I know. You don’t have to tell me. This is a dumb name for a recipe. Actually it’s not. It’s accurate. Bacon always makes everything taste better. AmIright? Sorry I’ve been slack on the recipes. I’ve been trying to get it together. I promise, great things are coming. I finally put some time into brainstorming the other day. This website looks pretty cool so far though, I think. I’ve just been trying to figure it out. I typed this recipe out this morning at the butt crack of dawn. And then I just came back to it to add pics before posting it, and apparently I didn’t save it. So, I just had to redo the entire thing. So, obviously, still trying to figure it out. I love the website though. 

Enough with being negative. 

Hope you had a great Sunday. Apparently we were supposed to have a monsoon thunderstorm today, but we didn’t. I’m glad we didn’t. I took my friend Cat to the zoo and the Cleveland Park playground in Greenville. She’s 4. But she’s cool. I promised her a long time ago that I would take her to the zoo, and today was finally that day. The rain held off. Honestly, she wasn’t as into the zoo as I thought she would be. We (as in she) also got her nails did. It took over an hour, but we made it happen. One hand all yellow. The other hand all blue. She said it was because those are my favorite colors. I keep trying to tell her that blue isn’t one of my favorite colors, but she’s convinced of it. I love Cat because she held my hand all day, and she insisted that we sit on the same side of the booth at whole foods, and she kept telling me how pretty my eyelashes were. No one’s every told me that, but that was her go to line today. Stay sweet forever Cat. 

 

 

Anyway, moving on. Here is a recipe for you to try out. There are different options for you in there, so it’s kinda like a “choose your own adventure” recipe. Regular rice or cauli rice? Eat the food now, or throw it in a crock pot and eat it later….You choose what you want. It looks like it’s all over the place, but it’s really easy, I promise. 

Bacon Always Makes Chicken Taste Better Bowl

 

Makes 4 Servings

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 4 strips bacon
  • 4 medium sized chicken breasts – thawed out and cubed. 
  • Approx. 5 cups cauliflower rice (the frozen kind from Trader Joe’s is best(2 bags), but you can also rice a head of cauliflower. Here is how you do that).
    • disclaimer:  I usually always use cauli rice in the place of regular white or brown rice. But for this recipe, and any recipe really, you can do regular rice if you want. But, just know that if you follow zone, you don’t get very far with plain rice. Therefore, cauli = more food)
  • 4 medium roma tomatoes – diced (I’m tellin’ ya.. You think the bacon makes this recipe great? Well it does. But the tomatoes come in a close second).
  • 1- 1/2 tsp garlic, minced. 
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos sauce
  • Salt, pepper, cumin – all to taste.
  • Avocado – to garnish (optional)
  • Goat Cheese – to garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  • Fry 4 pieces of bacon in pan on low-medium heat until crispy
  • Remove bacon from pan. Set aside. Remove about half of bacon fat and discard. Or if you’re like us and your husband cooks with it sometimes, save it. Leave remainder of bacon fat in pan. 
  • If you’re using the Trader Joe’s frozen cauli, go ahead and pull out of freezer, and allow it to be thawing out so it’s not clumpy. 
  • Throw cubed, thawed out chicken on pan. As chicken is about halfway done cooking, add cauliflower, diced tomatoes, and garlic. 
    • If you’re making this dish with regular rice, boil rice, set aside, and don’t add until the very end. 
  • Hopefully your bacon has cooled by now. Tear into smaller pieces, and add back to the pan with the remainder of the ingredients. 
  • Add salt, pepper, and cumin — all to taste. But just know that the cauliflower will soak up a good bit of it, so feel free to be a little generous, but of couse, don’t overdo it. 
  • If you’re ready to eat now, allow all ingredients to simmer for about 5-10 min. If not, throw all ingredients into a crock pot, and let them simmer in there on the warm setting (that way they are just being kept warm, and not still cooking). 
    • I like making this dish in the middle of the day (think lunch break) before I go back to the gym. I throw it all into a crock pot on the warm setting, and when Daniel and I get home from the gym, our house smells good, and we have dinner waiting on us. So, this is really convenient if you like to go to the gym after work, or if you have to go to your kids soccer game, or whatever. We’ve let it sit for up to 5-6 hours, and the chicken doesn’t dry out. 
  • We love topping this with some cubed avocado and/or some fresh goat cheese. 

Notes: If you’re into zone and counting your macros, I usually try to give you the breakdown. However, I actually made this recipe earlier on in the week and forgot to do it (of course). But just know that it’s really zone friendly. I usually eat 3 block meals, and it gives me a lot of food. The entire recipe makes 4 servings.