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Chicken Avocado Bacon Salad

Chicken Avocado Bacon Salad

Hey everyone! So I’m just over a month postpartum with my second child and we are just starting to get into a routine. The past four weeks has just been filled with cuddles, feeding and just relaxing and recovering.

I am determined to start eating healthier. I was not healthy at all during this second pregnancy. I was too sick during the first trimester and too tired after that to exercise. And my diet was just atrocious – my intense craving for chocolate had me foraging all over my workplace for chocolate since I tried not to keep any in my office to tempt myself.

This is our last baby so I am anxious to start getting my ‘permanent’ body back. However, I am not going to rush the exercise as I need to fully recover from my C section for at least 6 weeks, and I just want to enjoy every lazy moment of cuddling on the couch and binge watching Netflix. (I have 15 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy to watch from the very beginning!) So, as a starting point, I’m going to start eating healthier. Keep in mind, this is not a diet – I need to eat healthy and I need to eat a lot because I am breastfeeding and breastfeeding burns up to an extra 500 calories a day. But I can cut out processed and junk food, sweets, and eat more fruits and vegetables.

Surprisingly, my husband is also onboard with eating healthier with me. He’s typically a meat and potatoes kind of guy, and he wants every meal to contain meat and starch. He is naturally athletic and fit though, and has a very physically demanding career, so he is always in shape despite eating and drinking whatever he wants. However, he has hit a plateau and wants to make some improvements in his fitness and he knows that a change in diet is the key.

So, although we will still have to make pasta dishes for our picky toddler, the two of us can start eating more salads. This chicken avocado bacon salad was my first attempt at making a meal-sized salad that is healthy and that would fill us up. The chicken, bacon and eggs provided loads of protein. Obviously, if you want it even healthier, you can eliminate the bacon or use turkey bacon instead. I would keep the bacon though – it really added amazing flavour when paired with the creamy avocado.

If you have extra time and want additional freshness, you can just dress the salad with equal parts freshly squeezed lemon juice and olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper. I just used store bought Italian dressing and it tasted amazing.

This was a huge hit with the husband so it looks like it’s on the weekly menu at least once a week!

Chicken Avocado Bacon Salad

Print Recipe
Serves: 2-3

Ingredients

  • 2 large cooked chicken breasts, chopped
  • 2 large avocados
  • 1 cup cooked corn (frozen, canned, or from a cob)
  • 5 slices of cooked bacon, chopped
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, quartered
  • 1/4 chives or green onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • one head of Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • Dressing:
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • OR
  • Italian salad dressing

Instructions

1

Season and bake the chicken breasts, fry up the bacon, and boil the eggs.

2

Chop everything up and toss into a salad bowl.

3

Add dressing and enjoy!

Featured/ Vietnamese Recipes

Fresh Avocado Bubble Tea

Hope everyone is enjoying the last day of the long weekend!

Well, I’m currently in my third trimester and there is no doubt that this baby is half-Asian! Some of my cravings over the past 7 months are distinctly Asian foods, like coconut cream buns and avocado bubble tea. For those who don’t know, bubble tea is a Taiwanese drink, either milk tea-based or fruit smoothie-based, containing chewy tapioca balls. My bubble tea cravings have been pretty hardcore lately. I was in Calgary for a weekend in July and had bubble tea three times, trying out various bubble tea shops. And I only crave avocado bubble tea which makes it easier to justify because avocados are a pregnancy superfood, right? Something about it being a healthy fat, full of folic acid, calcium, and various vitamins? That’s how I justify it to myself anyway!

I’m sure there are places in Regina where I could get bubble tea, but I don’t trust Regina shops to use fresh ingredients in their bubble tea. The worst thing ever is bubble tea made from a packaged mix. Also, after doing a quick Google search of “bubble tea Regina”, I discovered that a fresh avocado bubble tea would cost me in excess of $7! Surely I can make a better and cheaper one at home!

My first stop was Ngoy Hoa, the Asian grocery store on 1580 Albert St, to buy specific Asian items required for this recipe that I didn’t have at home and would not find at a Canadian grocery store. Conveniently located in the same aisle at the store are the tapioca balls, big bubble tea straws (because normal straws aren’t big enough to suck up the bubbles), and plastic bubble tea to go cups. I did buy a sleeve of plastic cups in case I ever wanted to make a bubble tea to go. All of this came to under $10.

bubble tea ingredients

I love how fresh and refreshing this is! I’ll definitely continue to make my own avocado bubble tea at home, but I would love to hear about any recommendations for good bubble tea in Regina or even Calgary!

Fresh Avocado Bubble Tea

Fresh Avocado Bubble Tea

Print Recipe
Serves: 1 Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 4-5 ice cubes
  • 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup milk

Instructions

1

First prepare the tapioca balls per the packaged instructions. To make a single serving for myself, I brought 3 cups of water to a boil in a small pot. I added 1/4 cup of the tapioca balls, and boiled until they floated to the surface. I lowered the heat to medium, let it boil for another 3 minutes, turned off the heat, and left the tapioca balls in the pot for another 3 minutes. Then I drained them into a small colander and rinsed with cold water to cool them. Set aside.

2

Add the avocado flesh, condensed milk, milk and ice into a blender. (I just used my Magic Bullet) and blend it all up.

3

Place the tapioca balls into a glass, top with the blended avocado mixture, stick a big straw in it and enjoy!