bacon wrapped...peach & pancakes?
I am a sucker for savory sweet things...for instance, the McSausage at McDonald's? Holy crap I could eat those all day long. Even though it's McDonalds and even though I know they are terrible for you! It's just that combo of savory meat with sweetened bread that just hits all the notes for me. So how do I get that while following the Bright Line diet? I can have any type of sugar except that found in fruit. And I definitely can't have pancakes because of the flour. I've seen some oat pancake recipes using banana and I might get there one day but I am not a fan of bananas (I have a traumatic experience that follows me around since high school - think boy next to my locker forgetting about a banana for a few weeks until mandatory locker clean up was mandated due to the smell...smells really do linger...even in one's mind!!). Well when faced with a challenge, spunky women come up with solutions! Those solutions come from ransacking your fridge to see what you have to work with and looking up recipes on the wonderful internet!
In this case, I had a ripe peach and some berries. I also had 3 lone slices of bacon left and some greek yogurt that I always have. Suddenly things seemed possible. I've actually grilled peaches before because they are amazing especially drizzled with a balsamic glaze. Couldn't do the glaze because of the sugar but I could make a mixed berry glaze! I also found many amazing oats recipes that I tweaked a bit so that I could use it to to make pancakes without bananas. I replaced it with yogurt and I can tell that I will be using this recipe quite a bit! Bonus - it only has like 6 ingredients!! It's super easy to throw together and you can flavor it in so many ways and use them for savory or sweet fillings. Now for the savory part - definitely the bacon but I wanted the sweet component so I decided to wrap the bacon around the peach and then air fry it. Why? Why not? Worst thing that can happen is I lose my bacon, lol.
So begins the experiments. I took the berries and put them in small sauce pan with some balsamic vinegar and vanilla extract until it was a syrup. To get a smooth texture, I put it through a strainer so that all the seeds from the raspberries and things wouldn't be in my "glaze".
Next, I cut up my peaches into wedges and wrapped my back around them using half a slice of bacon and some toothpicks to hold it in place. Then I preheated my air fryer to 400F for 5 minutes and then cooked it at 350F for 10 minutes - flipping them halfway.
They turned out great! The peach cooked just enough to soften and caramelize bringing out their natural sweetness and the bacon crisped up and cooked fully. Now I was excited!
Next, the oatmeal pancakes! Here is the recipe that I ended up with:
INGREDIENTS: 2 eggs
3 Tbsp yogurt
2 oz (approximately 2/3 cup) oats
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
1 tsp baking soda
butter, for the pan
Put the oats in a blender and grind them into a flour.
In a medium bowl whisk together the oat flour, eggs, yogurt, cinnamon and baking soda. Add 1 Tbsp of water to the mixture to thin it out a bit.
Heat a non-stick pan on medium low heat. Add a little bit of butter and use a ladle to pour the pancake batter onto the skillet. I made mini pancakes and was able to get 3 on a pan at one time.
Once bubbles start coming up and carefully flip the pancakes and cook the other side for a few minutes.
Repeat until all the batter is done. I was able to get 2 servings of 3 mini pancakes per serving.
Don't they look awesome!? Time to put this whole thing together!! Who else is as excited as me??? You will be.
I ended up drizzling the glaze over the remaining fresh peach slices on top of my mini stack. Now, to get that perfect bite, I put all the components together...
It was everything. Really. The best part, in my opinion, of the Bright Line way of eating is that you can get creative and not really miss out on the things that you love. You are restricting some things but you definitely can work around it. Now, I am sure that I went over on my proteins with them meal but I will just make up for it for my lunch and dinner. This experiment was totally worth it plus I got to use my air fryer again - it was so easy and overall didn't take much time at all. I love that machine with all my heart! If you STILL don't have one, check out my links below to see the one that I love and adore! Meanwhile, I am going to go stuff my face.
For those Bright Liner's, here are the stats to the best of my ability:
1+ protein (1 egg + 1oz yogurt + 2 oz of bacon/3 slices)
1 grain (1zo oats)
1 fruit (peach + berry drizzle)
1 fat (butter)