BLT Squared

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Paleo Nick took off for Thailand, but don’t worry – we’re still making sure you get your recipes. BLT Squared is a Paleo twist on the classic, and it’s the kind of food Nick gets really excited about (he’ll tell you so himself).

Bacon, ahi, Roma tomatoes – this is sounding like a pretty epic BLT already, no? Check this – the best part is that everything comes together in fewer than 20 minutes.

Nick’s got all kinds of tips in this video – how to cook all 12 strips of that bacon in a single pan, tricks for cutting tomatoes (spoiler: from the inside out), how to keep your pans from scorching, and a few others. So not only do you get this killer recipe, you’re getting a little education today too.

We’re keeping this one short and sweet, so jump over to the video and get BLTing.

On Paleo Nick’s behalf, enjoy the recipe and remember to…

“Keep it Paleo!”

BLT Squared

Ingredients:

  • 12 slices bacon
  • 4 small culets of Ahi tuna, placed on a paper towel to absorb any moisture
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, sliced in half, then diced
  • 6 leaves of green leaf lettuce
  • 1 avocado, cut in half, pitted, removed from skin,and sliced
  • ½ a bunch of cilantro, rough chop
  • 2 ½ tablespoons Sambal (adjusted to your liking
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Super Radical Rib Rub

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Place a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and layer in the 12 slices of bacon, six on the bottom of the pan and the other six layered on top. As they cook, they’ll shrink and make enough room for them all.
  2. While the bacon is cooking, place the Roma tomatoes and sambal into a small mixing bowl and stir them together. Add the cilantro anda squirt ofolive oil and combine. Set aside.
  3. When your bacon has finished cooking, pour the grease into a heat-safe container, leaving a small amount in the pan to sear the tuna
  4. Season the top side of the tuna cutlets with the Super Radical Rib Ruband place them seasoned side down in the pan. Season top side. Flip once a nice caramelization has seared the bottoms of the cutlets, approximately 2-3 minutes. Cook another 2-3 minutes and remove from pan and place on a cutting board. Slice into 4 or 5 slices per cutlet
  5. To plate family style, lay out the lettuce leaves on a large platter, then place 2 slices of bacon and 2-3 slices of tuna on each leaf. Top with tomato mixture and avocado slices. Enjoy!

“Keep It Paleo!”

Zone Breakdown:

Protein: (8)
The 12 slices of bacon give us 4 blocks because we can say that about 3 slices equal one block. Additionally we will say that each tuna cutlet is about 1.5oz, or one block each for a total of 8 protein blocks between the tuna and bac

Carbohydrates: (1)
We have very few carb blocks, all really coming from the tomatoes. With three Roma Tomatoes, we will say that that averages about two regular tomatoes, or one block. The lettuce is such a small amount that we wont get any carb count from it.

Fats: (12)
Our fats come from our avocado and our oil. One tablespoon of avocado gives us one block, so in an average avocado, we get about eight tablespoons, for eight blocks. Our oil, although calls for a tablespoon, will most likely be less than that, so we will say for this we will call it half a tablespoon, or 4 blocks. This gives us a total fat block count of 12.

Balancing Act:
We have a high protein and fat count relative to our carb count on this one. If we break the recipe into two portions, we have 4 protein blocks, 6 fat blocks, and ½ carb block.

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