Turkey Bacon Ranch Bowls are a healthy sheet pan meal made with salty bacon baked to your desired crispiness, then tossed with veggies roasted to perfection and slathered with creamy ranch. Gluten Free
So recently, I’ve been frustrated by turkey bacon. First of all, I know some of you out there are always frustrated by turkey bacon, it is an imposter out there to ruin all your meals.
I totally get it, if someone were to give me whipped cream frosting I’d feel the same way. To me, whipped cream frosting is a real-world imposter. It tastes like nothing, and it doesn’t taste like the sugar bomb it’s supposed to. So, what I’m trying to say is I understand.
I don’t have anything against regular bacon, I just like turkey bacon better. For almost four years I didn’t eat ANY red meat (here is an old post about it), but eventually, for various reasons I started incorporating it back in.
At that time I found that bacon, well pork, in general, isn’t my favorite. I like pork chops and some shredded pork, but I could take it or leave it. Now grass-fed beef and lamb, that’s a whole different story, I love those. But, we are specifically discussing bacon.
Baked Turkey Bacon
So as I said I have nothing against real bacon, I just prefer turkey bacon, probably because it tastes like turkey and not pork. Anyway, for those of you who do like turkey bacon, how the heck do you cook it? Every time I try to cook it on the stovetop, it takes forever and burns my pan.
The pan takes forever to clean, and the chance of Mr. Hungry complaining about the smoke in the house is almost 100%. So, given the fact that I bought a Costco pack of uncured turkey bacon from Costco, I decided to try cooking it in the oven.
The thing is, I tried cooking real bacon in the oven twice before, and each time I damn near set the house on fire. I still don’t understand how that happened. I followed the directions in my Practical Paleo cookbook, but disaster arose every time. From then on, Mr. Hungry took over all cooking of real bacon in the house. It’s usually for him anyway.
This time around I decided to give it a go in the oven, maybe since it was less fatty than real bacon it would be easier? Then, I decided to pray that worked so I could make a meal out of it.
The other day I ate my pan cooked turkey bacon with steamed Brussel sprouts and ranch, I couldn’t help but think how much more delicious roasted Brussels sprouts would have been.
So despite the fact that this recipe is very similar to my sheet pan brats and veggies recipe, I forged ahead to try making a sheet pan meal out of baking turkey bacon in the oven. As you can guess, the meal was a total success. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be posting about it.
A fast, easy meal that is SUPER filling and full of flavor. What more could you ask for? Okay maybe you are asking for real bacon, make it with real bacon then! Just let me know when you find the perfect way to bake real bacon in the oven because the baking Gods have decided that’s off the table for me.
Sheet Pan Turkey Bacon Ranch Bowls
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Turkey Bacon Ranch Bowls
- Preheat oven to 400F and line a heavy-duty baking sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil. Spray cooking sheet with cooking oil.
- Toss vegetables with oil and lay out over half the baking sheet.
- Line up four pieces of bacon on the other half the sheet.
- Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes until the bacon reaches desired crispiness level. When bacon is done remove it from the oven and place on paper towel to drain. Continue baking vegetables until fork tender, should take about 15-25 minutes.
- Cut bacon into bite size strips and toss with 1-2 cups of vegetables and 1-2 tablespoons of ranch. Enjoy!
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