Sauteed spinach with bacon

This simple little recipe packs an amazing punch of nutrition while being very satiating.  The bacon adds a little bit of taste and variety to the simple spinach.  

It can be used as a side salad or as a lite meal that will provide a solid amount of protein as well as a LOT of vitamins and minerals and will work pretty well for nearly any goal.  


One serving provides 284 calories, 26 g of protein, 13 g of fat and 11g of net carbs.


The Cronometer screengrab below shows the nutrients provided by 2000 calories of this recipe relative to the Optimal Nutrient Intakes.  


  • 4 strips bacon, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, very thinly sliced 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves 
  • Pinch red pepper flakes 
  • 2 pounds fresh spinach 
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


  1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. 
  2. Add the garlic, thyme and red pepper flakes and cook until just fragrant, about 30 seconds. 
  3. Add the spinach and some salt and pepper, and cook, tossing, until the spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes. 
  4. Add the balsamic vinegar and stir to combine. Serve hot or at room temperature.


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