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Friday, December 27, 2013

Turkey Bacon: It's a Wrap!

Everywhere we went this holiday season it seems bacon made an appearance on the appetizer table or buffet line wrapped around vegetables and meatballs and shrimp. As delicious as these bacon wrapped holiday treats are, the reality is they are loaded with fat and calories. Substituting turkey bacon for pork bacon can cut calories and fat by 50% without sacrificing flavor.

Jennie-O Turkey Bacon contains 60% less fat and sodium than pork bacon. One serving provides 30 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 2 grams protein and no carbohydrate. Turkey bacon may be substituted in recipes calling for pork bacon. Pay close attention during cooking as cooking times will be different from cooking time for pork bacon. Find Jennie-O Turkey Bacon in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. Try this recipe at your next potluck and let the compliments roll:

 Turkey Bacon Wrapped Asparagus  

Recipe shared from Jennie-O Turkey

16 asparagus spears, trimmed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 slices JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon, halved
roasted red pepper hummus, if desired

Prepare grill. Bring large pot of water to boil. Add asparagus. Blanch 10 seconds or until bright green. Remove and add to bowl of iced water. Let stand 5 minutes; drain. Toss asparagus, dill and oil in large shallow dish. Wrap piece of bacon around each asparagus spear. Grill asparagus 5 to 7 minutes, turning once until bacon is crisp. Serve with hummus or dip of your choice.

Serves 4. Per serving: 100 calories; 5 grams protein; 2 grams carbohydrate; 8 grams fat; 1 gram dietary fiber.

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