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Balsamic Bacon Radicchio

By March 2, 2018Recipes
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Radicchio. Sure, it can be a little bitter when raw, but when cooked and combined with the sweetness and saltiness of balsamic vinegar and bacon, it’s fantastic. Not to mention beautiful.

And, it turns out radicchio is really good for you — which means it will fuel your body as you’re improving your health during the Whole Life Challenge. (It’s even good for you when you’re not doing a Challenge!)

Balsamic Bacon Radicchio

This attractive red vegetable has:

  • A whack of vitamins like C, B1, B3, B5, B6, B9, and K
  • Minerals including iron, zinc, potassium, and manganese
  • Antioxidants zeaxanthin and lutein
  • Inulin, which is helpful for controlling blood sugar levels and as a prebiotic
  • Fiber
  • And much more…

Historically, radicchio was used for insomnia. Now we know that this is because it contains intybin, which has a sedative and analgesic effect. This substance is also responsible for the bitter flavor of radicchio.

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This recipe uses only three ingredients and is appropriate for WLC Kickstart and Lifestyle nutrition levels. (But don’t worry Performance Challengers: we’ve got tons of recipes for you, too, on The Primal Desire.)

Balsamic Bacon Radicchio

Sure, radicchio can be a little bitter when raw, but when cooked and combined with the sweetness and saltiness of balsamic vinegar and bacon, it’s fantastic.

Category Side Dish
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Author Raj


  • 3 strips bacon sugar-free
  • 1 cup radicchio shredded
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar


  1. Cook bacon in frying pan and take out before reaching desired done-ness.

  2. Remove bacon from pan and dice into small pieces.

  3. On medium heat, cook shredded radicchio in bacon fat until soft.
  4. Add bacon and balsamic vinegar, stir, and remove from heat. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

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A former pharmacist, Raj is driven to promote healthy lifestyle choices and is currently focused on food. His experience in the pharmacy caused him to question the role of the standard American diet (SAD) in chronic diseases. Noticing improvements in his own body while traveling and experiencing local cuisine in Southeast Asia, Raj was inspired to further investigate information about health and food.

After a thirty-day paleo challenge and some reading, Raj adopted the paleo/gluten-free/real food lifestyle as the basis of his healthy nutrition philosophy.

Soon after meeting, he and his friend Holley started the paleo/gluten-free/real food recipe blog, The Primal Desire. The Primal Desire contains delicious recipes made up of healthy and fun flavor combinations. They believe if food doesn’t taste good, it doesn’t matter if it’s good for you. The website has allowed the team to reach a much larger audience and to be an inspiration and healthy influencer.

Raj and Holley have published an eBook, I’m Hungry! What Should I Snack On?, containing fifty recipes to help people succeed at changing their diet, whether through the Whole Life Challenge or other challenges, New Year’s resolutions, a new diagnosis such as celiac disease, or just wanting to improve their general health and nutrition.

In his “spare time,” Raj constantly brainstorms ideas to conquer the world and make lives better, causing endless laughter, traveling, eating all the things, and planning for the zombie apocalypse.