A couple years ago I came home with chicken breasts from the grocery store that were HUGE. 1 breast was bigger then my foot, which just seemed weird. It was like 2 cents a pound, INSANELY cheap, which made me wonder about they quality. Really, that cheap, they must be half plastic. But I bought them anyway…

We had people over for dinner that night and I fed them the quastionable chicken. It wasn’t quastionable in the fact that it was edible, just in the quality of the meat. Everyone complimented the BBQ’ed chicken though. I was convinced they all liked it because of the amount of homones pumped into those chicken breasts. CONVINCED! My husband requested I buy that chicken everytime because of how deliciously juicy it was. I didn’t listen to his request because well, I really didn’t want to feed my husband chicken PUMPED with hormones and chemicals. Occassiaonlly, fine. Regularly, NO. So I have since bought hormone free chicken from a few other local grocery stores. Some of them he has loved, most of them he has hated.

He says the same thing everytime he eats chicken at home now:

“Is this chicken from THAT grocery store?”

“No, I don’t remember where I got it, but I don’t buy chicken from there anymore.”

“Oh, because it tastes like that chicken, but I don’t really like it.”

Inside, I am DYING with laughter. Honestly, the man is confused about his chicken. I thought he loved the grocery store chicken? But now he doesn’t? I’m confused. You know what I think it is?! We have been eating a lot less meat at home in the last few months in an effort to preserve our bodies and the Earth. I think our bodies need the vitamins and nutrients that poultry and beef have to offer. BUT, I do NOT think they need all the chemicals that have become the accompanyment to those vitamins. And I also do not think we need organic animal protein everyday. Back in the day (thousands of years ago) they ate meat for special occassions and it was organic. Okay, done, I can do that, and that is more of what we have been doing: organic meat occassionally. So I think his tastebuds and body have become less dependant on meat so much so that he doesn’t even like it as much anymore. Yes, the man loves meat, I just mean he doesn’t like it as much as he used to. Or I should I say, he doesn’t eat it as much as he used to so his body is maybe adjusting to that change??? I wish I knew more about the make-up of our bodies and how the foods we eat can determine how we crave different varieties of food, healthy and unhealthy. It’s all a mystery to me.

Anyway, we bbq’ed some chicken breasts the other night, low and behold, he didn’t really like them. But he did say they would be fine mixed in with something, like a salad. PERFECT!

Serves 4

2 cooked chicken breasts, cubed (roasted, grilled, or baked is perfect)

2 avocados, diced

1 can corn, drained

1 can black beans, drained

2 limes, zest and juice

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

Mix the chicken, avocado, corn and black beans in a large bowl. Toss with the olive oil, lemon juice and sprinkle the salt and pepper into the mix. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

*My husband crunched up some tortilla chips and sprinkled them on top of his salad, it was yummy like that too! This would be GREAT for summer picnics and potluck parties.