Blog of the Belly Biter:

Some plant-based, some unhealthy, some super healthy but ALL good. Kid tested and mother approved!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

rosemary chicken, bacon and avocado salad.{HowSweetEats}

Found this recipe while perusing Instagram in the middle of the night while nursing the babe. I almost got up and made it right then and there. Not really. But it IS just THAT good. Thank you HowSweetEats... you are my new favorite food gal. So, so good. And perfect for your Texas summers. 

4 slices thick-cut bacon
1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
6 cups spring greens and/or butter lettuce
1 bunch watercress
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 large avocado, thinly sliced

rosemary vinaigrette
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
salt and pepper


Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add the bacon. Cook until it's crispy and the fat is rendered. Remove the bacon and place it on a paper towel to drain any excess grease.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Cover with the rosemary. In the same skillet, over medium-high heat, add the chicken and cook until golden and crisp on both sides, about 5 to 6 minutes per side. Remove the chicken and let sit for a moment while you assemble the salad, then slice it.

Toss the greens with the watercress and the tomatoes. Top with the sliced chicken, the bacon and the avocado. Drizzle with the rosemary vinaigrette!

rosemary vinaigrette 

Whisk together the mustard, oil and vinegar. Whisk in the rosemary and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Friday, July 1, 2016

RIP 90% Plant-based Diet.

My blog header use to read like this....

"Set up to chronicle my families journey's into healthy eating. After a lot of reading, wanting the best health for my family... we've adopted a "foodstyle" that has changed our lives. 90% of the time we try to eat meals that are plant-basedno animal productsno oils, using natural sweeteners and foods with a low glycemic index. We eat lots of fruits, veggies, grains, beans and nuts. This is a blog of the bites I've found that have sat happy in our bellies... and notes along the way. And I promise... it's yummy!"

It's been about a year since I started cooking meat again... I love the plant-based diet. KNOW of it's goodness and help it was for my husband and I. About 6 months after my husband and I got married his doctor diagnosed him as "borderline diabetic". We both took it very seriously and that's what led us to living a mostly plant-based diet for about 5 years. It was awesome. His levels evened out and he's not even close to the diabetic life anymore. 

After all those years of loving on plants we decided to find moderation in all things. It's been a great balance. I still prefer GOOD vegan food. But love that I can have my meat and cheese and balance it all out.