turkey bacon-wrapped stuffed dates

Here we are. It’s two weeks into January. Classes are back in session. The gyms are still full. Everyone seems to be totally crushing their new year’s resolutions. Well, I mean, not everyone.

I’ve kind of had to put most of my resolutions and goals on hold for now. It seems my body had other plans for me. These days, searching for energy and focus now is like searching for a needle in a haystack. Only…there’s no needle. The only needle I get is a prick in the arm and some test results saying basically nothing helpful. Take some supplements. Everything is fine.

 

Turns out I might be intolerant to something that’s currently in my diet, which could be part of the reason I'm feeling like total crap. 

So, your girl is going on an elimination diet. It basically means I eat only certain foods that I know I’m not allergic to for about a month, and then slowly reintroduce the foods I’ve cut out and see how they make me feel. (More about the elimination diet) Hopefully, within two months, I’ll be able to discover the culprit. 

 

All that to say…these turkey bacon wrapped stuffed dates make me very happy right now. Because I can actually eat them!! And they’re so good! 

It’s simple.

You caramelize some onions and add a little thyme to them. Then you slice open and pull out the pits from your lovely little dates. Stuff the dates with the magical onion deliciousness, and lastly, wrap it all in a piece of turkey bacon. Then you try to be patient as it bakes in the oven for a bit.

 

It’s healthy.

While they may seem to simply be sweet little balls of candy, dates are, in fact, an excellent source of dietary fiber and essential minerals. Don’t rule them out of your healthy eating just because they taste too good to be true! And by calling for turkey bacon instead of something uber greasy, this recipe is just that much healthier for you!

 

It’s delicious.

Just think: sweet and salty with a bit of thyme. Honestly, that’s all this is. And it’s incredible. 

 

Turkey Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Dates

  • 8 medjool dates
  • 4 slices turkey bacon
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp thyme

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Make a slit in each date on one side so you can get the pit out, cut the slices of bacon in half, and chop the onion into small pieces.

Drizzle a bit of olive oil in a small skillet and add in the chopped onion. Sauté until soft and caramelized. Add the salt and thyme. 

Spoon as much of the caramelized onions into each date as you can. Then wrap each date with half a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place all the dates in a baking dish and cook at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Flip them over and cook another 10 minutes. 

Enjoy!

Ali <3