yes. friends, I am here confessing to you.. I am in love with white beans.
it’s true. and on my recent trip to Denver I told you about a situation that I go myself into.
you see… I was able to use an entire kitchen to make dinner…except, other that appliances and cookware, I had zero food. I mean nada. zilch. less than nothing.
I did not even have salt or pepper 😦
We had stopped at the whole paycheck store the day before I decided to cook ( to buy apples and kombucha… I’m addicted to the booch.. Lord help me) when I saw a container of cooked white beans.
I kid you not when I tell you that I kept thinking about these beans.
I may have had a dream about them that night.
like yes.. it’s true I dreamt about the dang beans
could I even MAKE this up?
So when Scott suggested that we cook in Sat night rather go out and deal with the crowds.. i was all over it.
Except that we were starting from scratch.
so I put my thinking cap on….. *psst… it’s pink 😉 *
I knew I had to have those white beans. I just had to ..
and white beans marry so well with greens. When I saw local spinach at the store, I knew I was onto something.. But Scott and Ali would want an additional protein… chicken thighs were on sale.. so I added that to the basket. and a lemon. I love lemons. Like maybe too much. I start most days with warm lemon water
I wanted fresh pasta, but at 8.99 a whack, I skipped it in favor of dried linguine.
and the smallest jar of oil that i could find.. which happened to be truffle flavored.. which is ok.. I was going to make it work.
and some light cream.. to round the dish out. and finally, frozen peas.
and since this is how I cook…. ( all willy- nilly, most of the time sans- recipe ) I give you
ingredient-challenged barefootgirl cooks in another kitchen white beans & greens with pan seared chicken thighs in a lemon garlic cream sauce sprinkled with peas.
my fingers just hurt even typing that..
so grocery list…….
cooked white beans
garlic cloves ( 3)
bunch of fresh spinach
small jar of oil ( truffle in our case, but any heart healthy oil will do)
chicken thighs ( skinless)
parmesan cheese shreds
*pick up chicken stock. I’ll explain in a bit*
( I was hoping to find salt and pepper packets so that I didn’t need to buy salt and pepper to then have to throw out, but the register lady ( my hopefully someday job) told me to go to the salad bar and sprinkle s&p into a salad dressing container.
I started by draining & rinsing the beans and heating a saute pan with a bit of the oil… adding the beans, season them with salt and pepper, adding 1/ the chopped garlic and smashing a few of the beans.
( don’t worry about the extra water on the spinach, it will help the steaming process).. add the spinach directly on top, cover immediately and remove from heat.
don’t peek.. you sneaky- peeker- you…
next. add oil to another saute pan, season thighs with genius salt and pepper and place thighs in pan, allowing them to brown.
Once browned on one side, using tongs.( not to self and all of you… oxo makes the BEST tongs. I unfortunately did not have those there.. I will be changing that very soon ) anyway.. using the tongs. flip the thighs over and allow to brown on the other side. add the remaining garlic and then I added the cream.
* now here is where I would make a change.. I would use chicken stock here instead, and add the cream at the very end. the cream started to curdle a bit.. it was still really good, but if you use chicken stock now to cook the chicken in.. you will be happy 😉 *
cover the chicken and allow to simmer until chicken is fully cooked.
this is an excellent time to cook the pasta in boiled salted water 🙂
add frozen peas once chicken is cooked.. allow peas to just heat through.
next remove the lid from the bean mixture
and if you are feeling like it’s a wild and crazy night since you are in another city, mix in a bit of cream
some parm cheese
this.. was my dinner….
and this was theirs..
I topped each with a squeeze of lemon for freshness..
now when all was said and done.. I added the leftovers to one pot ( cutting up the pasta) and made the base of a soup… all that you would need to do is add a bit of chicken broth and heat for a quick weeknight soup 🙂
going out in the city is nice, but every once in awhile, it is nice to just stay in and enjoy the view and the cooking…. and that is how this family spent our Saturday night. And not one of us would have changed it 🙂
enjoy this recipe.. now that I’m done typing, My tummy is rumbly and I’m on the hunt for the ingredients to make it again..
caio friends 🙂
psst.. if you haven’t read it on facebook.. congrats to Lynn on winning the hand knit socks! remember, mom is offering free shipping on any of her items for the month of Oct with 100% of her proceeds going to ward breast cancer research… thank you to all who have taken advantage of this.. I guarantee you… her fingerless gloves are the best!