Bringing home the bacon used to be a noble thing. Today, it's considered a health hazard.
So what's a bacon lover to do? Read the nutrition labels and use common sense.
The good news is that bacon is so loaded with flavor a little goes a long way. Using just a bit to garnish a salad or speckle a burger can feel indulgent without ruining a diet.
Also consider poultry-based bacons. Just be sure to read the labels and compare the amounts of saturated fat and sodium. Some turkey bacons have as much fat as pork varieties.
This Double Chicken Club Sandwich with Saffron Aioli makes a great packed lunch or light supper. It has a sophisticated flavor adults will love, but can easily be tailored to younger tastes by using lettuce rather than arugula and subbing plain mayo for the saffron aioli.
How to make it
Start to finish: 15 minutes
Pinch of saffron threads, crumbled (4 to 5 threads)
2 teaspoons warm water
1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Ground black pepper, to taste
6 ounces chicken or turkey bacon
8 slices whole-grain bread
8 ounces sliced cooked chicken breast
2 cups arugula or leaf lettuce
1 large tomato, sliced
1/2 small avocado, sliced (optional)
In a small bowl, combine the saffron and warm water. Let stand for 5 minutes.
In a blender or mini food processor, combine the saffron mixture, mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard and garlic, then blend until smooth. Season with pepper to taste. Set aside. The aioli can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator, for up to 1 week.
Cook the chicken (or turkey) bacon according to package instructions. Toast the bread.
To assemble the sandwiches, spread some of the saffron aioli on each piece of toast. Divide the bacon, sliced chicken breast, arugula (or lettuce), tomato and avocado (if using) among 4 slices of toast; top with the remaining toast.
Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 398 calories; 172 calories from fat; 19 grams fat (4 grams saturated; 0 grams trans fats); 60 milligrams cholesterol; 35 grams carbohydrate; 24 grams protein; 6 grams fiber; 1,535 milligrams sodium.