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Plain Ol’ Bacon, Eggs, and Honeydew, and How To Put Out a Grease Fire

Is bacon paleo-compliant? Not really. It’s too heavily processed. Including it in a Stone Age diet is a nod to convenience and variety.

Bacon, eggs, black coffee, and Cholula hot sauce. A caveman wouldn't recognized any of this except for eggs.

Bacon, eggs, black coffee, and Cholula hot sauce. A caveman wouldn’t recognized any of this except for eggs.

If you follow nutrition science literature, you’ll see periodic references to “processed meats” like bacon contributing to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, or premature death. I think the associations are pretty weak. I don’t want to debate it right now. Health-conscious cautious people aren’t going to go hog-wild on processed meats. I don’t. We may never have a definitive science-based resolution of the issue.

If you want to control the degree of processing in your bacon, make your own. The recipe at the link includes pink salt (sodium nitrite), maple syrup, and dark brown sugar. Many other recipes are available, some of which could be more paleo-compliant. My understanding is that sodium nitrite is a preservative and gives bacon meat that pink color. Does it contribute to flavor? If you’re not storing your bacon for a long time, you may not need the pink salt.

In any case, I thoroughly enjoyed three strips of bacon with my eggs yesterday. Mine was the Kirkland brand from Costco was $3.80/pound (USD). Two slices provide 80 calories (uncooked) and zero grams of carb although, if I recall correctly, it was honey-cured bacon.


3 large eggs

3 strips of bacon, standard thin slices

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup raw honeydew melon, cubed


Fry the bacon over medium or medium-high heat. If there’s too much grease leftover in the pan after cooking, poor out what you don’t want, for later use or drizzle over your dog’s dry kibble food. Leave a little grease in the pan so your eggs don’t stick. Then fry your eggs over medium heat. Enjoy with raw honeydew, which will cleanse your palate after eating bacon.

You can pay a lot more than $3.80 a pound for bacon

You can pay a lot more than $3.80 a pound for bacon

Servings: One

Nutritional Analysis per Serving: (from FitDay.com)

63 % fat

10 % carbohydrate

26 % protein

319 calories

9 carb grams

1 fiber grams

8 digestible carb grams

845 mg sodium

423 mg potassium

Prominent features: high in B12, riboflavin, selenium, protein, pantothenic acid, and phosphorus. Although this is low in calories, it’s adequately satiating because of the rich protein and fat content. The calorie count will be higher by 50 if you eat all the bacon grease.

By the way, I didn’t start a grease fire when cooking this. But I thought about it. After I poured excess grease out of my pan, some of it dribbled onto the outside of the pan. If I had put that pan back on a gas stove to cook my eggs, would that outside grease have caught fire and crept up into the pan?

How do you put out a grease fire? I knew water wouldn’t do the trick; my first thought was pour salt on it. That’s wrong! About.com says to simply smother it by putting a metal lid on the pan and turn off the heat. If you can’t find the fitted lid, use a cookie sheet. Fire won’t burn without a supply of oxygen. You could pour baking soda on the fire, but it takes a lot. Wikihow has more info on putting out a grease fire, mentioning a dry chemical fire extinguisher as a last resort if you’re going to handle the fire yourself. Think safety first.

Grease fire? Put a lid on it and turn off heat. If that fails, try a LOT of baking soda. Or fire extinguisher.

Grease fire? Put a lid on it and turn off heat. If that fails, try a LOT of baking soda. Or fire extinguisher.

Recipe: Mexican Eggs and Avocado Slices

Steve Parker MD, paleo diet, low-carb dietMy family loves the pico de gallo over these fried eggs. If you don’t want to make a batch of the pico de gallo, substitute an amount of commercial picante sauce that provides no more than three grams of digestible carbohydrate. “Digestible carbohydrate” is the total carb grams of a serving, minus the fiber grams.


  • eggs, three large
  • tomato, fresh, 2 oz (60 g)
  • onion, fresh 3/4 oz (20 g)
  • jalapeño pepper, fresh, 1/4 of a pepper
  • cilantro, fresh, 3–4 sprigs chopped finely to supply 1 tbsp (15 ml)
  • olive oil, 2 tsp (10 ml)
  • California avocado, 1 whole (these are the dark green or black avocados, usually 4 x 2.5 inches or 10 x 5 cm)
  • salt, to taste (1/4 tsp?)
  • black pepper to taste (1/4 tsp?)


Make the pico de gallo first. Finely chop and blend together the tomato, onion, jalapeño pepper, cilantro, some of the salt and pepper to taste.

paleo diet, Steve Parker MD, pico de gallo

We chop our pico de gallo more finely than this

Peel and slice the avocado. Salt and pepper to taste.

Fry the eggs in an olive oil-coated pan.  Salt and pepper to taste. When done, transfer to a plate and spoon the pico de gallo onto the eggs. Enjoy with avocado slices on the side.

At our house, we usually make enough pico for left-overs. It lasts a few days in the refrigerator.

Servings: 1

Nutritional Analysis:

  • 72% fat
  • 13% carbohydrate
  • 15% protein
  • 592 calories
  • 20.4 g carb
  • 12.8 g fiber
  • 7.6 g digestible carb
  • 810 mg sodium (if you use a total of 1/4 tsp)
  • 1,237 mg potassium
  • Prominent features: rich in B12, copper, iron, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, and selenium

Recipe: Fried Eggs, Cantaloupe, and Macadamia Nuts


  • eggs, large, 3
  • olive oil, 2 tsp (10 ml)
  • salt to taste (1 dash)
  • pepper to taste
  • cantaloupe or honeydew melon, fresh, peeled and slivered, 6 oz (170 g)
  • macadamia nuts, roasted, 1 oz (30 g)


Spread olive oil in bottom of pan, then fry eggs, adding salt and pepper as desired. Enjoy macadamia nuts as you cook. Finish your meal and refresh your palate with the melon.

Servings: 1

Nutritional Analysis:

  • 72% fat
  • 13% carbohydrate
  • 16% protein
  • 555 calories
  • carbohydrates: 18.7 g
  • digestible carb: 14.9 g
  • sodium: 468 mg
  • potassium: 758 mg
  • prominent features: goodly amounts of protein, copper, iron, manganese, selenium, and vitamins A, B12, C, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin

PS: Nutritional analysis via FitDay.com