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Bacon, sweet potato, and chickpea salad

Bacon and garbanzo salad

This recipe gets a bad grade if you want to keep fat out of your diet, but it's delicious and pretty high in protein (25%), and Mark always seems to want it on the menu.  The ingredients:

  • 1 pound bacon (you can cut this back to half a pound if you want to skimp)
  • 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup arugula (optional)
  • 2 tbsp green onions (you can increase this a lot if you have more on hand)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar (more or less)
  • salt
  • pepper

Bake the bacon on a cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven, flipping once, and taking out the bacon once the meat is cooked but not very crispy.

Salad componentsCut up the sweet potatoes, sprinkle with salt and pepper, drizzle on the bacon grease, and cook in the 350 degree oven until the potatoes are soft and moderately brown.  Pour off any excess grease.

Meanwhile, break the bacon into pieces, then go out into the garden and cut a cup or two of whatever greenery you have on hand.  In the fall, we use a lot of green onions, but our Egyptian onions have slowed down for the winter, so this time around we mostly used arugula.  Whatever you choose, cut it up into one inch pieces.

Mix the bacon, sweet potatoes, greens, and chickpeas together, put on a few dashes of balsamic vinegar (start slow --- you don't need much), and add salt and pepper to taste.  Serves about eight to ten, especially if you have a green salad on the side.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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