BLT Makeover – 500 Calorie Dinners #4

The BLT is old news, and who really likes the ‘L’ part of the BLT anyway?  Ok maybe some people do, but I am not one of them.  My version, the BBET, Bacon, Basil, Egg and Tomato sandwich is perfect for breakfast, lunch, brunch or even dinner.

Reasons I love this sandwich:

  1. Fresh basil is in abundance during the summer and I just can’t get enough of it!
  2. I always have bread, eggs, tomatoes and bacon on hand so I don’t have to plan ahead to make this.
  3. It is well under 500 calories, making it a good candidate for breakfast or lunch as well.
  4. And the big reason I love this sandwich is that even at 285 calories, it tastes like you are eating something naughty, greasy, delicious with bacon!

BBET – The new BLT – 285 calories per sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 Slices bread (I use Natures Own Honey Wheat)
  • 2 Slices Center Cut Bacon, this is important!  I eat center cut bacon all the time, it is only 50 calories for 2 slices of BACON, talk about indulgence without spoiling your calorie count for the day.
  • 1 Farm fresh egg, I highly recommend finding a local source for eggs.  Farm raised, free range chickens produce eggs with 1/3 less cholesterol, found here.  Plus they taste delicious, just look at the yolk color bright orange-yellow and packed full of vitamins.
  • 4-6 large fresh basil leaves
  • 2 Tbsp Light Miracle Whip
  • 2 thick slices tomato, farmers market if available.  If i can only get grocery store tomatoes I look for ‘vine ripened’ or ‘heirloom,’ but don’t be fooled by ‘on the vine’ they just want to charge you for the weight of the vine and doesn’t necessarily mean it was left on the plant to ripen.
  • Plenty of coarse ground salt and pepper, a must in every recipe, but especially important on this sandwich.

Directions

Fry bacon in its own fat, flipping frequently to prevent burning. Mmmm bacon.

Toast your bread to desired toastiness, I like some crunch to mine.

When bacon is done, remove from pan and fry egg in bacon fat.

Season both sides with salt and pepper.

Assemble toast with light miracle whip, fresh basil leaves, bacon.

Add the egg and tomato slices.  I like a lot of thick cut tomato.

This dish is especially perfect in the summer when basil and tomatoes are fresh and readily available.  A great, quick meal for breakfast lunch or dinner.

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