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Published:December 11th, 2008 16:45 EST
If you want the perfect savory-sweet-salty topping, use bacon!

If you want the perfect savory-sweet-salty topping, use bacon!

By Rocco Loosbrock


I recently had the chance to work with Holly Clegg who is the author of the best selling  book, Trim & Terrific cookbook series and Eating Well Through Cancer.  Holly has appeared on national television shows, including Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today Show, and The 700 Club. Her focus on a healthier lifestyle keeps her busy writing for national publications, Internet sites, and as a keynote speaker.   Holly`s user friendly, pantry friendly and time friendly cookbooks have garnered her a national reputation that food that`s good for you can also be delicious, fast and easy! "


Holly has prepared a few recipes for us that include bacon in recipes where you wouldn`t expect it.  Healthy salmon and barbecue sauce topped with bacon give salmon the perfect savory-sweet-salty topping.  Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas have unexpected bacon in the filling, maybe not southwestern, but a integral ingredient in the enchilada.  You can find both these recipes in her Trim & Terrific cookbook series. 






Barbecued Salmon

No grill needed here! Salmon with bacon roasted in a bold, rich sauce prepared in the convenience of your own kitchen.


Makes 4 servings


4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

2 strips center-cut bacon, cut in pieces

1 red onion half, thinly sliced

1/4 cup barbecue sauce

2 tablespoons honey


1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 9 × 9 × 2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Lay salmon in dish and season to taste. Sprinkle with garlic powder. Top with bacon pieces and onion slices.

3. In a small bowl, combine barbecue sauce and honey. Spread over salmon. Bake for 20 "25 minutes or until salmon flakes easily with fork.


Nutritional information per serving

Calories 281 | Calories from fat 22% | Fat 7 g Saturated Fat 1 g | Cholesterol 91 mg | Sodium 284 mg Carbohydrate 17 g | Dietary Fiber 0 g | Sugars 16 g | Protein 35 g

Diabetic Exchanges1 carbohydrate | 5 lean meat


Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas

 This easy enchilada includes chicken, crunchy salty bacon, black bean, salsa and cheese with all these great flavors working together in each bite. 


Makes 6  (2 enchilada) servings 


1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts

3 slices center-cut bacon 

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1 1/2 cups salsa, divided

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, undrained

1 red or green bell pepper, seeded and chopped, optional

1 teaspoon ground cumin

Salt and pepper to taste

1 bunch green onions, chopped

12 (6-8-inch) flour tortillas

6 ounces reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese, shredded


1.  Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Cut the chicken into chunks; set aside.

2.  In a skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon to a paper towel to soak any excess grease; discard any grease in the skillet. In the same skillet, coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté the chicken and garlic until the chicken is almost done, 5-7 minutes.

3.  Stir in 1/2 cup salsa, the beans, bell pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper. Simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the chicken is done. Stir in the green onions and reserved bacon.

4.  Divide the chicken-bean mixture among 12 tortillas, placing mixture down center of each tortilla. Top with 1 tablespoon shredded cheese. Roll up and place seam-side down in 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray.

5.  Spoon remaining 1 cup salsa evenly over the enchiladas. Top with the remaining cheese. Bake for 15 minutes, or until thoroughly heated and the cheese is melted.


Nutritional information per serving

Calories 455, Protein (g) 40, Carbohydrate (g) 50, Fat (g) 8, Calories from Fat (%) 17, Saturated Fat (g) 4, Dietary Fiber (g) 6, Cholesterol (mg) 73, Sodium (mg) 1326 Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 3 starch, 1 vegetable


For more information on Holly, visit her website at


Signing off at Pigging out!
Rocco "Boss Hog" Loosbrock

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Rocco owns and runs a Bacon of the Month Club called The Bacon Freak Bacon is Meat Candy Bacon Club as well as a Wine Club called the Coastal Vineyard Wine Club