I’ve heard french fries dipped in mayonnaise is really, really good…if you like mayonnaise. Which I do. And for this very reason I have never tried my fries dipped in mayonnaise. We don’t need to add insult to injury, if you know what I mean.
But I can “justify” my love for mayonnaise. 1) I don’t use it much. And when I do, it’s low-fat. But there’s just some places (COUGHCOUGHcoleslawCOUGHCOUGH) where it belongs. 2) I don’t like butter. You read that right. I don’t put butter on anything really…not bread, or pancakes, or green beans…nope, nope, nope. I think over the course of a lifetime I will have less atherosclerosis with my mayonnaise that I would lathering everything with butter. Nothing against you butter lovers…I’m just saying..
I may have mentioned this once upon a time, but many years ago my in-laws and I were brainstorming ideas of summer jobs for my sister-in-law. She was in high school at the time and needed summer work. One of her “prerequisites” for a job was that she wouldn’t have to deal with mayonnaise. Hilarious!
People tend to have very strong opinions on that one condiment in particular. If you’re on the
wrong other side of the fence on this one, sorry for ya. ‘Cause chances are you’re a butter lover. And if you’re a butter lover and a mayonnaise fiend…well, I just hope ranch dressing does not complete your trifecta of high-fat condiments, toppings, etc.
Like trans fats and hydrogenated oils, I prefer to avoid nitrates and nitrites like the plague. These preservatives are added to cured meats, such as bacon, to prevent rancidity and preserve that oh so pretty pink color in meat. Sadly, these are strongly linked with colon cancer and since they are 100% avoidable, I do just that.
As I rarely buy bacon, and it’s usually turkey bacon from Trader Joe’s, imagine my surprise when nitrate-free bacon at my local Kroger was $6.73!!! Now might be a good time to mention this was for 10 slices. Holy…sticker shock. Luckily, there was a $3.10 store coupon and I paid about half off for this bacon. Though it was not turkey bacon, it was nitrate-free. I am okay with this.
Had Mr. Prevention been with me, however, that purchase wouldn’t have happened (Mr. Cheap should be his name, really). I would’ve spend an hour and at least a gallon or two of gas to get to and from TJ’s for my silly turkey bacon (really, who’s more economical here?). But then I remember my FAVORITE take-home message from the film Food, Inc. It goes something like this…
We, as consumers, make a choice every time we purchase an item of food. Those choices drive supply and demand of our food supply and if more wholesome, natural foods are demanded, they will be produced.
It can’t always be about a price tag. At some point, it has to come down to right and wrong for health, well-being, and the nature of our food supply. I’m not a perfect consumer, but when there are products out there offering a superior product for a higher cost to an inferior and potentially harmful product at a lesser cost, we have to be the gatekeepers and do the right thing whenever possible.
That was deep. Nitrate-free bacon – WOO! Now let’s bring on this bacon coleslaw!
Bacon Coleslaw slightly adapted from The Boys Made Me Do It
10 ounces coleslaw mix
1/2 red onion, diced
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 Tbsp cider vinegar
1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp low-fat mayonnaise
1 1/2 tsp sugar
3 pieces nitrate-free bacon, cooked and crumbled
Put slaw into a bowl and add in remaining ingredients. Refrigerate for 1+ hours before serving to allow flavors to marry. Yield: 7 servings (1/2 cup each)
Nutrition Information (per 1/2 cup): 68 calories; 4.7 g. fat; 8 mg. cholesterol; 286 mg. sodium; 5.4 g. carbohydrate; 1.3 g. fiber; 1.7 g. protein
Result: I have died and gone to coleslaw heaven. Folks, thank me now. You will never find a better coleslaw…I double dog dare you to take me up on that challenge. You’ll lose. So delicious!! And the nutrition stats aren’t too shabby, either! A half cup is very satisfying…so creamy, rich, and delicious! Enjoy!
Question: If you buy bacon, do you opt for nitrate-free?
Mayonnaise, bacon, (& butter) love,