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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!)
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
- 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.
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.
- 3 strips bacon sugar-free
- 1 cup radicchio shredded
- 1 1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Cook bacon in frying pan and take out before reaching desired done-ness.
Remove bacon from pan and dice into small pieces.
On medium heat, cook shredded radicchio in bacon fat until soft.
Add bacon and balsamic vinegar, stir, and remove from heat. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!