Primal + Keto Cooking Made Easy: Bacon and Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

When it comes to side dishes, simple is best. A list of ingredients you can count on one hand is the way I like to do it. This dish delivers on ease and offers plenty of solid nutrition and great Primal taste. Cooking up great flavor starts with quality ingredients, for sure, but don’t underestimate the power of a great sauce or seasoning—and the right cooking method. Roasting vegetables is one of the surest ways to bring out a richer, deeper taste. Brussels sprouts work great for this. Add some balsamic and bacon, and you’ve got an amazing side for any meaty main course.

Bacon & Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Servings: 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20-25 minutes



Preheat oven to 425 ºF.

Cut the ends off of the Brussels sprouts  and then slice in halves or quarters (if pieces are very large).

Place them in a bowl and drizzle with avocado oil and balsamic dressing. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.

Roast for 20-25 minutes. Remove the Brussels sprouts from the oven. Then toss with cooked bacon pieces. Add blue cheese crumbles if desired.

Nutritional Information (per serving without cheese):

  • Calories: 488
  • Total Carbs: 9.2 grams
  • Net Carbs: 7.5 grams
  • Fat: 49 grams
  • Protein: 5.2 grams
TAGS:  Keto Recipes

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. I make this without the bacon and the cheese. However, maybe I’ll use bacon and I’d probably choose sheep feta for fun.

  2. Me too! I really miss the success stories. I’m not keto but I keep attempting Paleo and the success stories are very motivational and something I look forward to every week. Does anyone know when Mark is bringing them back?

    1. Me three….. Only I liked them on Fridays. It helped me stay on track all weekend. Of course, if we want them to come back some of us have to write in our story/journey so Mark has something to publish. I’m not ready to do mine yet.

  3. Hey Mark,

    You’re just amazing. Every time I visited your blog find something really interesting and new recipes that is an awesome experience. I would definitely try this and recommend my friends too. Keep sharing.

  4. I made roasted brussel sprouts the other night and they got quite toasty and dark. Not black or burned, but still very dark brown. Is this unhealthy to eat?

    In recent years I learned that whole wheat is bad and red meat is good and hey even salt is not so bad… and I don’t need to drown myself with water daily to “detox”. Everything is backwards from what I originally learned so I was wondering if the much lamented evils of “burnt” food is overstated? Or is this just wishful thinking?