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Bacon Alternatives For The Upcoming Bacon Shortage

Yes, I said bacon shortage, and it’s going to hit sometime in 2013. But there’s no need to fret! There are amazing alternatives that not only taste great, but are a much (MUCH) healthier option. After all, bacon isn’t all that great for you, OK, it’s kinda terrible for you. As many of you know I’m chugging along with baby #3 and I was just diagnosed with gestational diabetes. This means I’ve got to balance my carbs with (lean) proteins. I’ve been eating all kinds of turkey bacon and veggie sausage. My favorites are Trader Joe’s thick-cut peppered turkey bacon and MorningStar Farms veggie sausage patties. They are delicious, and coming from a pregnant food lover, that’s saying something! Keep reading for some great recipes using bacon alternatives…

image credit: Bellalimento


  • Turkey Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs With Less Guilt 1 of 10
    Turkey Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs With Less Guilt
    This dog is some serious deliciousness. Turkey dog with turkey bacon: all the flavor, way less guilt. Yes, it can be done.
    Make your own Turkey bacon wrapped hot dogs
  • Sunrise Citrus Seared Tofu Cubes 2 of 10
    Sunrise Citrus Seared Tofu Cubes
    Make these tasty breakfast cubes that are packed with protein and flavor and made with tofu instead of the ol' fatty pig.
    Make your own sunrise citrus seared tofu cubes
  • Bacon Cup Salad With Less Guilt 3 of 10
    Bacon Cup Salad With Less Guilt
    It's an edible bowl made out of turkey bacon, so you are not eating a grease-bottom salad. Your kids just might eat their greens, and get some protein while they're at it!
    Make your own bacon cup salad with less guilt
  • Bacon Egg and Cheese Toast Cups 4 of 10
    Bacon Egg and Cheese Toast Cups
    What an awesome breakfast using an awesome alternative to pork bacon. It's a one-pot meal for the morning!
    Get the recipe for bacon egg and cheese toast cups at Cooking With My Kid
  • Breakfast Sausage Frittata 5 of 10
    Breakfast Sausage Frittata
    This recipe uses the most addicting veggie sausages. Even the meat-insisting, pork-loving folks won't be able to tell the difference!
    Get the recipe for breakfast sausage frittata at Cooking With My Kid
  • Tempeh Bacon 6 of 10
    Tempeh Bacon
    This is just the coolest recipe, you get to make your OWN meatless bacon and it tastes great. Go ahead and make the BLT.
    Get the recipe for tempeh bacon at Healthy Happy Life
  • Vegan Breakfast Sandwich 7 of 10
    Vegan Breakfast Sandwich
    Oooo, I love a good breakfast sandwich and this one will not disappoint and it's vegan!
    Get the recipe for tempeh bacon at Healthy Happy Life
  • Stay Put Breakfast Burrito 8 of 10
    Stay Put Breakfast Burrito
    There's my favorite veggie sausage again. This burrito is a favorite because the kids will LOVE it and it is virtually mess-free!
    Make your own stay put breakfast burrito
  • Breadless BLT With Buttermilk Dressing 9 of 10
    Breadless BLT With Buttermilk Dressing
    My kids have become addicted to bacon on salads hey, if it makes them eat salad, why not? Using turkey bacon will not change the taste.
    Get the recipe for breadless BLT with buttermilk dressing at Cooking With My Kid
  • Breakfast Pizza 10 of 10
    Breakfast Pizza
    Dinner for breakfast! This is a fun way to switch up the morning and her recipe uses veggie bacon for a healthy vegetarian option.
    Get the recipe for breakfast pizza at Cooking With My Kid

Honestly, any recipe that calls for bacon, you can just sub in an alternative like turkey bacon or veggie bacon.

More on Family Kitchen:

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10 unique bacon recipes

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Read more from Macki on the Family Kitchen and Being Pregnant!

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