5 Ways to Spice Up Eggs and Bacon

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This is a post from NF Team Member Staci.

Ahh, bacon and eggs – one of the most standard and easy breakfasts.  Plus, it’s Paleo!

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or put on muscle, bacon and eggs is an awesome (and delicious) option.

Before I learned to cook, I ate simple bacon and eggs ALL THE TIME. It was easy to make, delicious, and supported my training goals. But after a while I got bored; there was no reason why I had to stick to the same exact thing.

So I started to experiment and look for ways to mix up bacon and eggs, under two conditions.

It had to be easy and it had to remain delicious.

Today you’re going to learn my 5 favorite ways to spice up bacon and eggs.

bacon, Sweet Potato Hash, and eggs

Sweet Potato Hash, Eggs, and Avocado

Bacon and Sweet Potato Hash is one of my absolute favorite recipes. Not only does it go great as a side for eggs at breakfast, it also works for a side dish for dinners. It’s a great, easy (and Paleo!) dish to bring to a pot luck.

Sweet Potato  Ingrediants

You Will Need:

  • 4 medium sized sweet potatoes
  • 4 thick slices of bacon
  • 1/2 cup sliced scallions
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and Pepper

**If you want to make these spicy, add 1/2 tsp. all spice and hot sauce (I like Sriracha,  though it’s not the most Paleo sauce available)

  1. Start with chopping up your sweet potatoes into small squares.  You can peel the sweet potatoes if you would like, but I prefer to keep the skin on.
  2. Place the sweet potato squares in a pot, cover them in cold water, and cook them on high heat until the water starts boiling.  Once it starts to boil, turn the heat down to low and simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  3. When you can poke the sweet potatoes easily with a fork, but they wouldn’t be easy to mash (this is called “al dente”), they are done.  Drain them and then shock them with cold water (run cold water over the colander), put them on a paper towel, and blot off excess water.

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While your potatoes are cooking, it’s time to cook the bacon!

  1. Take a pan and put it on medium high heat, coat the pan with extra virgin olive oil, and then put the bacon in it.
  2. Cook the bacon for about 5-7 minutes, flipping occasionally, until it’s cooked through, but not too crispy.  Remove the bacon from the pan, but leave the fat.
  3. Now, add the sweet potatoes to the pan, frying them in the bacon fat, turning occasionally with a spatula or wooden spoon.  After it starts to brown, add the scallions, bacon, paprika, salt and pepper, and mix it all up.

Sweet Potato Hash

Note: If your pan isn’t big enough to put all of the sweet potatoes in at the same time (mine isn’t!), I would take half of the bacon fat and put it in a small bowl off to the side, and then put it back in the pan when you are ready to cook your second batch.

And it’s done!  Serve with eggs (avocado makes a great side too!).

Bacon and Egg Cup

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This recipe is one of my favorites and one of the easiest!  These are great since you can make a bunch ahead of time and then bring them with you to work/class/super hero training. They also make great Paleo “finger food” at a party, or a side dish at a Paleo pot luck.

What you need:

  • Bacon (6 slices – use a regular cut, not a thick cut- bacon can be pre-cooked to make crispier)
  • Egg (6 eggs)
  • Muffin Tin
  • Yields 6 muffin cups
  1. First, pre-heat your oven to 350. Then, take your muffin tin and spray it with a non stick spray.
  2. Next, take one bacon slice, and, starting with the bottom, line the edges of the muffin tin with the bacon.
  3. After that, crack an egg into each bacon lined cup.  The bacon should stick to the outside of the tin, but don’t worry too much if there are pieces that curl inward.

eggs pour

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, depending on how well done you want your eggs cooked and how runny you want the yolks.

eggies cooked

And that’s it! Seriously! Now quickly consume all 6 cups or save them for an excellent snack (or not).

Mini-Omelette

omelettes

For this recipe, we are going to build off the previous recipe.  This is another recipe that is great for a Paleo finger food, or an on the go option.  A lot of times I will make half bacon/egg cups and half mini omelettes when I’m pre-cooking food for the week.

You will need:

  • 4 Eggs
  • Vegetables of your choice, chopped – pretty much anything works here.  In this example, I used onions, zucchini, baby bella mushrooms, and broccoli.  A few other popular choices are asparagus, spinach, bell peppers, and tomatoes.  For the amount – I’ll usually have a small handful of each.
  • 1 Sausage – your choice on flavor.  I normally use chorizo, but used a chicken andouille this time because that is what was available at my local market.
  • Bacon or Muffin Cups
  • Muffin tin

omelette ingredients

  1. First, start out pre-heating the oven to 350.
  2. Then, chop up your vegetables and sausage into small pieces.
  3. Crack your eggs into a bowl, and whip them up with a fork.  Add your vegetables and sausage, and mix it up.

omelette mix

Now, spray your muffin tin with a cooking spray.

For the cups, you have two options:

1. Line the cups with bacon like you did with the bacon and egg cups
2. Line the cups with muffin cups.

The bacon option tastes better, but if you’re making these for an easy on the go breakfast, the muffin cup is easier to bring with you…Though you could also line a muffin cup with the bacon!

omelette pour

Whichever you choose, pour the mixture into the cups.  Bake 15-18 minutes.  Once they are done, wait for them to cool and then pop them out of the tin with a fork.

Scrambled Eggs, Vegetables, and Bacon

scramble
This is also very similar to the previous recipe, only instead of baking this, we will pan fry it.  I love to make this for dinner while baking some omelette cups to have for lunches/snacks throughout the week, and use the same mixture.

What you’ll need:

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  • 4 Eggs
  • Vegetables of your choice, chopped – pretty much anything works here.  In this example, I used onions, zucchini, baby bella mushrooms, spinach, and broccoli.  A few other popular choices are asparagus, spinach, bell peppers, and tomatoes.  For the amount – I’ll usually have a small handful of each.
  • Note: If you’re not full Paleo, you can add milk (about a tablespoon per egg) and cheese.

What to do:

  1. Crack the eggs into a bowl, and stir with a fork until the whites and yolks are mixed together well.
  2. Add your vegetables, and mix up.
  3. Put a skillet on medium heat, and wait for it to get hot.  Then spray the pan with cooking spray.  Pour your egg mixture on, and use a spatula to mix it up as it cooks.  This burns super quick if you don’t keep it moving.

Serve with bacon!

*You can also make an omelette out of the exact same ingredients.

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

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This one is as easy as it sounds, and is great for parties, and even cold as a late night snack (I just learned this one!)

What you need:

  • Bacon
  • Asparagus

What to do:

asparagus_wrapped

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Farenheit
  • Take 3-5 stalks of asparagus, depending on their size.
  • Take one slice of bacon, and starting near the bottom, wrap the bacon around the asparagus, leaving the tips exposed.
  • Spray a glass cooking pan or a cookie sheet with cooking spray (I prefer glass) and cook at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes – I usually start checking on it around 15 minutes though.  You don’t want the bacon too crispy here, it should still be pliable

Serve on a fancy dish and impress your guests!

Get cookin’

Bacon and Eggs

The prospect of cooking new tons of new foods and recipes can often seem daunting.

Like everything we preach here at Nerd Fitness, keep it simple, start small, and build up.

Whether you’re cooking spaghetti squash for the first time, learning Chicken Stirfry, or figuring out what the heck to do with ground beef, take a deep breath, turn the oven on, and get started.

So, pick the easiest one above for you and master it! With just a little tweak here and there, you’ll find yourself making an entirely new recipe.

How else do you like to cook eggs and bacon?

-Staci

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82 thoughts on “5 Ways to Spice Up Eggs and Bacon

  1. if you eat dairy I tend to do this omelette
    4eggs, whisked with salt & pepper
    30-50g prefried chorizo (frying the omelet in the chorizo fat
    25g cheddar cheese.

    easy, fast and lots of good fat & protein (make sure its a good quality chorizo, so its not full of bad stuff 🙂

  2. Sweet potato hash — try it with sweet potatoes, bacon, onion, and a chopped apple. Just before eating, drizzle it with a teaspoon of real maple syrup. OMG. 🙂

  3. Mmmm, love me some eggs ‘n bacon! I’m a huge fan of the scrambled veggie & bacon idea, but I will usually throw in whatever is leftover from dinner… this morning’s scramble was bacon, scallops, spinach and eggs. I think you can chop up anything and scramble it with eggs and it will be delicious!!

  4. This is awesome, just starting out on my Paleo journey so find stuff like this very useful 🙂

  5. Man, why are eggs so good?! I usually cook up a crust-less quiche…or i guess it could also be a fritatata. Just whisk up six eggs, pour it in a baking dish, add some chopped veggies (I usually do zucchini, kale, tomatoes, and spinach) and cook it at 350 for about half an hour and you have breakfast for a few days! Tastes good with goat cheese on top if you do dairy.

  6. I make a frittata, which is like an omelet, except after the eggs are added and mostly set, I sprinkle cheese on top and put the whole thing under the broiler for a few minutes. Makes the top nice and crispy and puffs up the omelet.

    On days when I don’t have a lot of time, I cook an egg in the microwave. (Spray a glass bowl with non-stick spray, crack the egg in it, and break the yoke so it won’t explode. Cook 60-85 seconds.) Then I take half a bell pepper (any color) slather the inside with goat cheese and warm that up – 25 seconds. Add egg to pepper and eat. Alternatively, you could cook the egg inside the pepper, but I find it makes the pepper too mushy for my tastes.

  7. That sweet potato hash looks great, I’ve tried most of the other recipes, here’s one I love! Good all week for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

    Bacon Egg Pie

    This is just the variation I’ve been using. You can use anything you want in it, as long as it’s low carb. As a suggestion though make sure you have something fatty in the mix i.e. bacon, as it helps balance the carbs found in the egg.

    Ingredients

    12 Eggs

    4 rashers of bacon

    500g mince

    1 onion

    1 cup of sliced mushrooms

    1 tomato, sliced or diced

    1 cup of water

    3tbsp of thickened cream

    Your choice of herbs and spices for taste

    1 cup grated cheese

    Method

    Pre heat your oven to 200 degrees celsius (400 F)

    Cook the mince until it’s almost browned right through, and then add the onion.

    Once the onion starts to soften add the mushrooms.

    Dice up the bacon and fry it in a separate fry pan.

    Once the bacon is cooked add it to the mince mixture, and add the 1 cup of water.

    Add your selection of herbs and spices to flavour the mix and let it simmer.

    In a separate bowl whisk the eggs a little bit and then add the thickened cream. Once the cream is mixed in add half of the cheese, and the diced up tomato.

    Get a 5cm deep 20x20cm baking dish and spread half of the mixture on the bottom. Layer half the egg on top of the mince, follow with another layer of mince, and then top it off with an egg layer.

    To finish it off sprinkle the other half of the cheese over the top. I actually had to grate a bit extra but it’s up to you.

    Put it in the oven for around 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown, and you should have a bit of moisture bubbling up the sides. To check if it’s cooked just cut into it. If the egg still looks runny, it hasn’t been cooked long enough.

  8. Aaaa! I made those mini omelets this week in my silicone muffin pan. They pop out easy, microwave at work in one minute. I poured salsa on top of mine too. So easy, so tasty.

  9. I use hamburger meat, egg, veggies and salsa. I use a frozen hamburger patty (Quick and easy to break up and brown from the freezer) Then I add in my veggies like onion and bell peppers. Crack in a egg. Once everything is close to done I’ll add in some salsa to finish it off. Quick and easy, and tastes good too.

  10. Damn I can’t wait for breakfast now to try this out. Any preference on chorizo Spanish or Portuguese?

  11. All this sounds really delicious, but how is bacon paleo?! It’s a processed food with chemical additives beyond just simple salt. I don’t think too many paleolithic types ate it!

  12. Good ideas! I’ve been making the bacon & egg cups for a while – usually on Saturday mornings. My kids love ’em! I thought I made it up. But hey, I’ll share.

  13. I’m going to be Debbie Downer here and point out that bacon is full of yummy, tasty, gross fat. It’s an artery clogger – if you’re not looking for that, try a couple of slices of Canadian Bacon. It’s just as good & way leaner!

    Also, egg whites are awesome too. Yolks are yummy…but if you eat them without a thought of moderation, you’re just going to wind up hurting yourself.

    Paleo is awesome – but think about what you’re putting into your body for fat & energy. Try an avocado instead of bacon grease.

  14. I made hash browns the other day with grated carrots, cauliflower, bell peppers and onions. It was like potatoes o’brien without the heavy starch and really really good. You can cook it like home fries in cut up chunks or grate the cauliflower and carrots and cook it in hash brown patties in bacon grease. (Or fat of your choice, I like bacon grease because it’s tasty and free)

  15. Bacon is so unhealthy it is not funny as Paleo we are meant to be avoided processed foods which are full of sodium, phosphates, nitrates, nitrites, preservatives. I used to be a butcher and know exactly how bacon is made which is the reason I avoid it.

  16. I like to saute up chopped leftover corned beef with baby kale and top it with fried eggs

  17. I absolutely love egg and meat muffins! I’ve made them using breakfast sausage…same concept, you line the muffin pan with the sausage and then drop an egg in it. I don’t mind eating them cold either. One time I even made a hollandaise sauce and smothered 2 of them with the stuff. So, so good!

  18. Hey Nikki!

    We have a full post on bacon here: http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2013/02/19/the-definitive-guide-to-bacon/ that explains that there is good bacon and bad bacon, but we definitely believe in a higher fat diet. Avocados are amazing – I agree. Especially with eggs 🙂

    I eat a super high fat, medium to low carb diet, including at least 2-3 eggs a day, and bacon, and all of my levels (which I get tested regularly) are as good as it gets.

  19. The bacon I used above was not the cheap packaged bacon – it’s from a local farm, and only includes spices and pork belly. There’s definitely good and bad bacon, I agree there.

  20. Thanks for the inspiration!
    We eat a LOT of eggs in our house, but rapidly get sick of the endless scrambled egg….

  21. Spanish omelette: whisk 4 eggs together, finely slice and sweat down A medium onion (any you fancy) in a 18cm frying pan with a little bit of olive oil, then sliced a sweet red pepper and add to the pan, then add cooked white potatoes. Chuck in anything else you fancy e.g. Cooked ham. Add the eggs and make sure that everything is covered in egg. As they start to set run a spatula around the edge of the pan to loosen. Add Any bits of cheese you have and poke them into the part set frittata. Finish under the grill till bubbling. Serve with salad. Great cold for lunch the next day and I usually use it as a leftovers type meal, just cook some extra potatoes for it the day before. Oh and use a non-stick pan!

  22. Oh my goodness – I made the eggs in a bacon cup and they were a HUGE hit. In fact, I made enough for the entire week so all my daughter has to do is grab one or two and heat them up for a quick healthy breakfast with berries – Thanks for these!

  23. Made the bacon and egg cup this morning! So good, I think it’ll be a new favorite around here 🙂

  24. Vegetable Fritters:
    Shred up a mess of your favorite firm vegetable (I like sweet potato, zucchini and carrots, but feel free to experiment). Add 1 egg for each cup of veggie, season with salt and pepper, mix well. Heat olive oil in a sauce pan, and cook a 1/4 c of your happy mixture for 3 minutes on each side. Season to taste, enjoy with MEAT! Deliciousness.

  25. A quick way of cooking the sweet potatoes is peeling and dicing them then microwave for 5 minutes on a plater. Then fry in a pan with coconut oil.

  26. I use Spanish myself, but its really a prefference of spices.
    I personally perfer to use a spicy one with lots of chili and stuff. and if you want it more hot, add a splash of tabasco to the eggs,
    want more acicity then add a scoop of mustard

  27. We like to have scrambled eggs, cook the bacon, put in a bowl with tomatoes and avocados. Yummy!

  28. Eggs and Bacon are a staple in my house since we went paleo – and it seems to work!.

  29. Being myself Portuguese, I could be biased and say to go for my country, but to be honest there is really not much difference between Spanish or Portuguese chouriço as both countries have a huge variety to choose from.

  30. Awesome ideas! I didnt realise bacon was part of a healthy diet :p people say eggs have a lot of cholesterol and its a bad idea to eat too much of it. How many eggs and bacon slices a day every day is too much? I assume u have to be working out regularly to be having bacon and eggs healthily everyday…

  31. Great stuff! And almost all of them are great food ideas for a Ketogenic diet as well!

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