or three. Put it/them in when you add the broccoli, and stir around. You’ll get a scrambled bacon and broccoli.

If you’re doing salt AND parmesan cheese, make sure it doesn’t get too salty. Remember, it’s all to your taste.

That’s it. Simple and quick. Now I can eat something healthy and get back to work without feeling like I ate a truck.

Bon appetite!

Nate