Grilled Maple Balsamic Radicchio

Care of Ashley Sauve A wonderful side dish for your summer BBQ! Serves 4 Ingredients 1 head radicchio, quartered 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon dark maple syrup Pinch salt & pepper 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds/walnuts/pecans to garnish Directions: 1. Heat a grill to medium-high.  Slice the radicchio into quarters and place in a bowl. 2. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, salt  and pepper. 3. Pour the olive oil mixture over the radicchio to coat. 4. Place radicchio quarters cut-side down on the grill and let cook for 2 minutes, flip to other cut-side and cook another 2 minutes. 5. Arrange on a plate, sprinkle with pumpkin seeds/walnuts/pecans and enjoy!… Read More

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Rockin’ Radicchio

Care of Ashley Sauve Radicchio is an often over-looked vegetable, resembling a small cabbage with deep, wine-coloured leaves. However, radicchio is not related to cabbage, but rather is a member of the chicory family. It is most commonly found in lettuce mixes to round out the salad with a sharp, bitter flavour. This bitter flavour is reduced when is it cooked, making radicchio an excellent side dish when grilled or sautéed. Radicchio is an excellent source of the wonderful vitamin K. Vitamin K is used to treat Alzheimer’s disease as it protects the brain from damage. Also included in the gorgeous red leaves are moderate amounts of vitamins B2 & B3, potassium, copper, iron, manganese and zinc. Historically, radicchio has been used as a painkiller and a sedative (particularly to treat insomnia). These properties are thanks to the bitter substance Lactucin found in the leaves of the plant. Because of this Lactucin, radicchio is also known to have antimalarial properties. Pretty impressive for this humble salad green! Radicchio is classified as a ‘bitter’ vegetable, which means that it provides amazing medicinal value. Bitters can be used to increase the appetite and to aid digestion by stimulating secretion of digestive juices,… Read More

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