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Bacon Wrapped Dates – Goat Cheese and Pistachios

by jenny sansouci on March 11, 2015

Hey little dudes! Today is a fun day because I’m posting a recipe with BACON IN IT. This makes me scared and overjoyed at the same time. Scared because when I first started this blog, I was a vegan. I was pretty hardcore about it at the time. Over the years, after attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and learning more about how my body ACTUALLY felt with certain foods (rather than doing what I just believed to be the “best” way to eat), I began incorporating meat into my diet in ways that feel good to me, and I feel much healthier when I do. It does, admittedly, still feel weird to post things on my blog and instagram about meat, though. But you gotta get out of your comfort zone.

I still think it’s awesome to be vegan. Gimme kale salads and green juice all day long. And there are SO many benefits of not eating conventionally produced animal products and not supporting the conventional meat industry. Check out US Wellness meats to get super high quality animal products from farms that use sustainable, humane practices.

When I first “broke” my streak of being vegan/vegetarian a few years ago, I’ll tell you the truth — bacon wrapped dates were one of the first things I ate. It felt like a big moment for me, so whenever I see them they still have a special place in my heart. Plus, they are the perfect mix of salty and sweet, and almost everyone loves them so they’re the perfect fiesta snack.

First of all, is BACON actually healthy? Why am I posting a bacon recipe on a health blog!?

I will say 2 things.

1) I don’t consider bacon to be necessarily a health food, but 2) it’s probably not as bad as you’ve always believed it to be.

I did my research (obviously) and found some awesome sources about the bacon details, so if you want to know how to choose healthy bacon, these peeps have done the research for us. Check out these 3 super helpful articles:

The Bacon Manifesto by the folks at Whole30
Is Bacon Bad For You? on Authority Nutrition
The Definitive Guide To Bacon on Nerd Fitness

Bottom line, it’s all about the source of the bacon, and you CAN find bacon that doesn’t have added sugar and comes from pastured pork. And unless you are avoiding sugar 100% (like if you’re on the Whole30), the amount of sugar in most bacon is very teensy.

Am I gonna eat bacon wrapped dates every day of my life? Of course not. But life is also about having some fun, and bacon wrapped dates are fun.

Ok, now that we’ve got that covered, onto the RECIPE!!!!

Most people use almonds to stuff dates with, but I like pistachios. There’s also goat cheese in this recipe, but you can leave it out if you don’t eat dairy.

Ingredients:

  • Large medjool dates (I used 8 dates)
  • Bacon slices — 1/2 a slice for each date (so in this case, 4 slices)
  • Goat cheese – enough to stuff each date with
  • Pistachios (out of their shell) – 2-3 per date
  • Parchment paper
  • Toothpicks

Pre-heat oven to 375. Slice open each date with a knife or open it with your fingers. REMOVE PIT. Use a spoon to stuff a little goat cheese and 2-3 pistachios into each date.

 

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Wrap each date in 1/2 a slice of bacon. Secure with a toothpick. 

 

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Put parchment paper on a baking sheet, and line dates on parchment paper.

Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until bacon is at your desired level of crispiness.

 

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LET COOL for about 10 mins. If you don’t, you shall burn your tongue and nobody likes to be a tastebud killer. :(

 

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Serve at a party!!! Your guests will fall in love with you forever and ever. Even if it’s just a party of one. Treat yourself like royalty. Do it.

Love you guys. Thanks for hanging out with me on this wild journey of life.

Jenny




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Rachel Bernard March 14, 2015 at 9:12 pm

Great post. I don’t eat meat but I would consider eating it every so often if I knew it’s origin etc..
Life is a journey and always changing so its nice that you had the courage to record the changes in your journey in your Blog xxx

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Jenn March 14, 2015 at 10:44 pm

Personally, I’m so tired of the slogan “I’m vegan” instead I prefer “I eat vegan/vegetarian/paleo/whatever” like seriously it’s so time to get over food identities, it tears more people apart than brings them together. Eat what feels great for YOU! I eat mostly vegan, have no desire to eat bacon – but am hardly offended if you now eat bacon! Way to do what’s best for you! xo #justeatREALfood <3

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Siobhan March 15, 2015 at 4:41 am

It depends which doctor you work with, if you look up Dr. Robert Young he says meat is very acidic & unhealthy for the body. Takes a while to digest etc…

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Hadley Gustin March 15, 2015 at 3:03 pm

I love bacon-wrapped dates, too! :)

Thanks for posting this, Jenny.

I’m sure this recipe will come in handy for me at some point. :)

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Suzanne March 15, 2015 at 8:35 pm

Thank for you this recipe. I love bacon wrapped dates too. YUM! Also thank you for the honesty!

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Sloan March 25, 2015 at 12:43 am

Love this! I’m a blue-cheese (or goat cheese) stuffed fig wrapped in bacon addict (now that I’m back into flexitarian mode). This combo would be a great switch-up. As always, thank you for sharing. X

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