Do you love bacon?

We all do.  Bacon has become something of a famous food group in the paleo community over the years.

But with unethical farming practices, nitrates, genetically modified feed, and all the added sugar, your typical grocery store bacon is not going to cut it. 

That’s why I’m so glad that my friends at Keller Crafted Meat, an awesome company offering ethical and organic meat products approached me to try some of their products.

I chose to go with Keller Crafted Meat’s pork offerings like their Non-GMO Good Morning Breakfast Sausage, Sun-Dried Tomato and Garlic Sugar-Free Sausage, and Non-GMO Uncured Sugar-Free Rustic Bacon

They also provided me with a fantastic recipe featuring that delicious rustic bacon (made without nitrates by the way!) and I had to share it with my lovely PfW community.

Find the recipe below and read on to find out more about ethical, sustainable meats!

Caramelized Rustic Bacon and Fennel Salad

 Ingredients

1 bulb fennel, halved and cut into 1/2-inch slices
5 slices Keller Crafted Rustic Sugar-Free Bacon, cut into small pieces (Find it here)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (I like this brand)
1/4 teaspoon salt (This is my fav)
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
5 ounces (about 6 to 7 cups) baby spinach

Lemon Vinaigrette

3 tablespoon white wine vinegar
3 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, toss together fennel, bacon, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place the ingredients on the baking sheet in a single layer. Cook until the bacon is crisp and the fennel is caramelized, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, place the baby spinach, crumbled bacon, and caramelized fennel. Toss the salad with the Lemon Vinaigrette and serve immediately.

Lemon Vinaigrette:

Mix the vinegar, lemon juice, dijon, salt, and pepper in a mason jar, give it a good shake. Add in the oil and shake again. Season the vinaigrette, to taste, with more salt and pepper, if desired.

So why Keller Crafted Meat?

Keller Crafted Meat is committed to an important kind of farming that promotes sustainability and communication between farm and consumer.

 They want you to know where your meat comes from and what it eats.

Check out what they have to say on their website:

KC is pursuing a farming methodology known as “Global Natural Farming,“ which is focused on a life affirming process of promoting very complex but basic natural biological cycles within the context of a thriving living soil that creates immaculate quality food that supports humans, farm livestock, crops, nature and wildlife to thrive. Nutrition and a peaceful life is key to human, plant and livestock health. KC is committed to creating fresh, custom and high quality feeds for our crops and livestock that are formulated on site. KC ensures that every product we make uses sustainable meats that have never been treated with antibiotics or hormones, were humanely treated (and verified by a third party) and we are working towards exclusively using natural meats that are Non-GMO Project Verified.

What Stefani Recommends

Keller Crafted Meat offers a wide array of meat choices and I encourage you to take a look at their website and find something you enjoy.

For me, I can’t help but HIGHLY recommend the Rustic Bacon, Good Morning Sausage, and Sun Dried Tomato and Garlic Sausage

I love that these products are sugar-free and that they are made from piggies who have lived happy, healthy lives.

Keller also sometimes offers pastured chicken, which you can get on their email list for.

They’ve also got some amazing looking beef products.

I mean, there’s something called Hot Beef Candy which I can def. get into.

I haven’t tried these myself but after what I tasted in their pork, I’m sure they are delicious!

So what are you waiting for?  Get over to Keller Crafted Meat’s website and try some of their tasty meat products.  You’ll be supporting a great company and sustainable farming at the same time!

Here’s their website. 

If you’re excited to try the recipe or you’ve already done so, leave us a comment and tell us about it!

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