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National BLT Sandwich Month-Are BLT's Healthy?

Updated: Apr 16, 2023





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April celebrates National BLT Sandwich Month and the first question you may ask are is bacon healthy. According to some doctors eating bacon that is not cured with sodium nitrate is a better choice. Eating bacon in moderation will provide you with selenium, phosphorous, B vitamins, zinc, iron, and magnesium. High fats food keep you insulin levels low and help with weight loss. Uncured brands of bacon use celery powder instead of sodium nitrate.


Bacon sandwiches were first prepared during Victorian times for tea in Britian. Recipes appeared in cookbooks in the late 1920's after World War II. At one time it became the most popular sandwich in the United States. In 1903 the recipe appeared in the Good Housekeeping Everyday cookbook the recipe developed by Dr. Evan Mee, It had bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo and turkey slices and bread.


In the 1940 it became a popular sandwich in diners, delis, lunch counters, and restaurants. The increase in supermarkets gave consumers a chance to make it at home. The term came from an abbreviation of the sandwich. Hellmann's Mayonnaise advertised their product as the best condiment for a BLT sandwich.


In 2003 the World Fair serve the largest BLT Sandwich. Over the years the basic recipe of bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and bread has changed. Today there are many different versions and people add onion, roasted tomatoes, avocados, peppers, cheese and other tasty ingredients.


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Healthier BLT Sandwich With Sliced Avocado and Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese

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You will need an oven, cutting board, knife, bowl, container, plates, and parchment paper,


Ingredients


8 slices of uncured bacon

4 tomatoes sliced

red or green leaf lettuce

8 slices of rye of whole wheat bread toasted

mayonnaise

2 avocados cut in half peeled and sliced

Slices of cheddar jalapeno cheese


Directions:


Cook the bacon on a sheet pan in the oven with parchment paper at 350 degrees for about 5 minute or more until it is crispy. In a bowl soak tomatoes, lettuce, and avocados for about 5 minutes in warm water. Drain and peel avocado skins off and slice add lemon juice to keep from browning. Put aside in container. Slice tomatoes and cut lettuce leaves and put aside for sandwich.


Toast bread and put on individual plates. Add 2 slices of bacon on bottom half, topped with tomato slices, avocado slices, slices of cheddar jalapeno cheese, lettuce and mayonnaise on top slice. Cut sandwiches in half and serve with macaroni salad or fries.



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