Bacon makes everything better! I mean, this would have been amazing anyways…but bacon adds the extra punch to these Beefy Bacon Zoodles.
I’m going to try and be short and sweet on this one. It’s the middle of fall break for crying out loud!! 🙂 We just got back from a short trip to Florida last night. I got to see my Mama!! She’s doing great 🙂 Those visits are never long enough. Tonight we are having a little shindig here and then heading out to a Lord Huron concert. No, it’s not gospel music. (I have nothing against…listened to it yesterday 🙂 ) The “lord” part throws people off. Kinda funny if you ask me. And tomorrow we head out for some camping and paddle boarding …back in Florida! This will be the little guys first time camping. I’m sure he will do great…me on the other hand. I’ll need a vacation when I get back. And all of this is why I have been (and will be for just a few more days) distant. And I apologize. The computer wouldn’t fit in my luggage. ;/ <– my little guy just typed that and it fits perfectly. Got us a lil Einstein.
Bt-dub…Do a salt soak on your veggies. It really brings out the flavor. It also releases excess moisture. I believe it makes for a better texture. After spiralizing, give your veggies a heavy dose of salt. Strain them in a colander for a good 15-20 minutes. Longer doesn’t hurt. I usually prepare them as soon as I get my sauce a-going. Don’t forget to put a bowl or plate under the colander to catch the liquid. You will be amazed at how much falls off. It’s quite tasty.
- 2 zucchini, spiralized
- S & P
- 5 strips of bacon
- 1½ lb beef
- 1 t onion powder
- 1 t smoked paprika
- 1 t lemon juice
- 15 black cherry tomatoes
- 1 T bacon grease
- *topped with Homemade almond parmesan (recipe coming soon)
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Dice up the five pieces of bacon and throw them into a frying pan. Once they've crisped up, remove most of the grease and save. Prepare your zucchini for it's salt bath as the bacon is cooking (read the instructions near the zucchini pic).
- Add the bacon grease and cherry tomatoes to a cookie sheet. Place in the preheated oven to roast. Be sure to check on them periodically. You want them to roast evenly. I do a quick shake of the pan to rotate them. The roasting process usually takes about 15 minutes. They are done when the tomatoes burst open. Yummy!!
- Add the beef into the pan with the bacon (once it's finished crisping) and season with s & p, onion (or garlic) powder and the smoked paprika. Brown over medium heat.
- After the tomatoes are finished roasting add them along with the lemon juice, 1 t salt, pepper (to your liking) and 1T bacon grease to a food processor (I used my tiny Ninja, worked like a charm). Pulse until you like the texture. Do a little taste test. Voila'! The easiest tomato sauce ever!!
- I layer my noodles, meat and sauce...If you choose, you can mix the sauce with the meat. The reason why I choose not to...gives me more options for leftovers!