One Ingredient, Two Meals

A big help when planning meals for the week is to be able to bulk cook one ingredient and make several meals. This example includes the amazing ingredient, BACON!!!! Yes, dietitians eat bacon:) It provides A LOT of flavor with a small portion size, so I’m all about it!

I buy center cut bacon – it has slightly less fat. Turkey bacon has less fat, but is usually higher in sodium – with the flavor of bacon being so important when it comes to being able to use a small portion, I just rather stick to the real thing.

Here are two ways to healthfully include bacon in your meal plan this week!

Bacon Spinach Salad (4 servings)

Bacon Spinach SaladIngredients

  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 2 hardboiled eggs
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbls cider vinegar
  • 2 tbls water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 16oz chopped spinach
  • 2 cups chopped raw mushrooms
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • Black pepper to taste


  • Place eggs in boiling water, boil for 12 minutes, then place in cold water to cool. Peel, cut into 4 wedges, and set aside.
  • Over medium heat, cook bacon draining all extra fat (save 2 tbls for dressing), dabbing with paper towels and crumbling. Set aside.
  • In small sauce pan, add the 2 tablespoons bacon fat. While stirring, add sugar, cider, salt, and water. Keep warm for meal.
  • Remove stems and chop spinach and place in large bowl. Toss with dressing. Place in 4 bowls and top with mushrooms, tomato, egg, and bacon.
  • Black pepper to taste.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • 114 Calories
  • 5g Fat
  • 2g Saturated Fat
  • 103mg Cholesterol
  • 553mg Sodium
  • 8g Carbohydrate
  • 4g Fiber
  • 11g Protein

Bacon Ranch Penne Pasta (10 Servings)

Bacon Ranch Penne PastaIngredients

  • 12oz whole grain penne pasta
  • 10 slices bacon
  • 1 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 3 tbls dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 8oz low-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded


  • Cook pasta according to directions, set aside.
  • Over medium heat, cook bacon, drain fat and dab with paper towels. Chop bacon and set aside.
  • In large bowl, mix mayo, dressing mix, and garlic powder. Stir in milk until smooth.
  • Place all other ingredients in bowl, toss, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

* Can you think of any other ingredients to add to the mix? I don’t like olives, but many would like that addition!!! Love tomato? Add more!

Nutrition (Per Serving)

  • 270 Calories
  • 9g Fat
  • 1g Saturated Fat
  • 10mg Cholesterol
  • 314mg Sodium
  • 30g Carbohydrate
  • 4g Fiber
  • 12g Protein




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