- 1½ to 2 pounds fresh large scallops, washed
- 1 pound bacon slices
- Honey in squirt bottle for drizzling
- Fresh ground black pepper
- Bamboo skewers, soaked in water
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil for drizzling
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
- Cut bacon strips in half or to size of scallops
- Lay bacon strips out flat and drizzle with honey, sprinkle with freshly ground pepper
- Wrap around scallops
- Secure with soaked bamboo skewers
- Place on top of pan which has been drizzled with coconut oil to prevent sticking
- Bake at 425 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes or until bacon is at preferred done-ness level.
When I was diagnosed with severe degenerative osteoarthritis I thought my life was over, I walked hunched over, I couldn’t sleep, I was in so much pain the pain dictated my daily life. Then I met with a nutritionist, Deepa Deshmukh, MPH, RD, BC-ADM, CDE. She changed my life by putting me on an anti-inflammatory diet. This diet plus daily walking has reduced my pain level by about 80% – and my life has been so much better. Essentially the diet is an elimination diet of no dairy, no grains, no cane sugar, and a few other restrictions such as no shellfish or red meat. I have one exception to the shellfish which has been great – scallops. In fact, the Arthritis Foundation recommends fish and scallops as a part of The Ultimate Arthritis Diet.
In the photo above you see Bacon Wrapped Scallops I had the Village Social on the Biltmore Estate this season – so delicious and it makes a yummy treat for holiday guests. Bacon is not an anti-inflammatory food. However, I went from consuming bacon weekly to consuming bacon and pork irregularly. When I do consume pork as a splurge, I test to see if I have a pain flare up and as long as I keep pork as an infrequent addition to my diet, I can occasionally have it so would recommend your testing it out in your own arthritis and inflammation attempts to see if you should eliminate it entirely or just partially.
Below is a great holiday season recipe for Bacon Wrapped Scallops. The scallops, according to the Arthritis Foundation website, are “good sources of inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids. A study of 727 postmenopausal women, published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2004, found those who had the highest consumption of omega-3s had lower levels of two inflammatory proteins: C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin-6. Best sources: Salmon, tuna, sardines, herring, anchovies, scallops and other cold-water fish.”